Thursday, March 5, 2015

Digital Drawings by Pete Christman

Artist's statement

I am a photographer. I am a painter, I am a teacher. I am a student. I am a digital modernist. I used a camera, a paintbrush, a computer, 
peanut butter and Vaseline to create this work. Painting and drawing are additive process where the artist starts with a blank slate and adds line and color until the image is complete. Photography is a subtractive process where thousands of images are taken and most of them, thrown away. A computer allows the merger of painting and photography into a collage, where the content comes from photographs, and composition, color, and texture come from painting and drawing. A computer is a tool, and a tool is nothing more than that. It cannot make Art without the artist’s rendition of subject and application of medium. My subject is always the human condition whether in portraiture, landscape, or abstraction.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Reveries & Other Fantasies by Giordano Angeletti

These images refer to ideas of place, belonging, refuge, escape and fantasy. The spaces are reveries tinged with nostalgia and wistfulness for what never was; an illusion that seeks and hopes to become real. They present the viewer with inhabited landscapes that are devoid of human figures but full of their traces. Formally the works presented here use a reversal of photographic custom where the image represented is not scaled down to fit within the print, but is instead magnified. The miniatures photographed stand in for ordinary objects — lampposts, trees, and benches — which are archetypes that can be recognized at a glance. The imperfections of the miniatures are amplified when photographed and presented larger than life. This distances them from the “real.” The model becomes a signifier for something that is now mis‐read, displaced or never was. The objects are easy to read, but something in the details undermines the plausibility of the image.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Call for Entries

We are looking for work that is ready to be exhibited. Submit your interpretation of the theme "Celebrating Black History Month Through the Arts" and have it displayed this February at the Orangeburg Art Center. 

The turnaround is fast so submit quickly and be part of this exciting opportunity.

Entries due by: January 27th 
Accepted artist will be contacted by: January 29th
Accepted works to be dropped off on: January 30th  

All media will be considered for the exhibition (2D/3D/Performing arts). The works must be less than 40 inches on the longest dimension. For performance work please submit a short description of the actions that will take place during the event including duration, number of people participating and props used. If available also include a short video of the performance. 

Email up to 3 submission to:
The images need to be formatted as follows: 
1) file names should be: doe_john_image-number_image-title.jpg;
2) the image should be 3000 pixels on the longest side at 300 dpi;
3) along with the images each submission must include a word file with the following information:

Contact Info

       a) Last Name, First Name
       b) Email
       c) Phone Number

Image #1 

       d) Title
       e) Media
       f) Dimensions (width x height x depth) in inches
       g) Year it was made

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Graduating Seniors

We are happy to congratulate our graduating seniors: Da'rel McKinney, Dean Kohlhepp, Isaac Demetrius Williams & Lawrence Davis and wish them luck in the next stage of their lives.

Congratulations a great show from the visual arts faculty!

Monday, November 3, 2014


   Many families including my own, have, and/ or are facing the debilitating aspects

of dementia affecting loved ones. The end is always the same. The result is death. The Journey can be quick or long and delayed. The emotional strain to families and caregivers is astronomical. The rising costs of care coupled with the projected rise in the number of people expected to have dementia causing conditions will have a significant impact on health care in this country. The financial costs are crippling to both the state and families. I spent a lot of time with my mother and the other residents of her “assisted living facility.”  Most of the patients suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease, my mother had Lewy Body Disease, which is the second most common form of dementia causing diseases. She became confused, frustrated and had hallucinations. She was awarded both a BS and MS in the sciences from the Ohio State University during an era when few women achieved such feats, but in the end she needed help taking care of her self. I learned volumes about life and living from the patients and staff at Spanish Oaks Retreat and Hospice.  Living to the extent that one is able is the key. I watched the residents play games and be excited to win as well as disappointed to loose. The patients were excited to see family members and sad when the family went home. Most of all I valued the relationships with the staff, the patients and their family members. My Photo Essay Dementia: The Journey’s End is a chronicle of my mothers last six months of life and includes our extended family of other residents and their families and the staff. 

Susan J. Smith

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Michael Casidy - Small Things

M i c h a e l     C a s s i d y

S m a l l   T h i n g s
Sept. 16 - Oct. 16 2014
We are constantly “connected” to the world via our phones, computers, pads, and pods. These devices are incredibly useful, but many of us allow them to dominate our lives. I believe we are at risk of losing track of some fundamental elements of being human. As accessibility and efficiency increase, awareness of our self and our surroundings decrease. We are losing the desire and ability to have direct, personal relationships in the present with other people and nature. We are suffering due to our noisy, overly connected, fast-paced, and multi-tasked culture.
These paintings are a reflection of the often neglected, but elemental human need to turn off and unplug. The highly detailed images are intended as portraits of silent, peripheral, and nearly invisible things. They are about recognizing beauty and fostering curiosity by slowing down, breathing deeply, looking closely, and heightening awareness of the small and overlooked.

Michael Cassidy was born and raised in Michigan. A rural upbringing created a deep-seated connection with nature but an interest in art led him to Kendall College of Art and Design in, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He found his place in the Studio Art Department and graduated with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking in 2000. In 2001 Cassidy left Michigan to study painting at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC. Homesick, Cassidy was drawn to the rural areas of the South. Though the flora and fauna was vastly different from that of Michigan, he found the rural culture to be familiar. Cassidy received his MFA in 2004. Currently, he is the Exhibition and Collections Manager at the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium here at SC State. Residing in West Columbia, SC., Cassidy continues to draw inspiration from the landscape and cultures of the rural South.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

CHARACTERS by Jenny Dowd

South Carolina State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department welcomes prominent Wyoming artist Mrs. Jenny Dowd to the Fine Arts Building Gallery for her showing of “CHARACTERS.”

Jenny Dowd, Narcissus, Steel, 2012
“CHARACTERS” will be on display from:

 March 4 - April 3rd 2014

Artist Talk and Reception:

March 7, 2014
3:30 - 4 PM Artist Talk in the FAB Gallery
4 - 5:30 Reception in FAB Foyer

Mrs. Jenny Dowd says of her work “A reflection of the figure lingers in the spaces occupied by the body: furniture, rooms, clothing. These spaces cannot help but be defined by human touch or presence. Questions and memories linger in these negative spaces, the air or surface heavy with touch and familiarity. In this case everything has something to say, a lamp bullies chairs while two little chairs tell ghost stories around a campfire. Small ink drawings and steel sculptures act out every day human interactions with subtle gestures or quirky placement. Two lamps may appear to softly speak to one another, but once turned around seem to be trying to get away from each other. These relationships merely reflect human conversations and confrontations as the furniture acts out what it sees and hears.”


Jenny Dowd earned an MFA in ceramics with a minor in fibers at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. She completed a BFA in ceramics at Kansas State University in 2002. In 2006 Jenny’s work was exhibited in Milan, Italy as part of the Premio Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro International Competition for Young Sculptors. In 2010 Jenny was an artist in residence at the Ucross Foundation and in 2011 a recipient of a visual arts fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council. Jenny lives in Alpine, Wyoming with her husband, Sam, where they co-own the small art and pottery business, Dowd House Studios. Currently Jenny is the Ceramics Artist in Residence at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.
Jenny Dowd, CHARACTERS Show
Jenny Dowd, Straight Jacket Chair, Steel and Silk, 2013

Jenny Dowd, CHARACTERS Show
Jenny Dowd, Time Out, Steel, 2013