The Department of Visual Arts provides a strong foundation in art studio, graphic design, art history, and art education through quality instruction, rigorous review, and innovative curricula. Using the teacher-scholar model, we embrace engaged learning and encourage faculty research. Faculty and students seek collaboration with our community through public exhibitions, lectures, internships, and student mentoring programs. Students are trained to think critically and to develop the skills necessary to pursue an active life of scholarly inquiry and creative expression.
Graphic Design Professor Recognized as teacher of the year
Jacob Cotton, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, was awarded the 2015 Teacher of the Year Golden Apple at DSVC National Student Show and Conference in Dallas, TX.
CCU Students Dominate 2015 ADDY Awards, winning best of show and the judges choice award
11 students took home ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation of the Coastal Carolinas. Congrats to Tori Jordan for winning Best of Show for her work on the Athenaeum Press project titled, "Gullah: The Voice of an Island," and Corina Cudebec for winning the Student Judges Choice Award for her Beetlejuice Title Sequence. Congratulations to all of you who won and thank you for making CCU a better place!
Paul Olsen: "Contemporary American Photography"
Professor of Graphic Design Paul Olsen's photography will be on display at ARTSPACE.
CCU Faculty Wins Best of Show
Coastal Carolina University Art Studio faculty Jim Arendt won best of show honors at the Intertwined: Contemporary Southeastern Fiber Art
CCU Faculty Awarded
Coastal Carolina University Art Studio faculty member Brian "Cat" Taylor was recently recognized at the Pee Dee Regional Art Competition at the Florence Museum. Cat recieved "3rd place honors in this years competition.
Photography Student Featured on Oxford American
Featured today on the Oxford American blog titled "Eyes on the South" is CCU photography student Brant Barrett!
Art Student wins award
Joshua Knight's watercolor painting titled "Anticipation" has won an award at the Transparent Watercolor Society of America's Student Exhibition.
Archairos wins best of show
The student produced Literary Art Magazine Archairos recently won Best of Show for at this years ACP/CMA conference in Philadelphia. It also came in second at the national Pinnacle Awards for Literary Art Magazine of the Year. Both contests feature entries from all over the US and Canada.
Maura Kenny: "Paintings"
Professor of Art Maura Kenny's paintings on display at ARTSPACE.
CCU Professor selected for Prize in Contemporary Southern Art
Jim Arendt is an assistant art professor at Coastal Carolina University, and his work explores the shifting concept of labor. He paints, draws, and sculpts, and is best known for his works in denim — one of his denim pieces won the grand prize at the 2013 Artfields Festival in Lake City, S.C.
CCU art professor elected to European Academy
Arne R. Flaten, professor of art history and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University, has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA). He is the first professor in CCU’s history, and the first in the state of South Carolina, to receive this distinction.
CCU Faculty Win Art Show
Coastal Carolina University Art Studio faculty Brian "Cat" Taylor and Logan Woodle where recently recognized at the Great Getaway Juried Art Exhibition in Lumberton, NC. Cat recieved "Best in Show" honors and Logan took second place in this years competition judged by Jennifer Dasal.
CCU Student receives "Best in Show" at the District addy competition
Cory McNair, Graphic Design was awarded "Best in Show" during the Distircit Addy Competition for his bottle design. The prestigious Student ADDY awards are presented for the most outstanding student work in the region. The region includes South Carolina, North Carolina, Virgina and Washington D.C.
CCU Students Dominate 2014 ADDY Awards
Coastal Carolina University graphic design and photography students won 51 ADDY Awards in the Student Division, in print design, web design, packaging, illustration and photography. Marcello Garofalo took home special honors receiving the Best in Show Award for his Chasing the Paper Canoe book design. The prestigious Student ADDY awards are presented for the most outstanding student work in the region. The region includes the Florence, Georgetown, Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas as well as Wilmington, N.C.
Graphic Design Student Recieves award
Marcello Garofalo received Gold recognition for his Modernism poster from the Graphis New Talent series which showcases the year’s best student work.read more >>
jim arendt is Best of Show at Art Fields 2013, win's $50,000 grand prize
Coastal Carolina University Art Studio Faculty win's the prestigious Art Fields juried art exhinition and it's $50,000 grand prize! ArtFields® is a unique Art Competition and Celebration to be held in the historic community of Lake City, South Carolina. This 10-day event features live music, dancing, delicious Southern foods, and cash prizes totaling $100,000 that will be awarded to winning artists, including the $50,000 Top Prize, the $25,000 Juried Panel prize, the $12,500 People’s Choice 2-D, and the $12,500 People’s Choice 3-D.
