Open House and Visitation Day for prospective students and parents November 20-21

The Fine Arts Center will hold an Open House for parents of prospective students at the Fine Arts Center on the evening of Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:30-8:00. We are inviting all interested parents to visit the school, see the state of the art studios, and tour the building and its million dollar art collection. The faculty and administration will be sharing information about Fine Arts Center programs and will be available to answer questions that parents may have about the program, including the application and audition process. We encourage parents of students who have an interest in studying the arts to come that evening to learn about the comprehensive art programs that South Carolina’s first secondary school for gifted arts students has to offer their student.

Fine Arts Center Middle School Visitation Day on Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Fine Arts Center will hold its annual middle school visitation day on Thursday, November 20, 2014, and we are inviting all interested eighth grade students to visit our school. Students may visit in the morning from 9:15 11:05. Visiting students are asked to complete a Prearranged Absence Form (on website at www.fineartscenter.net), having it signed by all teachers whose classes they will miss. That completed form then becomes their "ticket" to our Visitation Day. We encourage students in Greenville County with an interest in studying the arts to spend the morning at the Center looking over our programs and meeting the faculty and students.

Fine Arts Center High School Visitation Day on Friday, November 21, 2014

The Fine Arts Center will hold its annual high school visitation day on Friday, November 21, 2014, and we are inviting all interested students in grades 9
11 to visit our school. Students may visit in the morning from 9:15 11:05 or in the afternoon from 1:30 3:20. Visiting students are asked to complete a Prearranged Absence Form (on website at www.fineartscenter.net), having it signed by all teachers whose classes they will miss. That completed form then becomes their "ticket" to our Visitation Day. We encourage students in Greenville County with an interest in studying the arts to spend the day at The Center looking over our programs and meeting faculty and students.



The Fine Arts Center is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

Calendar for Application Process - 2014-2015
November 1, 2014 Fine Arts Center online application for new and returning students for the 2015 - 2016 school year will be on the website. www.fineartscenter.net No paper applications will be accepted.  Final deadline for applications January 16, 2015.

January 20, 2015 February 27, 2015 - Fine Arts Center teachers will audition/interview applicants.
March 2, 2015 All audition/interview decisions will be available to students and parents on this date.
March 9, 2015 - Accepted students will have returned Commitment Forms to complete registration process.
March 13, 2015 Rosters of accepted students to home high schools.





The Fine Arts Center to Showcase a World-Renowned Jazz Guitarist

Friday, November 14th, at 7:00 pm | Fine Arts Center (Black Box Theatre) – 102 Pine Knoll Drive, Greenville, SC

The Fine Arts Center, South Carolina’s first secondary school for gifted students in the literary, visual and performing arts, is pleased to welcome Richard Smith on November 14th.

The Fine Arts Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and, as part of that celebration, a number of special performances have been scheduled showcasing the outstanding talents of the students, the faculty and the community.

The Richard Smith Jazz Concert will take place on Friday, November 14th, at 7:00 pm in the Black Box Theatre at the Center, 102 Pine Knoll Drive. Tickets will be available at the door, $15 for adults, $7 for students, $5 for Fine Arts Center students.

Richard Smith’s thirteen solo recordings have established him as a veteran of the contemporary music world. Some of his recent accomplishments include nominations such as:

  • Best Contemporary Jazz Guitar Album
  • Record of the Year
  • Best New Artist

Smith’s most recent recording, “Tangos,” 2014, was in the top 10 of the indie and smooth jazz charts for over five months.

 Smith is also full professor and former chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar department at the renowned Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In Europe, Smith has performed master classes at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London, The London College of Contemporary Music, The Rotterdam Conservatorium, The Royal Academy of Music, Denmark, Music Academy 2000, Bologna, The Universtate d’Rome, The ESC Guitar Seminar, Siracusa and many more.

 For more information about the Fine Arts Center, please visit www.fineartscenter.net. For more information about Richard Smith, please visit www.richardsmithguitar.com or www.facebook.com/RichardSmithGuitar.

Fine Arts Center draws out what is "unique"

Charle E. Ratteree (Assistant Director of the Fine Arts Center) and Dr. Roy S. Fluhrer (Director of the Fine Arts Center) wrote an editorial in Sunday's Opinion section of the Greenville News. Sums up the history, purpose and results of an art education at the Fine Arts Center.
To read the whole article, please go to:



Applications are now open for the 2015-2016 year. http://www.fineartscenter.net/

A Baroque Performance

The Fine Arts Center, South Carolina's first secondary school for gifted students in the literary, visual and performing arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and, as part of that celebration, a number of special performances have been scheduled showcasing the outstanding talents of the students, the faculty and the community.

The first 40th Anniversary event is titled "A Baroque Performance" which will take place on Friday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sutherlin Recital Hall at the Center, 102 Pine Knoll Drive. The performance will feature Dr. Brittnee Siemon, Voice Chair at the Center, singing music of the Baroque period, who will be accompanied by Muses Delight, a trio comprised of the viola da gambist, Gail Ann Schroeder and harpsichordist, Barbara Weiss, And Dr. Siemon. Ms. Weiss will play the 1758 Kirkman harpsichord from the private collection of Dr. Tom and Debra Strange of Easley. Dr. Strange, an acknowledged world-wide expert in historical keyboards, prior to the performance, will speak about the provenance of the Kirkman, how it came to be part of his collection, and the music of the period. In addition to Dr. Siemon, one of her students, sophomore Elise Maness will perform.

Please join us for what promises to be a very special evening of music. Tickets will be available at the door, $15 for adults, $7 for students, $5 for Fine Arts Center students.