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Joseph Burwell, MFA 1999

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Joseph was born in Iceland in 1970 and raised in southwestern Virginia. He began to study Architecture at Savannah College of Art and Design but changed his major to Studio Arts and received his Bachelor Degree at the College of Charleston in South Carolina in 1993. Joseph studied Sculpture in the Graduate Program at Tulane University in New Orleans and graduated in 1999. He taught for 1 year as an Adjunct Professor at both Tulane University and Loyola University before moving to New York City. There he has participated in residencies at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in the PS 122 Project Studio Program, , in The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’S Workspace Program, and in The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Studio Immersion Project. Joseph is a 2011 fellow in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts. He has shown in New York, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Egypt, Canada, South Korea, and at different venues across the US. He currently resides and works in his studio in Brooklyn.

Jeanet Steckler Dreskin, BFA 1942

Jeanet Steckler Dreskin, BFA 1942

Painter, printmaker and medical artist Jeanet Steckler Dreskin (b. 1921) earned a BFA from Newcomb College in 1942, a certificate in Medical Art from Johns Hopkins the following year, and was the first MFA to graduate from Clemson University in 1973. She studied at Newcomb College from 1938-1942 under the direction of Will Henry Stevens, Xavier Gonzalez, Robin Field, and Caroline Durieux. She also took night classes in anatomy with John McCrady at his eponymous art school in the French Quarter. While at Newcomb she was a member of the honorary biological society LAMPYRIDS and served as art director for the Tulane Hullabaloo. Upon graduation she received the Ellsworth Woodward Award in painting.

“The World’s Her Oyster: 70 Years of Making Art exhibit by Jeanet Dreskin is currently on display at the Lee and Acorn Gallery at Clemson University until February 13, 2014.

Included in this exhibition are paintings from the artist’s private collection as well as from the collections of the Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina State Museum, South Carolina State Art, Pickens County Art Museum, Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Spartanburg Art Museum, Palmetto Bank, Hampton III Gallery, and private collectors.

Dreskin’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.; Imperial Chemicals in Manchester, England; Strobel in West Sohne, Munich, Germany; Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y.; Zimmerli Museum of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, G.A.; Asheville Museum in Asheville, N.C.; Columbia South Carolina Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C.; Gibbes Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C.; Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C.; Wells Fargo National Bank in Greenville, S.C., and the Federal Reserve Bank in Charlotte, N.C.

[photo credit: Jana Candler, TALK Magazine]

Helen C. Evans, BA 1965

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Helen C. Evans, the 2005 Newcomb College Alumna of the year, is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A specialist in Early Christian, Byzantine and Armenian art, she received her masters and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. After joining the curatorial staff of the Museum in 1991, she installed the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Byzantine Art, the first galleries dedicated to Byzantine art in an encyclopedic museum, in 2000 and expanded them in 2008.

She has curated three landmark exhibitions on Byzantine Art - Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th – 9th Century) in 2012, Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) in 2004, and The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era (843-1261). Her other exhibitions include: Treasures in Heaven: Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts; Textiles of Late Antiquity; and The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Collecting, in honor of the director’s retirement in 2008.

Dr. Evans has lectured widely in the United States and abroad and has taught at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, Columbia University, Hunter College, the University of Chicago, and Oberlin College. She is a member of the Board of the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Holy Cross College; treasurer and a founding member of the Association of Art Museum Curators; and former chair of the Editorial Board of the Art Bulletin.

Michelle Knox, MFA 2011

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Michelle Knox spent her two years in the Studio Art graduate program studying glass under Gene Koss and Steve Durow. After graduating this May she worked in the New Orleans community with kids ages 8-16 at The New Orleans Glass Works School.

In September, Knox returned to the Bay Area and moved into a new studio at the historic artist compound that legendary ceramicist, Peter Voulkos, started more than 20 years ago.Her first project out of the new space was a successful show in Manhattan at Oracle 113.

Upcoming projects include showing work at the Affordable Art Fair in Los Angeles with Micaela Gallery + Projects and being invited by Sculpture Site Gallery to participate in a Designer Show Case House in Marin County, CA.

Michelle is currently teaching kiln casting, coldworking and hot glass at The Crucible in Oakland, CA.

Click here to learn more about Michelle Knox and her work.

Phoebe Washburn, BFA 1996

Phoebe Washburn, NC '96

Though her work may feature recycled materials, garbage and even plants, installation artist Phoebe Washburn (NC '96) wouldn't exactly call her work a political statement about the environment. 

"My art is more playful than political," says Washburn.

"I'm trying to find ways to map out space, to show systems. And in finding ways to have all that, I began using recycled materials and finding new purposes for things."

The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Washburn has made quite the splash around the world with her work, which has been displayed from Los Angeles to Denmark. The prestigious Whitney Museum 2008 Biennial in New York recognized her work, and her reputation continues to grow. 

Washburn's work is visually striking and complex. Consider her piece Nunderwater Nort Lab, a 2011 creation that took up the main space at Zach Feuer, the New York gallery that represents her. The piece was centered around a massive cylindrical structure constructed out of reused two-by-fours. Audio was pumped in, while objects such as growing green plants under lights and used Gatorade pouches were posed.

Her 2013 installation, Pressure Drop for Richard Strands (a history of one thing to another in lemon-aideness) at Kunsthallen Brants in Odense, Denmark, was a large interactive system set into motion by museum visitors' "thirst."

Washburn's pieces are labor intensive. Before she works, she will visit a potential site, draw sketches, and then craft a proposal for a piece. Wahsburn notes that most of the final construction for her installations takes place inside the venue.

"I build parts and components ahead of time in my studio but ultimately most of the construction is done on-site. It all comes together at the very end," she says. "The process is exciting. But it can also be stressful."

Right now, Washburn is taking time off from creating new pieces. She's busy with her baby daughter, Irie, born in April. Washburn's husband and Irie's father is A.j. Bocchino (TC '96).

 - Andrew Clark, Tulanian, September 2013