UPSTATE Gallery on Main

The Language of Clay

March 7 – April 27, 2019
Reception: Thursday, March 21, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.


UPSTATE Gallery on Main, sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate, is pleased to announce the opening of “The Language of Clay,” an invitational group exhibition of 12 regional artists whose primary material is ceramics. The exhibition opens on March 7 and runs through April 27, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 21, from 5-8 p.m. during Spartanburg ArtWalk.

Curated by Virginia Scotchie, Head of Ceramics in the School of Visual Art & Design at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, the exhibition brings to the viewer a multifaceted array of exploration, inspiration, and possibilities inherent within the medium of clay. Each artist comes to the material with their own unique vision—from non-objective to figurative, from vessel forms to functional—for their creative investigation and artistic output. Ranging from large, wall-mounted works to intimate, small-scale studies, the “The Language of Clay” is an impassioned and much welcome survey of new regional practitioners in the field.

Artists included in the exhibition will be Nick Brutto, Carl Craighead, Robert De Leon, Bri Kinard, Jane Lafferty, Cole Miller, Maggie Mozdzierz, Lindsay Rogers, Virginia Scotchie, Earle Smith, Brittany Sparks, and Olga Yukhno.

University gallery director Jane Nodine said, “We are pleased to present an exhibition that showcases the work of artists using the medium of clay in sculptural and conceptual forms that move away from convention and utility. Our connection to the art program at USC Columbia is long and fruitful, and It is a pleasure to feature several graduate students from their MFA program, giving them the opportunity to share work in a public format. This exhibit offers something for visitors that is atypical and sure to generate conversation.”

Curator Virginia Scotchie exhibits her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has received numerous awards including the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Premiere Award from Shepparton Museum in Victoria, Australia. She has lectured internationally and has been an Artist-in-Residence in Taiwan, Italy, Australia, and the Netherlands. Her clay forms reside in public and private collections including the Yingee Ceramic Museum in Taiwan and the FLICAM Museum in China.

The UPSTATE Gallery on Main is the newest addition of the Upstate Carolina University’s three gallery spaces. Located at 172 E. Main Street in Spartanburg, it is a dedicated art space that presents rotating exhibitions of regional and national artists. The gallery also houses and periodically displays the university’s permanent art collection, including works by Andy Warhol, Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Tworkov, and Beatrice Riese. The gallery is primarily staffed by students as part of an ongoing internship program where they learn how to display, research, and promote the work on exhibit in the gallery. It is open to the public five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) from 12 noon until 5 p.m. More about the UGoM can be found on its Facebook page, UPSTATE Gallery on Main, or by calling Jane Nodine, Gallery Director at (864)-503-5848.


Jane Nodine, Gallery Director
Mark Flowers, Gallery Coordinator
University of South Carolina Upstate
Visual Arts Center 125
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
P: 864-503-5848
F: 864-503-5835