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Upstate Art Gallery

Valerie Zimany: Stand Long Enough Among the Flowers

1.19 - 2.24.2023

opening reception during ArtWalk 

1.19.2023 5-8pm | artist talk at 5:30pm

Valerie Zimany’s work blends Asian and European botanical patterns of 18th and 19thcentury export wares, exploring the transculturation that produced intricate floral designs known as Hanazume from their origins in Japan’s commodity exchanges with Europe. Incorporating advances in digital technology in ceramics, Zimany utilizes both virtual sculpting software and hand-crafting techniques to render densely ornamented surfaces that speak to cultural mixture, conjuring temporal as well as technological incongruencies.

Valerie Zimany is Chair and Professor of Art, Ceramics, at Clemson University in South Carolina, and her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. She received her MFA in Crafts/Ceramics at Kanazawa College of Art as a Fulbright Fellow and Japanese Government Scholar, and she was awarded a three-year residency at the Utatsuyama Craft Workshop in Kanazawa, Japan. She received a second Fulbright grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2011.

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The gallery is directed and curated by Dr. Lex Lancaster, Assistant Professor of Art History and Gallery Director at USC Upstate.


The USC Upstate Art Gallery, located in the Chapman Cultural Center, pursues the academic and creative missions of USC Upstate through the presentation, interpretation, and discussion of contemporary art. 

During the academic year, this gallery will exhibit the work of diverse artists working in the Southeast and beyond; and offer programming that highlights the artistic and cultural contributions of these artists. During the summer months, the gallery displays artwork from Upstate's permanent collection. 

For more information, contact Gallery Director Lex Lancaster, Follow the gallery on Facebook and Instagram @USCUpstateartgallery to learn about future exhibitions and events.


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