Field Survey of Clemson University Department of Art Brian Gaines, RCID 8800-02

Clemson university's college of architecture, arts, and humanities (CAAH), one of seven colleges that comprises the university,contains 10 departments and seven interdisciplinary programs

Clemson University Amphitheater and Cooper Library, photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Construction Science and Management
  • English
  • History
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Languages
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • City Planning and Real Estate Development

Interdisciplinary Programs

  • PhD in Planning, Design and the Built Environment
  • PhD in Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design*
  • BA in Pan-African Studies
  • BA in Women's Leadership
  • BA in World Cinema
  • Minor in Pan-African Studies
  • Minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

*This program is considered to be trans-disciplinary by program founder, Victor J. Vitanza.

caah administration

Richard Goodstein, Dean of CAAH, with Raquel Anido, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Constancio Nakuma, Associate Dean, CAAH
James Spencer, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, CAAH

Clemson University's department of art,

according to the "About Us" webpage (, is housed in Lee Hall, along with the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning, and Construction Science & Management.

Lee Hall III, photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Abstract Sculpture at Clemson University, photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The Art Department can be considered to be small among major universities, having approximately 100 undergraduate students and 18 graduate students ("About Us").

However, despite its relatively small size, Clemson's Art Department has been the academic home for several renowned artists, such as Sid Cross and John Acorn.

Detail of John Acorn Exhibit at Casselhaus (Chapel Hill, NC) in Summer 2016. Photo courtesy Brian Gaines

Additionally, Clemson's Department of Art also houses several facilities, including the Rudolph E. Lee and John Acorn Galleries, the Center for Visual Arts, and the Emery A. Gunnin Art and Architecture Library.

Rudolph E. Lee Gallery. Photo courtesy Clemson University

Currently, Clemson's Art Department offers intensive study in six disciplines:

  • sculpture
  • drawing
  • ceramics
  • printmaking
  • photography
  • painting

("About Us")

"According to the Art Department's website, the faculty currently consists of "eight full-time studio art faculty, four art historians and four lecturers who represent a diverse range of art specializations and aesthetic directions" ("Art Faculty Bio").

Art Faculty have also been involved in dissertation committees, with the most recent being Beth Lauritis sitting on Mari Ramler's committee.

In regards to a possible secondary area for my research, the Art Department could present a viable option for a secondary research area.

Circular Bar Graph Depicting Suitability of Clemson Art Faculty as Committee Member for Brian Gaines. © 2017, Brian Gaines.
The following faculty, based on their research interests/areas of expertise, may be suitable committee members:
  • David Donar, Digital Production Arts
  • Andrea Feeser, Art and Architectural History (especially in regards to capitalism)
  • Christina Nguyen Hung, Digital Arts*
  • Beth Lauritis, Art History (especially in regards to, "theories of spectatorship and subjectivity (modern and postmodern); historiographies and theories of the avant-garde; gender and postcolonial studies; exhibition histories and theories; performance art, social practice art, surveillance art, and eco-art" ("About").)**
  • Anderson Wrangle, Photography

*Appointment in RCID program. **Has sat on previous RCID committees.

These faculty members, based on their research interests/areas of expertise, would be suitable, but possibly less so than the first group:
  • John Acorn, Emeritus Professor of Sculpture. (Acorn, a personal mentor, has been included as a possible reader based on numerous conversations about art theory, practice, and its implications across society and beyond.)
  • David Detrich, Sculpture/Graduate Director of Art. (especially in regards to Hegel and paradox/irony ("About").)
  • Todd McDonald, Painting. (From his website: "Through abstractions of architectural structures my images explore the contemporary visual rhetoric where the virtual and material collide" ("Home").)
  • Greg Shelnutt, Sculpture. Department Chair. (From his website: "As a sculptor, I am primarily concerned with the manifestation of ideas through the manipulation of form. I think of my sculpture as a form of story telling, be it forceful and overt or subtle and mysterious in its approach. I endeavor to create works that provoke the viewer into questioning accepted notions about culture" ("About Greg Shelnutt").)
  • Kathleen Thum, Drawing. (From her website: "The complex relationship between the man-made and the natural has become increasing influential in my artwork" ("Home").)
These faculty, based on their research interest/areas of expertise, would most likely be less suitable as a committee member
  • Todd Anderson, printmaking
  • Sid Cross, Emerita Professor of Printmaking. (Another possible reader, but not as likely as Acorn.)
  • Lydia Dorsey, Art Appreciation
  • Joey Manson, Foundational Courses/Sculpture. (Manson may be suitable, but as a lecturer may not be able to sit on a committee. More research is needed.)
  • Denise Woodward-Detrich, Director, Lee and Acorn Galleries.
  • Valerie Zimany, Ceramics. (From her website: "My current series, Porcelain Fever, is a collection of work developed in conjunction with creative research focused on Japanese ceramics and decorative arts. As an artist formally trained in Japan, my work appropriates traditional practice to bring to light its ability to reexamine modern presumptions of culture, identity, and history – and reinterpret them into works of original, idiosyncratic expression" ("Artist Statement"). Again, more research is needed here.)

scholarly journals

  • Enculturation (ISSN: 1525-3120)
  • Kairos (ISSN: 1521-2300)
  • Ulmer Textshop (ISSN: 2377-9039)
  • Sequential Art Narrative in Education (S.A.N.E.) Journal (ISSN: 2153-2613)
  • Creative Technology (ISSN: 1355-4638)
  • Design and Culture (ISSN: 1754-7075)
  • Design Quarterly (ISSN: 0011-9415)
  • Journal of Design Research (ISSN: 1748-3050)
  • Media, Culture & Society (ISSN: 0163-4437)
  • Visible Language (ISSN: 0022-2224)
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