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The 34th Annual Upstate High School Art Exhibition

151 works by Greenville county high school students

Event Types: Visual Arts

Mar 25, 2024 9:00 AMApr 18, 2024 7:00 PM

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Department of Visual Arts, Greenville Technical College


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The Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College is thrilled to announce the 34th Annual Upstate High School Art Exhibition (AUHSAE). 41 teachers from 19 Upstate high school art programs submitted 151 works. The exhibition consists of 12 categories including traditional medias such as drawing, painting, ceramics but also specialized medias such as fiber, metals, and animation. AUHSAE is a true survey of the quality and variety of visual arts in Upstate high school programs.

AUHSAE is a juried exhibition. The initial jurying process is completed by the Upstate high school art instructors themselves. They choose student works to represent the quality and diversity of their own programs. These particularly diligent teachers make sure exhibition entry criteria are met and then deliver their student entries to a designated collection point. All of their selections are on view. A professional artist, from outside the school systems then serves as the awards juror. The juror without access to artist, teacher or school identities, chooses awards within each category. Each AUHSAE cash award is divided between the winning student and that student’s art program.

The 34th AUHSAE juror is Tom Dimond, Professor Emeritus of Painting at Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Tom was Director of Lee Gallery at Clemson University from 1973-1988 and then professor of painting until 2006. He received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Tennessee. Tom currently lives and maintains an active studio in Pendleton, SC. He has exhibited work nationally and throughout the southeast. He is represented in the collections of the Asheville Art Museum and the Greenville County Museum of Art as well as in private collections.

With great care and many trips back and forth through the galleries to compare entries, Tom singled out 39 awards winners. He complimented all participants as he commented, “What impressed me most about the 34th AUHSAE was the students’ ability to go beyond the prescribed parameters of their assignments and express their individual points of view which in many cases concerned cultural and social issues of the day. From climate change to the overwhelming impact of technology, these students are surprisingly aware of their place in these stressful times.”

On Wednesday, April 17 beginning at 6:00 pm, all Upstate art students, teachers, their friends, family, and the public are invited to enjoy this exciting exhibition in the Benson Galleries on GTC’s Benson Campus, Building 301 followed at 6:30 by the 34th Annual Upstate High School Art Exhibition Awards Presentation in the plaza and amphitheater (weather permitting). If need be, the presentation will move indoors to the commons area of Building 301. GTC’s Department of Visual Arts also produces an exhibition catalog picturing each award-winning work and listing all participants. The 34th AUHSAE catalog will be available for students and their teachers at the awards presentation.

The 34th AUHSAE ‘s cash awards and exhibition catalog are made possible by the AUHSAE sponsors. Thank you to the Metropolitan Arts Council, The Robert B. and Ruth Lee Foundation, Netalytics, APCO Plastics, and the Greenville Tech Foundation for your continued generous support for these young artists and for Upstate visual art education.

Greenville Technical College Benson Campus Galleries

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