Art Department Chair Receives Prestigious South Carolina Art Commission Fellowship Clemson News


CLEMSON — Valerie Zimany, chair and associate professor in the art department at Clemson University, has received a 2020 Artist Fellowship from the South Carolina Commission on the Arts.

Through the scholarship, the Arts Commission recognizes and rewards the artistic achievements of outstanding individual South Carolina artists. “These rewards can be transformative; they boost artists’ morale and self-perception while allowing them to focus on their art. Former scholars talk about how this can be a life-changing event,” said Ken May, former executive director of the SC Arts Commission. “South Carolina artists are central to our creative economy and are indispensable contributors to the quality of life in our communities. Our agency is proud to deliver these tokens of gratitude on behalf of those most touched by the work honored: the people of South Carolina. »

Valerie Zimany is an innovative ceramic artist, professor and head of the art department at Clemson University.

Zimany, department head and faculty member at the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, will use the award to facilitate her creative practice blending digital and manual processes in ceramics, work that received early support through a CU SEED research grant from the Office of the Vice President of Research at Clemson.

Two-time Fulbright Prize winner and Japanese government researcher Zimany digitally models and fabricates flowers through 3D printing and mold making to explore the cross-cultural influences of Asian and European decorative patterns and the sometimes imperfect translation of codes. cultural through ornament.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship to assist in the creation of new works for several upcoming national exhibitions as well as an upcoming solo exhibition in Kanazawa, Japan,” said Zimany. “The SC Arts Commission’s long history of funding the visual arts is essential for an active future generation of artists in our state and Clemson University’s research campus is the perfect environment to exhibit more students and , by extension, a broader community to how new technologies and tools are used for creative purposes in the context of contemporary art and education.

Zimany joined Clemson University in 2010. While at Clemson, she was selected for numerous solo and group exhibitions and competitions in Asia and across the United States and was acclaimed in the ceramic world for its award-winning research and internationally active masters. Fine Arts graduates. Zimany is a former Fulbright Scholar from the US Department of State and received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship from the US Department of Education.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The commission also collaborates with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Southern Arts. The jurors for the 2020 cycle fellowship were Wendy Earle, Curator of Contemporary Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Bruce Pepich, executive director and curator of collections at the Racine Art Museum and the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, Wisconsin; and Marilyn Zapf, associate director and curator of the Center for Craft, a national nonprofit arts organization based in Asheville, North Carolina.

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