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Dear Art Student,

I teach studio art classes at a liberal arts university. This, of course, provides me with a particular way of thinking about the purpose of higher education. But I'm also a parent. And that provides me with a new way of thinking about the purpose of higher education. Show More Summary

it was the summer of accidental adventures

2 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Last summer was great. It was the Summer of Waterfalls. And really, how can you top that? This summer I entertained lots of ideas. The summer of treehouses. The summer of beaches. The summer of sitting around in your underwear and watching tv. Show More Summary

politics, religion and idiots

3 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

I’m not an idiot. OK, if you’ve seen me accidentally blow something up or stand on a rolling, spinning office chair to reach something high, you may disagree with that. Heck, I’ll be the first to tell you that sometimes I do some boneheaded things with comedic results, but in all seriousness…I am not an idiot. Show More Summary

two things and an offer

4 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

thing one: It's the end of summer break and it's been a wonderful summer. I did some art thinking at the beginning of break but my brain has been in idle for a couple of months now. I need to be able to have coherent thoughts soon. I need to sharpen my brain for some critical thinking and teaching soon. Show More Summary

st augustine! (part deux)

4 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Last summer we ventured down I-95 into Florida to scope out St. Augustine. We loved it there and we found it difficult to do everything we wanted to do in a week. So this summer we decided to go back to finish what we started. We pretty much made up everything on the fly. Show More Summary

The Vista Greenway Project

5 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

This has been the year of great art opportunities. The latest wonderful thing to come to me was being invited to create a permanent public sculpture for the City of Columbia's newest section of the Vista Greenway. The Greenway is a walking/biking path created to connect local neighborhoods with Finlay Park and with the Vista area of Columbia. Show More Summary

SUMMER STUDIO SALE!!

5 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

It's time for the Summer Studio Sale. The one time of year I invite people to my house. Saturday, July 16 you'll be able to tour my small drawing and sculpture studios and purchase super cool artwork at super affordable prices. Here's what you need to know: The location. Show More Summary

the great, big, long vacation post

6 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

'maggy and milly and molly and may' maggy and milly and molly and may went down to the beach(to play one day) and maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and milly befriended a stranded starShow More Summary

New Flying Spaniel

I have been commissioned to 'do' another spaniel. Here is the clay original. She will be 'feathered' at the wax stage and the he pillar removed.

and now summer

6 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Today I slept late. All the way to 7 am. Then I made waffles. This was the beginning of my summer break. Commencement was way back on April 30. I did a gallery talk in Greenville the next day. The day after that I got up at 6 am, ran, did PiYo and headed down to the basement studio to make sculpture. Show More Summary

'Hermione' a new 'Girl On Tummy'

I was commissioned by an old friend to do another girl on tummy. The original was one of my first works back in the last century! She was very popular and sold out quite quickly. 'Hermione' I hope will be appreciated too, in another eight households. The first has now made the trip to her new home on the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

GCMA Exhibit extended!

6 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

I'm thrilled to tell you that my exhibit at the Greenville County Museum of Art has been extended through July 3, 2016. That's an extra month to go by and see some colorful, goofy drawings and sculptures on your summer break! Thank you to everyone who has made the effort to go by and see the exhibit already. Show More Summary

awesome student work, spring '16

7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

This semester Braden wanted to design and create a typographic sculpture to install on campus. He spent a significant amount of time researching different examples of typographic sculptures as well as different sculptural media and processes. Show More Summary

brand new adults: graduation 2016 or the four year hug

7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

This week we said our farewells to another great group of artists and sent them out into the world. This group really bonded together as a family during their 4 years as Lander Visual Art majors. And with their big personalities and truckloads of talent, they also bonded together with their professors during that time. Show More Summary

more art shenanigans (with awards and doughnuts)

7 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Lander once again participated in the Collegiate Art Invitational Exhibition at the Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters this year. Each year, universities in the upstate area of South Carolina are invited to select 6 students from their department to exhibit. Show More Summary

sculpture deathmatch 2016!

8 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

The Sculpture Deathmatch (copyright) has become an academic tradition at Lander University. Each spring we set aside a Saturday and choose two teams of sculptors to do battle. Each team has 12 hours to design, create and install a public sculpture on campus. Show More Summary

Exhibit at Greenville County Museum of Art

8 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Y'all, I'm having a solo exhibition at the Greenville County Museum of Art April 6 - June 5! The exhibit is titled "Local Talent: Doug McAbee" and can be found in the Level 1 Gallery. You can also see exhibits by Amer Kobaslija, Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns. Show More Summary

spring art hike 2016

8 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Plan A for the spring art hike was to hike the 2.2 miles up to Rainbow Falls and take our time enjoying the sights in Jones Gap State Park. We had a big group signed up and when Blue and I arrived at the park entrance, there was a line of cars waiting to get in. Show More Summary

making a mace

8 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Back in November a colleague at school asked me if I had ever made a ceremonial mace. I said no. Then he asked if I'd consider making one. Lander University was founded in 1872 and though we've had a ton of ceremonies since then, we've never had a mace as a part of those ceremonies. Show More Summary

spring break...almost

9 months agoArts / Sculpture : Nightswimming

Last Friday was College Art Day at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Each spring, the museum creates a cool day for high school art students. They get to take a field trip to the museum, see free art exhibits, shop around the art departments in the state and hear from professional artists who went to school in South Carolina. Show More Summary

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