SCAD Painting Alumnus (M.F.A. Painting, 2009) Charles Clary wins ArtFields top prize!

SCAD M.F.A. Painting (2009) alumnus Charles Clary wins $50,000 ArtFields prize in Lake City.

More than 400 distinct works of art were positioned in over 40 venues throughout downtown Lake City for the nine-day art festival. Clary’s work, called “Be Kind Rewind,” was in the Ragsdale Old Building or R.O.B. His piece was made from multiple found VHS boxes that he decorated with hand-cut paper.

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 10.48.37 AM.png
“I repurpose retro-pop culture VHS from my childhood to re-envision the movies and fiction that became my surrogate parents and allowed me to find order from my chaos, beauty from destruction, and hope for more joyous times,” he said in his ArtFields artist statement.


Charles Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown, Tennessee. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

He has shown in exhibitions at Galerie EVOLUTION-Pierre Cardin in Paris, France, completed a three week residency in Lacoste France, completed a painting assistantship with Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn NYC, and had work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan. Clary has been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including, This is Colossal, WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hi Fructose,, Bluecanavs Magazine, and This Is Colossal. He has also been featured in publications including 500 Paper Objects,Paper Works,Paper Art,Papercraft 2,PUSH: Paper,and The New Twenties.

Charles has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in numerous solo and group shows, is represented by Diana Lowenstein Gallery in Miami, FL, and Patrajdas Contemporary Gallery in Ogden, Utah. Clary currently lives and works in Conway, South Carolina.

Follow the artist on Instagram @CharlesClary

Charles Clary artist talk:

For more about the artist:


Follow the SCAD Painting Department on Instagram @SCADpaint, #scadpainting | #scadalumni | #scadbfa | #scadmfa | #alexanderhallstudios

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s