Beginning September 1
The Clemson Community Supported Art (CSArt) program will make available 25 art shares for the public to purchase Monday, September 1. Members will benefit from receiving an exclusive selection of functional ceramic artwork created by advanced undergraduate and graduate ceramics students. This Fall's share was juried by Harriet Green, Visual Arts Director of the South Carolina State Arts Commission.
Clemson's CSArt program is a new spin on the "Community Supported Agriculture" model, and members will pick up fresh, hand-crafted artwork at special seasonal events. The demand by consumers for a unique buying experience as well as the desire for goods with a feeling of authenticity is sweeping the nation. Through handmade items, consumers seek a deeper connection to what they purchase, and actively support their local community and economy. The new CSArt program fills this need by offering a special edition of six functional ceramic bowls and cups while creating a personal and exclusive shopping experience.
The initiative was born out of a Creative Inquiry team led by Valerie Zimany, Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics. The objective is to research CSArt programs that have popped up in galleries, arts centers, and artist studios, and apply the model to create a viable, sustaining plan for fundraising for the arts at Clemson. Through experiential learning, the team - which includes Art, Marketing, and Psychology majors - is developing all aspects of program itself, as well as original strategies for publicity and marketing, which can be utilized in an array of professional career goals. Proceeds from the shares support student travel to participate and present at nationally recognized educational conferences, as well as other professional activities furthering student research and collaborations.
A special pick-up event party is planned for CSArt shareholder members to meet the young artists and receive their Fall shares on Tuesday, November 18, 5:30-7:30pm. Shareholders will also have the opportunity to preview and purchase additional ceramic pieces from the popular Annual Ceramic Bowl Sale which will be open to the public the following day, on Wednesday, November 19, noon – 5 p.m.
To learn more about CSArt and to become an exclusive shareholder member, please visit www.clemson-csa.org. With only 25 shares available for purchase, the community is encouraged to purchase shares the day of online opening via the website on September 1 or soon after this date.
To sign up go here: http://www.clemson-csa.org
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