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Jason Rapp

GCCA announces Brandon Fellows for 21/22

The Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) announced the recipients of the 2021/2022 Brandon Fellowship at its Annual Showcase on Aug. 6.

The Fellowship is a 12-month program that aims to develop three emerging artists between the ages of 21 to 30 who represent the diversity of the Greenville visual arts community. Now in its seventh year, the program provides free studio space, a stipend for supplies, a supportive environment, mentorship, and art education, including professional development resources, to help these artists thrive in the next step of their education, career, or business.

The Recipients

Kim Le (left) is an alumna of the Fine Arts Center at Wade Hampton High School. She recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Winthrop University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Kim won the distinction of being the only student ever to have received first place in three consecutive undergraduate juried exhibitions at Winthrop University Galleries. She is a mixed media artist who uses her art to explore the abject adolescent feminine psyche. Working in a variety of mediums, her goal is to decontextualize objects of feminine consumerism to explore the "true" and "false" self as it relates to repressed violence, aggression, and abjection in the female mind. Terrell Washington (center) makes intimate paintings inspired by his dreams and what he sees in the world around him. His high-energy, colorful pieces are layered with meaning and reflect the personal, spiritual, and societal challenges he has experienced in his young life. Primarily self-taught, Terrell is a painter with a natural eye for design, composition, and color. During his senior year at Eastside High School, Terrell became a member of the National Arts Honor Society. He has also participated in Artisphere several times, where he received an Honorable Mention and two First Place awards in the student exhibition. In addition to painting, Terrell is a partner in a business where he produces unique and custom-designed T-shirts. Sienna Patterson (right) creates unique and expressive metal and enamel jewelry and is also a proficient watercolor and ink artist. She previously studied at the Fine Art Center at Wade Hampton High School, where she excelled in metals classes and robotics. While in high school, Sienna was selected to exhibit at Art Fields in the junior division and won several Scholastic Art and Writing awards. Her use of color is vibrant and rich, and is expressed seamlessly across all of the mediums in which she works. Sienna continues to explore mediums and ways to expand her creative expression and is driven by a desire to make art accessible and present for all populations.
This year’s Brandon Fellows selection committee included chair Pamela Adams, design professional and Art in Public Places Commissioner for the city of Greenville; a photographer and member of the original Brandon Fellows class of 2016; Danielle Fontaine, artist and Brandon Fellowship Founder; Julio Hernandez, a GCCA board member and chief of staff of the Office of Hispanic Outreach for the Division of Inclusion and Equity at Clemson University; Glory Day Loflin, working artist and member of the original Brandon Fellows class of 2016; Ashley Waller, working artist and Brandon Fellows alumna from 2016-17, and Kara Bale, operations manager for GCCA who oversees the fellowship program. “The competition was fierce again this year and demonstrates the quality of artistic talent in Greenville,” said Kim Fabian, GCCA’s executive director. “We are delighted to welcome these artists to the GCCA family and be a part of their growth. For many of our recipients, we know this program can be the distinguishing opportunity that allows them to make a living doing the work that inspires them and enriches our community.” Previous Brandon Fellows alumni have gone on to become full-time working artists, designers, participants in Artisphere and other festivals, graduate students, artists-in-residence, instructors, community muralists, published artists, grant recipients, and award winners. An exhibition featuring the work of the 2020/2021 Brandon Fellows, Anna Grace Cunningham, Evan Givens, and Savannah Ralph is on display through Sept. 22 in GCCA’s Main Gallery, which is free and open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. To learn more about the Brandon Fellowship, visit www.artcentergreenville.org.
Greenville Center for Creative Arts is a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration. For more information, visit www.artcentergreenville.org, call 864.735.3948, or check out GCCA on Facebook (Greenville Center for Creative Arts) & Instagram (@artcentergvl).

Jason Rapp

Brandon Fellowship opportunity for emerging Greenville artists

Three sought for high-profile GCCA program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Greenville Center for Creative Arts is seeking artists to apply for the 2021-22 Brandon Fellowship.

The high-profile, 12-month program aims to develop three emerging artists between the ages of 21-30 by providing a supportive environment, mentorship, and art education. The three main goals of the Brandon Fellowship are:
  • To help launch young artists
  • To foster a sense of community
  • To reflect the diversity of Greenville artists
The application opened Monday. All materials must be submitted by the application closing date of July 7, 2021.

