The City of Clemson Proposes the Building of a New Arts Center.

The Arts Center of Clemson is pleased to share with you the City voted to construct a new Arts Center in the community.  At the beginning of May 2018, The City came to The Arts Center with a proposal for the building and to inform Board and staff a line item was already included in the proposed FY18/19 budget. The plan also includes transforming the vacated space within the Calhoun Bridge Center building into a larger Clemson Area African American Museum.

As the Board and staff of The Arts Center begin to navigate all the details, we are excited about the possibility of expanding our programming and the proposed investment in the arts and cultural life of Clemson.

We estimate that logistics and fundraising will take 2-3 years before construction begins. In the meantime, we will continue to provide the community with educational programming in our existing space.

Thank you for your support of The Arts Center of Clemson.

September 14, 2018 Update: 

All the involved organizations have agreed to receive a formal proposal and fee schedule from the consulting firm, The Winkler Group. The City staff will be preparing a RFP for architectural consulting services. Rick Cotton, the City Administrator, anticipates the RFP will take about 45 days for the advertisement and receipt of proposals.

February 27, 2019 Update:

The Winkler Group has begun the feasibility study for the Capital The Campaign. The building steering committee will receive the report around May 24th.

The chosen location for the new arts center is Frontage Road to the left of the United Methodist Church. The Church and the City of Clemson have a Letter of Intent to sell. The Church would like to see a shared parking plan and an architectural rendering of the facade of the building before agreeing to sell the property. The letter of intent allows the property to be appraised.

The architectural firm of Boudreaux from Columbia, SC has been chosen to design the new arts center.

Summer 2019


The City Council has put a hold on the building project to conduct additional research.