Still Time to Sign Up for Explore the Arts!

Greenville County Schools is offering Explore the Arts, a half-day summer program from Monday, June 18, to Friday, June 22, at the Fine Arts Center. 

Rising kindergarten through rising eighth grade students may take two arts classes from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. Classes in Painting, Sculpture, Guitar, Drama, Drums, Modern Dance, Photoshop, Ballet and Japanese Art will be offered.

High school, college and adult Explore the Arts workshops will also be held June 18 to 22, and participants may select one workshop that will take place from 1-4 p.m. each day. Workshops in Printmaking, Alternative Photography, Metals, Painting, Photoshop and Ballet will be offered.

Students may pick up a registration form from their arts teachers or guidance counselors, or parents may print a registration form by going to and clicking on the Explore the Arts link. The cost to attend this exciting arts program is $125 for the kindergarten to eighth grade program and $150 for the high school, college and adult workshops.  Some partial scholarships are available.

To find out more about the classes offered or for more information, call the program coordinator, Donna Shank-Major, at 864-355-2574 or email her here.

FAC Instructor Wins Award/Book to Be Published

Fine Arts Center Creative Writing Instructor Sarah Blackman is the 2011 winner of the Ronald Sukenick American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize for her short story collection Mother Box. The book, a collection of 11 stories and one novella, will be published by independent press Fiction Collective 2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press, in August 2013. FC2 was founded in 1974 with the specific mission to find, publish and keep in print ficton that defines itself as innovative or experimental in form, that bends the rules of the genre and doesn't bind itself by considerations of the publisher's bottom line. An author run and managed collective, FC2 has grown from six founding members to over 100 today, including such leading figures in American innovative fiction as Kate Bernheimer, Michael Martone, Diane Williams, Noy Holland and Lance Olson. 

FAC Students to Perform at Artisphere 2012

Fine Arts Center Theatre and Dance students will be appearing Saturday, May 12, 2012, on the Broad Street Culinary Arts Cafe Stage at downtown Greenville's annual weekend-long arts extravaganza, Artisphere. Come out to see them at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday!

Congressional Institute Art Awards

Sierra Snipes
 Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.
Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries, which are then displayed for one year at the Capitol.
Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
This year's show was held at the TD Bank Gallery at the CU-ICAR campus on Friday, May 4.  Sierra Snipes, a ninth-grade FAC student in Donna Shank-Major's 2D/3D Design class, won third place for her piece entitled "Racoon's Journey."