Criteria for eligibility

Criteria for eligibility may vary over time depending on the demographic make-up of the active artist community at GCCA. To fulfill the goal of promoting diversity, initially and for the foreseeable future, the basic criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Applicants must be resident of Greenville County.
  • Applicant must be between 21 and 30 years of age.
    • Applicants who turn 21 before the end of the application period are eligible to apply. Applicants who turn 31 before the application period opens are not eligible to apply.
  • Prior professional art training or post-secondary education is not required.
  • Successful candidates will be highly talented, self-motivated artists with the discipline to work on their own. They will also be community-minded and eager to participate in group activities with other Brandon Fellows and events at GCCA.
  • At the time of application, an applicant must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least 5 years.
  • Selection will be made without regard to marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

Benefits of the Brandon Fellowship

  • A free university-style studio at GCCA, where a minimum of 25 hours per week must be spent working. Fellows often interact with guests during GCCA’s public hours.
  • A $500 stipend for art supplies.
  • Complimentary classes and workshops at GCCA.
  • Mentorship from a local artist.
  • Presentation of an ARTalk lecture.
  • Participation in an exhibition in August-September.
  • Opportunities for networking, collaboration, and participation in other local arts events.
  • A visit to a local or regional museum of interest.
  • Broad exposure as an artist in Greenville and beyond.

Learn more and start your application here.

Jason Rapp

State Art Collection returns to Greenville this evening

‘Contemporary Conversations’ at Greenville Center for Creative Arts


Selections from the 466-piece State Art Collection go on exhibition at Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) in “Contemporary Conversations” starting Thursday, Dec. 4 and running through Jan. 27, 2021.

  • WHO:           Greenville Center for Creative Arts + South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)
  • WHAT:         The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations
  • WHEN:        Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 through Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 Wednesdays through Fridays from 1-5 p.m.
  • WHERE:      Greenville Center for Creative Arts (101 Abney St., Greenville)
Contemporary Conversations begins with an opening reception Friday, Dec. 4 from 5-8 p.m. The reception is free, but registration is required. Following the reception, the public can view the exhibition in person Wednesdays through Fridays from 1-5 p.m. until it closes Jan. 27. An online gallery is to go live once the exhibition begins for those who prefer a virtual experience. (Ed. note: the virtual gallery is live as of Dec. 17.) Eleanor Heartney, New York-based contemporary art critic and author, is the curator for Contemporary Conversations. She will give an artist talk Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 6-7 p.m. at the gallery and via Zoom. Registration is live for the free talk.
Established in 1967 as one of the first programs of the SCAC, the State Art Collection has grown to include 466 works in a variety of media and styles by 288 South Carolina contemporary artists. It serves to encourage, support, and promote South Carolina’s creative visual artists (#SCartists) and is of historic and cultural importance to the people of the state. Small exhibitions featuring work from the collection are organized on a regular basis for rural and isolated areas inside and outside of the state. The collection is supported in part by the South Carolina Arts Foundation.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: CAE lands call for art; Carter Boucher, GCCA news

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...


CAE: S.C.'s newest arts hotspot taking off?

(Sorry, we couldn't resist. The pilot has illuminated the fasten seat belts sign, because it gets worse.) Columbia Metropolitan Airport (Lexington County) has been active on the arts scene in the past week. Consider:
  • Midlands artists, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Last week CAE announced a call for Midlands artists to exhibit their artwork at the airport's new rotating exhibition. That is cleared for takeoff October 2020 into 2021. A new program, Art in the Airport is also intended to enhance travelers’ experience while “creating a sense of place” within the airport. Upon landing, travelers will see the art "which showcases the life and culture of the Midlands." Artists accepted may sell their work(s), and CAE will not be taking any commissions. That's more than ... fare; it's an upgrade! This link will route you to your final destination for more information from ColaDaily.com.
  • Yesterday, a partnership with Transitions Homeless Shelter continued as 18 works of art by past and present residents of the shelter were displayed. These works, too, are available for purchase. Residents keep their commissions as well. Read more about the new exhibition from (again) ColaDaily.com.


