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Existing Now

Printmaking by Marty Epp-Carter and Ceramic Sculpture by Elaine Quave

Event Types: Visual Arts

Jan 8, 2024 2:23 PMFeb 6, 2024 2:23 PM

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Department of Visual Arts, Greenville Technical College


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Exhibition: Existing Now

Venue: Greenville Technical College Benson Campus Galleries

Dates: January 8- February 6, 2024

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9am - 7pm and Friday, 9am - 2pm

Existing Now is a mantra for our now. Our world, our country, our local institutions, even our families are embroiled in a frightening flux and in conflict. Existing Now offers a respite, a respite of images. These images remind us to find joy and peace in making connections to nature, in performing meditative tasks, and in exploring our humanity. Marty Epp-Carter, printmaker, and Elaine Quave, ceramicist, use different languages, but they speak as a chorus. Their meticulous craft, their nature-based pallet and imagery, their exploration of connections result in visual poetry. They explain “In this continuous moment of now, we hold our memories of the past, and our hopes and fears for the future.”

Existing Now is a collection of Epp-Carter’s recent prints and Quave’s recent ceramic sculptures. These works installed in proximity illicit a call and response poem of inseparable ideas, shapes, and colors. Epp-Carter resurrects discarded prints to explore the present in scraps and shards of the past. She explains, “when I compose each of these collages, it is an act of visual meditation. I am capturing a moment that can only exist when the elements in each piece combine.” Quave replicates bones to build the structures of her sculptures stating, “My goal is that this realization of our intimate connection to nature can help lead to changes in the way we reflect on ourselves as human and the ways that we treat our planet and the other animals with which we coexist.”

Marty Epp-Carter retired in 2023 from teaching at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Epp-Carter received a BS from Boston University, a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a MS from Lesley University and then earned her MFA in printmaking at Clemson University. Elaine Quave currently teaches at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She received a BFA from University of the Arts, and then earned her MFA in ceramics at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Both artists have exhibited widely. For more information visit and

Existing Now originated as an exhibition at the TD Bank sponsored MAC Gallery located in the Metropolitan Arts Council offices at 16 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC.

Existing Now is on view in Greenville Technical College’s Benson Campus Galleries, 2522 Locust Hill Road, Greer, SC. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am – 7pm and Friday, 9am to 2pm. The public is welcome. Visit for more information or call Fleming Markel, Gallery Director or Pat Owens, Gallery Assistant at 864 250-3051 or email [email protected].

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