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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.

Jason Rapp

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 GCCA

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) and Instagram (@artcentergvl).

Jason Rapp

#SCartists: Teach at GCCA this summer


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
We also have the need for:
  • Watercolor classes and workshops
  • Instruction in different drawing mediums
GCCA instructors include both working artists and professional educators who possess a willingness to communicate technique and process, strong technical skills, a friendly and welcoming approach, and the ability to teach classes that are open to a range of skill levels. We encourage proposals from our current instructors—and always love to connect with new ones! We hope to hear from you soon. For more information, contact Liz Rundorff Smith, our program director, at liz@artcentergreenville.org. SUBMIT A PROPOSAL HERE.  

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Upstate juried exhibition to highlight women of impact

City of Women opens Friday in Greenville

Exhibition 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"]  

Jason Rapp

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
In addition, the organization elected these officers:
  • 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
“We are thrilled that GCCA has attracted such a tremendous slate of new directors to help us strengthen our impact and achieve our strategic goals,” says Executive Director Kim Fabian. “Their collective talents will help to ensure long-term sustainability and foster meaningful economic and outreach impact through the education, advancement, and promotion of the visual arts.” GCCA also named two former directors as members of its Founder’s Circle: artist Patricia Kilburg, and philanthropist and retired business leader Tracy Hardaway. This distinction recognizes these GCCA founders for their vision and commitment to the organization.

About GCCA

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

Submit your art for City of Women Greenville

Best in Show wins $1,000

SUBMISSION 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.

Jason Rapp

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
The expected salary range is $120,000-$130,000. Capital Development Services has been retained to guide the search for GCCA. Applicants must provide a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three professional references. For additional information please contact Jen Tozier at searchservices@capdev.com.

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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