Ashes2Art Students Win Award
Ashes2Art students Marcello Garofalo and Brandon Rudolph have had their research selected into the prestigious Posters on the Hill undergraduate research competition in Washington DC. Garofalo & Rudolph's research, which focuses on "Kinecting Cultural Heritage Sites With Immersive Audio-Gesture Based Learning Environments", was one of 60 undergraduate research projects selected in the nation in this year's competition.
CCU Student receives "Best in Show" at BigSUR
Jamey Lennane, Visual Arts 2013, was awarded "Best in Show" during the Big South Undergraduate Research (BigSUR) Intercollegiate Juried Exhibition. Artworks by University students from across the south competed at High Point University for this top honor. This years competition was judged by Todd Drake.
Ashes2Art Facutly and Students Attend Conference in Australia
Dr. Flaten and Professor Case along with students Marcello Garofalo and Brandon Rudolph attend the annual Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference in Perth Australia. Flaten and Case chaired the session " Immersive digital Archaeology? Emerging Technologies to Envision the Past"; Garofalo presented a paper on the digital reconstruction of the Cyrene Treasury while Rudolph demoed a programmed Audio-Gesture based learning environment using a Microsoft Kinect.
The Student Artist Society (SAS) raises money for charity with their Empty Bowls fundraising project.
Their greatest accomplishment over the course of the academic year was their second Empty Bowls event to raise money to donate to charities combating homelessness. The SAS organized the making of 150 ceramic bowls by hand, including creating, trimming, bisque firing, glazing, and glaze firing. Students and Visual Arts Department faculty donated homemade soup. The bowls were sold for five, ten, or fifteen dollars depending on size. Purchase of a bowl entitled the buyer to free refills of soup as well of course to keeping the bowl. This event brought together students, faculty, and representatives from Street Reach and the Shepherd's Table and raised $1330 to be divided between those two charitable organizations.
CCU Students Win Graphic Design Awards
Coastal Carolina University graphic design students dominated the 2013 ADDY Awards in the Student Division, winning a total of 20 ADDY awards in print design, web design, packaging and illustration. Travis Rogers took home special honors receiving the Judges Choice Award for his Gekkeeikan bottle design. The prestigious Student ADDY awards are presented for the most outstanding student work in the region. The region includes the Florence, Georgetown, Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas as well as Wilmington, N.C.
senior SHOW displayed Dec. 6 - 15
Coastal Carolina University studio art and graphic design seniors will showcase their talents at the biannual Portfolios Exhibition Dec. 6 to 15 at the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery.
Deck the Halls Art Show Dec. 14 - 31
Come join visual arts faculty and students participating in the first annual “Deck the Halls” skateboard deck design exhibition for an opening reception on Friday, December 14, at 7pm at the Coastal Coffee Bar located at 748 Hwy 544 in Conway. The decks will be on display thru the month of December.
DESIGN STUDENTS WIN PUBLICATION AWARDS
Coastal Carolina University’s student designed publications Tempo and Archarios were both recognized by the College Media Advisors and Associated Collegiate Press National Conference in Chicago (ACP/CMA). Tempo received 3rd place in the best of show category for features magazines and Archarios received 3rd place in the literary/art category.
VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS GIVE BACK
The Student Artist Society (SAS) raised $500.00 with their Empty Bowls charity fundraising project. They donated the proceeds to Street Reach, a Non-Profit Organization assisting the homeless in the Myrtle Beach area.
GRAPHIC DESIGN TEAM'S LOGO HONORED.
A Coastal Carolina University’s Graphic Design Professor and Graduate have teamed up to design a winning logo. Scott Mann, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, and Coastal Graduate, Alecia Lewis, have collaborated to design a logo for Studio 910 that has gathered honors from two prestigious publications.
Dr. Arne Flaten, Publication
Dr. Arne Flaten, Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, recently published Medals and Plaquettes in the Ulrich Middeldorf Collection at the Indiana University Art Museum 15th to 20th Centuries in association with the Indiana University Art Museum. Douglas Lewis, Curator Emeritus of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, National Gallery of Art, describes the work as "A truly superb piece of diligent and meticulous scholarship that significantly advances the knowledge and discourse about its famous field."
senior SHOW displayed
Coastal Carolina University's Department of Visual Arts will display the work of senior art students during two "Portfolios" exhibits in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery. Studio Art students' work will be presented from Thursday, April 12 to Friday, April 20; Graphic Design students' work will be on display from Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, May 5. The exhibits are free to attend and open to the public.