Clemson University

Pretty / Tough Artist Talks and Reception

Jan. 21–Mar. 5 • M–TH, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. • Lee Gallery
Artist Talks & Reception: TH, Jan. 30, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

by Cynthia Camlin, Stacy Isenbarger and Michael Marks

About the Artists:
Cynthia Camlin 
Associate Professor of Art, W. Washington University
Cynthia Camlin's work in painting and drawing explores environmental and geological change through abstracted forms. Several series of work react to ice sheet collapse and glacial melt with complex structures that could also suggest architecture and mathematical pattern..

Camlin is a professor of painting and drawing at Western Washington University. In group exhibitions and educational programs Camlin has joined with artists and curators interested in the ecologies that make our cultural lives possible. Her courses expand the normal pedagogy of painting/drawing to include an interdisciplinary “Art and Ecology” course and "Figure and Symbol," an international course that approaches art-making from an anthropological and global perspective.
Stacy Isenbarger
Associate Professor of Art + Design, Foundations Coord.
University of Idaho
Stacy Isenbarger’s creative pursuits include sculpture, installation, mixed-media drawings & student mentorship. She received her BFA at Clemson University & her MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia—two places she has tremendous gratitude for, especially in regards to how both experiences shaped her approach to teaching. As Foundations Coordinator and Associate Professor of Art + Design at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, USA, she celebrates her opportunities to explore creative communication and empowerment.
A desire to both touch and let go of our past influences drives my mixed-media practice. Material collisions quietly speak to
tensions we have with memories and past environments. Used in both expected and unexpected ways within one artwork,
contradictions of form and media are crafted to communicate human struggle within ourselves.
Michael Marks
Associate Professor of Art, Anderson University
Michael Marks received his BA from Georgia College and State University and MFA from Clemson University. He grew up in rural Georgia, and in eighth grade, acquired his first set of oil paints from his grandmother while learning computer coding at an after school program. He has lived most of his artistic life between these experiences.
Marks was a co-founder and director of the ThreeCitiesGroup artist collective, active for nearly a decade across the Southeast. Working across a range of materials and techniques, his creative work has been shown nationally and internationally in over seventy-five exhibitions in twenty states; in US cities including New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Austin, and Chicago, and internationally in Copenhagen, Prague, and Perth.
My work reflects my role as a consumer and producer of images in the twenty-first century. I use a wide variety of materials including: painting, drawing, and virtual reality software to create immersive visual experiences. These works blend imagery and techniques from both high and low art sources, often assimilating the visual languages of classical painting, animation, abstraction, and comics into a single image.

Aboutthe Exhibit

In the current milieu of technological advance, information is distributed at an incessant pace and purposefully calculated for swift and continued re-consumption. “Pretty / Tough” examines the ways in which artists look beyond the facade to explore the by-products and effects of a globally connected world. Works in the exhibit investigate the seemingly conventional roles of nature, culture and the built environment but peer in from the edges defining alternative narratives to the arcane conditions of domestic, digital, economic and environmental histories.

Participating Artists include: Michael Ashkin, Cynthnia Camlin, Julie Dermansky, Joelle Dietrick, Diane Fox, Stacy Isenbarger, Lori Larusso, and Michael Marks

Image: “If you can Moonlight as the Toothfairy, you can Participate in Collective Disappearance” by Lori Larusso

Thursday, January 30 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Lee Gallery, 1-101 Lee Hall
213 Fernow St Clemson, South Carolina 29634

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Arts/Entertainment, CVA, Visiting Artists/Guest Lectures


College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Art, Center for Visual Arts - CVA, Lee Gallery, Centers and Institutes

Target Audience

General Public, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Parents/Guests, Undergraduate, Graduate, All Audiences, Postdocs




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