BIG BODY PLAY is an exhibition that uses humor and imagination to explore the banality of the everyday. This show uses playful colors and materials, in plush, oversized forms to celebrate boredom, experimentation, and absurdity. Addressing themes of the body, pop culture, nostalgia, and domesticity, this collection of soft sculptures highlights the fascination these artists have with their materials and their love of “playing” in the studio. These works push scale while using current material culture as inspiration - these objects tell personal narratives, make punny jokes, and address our need for recreation and distraction.
April 23-May 14, 2021
The Sheffield Wood Gallery of the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC will host Figures in a New World: Symbolism in Contemporary Art. The exhibition has been curated by Fine Arts Center’s own Ryan Roth and explores the evolution of symbolism in the 21st Century as it applies to depictions of the figure.
Figures in a New World: Symbolism in Contemporary Art will open Monday, January 25, 2021 and will remain open through Friday, February 26, 2021.
Featured Artists include Jessica Burke, Jim Campbell, Kymberly Day, Rachel Debuque, David Gerhard, Lauren Howard, Jason Johns, Michael Marks, John Norris, and Art Rosenbaum.
Each spring our graduating class envisions, curates, and installs a select group of works from every senior in the Visual Arts Department. This exhibition is a culmination of their work at the Fine Arts Center (FAC), and is visited by students, faculty, parents, and the community. Due to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, the exhibition is taking place in a digital format this year. Though we miss the opportunities the gallery exhibition would have provided for our students, we are happy to offer this digital version to a wider audience!
The student portfolios are a collection of works made throughout their time at the FAC in each of the studio classes offered by the Visual Arts Department - Ceramics, Design, Drawing/Painting, Fiber, Metals, and Photography.
February 13 - April 8
This year, Greenville Technical College Riverworks Gallery Director Fleming Markel acted as juror for the highly-anticipate show. Each year, students submit up to three of their best works from the calendar year to be judged. There are winners in each category from the Visual Arts Curriculum and a Best-in-Show Award.
September 17 - November 22, 2019
Spectacle & Scaffolding: Contemporary Photography Muses Hierarchy , a traveling exhibition that explores the underlying power structures that we live with daily, but which often seem invisible. Four renowned photographers -- Mark Curran, Trevor Paglen, elin o’Hara slavick, and Greta Pratt – together consider power differentials in the United States and beyond. The images range from the human faces of workers and workings of the market economy to technologies of stealth surveillance, the relationship of our health to the environment, and symbols of patriotism and nationalism. Spectacle & Scaffolding brings these together for each of our considerations as viewers and participants in overarching systems of hierarchy.
Dan Welden is a master printmaker, painter, educator and author. He has been making prints and works on paper for over 50 years. His work has been shown in over 80 international solo exhibitions in museums and galleries and over 700 group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Peru. His work is in many public and private collections throughout the country including the Amity Art Foundation, Darien, CT; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Portland Museum of Art, OR; and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA among many others.
Dan is an innovator at the forefront of the alternative health and safety oriented movement of printmaking, and the originator of a technique called Solarplate.
He is the Co-Author with Pauline Muir of ‘Printmaking in the Sun’ published by Watson Guptill in 2001, the comprehensive manual of Solarplate methods. Dan also produced an instructional film in 2005 by the same name.
Reception: May 22 from 8:30-9pm
The 2019 Senior Show will be on display at the Fine Arts Center until May 22nd. This exhibition was envisioned, organized, curated, and installed by Visual Arts seniors. The exhibit spans the gallery and the lobby of FAC and it showcases over 60 works of art, created by 36 seniors, in a wide variety of traditional and experimental media. With this experience, students gained insight into the professional practices involved in curating, installation, and promoting a visual arts exhibition.
Immediately following the Fine Arts Center graduation, there will be a closing reception, which will conclude at 9:00 pm.
Reception and Awards: February 28th, 2018 6:30-7:30pm
18 Awards is a unique opportunity to view challenging, thoughtful art produced by student artists from Greenville Technical College's Department of Visual Arts (DVA). These award-winning student artists were selected from the DVA Annual Student Exhibit to receive cash awards totaling $1,700 with recognition at the DVA's annual Halloween Gala. The Fine Arts Center has graciously provided the DVA this opportunity to again acknowledge the craft and dedication of these outstanding students in an additional venue.
The DVA Annual Student Exhibit at Greenville Technical College is a juried competition. During October 2018, 51 students committed the time and resources to enter 154 works in the competition. Juror David Detrich, Professor of Art at Clemson University, chose 48 works by 34 individual students to include in the exhibit. From those 48, Detrich chose 18 Awards, representing all the art disciplines included in the DVA curriculum. According to Detrich, "Work of this high caliber makes visible the quality of committed art instruction available at Greenville Tech's Benson Campus." The exhibition speaks to the success of the Department of Visual Arts in producing successful employees and transfer students. Detrich awarded Best in Show to Ethan Stroud's poignant photograph, Grief Prevails. "The success of the photograph lies in the gravity of the subject matter in relation to the human condition and the economy and precision in which it is rendered."
The Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Tech offers associate degrees and certificates in art education, fine arts, graphic design, photography, and web design. The DVA's artist/educators insure graduates are prepared to begin a career or continue their academic studies at regional 4-year colleges and universities. Tech's DVA grads are highly sought by local advertising firms and regional universities. 18 Awards showcases the DVA's varied courses of study; design & color, digital imagery, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and web design. "Assembled in this exhibition is an exemplary range of student artwork" reports Detrich. Any high school student interested in continuing studies in visual arts needs to see 18 Awards to discover the quality of Greenville Tech's locally available art education.