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GCCA announces 2019/2020 Brandon Fellows

Fellowship launches artistic careers, promotes diversity


Greenville Center for Creative Arts announced the three 2019/2020 Brandon Fellows last week.
  • Nick Burns (above, left) is an up-and-coming visual artist and a Greenville native. He began his artistic journey as a performing artist at age 5 and has been teaching dance in the upstate for 13 years. In high school he started out as a street artist, drawing caricatures and custom graffiti art at farmers markets and city events. After years of training in graffiti he began creating murals for homes, businesses and communities and now has over 40 commissioned works in South Carolina. Nick is now as a visual arts educator at West Greenville school and plans to increase in artistic abilities to better serve the community and help make visual arts more attainable to less fortunate people.
  • Julius Ferguson (above, center) is a self-taught artist from Greenville. He’s not only a painter but also a storyteller who hopes to inspire others. Julius takes his life experiences and messages that he feels come from God and puts them in his paintings. Julius has been painting since 2015 and hopes to be able to for as long as his energy is needed in this world. He hopes that he can inspire the community and the world one day with his paintings that tell stories.
  • Jaz Henderson (above, right) is a native of Greer and a graduate of Claflin University where he earned a bachelor's in digital design. His dad is an artist as well, so it can be said that art runs in the family and has therefore played a major part in his life. Jaz has always dreamed about being more involved in the arts around his city and of meeting other artists as well. When he found out that he was selected into the Brandon Fellowship, he knew this was a great opportunity for him to showcase his artwork and continue his career as an artist.

About the Brandon Fellowship

The Brandon Fellowship is a 12-month program that aims to develop three emerging artists between the age of 21-30 by providing a supportive environment, mentoring, and art education. The three main goals of the Brandon Fellowship are:

  • to help young artists launch their art career in our community or prepare for formal arts studies

  • to foster a sense of community

  • to promote diversity at GCCA

Each fellow gets an university style studio space at GCCA. Brandon Fellows must spend a minimum of 25 hours per week in the studio. They also benefit from two $250 stipends for art supplies per fellowship period. They also get:

  • dedicated tutors, assigned based on interest and medium, who will guide them during their residency,

  • access to one 6-week class per Art School session,

  • support and mentoring from neighboring studio artists at the art center,

  • to participate in group exhibitions and community events,

  • and to participate in alumni events.

Learn more about the program by going here.

Teach at Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Instructor proposals being accepted now

Submission deadline: Thursday, June 20, 2019
GCCA is currently seeking proposals from teaching artists for the fall 2019 class sessions (Session I: Sept. 9-Oct. 26, Session II:  Oct. 28-Dec. 14). If you've ever had any interest in teaching a class or workshop at the Village of West Greenville's arts anchor, now is your chance. They are looking for artists doing interesting work who double as excellent teachers. GCCA instructors include both working artists and professional educators who possess a willingness to communicate technique and process, strong technical skills, good interpersonal skills, and the ability to teach classes that are open to a range of skill levels, from intermediate to advanced. Proposals can range from six-week classes to one-day, two-day and three-day workshops. In addition to general proposals, we are particularly interested in artists willing to teach specialized classes for teens (examples: concept art, animal anatomy, etc.).

Find out more and submit proposals by clicking here.

Tuning Up: Myriad opportunities for artists + grant writing

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


This one's for you, #SCartists...

[caption id="attachment_34666" align="aligncenter" width="563"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] A spate of calls for art and/or fellowship opportunities came through in recent days, so we're letting you know what we've seen (which, dear reader, is not to be assumed is an exhaustive list of opportunities). Please visit links for deadlines and requirements/restrictions/guidelines! And now, here they are:
  • Submissions are being sought for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2019, the center's fifth survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition will be held at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The 701 CCA S.C. Biennial 2019 will be presented in two parts with openings in September and November. Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply. Artists must be a current resident of South Carolina. Please visit the website for specific details regarding the submissions.
  • Greenville Center for Creative Arts announced that 2019/2020 Brandon Fellowship applications will open June 7, 2019. The Brandon Fellowship is a 12-month program that aims to develop three emerging artists between the ages of 21-30. Brandon Fellows receive a university style studio space at GCCA, a $250 stipend for art supplies per six-month period, an artist mentor, access to one 6-week class per session, and participation in group shows & community events. Please visit the GCCA website for Brandon Fellowship information.
  • Spartanburg/Upstate musicians are encouraged to sign up for live street performances in the Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District. Currently, performances are scheduled to be held near four street intersections: Liberty & East Main streets, Church & East Main streets, Magnolia & Dunbar streets, and W. Main St. Pocket Park by The Coffee Bar. The live performances will take place Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, concluding in October. You must be a Chapman Cultural Center registered musician to perform. A link to join the registry and more information is on this page.

