Raised in the red clay of South Carolina's"dark corner" and my Grandparent’s farm in western Pennsylvania, I have spent my life living and traveling through the heart of Appalachia. This has instilled a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the region and a fascination with the heavy industries of mining, farming and natural gas that dwell there. I am inspired by my surroundings and make drawings about issues that impact my family, rural life and the landscapes in the region. My work examines our ever changing relationships to place through layers of personal history, industrial changes to the terrain and the rich American landscape painting tradition. Drawing is my media of choice, because it parallels these layers of information in the landscape by holding evidence of decisions made during the working process and showing changes in the work that have taken place over time. By using this direct connection of media and concept, I explore the personal connections to the land, politics and history that make up rural Appalachian culture.
Carly Drew holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Clemson University, a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Converse College and a BA in Art History. She's had solo exhibitions at Tennessee Tech University, Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, and Morganton City Hall in Morganton, NC. Drew's work has been included in several group exhibitions, most recently in "The New South" at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, GA, "SCOPE: The Southern Landscape" at Visual Art Exachange in Raleigh, "Art of the South" at the University of Memphis and "Ley Lines: Connecting Media, Process, Imagery & Process Across Contemporary Drawing" at Jacksonville State University. In 2014 she helped co-curate "Art of the Hunt" at Greenwood Arts Center and in 2016-2017 the "Drawn South" group show at Riverworks Gallery and the Benson Campus of Greenville Technical College. In 2015 she received a travel stipend from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the "Picturing the Americas" Exhibit and International Symposium. Her work received top honors from juror Chad Alligood at Drawl Gallery's "The Gun Show" in Little Rock, she has also received a Director's Award at the 2016 LaGrange Southeast Regional, the John Acorn Award for Studio Art from Clemson University and is a three time winner of "Best in Show" at the annual Greenwood Festival of Flowers Juried Exhibition. Drew has been published in Manifest's INDA #11, Glimpse Magazine, 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art by Sandra Salamony and has work in both national and international collections. She teaches design and drawing at Greenville Technical College and Clemson University, while living and maintaining a studio in Landrum, South Carolina.