Archive for the ‘Greenville SC Visual Arts’ Category

City of Greenville, SC, Expands Arts District

April 27, 2017

The Gallery at West Greenville is an extension of the emerging Village of West Greenville arts district in the City of Greenville, SC.

The Gallery was conceived based on best practices in affordable artist housing as documented by Artspace, a lead developer of over 35 completed projects that provide affordable living and workspace for low income artists throughout the country.

Live in Community with Visual Artists

The Gallery at West Greenville is not just housing made available to artists; it is housing designed to support the distinct needs of visual artists.

The 12 residential units are live/work units that have enough additional space (approximately 150 square feet) to use as a working studio, thereby freeing the resident artists from the burden of renting separate space.

Each unit has one bedroom, a full service kitchen, living and dining area, one full bath and accessible half-bath in the studio space. Each unit offers a flexible open floor plan and modern appliances including an in-unit washer and dryer.

The Gallery will also include a community building that will provide each artist with exhibition space to support 1 month per calendar year for a solo exhibit.

For the 12 live/work studios, eligible artist applicants must demonstrate a commitment to being a visual artist and living in a cooperative and creative environment that exists to engage in the greater Greenville community.

A working artist shall be defined as:

A person who works in, or is skilled in any of the visual arts, including but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. *Please note: Kilns will not be permitted on site for artists working in ceramics.
In all visual art disciplines, a professional dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and/or teach their art form through events, activities, and classes.
Derives the majority of their income from the production of original art and intends to pursue full-time engagement in the arts.
Intends to engage and integrate with the Village of West Greenville arts community.

Artist applicants will be screened and scored by the Artist Selection Committee to determine applicant’s’ commitment to pursuing a career in visual arts and quality of applicant’s artistic portfolio. The twelve top-scoring artists will be offered living/work space by The Greenville Housing Authority. A waiting list of interested artists will also be determined by the Artist Selection Committee.

To learn more, contact: Liz Rundorff Smith, GCCA Art School Director by e-mail at (


The Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Calls for Exhibit Proposals – Deadline is Jan. 13, 2017

October 28, 2016


The Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, invites established and emerging artists to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions for the 2017/2018 exhibition calendar. The GCCA gallery provides approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space and features the work of local, regional, and national artists from all disciplines in 6 – 8 shows per year.


Deadline for Exhibition Proposals: January 13, 2017

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

To be considered for an exhibition at GCCA please submit proposals to (

Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, Announces Winners of Small Works Exhibit

August 22, 2016


Last week the Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville in Greenville, SC, announced the winners of the 6th Annual Small Works Juried Exhibition including:

Firs Place:  Tanja Grant  “Nena”  $800

Second Place:  Yelitza Diaz  “Small Beings on Top” $600

Third Place:  Lee Monts  “Lasting Moment”  $400

Gallery Choice:  Jason Sacran    “  The Stables “  $200

Work by Aldo Muzzarelli

1  Honorable Mention:  Aldo Muzzarelli  “Captyve Butterfly”   $150

2  Honorable Mention: Suzanne Woolf  “Miss Peterson’s Correspondence”  $150

3  Honorable Mention:  Russell Jewell  “Rising”  $150

Merit Award:  Peter Driscoll  “Piano Calandro”  $100

Merit Award:  Heather Noe  “Carolina Fields”   $100

Merit Award:  Micheal Ziemer  “Like the Heart in January”  $100

Merit Award:  Eric Manten  “Staircase Abstract 4” $100

For further information call 864/239-3882 or visit (

Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, SC, Matches Art with Recycling Programs

August 22, 2016

The seventh annual Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP), Metropolitan Arts Council’s (MAC) unique program involving the visual arts and sound environmental practices in downtown Greenville, SC, was held on June 3-4, 2016. With eight bins for paper, plastic and glass in various locations along Main Street, FOUP encourages recycling among pedestrians while creating a different exhibiting opportunity for visual artists.

The event begins with a 24-hour art-making juried competition.The selected winners are then given the opportunity to choose two images of their work for reproduction on the bins.The winning artists also receive cash prizes, and the 1st place winner gets a week-long trip to Italy to stay in the beautiful Villa Sant’ Andrea. On Friday, June 3rd, 71 artists came to MAC to get their surfaces officially stamped. 68 of the same surfaces were then returned to MAC within 24 hours as works of art. The works were then juried that afternoon with an awards reception held the evening of June 4. All submitted works are displayed in the MAC Gallery until July 8th, 2016.

Bin with artwork by Paul Flint

The Bins will be displayed through December 2016.