Carter Boucher news

Works by #SCArtists Carter Boucher is being noticed. To wit:
  • Another of his Enigma series paintings accepted in a juried show. This time, his painting "Pandemic Engulfment" (acrylic on canvas) was accepted in the Mid-Atlantic Juried Art Show in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Further, his poem, "A Love Letter To Covid 19," was accepted for publication in Constellations. Boucher has had four creative pieces, three poems and one creative non-fiction piece, accepted so far this year. He also published his book, How to Be an Artist in Residence (And Excel at It!) on Amazon.

GCCA honors founder

[caption id="attachment_45309" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Linda Furman surrounded by family and friends in front of new building signage bearing her name. GCCA photo.[/caption] Greenville Center for Creative Arts has completed a $1 million fundraising campaign to sustain operations and expand its impact—all in the name of a beloved member of the Greenville arts community. GCCA’s historic Cloth Building at 101 Abney St. will now be named the Linda Quinn Furman Building in honor of one of its founders, a dynamic artist and philanthropist. Family and friends surprised her with the announcement yesterday when they stopped by GCCA to view the newly installed signage (above).

Jason Rapp

New Brandon Fellows announced by GCCA

[caption id="attachment_45253" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Visual artist sketching in a studio with art displayed around him. Brandon Seabrook Nelson a 2016/2017 Brandon Fellow. GCCA photo by Polly Gaillard.[/caption]

Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) announced last week three new recipients of its Brandon Fellowship for the 2020/2021 cultural year.

Anna Grace Burch, Evan Givens, and Savannah Ralph are embarking on a year long journey through the program. The Brandon Fellowship aims to develop three emerging artists between the ages of 21-30 who represent the diversity of the Greenville community. Presented annually, the fellowship provides a supportive environment, mentorship, 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 the Art Center
Antonio Modesto Milian, a photographer and 2015/2016 Brandon Fellow, was chairman of the selection panel. Additional panelists included Danielle Fontaine, Julio Hernandez, Sandra Rupp, and program facilitator Marlowe Shuck of GCCA. Let's meet the 2020/2021 artists.

Anna Grace Burch headshotAnna Grace Burch

Anna Grace is a graduate of Anderson University and painter who expresses her passion for astronomy, anatomy, and world cultures throughout her work. She thoughtfully explores topics such as universal languages and the human experience. Her goal through the Brandon Fellowship is to engage with the community, create thought-provoking work, and advance her art career forward.  

Evan Givens headshotEvan Givens

Evan is a photographer and poet from Detroit who was introduced to photography at the Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities. His work is centered around nostalgia, emotional bonds, and moving through trauma. Evan plans to use the Brandon Fellowship as a platform to help people from different backgrounds connect with each other, while growing as an artist and a leader in the Greenville community.  

Savannah Ralph headshotSavannah Burch

Savannah is a painter and graduate of the Fine Arts Center whose work prompts discussions around important topics such as gender, beauty standards, and mental illness. It is her goal as an artist to make groups of people who aren’t typically recognized feel seen. She plans to utilize the Brandon Fellowship to strengthen her ties in the community, improve her techniques, and push her art career forward.

Career development

To help artists awarded Brandon Fellowships along their career paths, GCCA offers these benefits:
  • A free university-style studio at GCCA, where a minimum of 25 hours per week must be spent working. Fellows often interact with guests during GCCA’s public hours.
  • A $250 stipend for art supplies per six-month period.
  • Complimentary classes and workshops at GCCA
  • Mentorship from a local artist
  • Presentation of an ARTalk lecture
  • Participation in an exhibition in August-September
  • Opportunities for networking, collaboration, and participation in other local arts events
  • A visit to a local or regional museum of interest
  • Broad exposure as an artist in Greenville and beyond

Future fellows

If these opportunities sound good to you, know that you need to be a Greenville County resident between 21-30 years old and, at the time of application, a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. for at least 5 years. Click here to learn more about applying for the GCCA's next Brandon Fellowships.

Submitted material

GCCA makes call for Upstate artists

Digital exhibition coming

Submission deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020

GCCA knows its community, like many others, has been deeply affected by the current discourse in our country and beyond.

We also know that Art Has a Voice to express feelings, share perspectives, and build bridges to understanding. It is our hope that, through this new digital exhibition, we can create a platform to elevate and amplify the work of Upstate artists inspired by the inequity and social unrest that is at the forefront of our collective consciousness.

