Mural unveiling set for Freetown community in Greenville
Greenville Center for Creative Arts and Blank Canvas Mural Company will unveil a new mural at Freetown Community Center with an event on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, from 4-7 p.m.The unveiling event will feature fun activities for the whole family, including live music with Fine Arts Center Jazz Studies students and food from Time to Taste Catering featuring chef Daniel López. GCCA contracted with Blank Canvas Mural Company and artist Adam Schrimmer for the mural design and implementation. Schrimmer facilitated conversations at Freetown Community Center with neighborhood residents to determine meaningful content and messaging for the artwork and to ensure the design captures the unique spirit and legacy of the Freetown community. The mural will be painted by Schrimmer and students from GCCA’s Aspiring Artists after-school art program, which takes place monthly at Freetown Community Center. The mural project is produced in collaboration with Greenville County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, with support from ScanSource Charitable Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported by funding provided to the South Carolina Arts Commission from a partnership with the S.C. Department of Education from American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.
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).
GCCA names recipients of Brandon Fellowship
Three Greenville-based #SCartists were revealed as Greenville Center for Creative Arts' incoming class of the Brandon Fellowship at its Annual Showcase on Aug. 5.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 eighth 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. “We've had such strong candidates apply for the Brandon Fellowship this year, representing the breadth of talents and perspectives of young Greenville artists,” says Kevin Kao, the chair of the Brandon Fellowship selection committee. “We're so excited to present our new fellows and cannot wait to see the impact that they will have with GCCA as well as the greater Greenville community.”
The 2022/2023 Brandon Fellows[caption id="attachment_50755" align="alignright" width="250"] (l-r) Orlando Corona, RaAmen Stallings, and Faith Hudgens. Click image to enlarge. GCCA photo by Antonio Modesto.[/caption] Orlando Corona is a Greenville-based oil painter and printmaker, born in Mexico. His artwork is based on his Mexican culture and as a first generation immigrant in the U.S. While only having 3 years of experience, he has been in several galleries since the age of 17, and has studied under several local artists. His favorite artists include Diego Rivera, a Mexican muralist; Posada, a printmaker; and Pablo Picasso. Orlando strives to create impactful art that can be shared with others. Art is his creative way of communicating his thoughts and speaking to the world. A self-taught painter and mixed-media artist, Faith Hudgens grew up in Greenville and has worked professionally as a highly regarded tattoo artist since establishing her practice in 2017. Her paintings are vibrant, emotional, and layered with spirituality. She has participated in exhibitions at Greenville Technical College and the Commerce Club. Faith is an uplifter in her community and volunteers regularly with Miracle Hill Ministries hosting art classes for young girls in foster care. Faith has also hosted PRIDE events with Upstate Pride SC and donates art to organizations that support women and the LGBTQ+ community. Faith’s overarching goal is to cultivate positive change through her art and specifically, to use art as a platform to propel Greenville forward in unity, cultural diversity, and minority inclusion. RaAmen (Rah-Mēn) Stallings Is an aspiring creative who is passionate about all forms of art. He is a graduate of both Greenville Senior High Academy and Greenville Technical College where he received an associate’s in Business Administration. Although he has worked professionally as a photographer since launching his business in 2020, RaAmen is now focused on developing his skills as a painter. He is committed to expanding his artistic practice and believes strongly in the power of art as a way to inspire and facilitate community and conversation. This year’s Brandon Fellowship selection committee included chair Kevin Kao, sculptor and Assistant Professor of Art at Furman University; Danielle Fontaine, encaustic artist and Brandon Fellowship Founder; Rhonda Rawlings, a GCCA board member and community director for Mill Village Ministries; Nick Burns, painter and mixed-media artist and alumnus of the Brandon Fellows class of 2020; Patricia DeLeon, painter and mixed-media artist; and Kara Bale, operations manager for GCCA who oversees the Fellowship program. “I couldn’t be more excited about our new fellows,” says Kara Bale, who oversees the program at GCCA. “It was a very challenging selection process as we had so many talented and deserving applicants, but I feel the committee did an excellent job and selected three individuals who strongly reflect GCCA’s mission to enrich the cultural fabric of our community. Each has already used their art to grow community and further important conversations so it will be amazing to see what they accomplish within the supportive structure of the fellowship.” 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 2021/2022 Brandon Fellows, Kim Le, Sienna Patterson, and Terrell Washington is on display through Sept. 28 in GCCA’s Main Gallery. Kim Le’s work comes from the ugly, wounded and abject parts of a young girl’s psyche, reappropriating the common language of cuteness that little girls use to cope with their pain to connect to the furious and wretched spirit of young girls and women everywhere who’ve been beaten down by the world around them. Through expressive imagery and journal entries, Sienna Patterson explores the concept of the fool's journey through the lens of her personal experiences. Depiction the trials of self and the price that we pay to develop the ego to surpass the ego and to transcend the ego. Terrell Washington’s “Genesis: Omens and Decisions of Existence,” features Abrahamic beliefs and highlights the realness of prayer, our blessings and curses, human nature, while putting people of melanin at the center of it all. This exhibition can be viewed during GCCA’s open hours 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 https://artcentergreenville.org/brandon-fellowship/.