For further info visit (

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Offers Lecture Series with Ann Hicks – July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016


On July 12, 2016, at 6 pm, visit Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) in Greenville, SC, and spend an evening with Ann Hicks as she shares her story of starting life as a Hungarian refugee to the revered “Greenville News” art critic for 11 years.

The event is free and open to the public, no RSVP needed.

Come early and enjoy the full gallery exhibit “Telling Her Story” showcasing 11 women with ties to Greenville. Daydreams, questions of identity, motherhood, cultural stereotypes, nature, and technology are some of the themes interpreted in the artwork.  Many materials are represented, including textiles, ceramics, paint, papers and collected objects.

Please take time to become a Member of GCCA or renew your membership today. As a new organization, we rely on our membership dollars to bring high quality visual arts programming to Greenville.

For further info call 864/735-3948 or visit (

Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, Calls for Entries for First Member’s Exhibit

June 29, 2016


We’re planning for a major milestone at Greenville Center for Creative Arts, it’s time for our first ever membership show!

Our Member Show is open to all current members of the GCCA. All mediums are welcome with a maximum framed size of 32″ W x 48″ H and 3D work must sit flat and weigh less than 35 with a proper mount included.

Not a member, not a problem! Sign-up today at ( to participate and invite your friends to join the show.

The Member Show opens on First Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, from 6 – 9pm. We’ll offer a food truck, delicious desserts and an art school open house. You don’t want to miss this inaugural event in the life of Greenville’s community driven art center.

For further info visit (

Patricia Kilburg Studio in Greenville, SC, Features Michael Ziemer for First Friday in the Village – June 3, 2016

May 29, 2016

Patricia Kilburg Studio, located at 1209 Pendleton Street in Greenville, SC, will host an open studio and feature Michael Ziemer on Friday, June 3, from 6-9pm, for Greenville’s First Friday in the Village.

Patricia Kilburg invites you to come and visit with her friend and fine artist, Michael Ziemer. Ziemer is a painter who works primarily with encaustic paint and collected objects. His work is richly textured and layered – and absolutely gorgeous.

Work by Michael Ziemer

We hope you will join us for refreshments, conversation and lots of art.

Patricia Kilburg Studio is located at 1209 Pendleton Street, in the Flatiron Building, Greenville, SC 29611. From S. Main Street take Pendleton Street approximately one mile into the Village of West Greenville’s arts district. Studio is on the left.

For further information call the studio at 864/630-1652 or visit (

Art and Photography Show by Robbie Bell in Greenville, SC, will Benefit the South Carolina Diabetes Association – May 12, 2016

April 21, 2016

The family of artist Robbie Bell (1957-2015) announced today that his paintings and photography will be displayed and auctioned, on May 12, 2016, to benefit the South Carolina Diabetes Association. Bell, who died in December of last year, has been featured in exhibits in Charleston, Clemson and Greenville.  He was a professional photographer as well as an award-winning graphic artist.

Photo by Robbie Bell

Practicing the art of American Realism Bell’s paintings combine wildflowers from the meadow behind the painter’s studio with simple, meaningful and historic objects.  “These paintings bring it all together,’ the artist once said, “objects I love to paint, scale, weight, lights and darks,…wildflowers with a bit of refinement. Paintings, I hope, with a quiet presence.”

Robbie Bell, a native of Greenville, and was a standout athlete at Greenville High School and a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Georgia State University. He began his creative career working as a project coordinator for John S. Frey Porcelain, fabricating panels for Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. He held several creative positions, including Senior Art Director for DMB&B, Walker Studios, and later taught art in the Greenville County School District. Bell donated much of his work to organizations including Camp Greenville, First Baptist Church and Surgeons for Sight.

The Silent Auction of Still Lifes and Meadows will take place on May 12 at The Artisan Traders in Greenville, SC. The show begins at 6pm with bidding ending at 8pm.

View Bell’s work at (

For further information call 415/577-6422 or e-mail to (

Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Offers Free Admission for Community Day – Mar. 12, 2016

March 8, 2016


The Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, is offering free admission for Community Day on Saturday, Mar. 12, 2016, at both the Wade Hampton and Heritage Green locations in conjunction with the Smithsonian Museum Day.

Community Day is one of several events throughout the year that gives visitors the chance to enjoy a glimpse of M&G’s extensive collection of European Old Master paintings and antiquities at no cost. “We hope Community Day will encourage our neighbors in the SC Upstate to visit one or both M&G locations! The collection is meant for everyone to enjoy and benefit from; you don’t have to be an art lover to visit—just bring your curiosity,” said Erin Jones, M&G director.

Families can start their day exploring “The Art of Sleuthing” exhibition at Heritage Green beginning at 10 a.m. Fakes and forgeries will fascinate adults while children have fun completing a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities, and crime solving.