Oh, yeah, grant writing

The Central Midlands Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Columbia, June 17-18, 2019.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county, and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment. Tuition is $455 and includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary. Click here for full event details.

Want to work for GCCA? Of course you do. They’re hiring.

Application deadline: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019


Greenville Center for Creative Arts is looking for a friendly and outgoing individual who has the passion and experience to work in Greenville's only community-focused visual art center.  They have an immediate opening for a part-time (20 hours per week) communications & marketing project manager, reporting to the programs director. The project manager will lead the art center’s efforts to promote GCCA programs, activities, exhibitions, and facilities to local and national media; oversee all marketing initiatives to favorably position and brand the art center and its programs, and facilitate audience and visitor growth in support of the organization’s mission and goals. Go here to see the job description and to apply.  

Tuning Up: CCC awards grants + GCCA workshops + more

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


So we didn't mean for this to be an Upstate Edition, but here we are.
  • Spartanburg's Chapman Cultural Center awarded three individual artists a Community Grant for Quarter 3, 2018/2019, grants cycle! One of CCC's major funding opportunities is through our quarterly Community Grants Program, which awards up to $5,000 per application and is open to both individual artists and non-profits/government agencies. See who was just awarded a grant this cycle.
  • TOMORROW is the deadline to register for Greenville Center for Creative Arts Winter Session I six-week classes (which start Monday, Jan. 7at GCCA). Click here to learn more and register by, again, TOMORROW. You'll find instruction in a diverse range of mediums for every age and artistic skill level. Try something new in the New Year!
  • Going back up I-85 a few stops, Hub City Press announced Lauren Groff will judge the 2019 $10,000 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. More to come here on this, but get a head start: the prize is open to emerging writers residing in 13 Southern states, and submissions are open until April 15, 2019.

GCCA exhibition committee issues call for art

Deadline for proposals: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019


[caption id="attachment_34666" align="aligncenter" width="563"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] It's extra large today because The Hub is feeling festive. Moving along now. Greenville Center for Creative Arts invites established and emerging artists (ages 18+) to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2020/2021 exhibition calendar.  The GCCA Main Gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, national, and international artists from all disciplines in 6 shows per year.  All mediums will be considered for exhibition. Exhibition proposals will be reviewed and scored by the GCCA Exhibition Committee using the following criteria:
  • Work reflects consistency of quality
  • Work reflects clear objectives and a strong overall concept or theme
  • Work represents GCCA’s mission to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration  
  • Only original artwork created and executed by the applicant will be considered for exhibition
Submission Requirements:
  • Artist Statement or Exhibition Description
  • Artist Bio
  • CV or Resume
  • 6-8 images of work
$30 application fee submitted electronically with application form. Click here to submit a solo or group exhibition proposal to GCCA.

GCCA now accepting applications for Brandon Fellowship

Application Deadline: Friday July 13, 5 p.m. Applications are now open for the Brandon Fellowship, a 12-month program of Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) that aims to develop three emerging artists between the age of 21-30 by providing a supportive environment, mentoring, and art education. Applicants can apply online or visit GCCA to pick-up an application at the front desk. The two founders of the Brandon Fellowship have a deeply felt motivation for initiating this opportunity for young artists. They consider themselves fortunate in being beneficiaries of the Rhodes Scholarship.  The founders explain,

"The scholarship provided us with a great education and welcomed us into a community that challenged us to explore and reach farther than we could have otherwise. We made new friends from all walks of life, friendships which continue to broaden our perspectives and enrich our lives over 30 years later.”

This is exactly what they hope the Brandon Fellowships will do for young artists in our community, that they will reap the benefits and share them with those around them, and with those who will come after them. The three main goals of the Brandon Fellowship are:
  • to help young artists launch their art career in our community or prepare for formal arts studies
  • to foster a sense of community
  • to promote diversity at the Art Center
2015 was the Brandon Fellowship program's inaugural year, which coincided with the opening of the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. The program supports the center's mission to be inclusive and serve the whole community with exhibits from local and regional artists, high caliber art classes and workshops and onsite artists' studios. Read more about the fellowship by going here.