Please share your artistic voice on this subject by submitting one piece of your work. Submissions will be shared in a virtual gallery on the GCCA website. Artwork should be suitable for all ages to view. Select artists will have the opportunity to discuss their piece on Facebook Live.

Click here to learn more and submit by Monday, Aug. 31.

Jason Rapp

GCCA makes call for Brandon Fellowship artists

Application deadline: July 9, 2020


Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) is seeking artists to apply for the 2020-21 Brandon Fellowship, a high-profile, 12-month program for artists between 21-30 years of age who are eager to advance their careers as working artists.

Successful candidates will demonstrate promising talent, self-motivation, and goal-orientation. Each year, three artists are selected for the program which includes:

  • A free university-style studio at GCCA
  • Mentorship from another local artist
  • Complimentary classes and workshops at GCCA
  • Presentation of an ARTalk lecture
  • Participation in an exhibition in August-September
  • Opportunities for networking, collaboration, and participation in other local arts events
  • A visit to a local or regional museum of interest
  • Broad exposure as an artist in Greenville and beyond

What is the Brandon Fellowship?

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 that continue to broaden our perspectives and enrich our lives over thirty 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.

2015 was the Brandon Fellowship program's inaugural year; the launch coincided with the opening of the Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC. 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.


How to Apply

The application is open June 4-9, 2020. Click here to read the full list of criteria for eligibility and more details on how to apply.

GCCA names Kim Fabian its new executive director

Kim Fabian has been named executive director of the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) following an extensive local and national search. Fabian brings more than 25 years of experience driving operational excellence, strengthening brand awareness, and strategically engaging boards and teams for success. Fabian comes to GCCA from Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA), where she served as senior vice president since 2012. Fabian received a bachelor's in mass communication from Towson University, where she serves as an officer on the foundation board of directors and is a president emeritus of the alumni association board of directors. GCCA Board Chair Pat Kilburg said, “We are excited to have Kim join the GCCA as we prepare for the launch of the renovation of the Historic Cotton Warehouse and the significant expansion of programs. Her passion for the arts, organizational and business acumen, and love of Greenville will lead us into our next five years and beyond.” Since GCCA opened in 2015, the founders and board of directors of Greenville Center for Creative Arts have made significant progress toward ensuring that a permanent home for the arts is realized in Greenville. In late 2019, GCCA finalized the purchase of the Cloth Building which currently houses all of GCCA’s programs and the Historic Cotton Warehouse, which will be renovated to expand GCCA’s programs in the future. The GCCA Art School has attracted more than 2,300 students for classes and workshops, hundreds of scholarships have enabled students of all ages and income levels to participate in summer camps and classes, and three Brandon Fellows have been selected each year to develop their work as studio artists while pursuing careers in the arts. “It is a privilege to join GCCA in its fifth anniversary year which marks a milestone and celebration for this dynamic studio, classroom, and exhibition space,” Fabian said. "GCCA has become one of upstate South Carolina’s premier destinations for promotion and education of the visual arts and I am honored to play a part in its expansion.” Plans for a significant expansion of GCCA includes renovation of the Historic Cotton Warehouse after years of strategic and deliberate planning by the board of directors. The renovation of the Historic Cotton Warehouse will expand GCCA’s programming by offering classroom studios in three-dimensional mediums. “I am inspired by all that has been achieved by this dedicated group of artists, educators, and community leaders who have brought their vision to life,” said Fabian. “I look forward to taking this vision to the next level and ensuring that GCCA expands its capacity to create an accessible, inclusive place where artists of all ages can thrive.”


Greenville Center for the Creative Arts is located at 101 Abney Street, Greenville. For more information, call 864.735.3948, visit www.artcentergreenville.org, or email info@artcentergreenville.org.

Tuning Up: GCCA announces board, Baroque dancing

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...


  • Greenville Center for Creative Arts announces 2020 board. The board will be chaired by artist Patricia Kilburg. Yvonne Julian is vice-chair, Bill McClendon continues as treasurer, and Jim Gorman is serving as secretary. GCCA welcomes Tony Callander and Gorman as new board members. Who else is on the board? Find out here.
  • Baroque dancing is not the past tense of break dancing. (We think.) This is unique, so take heed: Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess (below) joins Columbia Baroque Friday, Jan. 24 to present enchanting interpretive dances with music of Lully, Schmelzer, and Telemann. The next morning, she is giving a free Baroque dance class. People with New Year's Resolutions to try new things in 2020, this is calling your name. Concert and dance class details here.
Both GCCA and Columbia Baroque receive support from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Great work, grantees!  