About GCCAGreenville 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).
Add your art to GCCA Annual Showcase
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, July 22, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET The Annual Showcase is GCCA’s premier event for artists and art lovers of all ages, featuring an exhibition highlighting the talent of GCCA’s own member artists alongside a special exhibit from the 2021/2022 Brandon Fellows, a display of youth artwork created during Summer Art Camps, live artist demos, the launch of GCCA's fall schedule of classes, visits with 25 studio artists, a kids’ craft activity provided by ReCraft, and more! Become a member of GCCA for a minimum donation of $50 and you can exhibit your artwork in the Annual Showcase. Your membership donation, due by July 22 at 11:59 p.m., reserves your space for inclusion in the 7th Annual Showcase exhibition opening on Friday, August 5 from 6-9 p.m. Click here to learn more about GCCA's 7th Annual Showcase, the entry requirements, and access the submission webform.
New leader announced for Greenville visual arts hub
GCCA makes decision after national search
An extensive national search led Greenville Center for Creative Arts to its next CEO, Jess Burgess.Burgess (right) comes to GCCA from Dogtown Dance Theatre in Richmond, Virginia where she has served as executive director since 2015. Her résumé includes 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration and the performing arts. She will work closely with GCCA’s stakeholders to chart a strategic path forward for continued success. According to the organization's news release, Burgess combines a passion for engaging programming, strong fundraising abilities, and creativity, all of which are essential to being the leader of a thriving arts organization. “I am thrilled to make Greenville, South Carolina my new home and help shape the arts community for years to come. Greenville Center for Creative Arts is in an outstanding place to make a lasting impact on the lives of artists and those who love art, and I am excited to help GCCA excel in the future,” Burgess said. In the announcement, GCCA Board Chair Yvonne Julian said, “... GCCA will have an enthusiastic, energetic, and experienced leader who will maintain the momentum we’ve achieved in our pursuit of sustainability and expanded reach in the Greenville community and beyond.” The center's current CEO, Kim Fabian, announced her retirement last fall. Burgess received a bachelor's in dance and communications from James Madison University, and a professional certificate in fund development from the University of Richmond Institute for Philanthropy. Burgess serves on the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Virginia chapter as well as that of the James Madison University College of Visual and Performing Arts. The public is invited to meet Burgess at GCCA’s 7th birthday celebration to be held at the May 6 First Friday event, which coincides with the opening of a new art exhibition.
About GCCAGreenville 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) and Instagram (@artcentergvl).
#SCartists: Teach at GCCA this summer
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, March 24, 2022
If you are an experienced visual arts instructor with a creative idea and a desire to share, we want you to be part of our summer schedule!GCCA is currently seeking proposals for Summer Session I from June 6-July 8 and Summer Session II from July 18-Aug. 19, 2022. We welcome proposals for five-week classes and one-, two-, and three-day workshops. We strive to offer classes in a variety of mediums and techniques and have a special need this summer for instruction in printmaking and jewelry as we anticipate that our new classroom spaces dedicated to those mediums will be up and running very soon! Some examples of what we’re looking for include:
- Introductory level printmaking classes and workshops like monotype/monoprint press printing, collagraph printing, relief printing from linoleum, and drypoint intaglio printing using acrylic plates
- Jewelry workshops, including polymer clay and resin jewelry making, fabricating dimensional metal jewelry, wiring wrapping for beginners, beginner metalsmithing, introduction to enameling, and soldering instruction
- Watercolor classes and workshops
- Instruction in different drawing mediums
Upstate juried exhibition to highlight women of impact
City of Women opens Friday in GreenvilleExhibition runs March 4-April 27
Upstate artists are set to help celebrate impactful Greenville women in an exhibition starting Friday at Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA).GCCA issued a call in late 2021 for art that highlights historical and contemporary women who have made a significant impact in the Greenville community. More than 50 artists submitted for judging by juror Jonel Logan, creative director of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte. Areas of recognition include healthcare and well-being, education, economic opportunity, science and technology, civic engagement, and (natch) arts and culture. This effort will culminate in a free public exhibition that will be featured through a virtual gallery on GCCA's website and in a special juried exhibition opening on First Friday, March 4, from 6-9 p.m. and on display through April 27. All appropriate entries will be included in the virtual gallery. Juror selections will be exhibited in GCCA’s Community Gallery and be eligible for $2,000 in prizes. Juror selections can be seen in GCCA’s Community Gallery. To view the virtual gallery and see all submissions, visit https://www.artcentergreenville.org/exhibitions/city-of-women. From March 4-6, the public can vote online for their favorite piece to receive a “People’s Choice” prize package of art supplies. Greenville Center for Creative arts is located at 101 Abney St. in Greenville. Greenville City of Women will run through April 27 on Tuesday-Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Provided images below. Click to enlarge. [gallery link="file" ids="49154,49155,49153"]
GCCA adds seven to board
This week, Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) announced seven new members elected to its board of directors.According to a news release, they are:
- Earle Furman, GCCA founder and chair, NAI Earle Furman, LLC
- Daniel Hartway, Upstate SC business banking manager/SVP, First Citizens Bank & Trust Co.