Guests will especially appreciate a rare glimpse at a Vermeer forgery on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Another highlight of the exhibit focuses on Nazi-looted art and includes a loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art that was restituted to its rightful owners.

After touring “The Art of Sleuthing,” families can make their way over to M&G’s main location on the campus of Bob Jones University, open from 2-5pm. There they have the opportunity to stroll through 30 galleries of European art and artifacts, seeing an Italian Baroque collection that has been ranked with that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art.

Many of the paintings guests will see on display have traveled to prominent museums around the world. M&G’s “Head of Christ” from the school of the famous artist Rembrandt van Rijn was included in an exhibit at the Louvre in 2011. In January 2016, “Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom” returned from an exhibition in Germany.

The main M&G location also offers scavenger hunts and a learning center where children can get a feel for daily life in ancient Rome. Children receive a prize in the Gift Shop on the completion of their scavenger hunt.

“From the child being introduced to the basics of art and design to the established art connoisseur, M&G has something to offer everyone,” said Jones. “We count it a privilege to share this unique and special collection with the Greenville community and beyond.”

M&G at Bob Jones University is open Tuesday-Sunday from 2-5pm. M&G at Heritage Green is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for seniors. Children 12 and under are free.

Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC, Receives Nazi-Looted Painting on Loan

February 29, 2016


A Nazi-looted painting, significant for its role in art restitution history, is now on display at the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC, until June 5, 2016.

Titled “Madonna and Child in a Landscape,” the painting belongs to the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) and is being loaned to M&G at Heritage Green as part of the exhibition “The Art of Sleuthing.” The piece was painted by the world-renowned German Renaissance artist, Lucas Cranach the Elder. M&G director, Erin Jones said “We are very excited to have the opportunity to share not only a beautiful example of Cranach’s brush, but a painting that has a powerful, inspiring story to tell.”


John Coffey, deputy director for art and curator of American and Modern Art at NCMA, shared the painting’s history with M&G for the exhibition’s feature on Nazi-looted art. According to Coffey, the painting came to NCMA in 1984 at the death of Mrs. Marianne Khuner, a Jewish WWII refugee and art collector. As is often the case with Old Master paintings, it came with little to no paperwork detailing its ownership history. (Listen to talk Coffey about this painting and story at (

In 1999, the World Jewish Congress, representing the Hainisch sisters living in Vienna, sent a letter to NCMA stating that the Nazis had stolen this Cranach from the Hainisch’s great-uncle, Philip von Gomperz. They believed it had been in the possession of the Nazi Governor of Vienna, Baldur von Schirach, a close associate of both Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering.

“This letter from the World Jewish Congress was sort of a clarion call for us,” said Coffey. “It was the first instance where an object in our collection had been challenged as having being stolen by the Nazis.”

Coffey described how tenacious research the letter sparked on the part of NCMA to determine whether or not their Cranach was indeed the same painting stolen from von Gomperz. This extensive research was necessary because Cranach had painted multiple versions of “Madonna and Child.”

The moment of truth came when a photograph of von Gomperz’s Cranach was discovered and a detailed comparison revealed that NCMA’s work was the same one.  On the basis of this clear evidence, NCMA returned the painting to the sisters. Unlike many museum predecessors, NCMA did not take the matter to court. Instead, they expressed interest in purchasing the Cranach from the Hainischs so that it might become a permanent part of the NCMA collection.

In gratitude for the unusually gracious manner in which NCMA restituted the painting, the sisters sold the painting to NCMA at half of its estimated value. The painting now serves as an illustration both of cultural injustice and amicable art restitution.

Jones said that the timing of this loan is also significant. In a certain sense, the coming of the restituted Cranach is a celebration of cultural justice. “We specifically negotiated to have the Cranach displayed during this month because March is the month that Hermann Goering went to trial at Nuremberg,” said Jones.

Goering was the Nazi general largely responsible for the extensive art looting that took place across Europe during WWII. Thousands of families, many of whom were Jewish, were stripped of their family heirlooms to satisfy Nazi greed. Many of these heirlooms hung on the walls of the homes and office of the Nazi elite, including Goering’s. At his Nuremberg trial, Goering was convicted for multiple crimes against humanity and sentenced to death. He committed suicide before his execution.

“Madonna and Child in a Landscape” will be on display at M&G at Heritage Green beginning Tuesday March 1, and will be on loan through June 5, 2016. The Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green is open 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 2-5pm on Sunday.

For more information about the artwork’s story can be found at ( For further info about M&G call 864/242-5100, Ext. 1050 or visit (