Milly

National artist-run spaces network launches project in Greenville

In Front of Your Eyes: Hannah Cole, Jodi Hays & Celia Reisman Presented by Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville Oct. 4-Nov. 27, 2019


Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville (TSA GVL) and the Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) are excited to announce their October exhibition, In Front of Your Eyes, featuring the work of acclaimed painters Hannah Cole, Jodi Hays, and Celia Reisman. The exhibition, which will be TSA GVL’s inaugural project, was curated by Mark Brosseau and will take place in the main gallery space at GCCA’s Brandon Mill location. The show opens with a First Friday reception from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 and continues until Nov. 27. The exhibition will also be open during the Nov. 1 First Friday. There will be an ARTTalk on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6-7 p.m. as part of the exhibition. In Front of Your Eyes is generously sponsored by Coldwell Banker Caine. The three artists featured in this exhibition all take the source for their respective works from common objects and places in their immediate environment. They paint the things that are often overlooked or not considered interesting or beautiful. They take the time to notice the anomalies in those common scenes around them and use those surprises as the foundation for intriguing bodies of work. Reisman paints the neighborhoods near her suburban Philadelphia home. She picks up on odd relationships and uses them to create dynamic and bizarre paintings of places that many would consider to be overwhelmingly normal. The focus of Cole’s work is not only things that are overlooked, but things that are also considered to be undesirable or detritus. Her nearly trompe l’oeil paintings of graffiti and weeds allows viewers to notice the beauty in the forms of these things that go unnoticed and unwanted when they are noticed. Hays’ works are extrapolations from the world around her. Objects in her neighbor’s backyard, things hanging from the front porches across the street, or patterns that she grew up with all undergo a transformation as she distills them down to basic visual elements and allows the paintings to grow lyrically from those foundations. It is important to these three artists to find beauty in their everyday environments while avoiding making assumptions about what they see. Their painting subjects are the ones that they have spent the most amount of time in while raising children. They don’t allow the routine or domestic to become mundane; instead they view each encounter with it as an opportunity to notice something new and to reach a new understanding of their respective worlds. These are important lessons in a time when snap judgments are commonplace and little emphasis is placed on the nuance of a situation. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact TSA GVL at greenville@tigerstrikesasteroid.com and GCCA at exhibitions@artcentergreenville.org.

About the artists

Hannah Cole lives in Asheville. She did her undergraduate study at Yale University received her Master of Fine Art from Boston University. She has had 14 solo exhibitions, including a large-scale show at the Turchin Center for Visual Art in Boone, N.C. in 2018. Her next solo show opens at Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville in September of 2019. She has been awarded fellowships to do residencies at the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyo. and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, N.M. Her business, Sunlight Tax, provides information and classes to artists about taxes. She is represented by Slag Gallery in Brooklyn and Tracey Morgan Gallery. Jodi Hays is based in Nashville. She is a member of the faculty at the Watkins College of Art there. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Master of Fine Art from the Vermont College of Arts. Her 19th solo exhibition, Tend, just opened in August at the Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville. She was recently selected for the short list for the inaugural Hopper Prize and has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She has run Dadu – an alternative curatorial venture based in her detached adjacent dwelling unit – since 2015. She is represented by Red Arrow Gallery and Flat File Art in Montclair, N.J. Celia Reisman lives in Merion, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia, and in Sharon, Vt. She received her bachelor of Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Fine Art from Yale University. She has had more than 30 solo exhibitions in her illustrious career, including a survey of her work at the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa. in 2000. Her work is in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the James A. Michener Museum, and other public and corporate collections. She has received a purchase prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation. She is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco, and Big Town Gallery in Rochester, Vt.

About Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville is the newest part of the Tiger Strikes Asteroid network of artist-run spaces and joins locations Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. They are a platform for artists that is curated and organized by a group of artist-volunteers. Their mission is to create the physical, mental, and emotional space for artists to show their work, meet, and exchange ideas on their own terms. TSA GVL will specifically focus on connecting the art communities in Greenville and the greater Southeast to the global art world. TSA was founded in 2009 in Philadelphia and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.