Carolyn Ford - Southernisms
Carolyn Ford
Professor of Art

Upcoming Courses

- Figure Drawing
- Beginning Painting
- Ceramics I
- Crafts
- Studio Problems
- Art Internship

The above list of courses is not an exhaustive list. It only includes courses for the current and imminent terms. For more information visit the Course Schedules page.

  • MFA: Washington State University (Ceramics and Drawing)
  • BFA: Middle Tennessee State University (Ceramics, Drawing and Painting)
  • Study Abroad Program: Italy
Professional Accomplishments

Other College Responsibilities

  • Art Program Manager 2020-2021
  • Chair of the Art Department: 2010-2020
  • Exhibit Curator/Director: 2010-2020
  • Candelabra: Faculty Sponsor, Art Department: 2010-2012
  • Total Immersion Methodology Program Teacher, China, Summer 2013

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Professional Development Research Track: 2023-2026
  • Sabbatical & Artist in Resident at Mission Clay Art & Industry: Phoenix, AZ, 2021
  • People’s Choice Award in both Market to Market and Town & Country exhibits: Gaffney Visitors Center and Gallery, 2022
  • First Place in the 2nd Annual Traveling the World exhibit at the In Art Gallery: 2021
  • Best in Show in GRIT at A1 Art Labs: Knoxville, TN,2021
  • Dr. Andrea Alison Student Success Advocate Award: Limestone College, 2020
  • Second Place in All Things Country Music Juried Exhibition: Cookeville, TN, 2019
  • Third Place in Anything Goes Juried Exhibition: CAVA Gallery, 2018
  • Promotion and Tenure: Limestone University, 2011
  • Fullerton Teaching Award: Limestone University, 2006 and 2009

Selected Exhibitions, Publications and Collections


  • Terracotta Corridor, International Travels (public art with publication & documentary film): RAD (Rail Arts District) Napa, CA
  • Through Our Eyes: Art Alumni Revisited: Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN 
  • Strained Separations-Reflections on a Pandemic: LU Hines & Riggins Gallery, Gaffney, SC
  • Intersections in American Art: Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
  • Art for All-I AM: Identity*Stories*Connections: Waterworks Center for the Arts, Salisbury, NC
  • Market to Market, Locals Supporting Local: Gaffney Visitors Center & Gallery, Gaffney, SC (People’s Choice Award)
  • Town & Country: Gaffney Visitors Center & Gallery, Gaffney, SC (People’s Choice Award)
  • Laguna Market Exhibition: NCECA Makers Space Hall, Sacramento, CA (now permanent collection)
  • Tangled Roots: Exploring Appalachian Feminism: Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center, Lexington, KY. 
  • Red: Gaffney Visitors Center and Gallery, Gaffney, SC 
  • Strained Separations: Reflections on a Pandemic: Tower Fine Arts Gallery, Brockport, NY
  • The Crafted Narrative: Limestone University Gallery with juror Carrie Fee, Gaffney, SC


  • 2nd Annual Traveling the World: The In Art Gallery (juror Jason Brown (First Place)
  • All Creatures Great and Small: Carthage Junction, Gordonsville, TN
  • Deck the Walls: CAVA Gallery, Gaffney, SC
  • Material Mugs VI: Underglaze: Companion Gallery (juror Michelle Ettrick), Humbolt, TN
  • Hella Cups: Applied Contemporary (jurors Jamie Bates & Justin Paik Reese), Oakland, CA
  • A Place of Our Own: Limestone University Gallery, Gaffney, SC
  • Ceramics (2nd Annual): The In Art Gallery (juror Chase Gamblin)
  • The Midas Touch: CAVA Gallery, Gaffney, SC
  • Last Call IV: Handmade Ceramics for Storing, Pouring, & Sipping Fine Libations: Companion Gallery (exhibit and publication)
  • GRIT: Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN (Best in Show)
  • This is Us: CAVA Gallery, Gaffney, SC
  • Faculty Show: Limestone University Granberry Gallery
  • 100th Anniversary for the Women’s Right to Vote: CAVA Gallery, Gaffney, SC


  • Guide: Group Invitational Exhibit at Limestone University
  • Permanent Collection: Asheville Art Museum (acquisition of six works)
  • Permanent Collection: Mission Clay Art and Industry (visiting artist acquisition)
  • Speak My Language: Solo Show: Spartanburg Community College, SC


  • Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia: Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
  • ART/RE/RE Pop Up Show: Morganton, NC
  • Anything Goes Again: Gaffney Visitors Center & Art Gallery, Gaffney, SC
  • Black and White with a Pop: Gaffney Visitors Center & Gallery


  • Anything Goes! CAVA Juried Show: Gaffney Visitors Center and Gallery
  • Storyteller--Recent works by Carolyn Ford: Eoff Hall Fine Art Gallery, Motlow State
  • SC Clay>Higher Ed group show: Adele Kassab Art Gallery of Francis Marion Uni., Florence, SC
  • Southern Sampler--Contemporary Artists of the New South: Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery of SUNY Brockport, NY


  • Architecture & History, Go To & Go By…: Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC
  • MTSU Juried Alumni Exhibition: Todd Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
  • I Am Man, Juried Show: Gaffney Visitors Center & Art Gallery, Gaffney, SC
  • Cherokee County OPEN: Gaffney Visitors Center & Art Gallery, Gaffney, SC


  • Faculty Exhibition: Limestone College Granberry Gallery, Gaffney, SC
  • Circular--Recent Works by Carolyn Ford: North Greenville University, SC


  • Discombobulated--Recent Ceramic Works by Carolyn Ford: Wofford College, SC


  • MTSU Juried Alumni Exhibition: Todd Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Empty Bowls: Gaffney

Selected Memberships and Organizations

  • National Potter¹s Guild
  • NCECA (National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts)
  • SCAA (Smith County Arts Association)
  • CAVA (Cherokee County Alliance of Visual Artists)

Most Recent Community Service, Volunteerism, Charitable Events and Fundraising:


  • SC 250 Revolutionary War Committee
  • Downtown Christmas Window Painting
  • Juror: Union County Art Contest
  • Scholars Academy Fall Festival Art Auction Donation
  • Homecoming Craft Sale Fundraiser


  • Peach City Brewery Mural
  • Downtown Christmas Window Painting
  • Homecoming Craft Sale Fundraiser


  • Alumni & Development Art Donation and Reprinting Rights for “Curtis Hall”


  • Potter: Sales for departmental trip to Italy, Spain and Portugal