For students, alumni, and faculty of Clemson University’s art department, the phrase “ink travels” has a double meaning. “Ink travels” refers to the valiant, but constantly inadequate cleaning efforts in the print shop. In the context of our exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville (CVA-G), the term refers to the wide-reaching influence of Syd Cross’s teaching and mentorship.
After 33 years at the University, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art in Printmaking, Syd Cross retired this spring semester. A beloved mentor to many Clemson art students throughout the years, Cross brought a legacy of excellence to the University. From 1996-2000, she served as vice president and then President of the Southern Graphics Council, the largest printmaking society in North America. She has also been awarded residencies at respected institutions around the world. Her work can be found in numerous collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The current exhibition, Ink Travels seeks to honor Cross’ legacy and to illustrate the positive impact she has had on artists across the nation who have roots in Clemson University and the Upstate. A group of her former students were selected to develop a print based on something they learned from Cross, whether it be about printmaking, art or life in general.
Her former students will lead a summer print exchange workshop series at the CVA-Greenville this June. The goal will be to spread their mentor’s influential printmaking practices to communities within Greenville and the Upstate.
Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00am to 6:00pm
Center for Visual Arts - Greenville 1278 Pendleton St, Greenville, SC