- Benjamin Hepner, attorney, Holder Padgett Littlejohn + Prickett
- Blair Knobel, editor-in-chief, TOWN Magazine
- Kate Lacher, artist & creative coordinator, Craig Gaulden Davis
- Rhonda Rawlings, neighborhood engagement director, Mill Village Ministries
- Heather Wheless, senior director of human resources, Thermo Fisher Scientific
- Chair - Yvonne Julian, retired, sales executive, The Dow Chemical Company
- Vice Chair - Bradley Wingate, director of visual & performing arts, Greenville County Schools
- Treasurer - Tony Callander, retired, partner, Ernst & Young LLP
- Secretary - Jim Gorman, studio artist
About GCCAGreenville 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).
Submit your art for City of Women Greenville
Best in Show wins $1,000SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, January 6, 2022
Greenville Center for Creative Arts and City of Women seek to add to our understanding by highlighting the valuable contributions of Greenville women that have often been untold or forgotten."We want to help our community gain a better appreciation of the role women have played, and we can think of no better way to do that than through the visual arts, such a pivotal part of our Greenville culture," according to the art call on the GCCA website. The call seeks submissions that "highlight historical and contemporary women who have made a significant impact on the community we are today in the areas of healthcare and well-being, education, economic opportunity, science and technology, civic engagement, and arts and culture. This effort will culminate in a free public exhibition that includes a virtual gallery and special juried exhibition. All eligible entries will be featured in the virtual gallery on GCCA’s website. Juror-selected pieces will be exhibited in GCCA’s Community Gallery." Prizes will be awarded at an opening reception on Friday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m. the work judged to be "Best in Show" will earn its artist $1,000. First prize is $500, second prize is $250, third prize is $100, and up to three honorable mention awards of $50 will also be presented. A "People's Choice" award recipient will receive a $100 value in art supplies. The juror is Jonell Logan, creative director at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte. The submission deadline is Thursday, January 6, 2022. For eligibility information, submission guidelines, and more, please visit the GCCA website. Ed. note: The initial version of this story incorrectly listed Friday, March 4 as the submission deadline. The Hub apologizes for the error.
Staff leadership sought at Greenville arts hub
GCCA taking applications for executive director
Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) has already made its mark on the Greenville community and beyond, being named “One of Five Places to Visit in Greenville” by the New York Times.Over the past two years, GCCA also earned the distinction as the only arts organization in Greenville that remained open with no interruption of service during the duration of the pandemic (except for the mandated closure), thanks to financial support from its community and thoughtful adherence to safety protocols for events and programming. GCCA is seeking an energetic and entrepreneurial executive director (ED) to continue to lead the center into an impactful and sustainable future. The ED will be part of a dedicated team of five staff members who are committed to implementing the goals of the organization and making a positive impact in the community. Reporting to the GCCA board of directors, the ED will demonstrate focus, leadership, innovation, and a deep-rooted passion for the arts and for furthering engagement with the range of stakeholders and communities GCCA serves. GCCA is on solid financial footing, and its board recently approved a three-year strategic plan and 10-year vision that will guide priorities and decision-making. This places GCCA in an exciting position of strength to recruit a leader who will take the organization to the next phase of its evolution. Primary responsibilities include oversight of these areas:
- Fundraising and financial oversight
- Strategic leadership
- Public relations and communications
- Programs and outreach