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Visual Arts Annual Student Exhibition

Greenville Technical College's Visual Arts Annual Student Exhibition

Event Types: Visual Arts

Nov 9, 2022 9:00 AMDec 2, 2022 2:00 PM

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Greenville Technical College Benson Campus Galleries


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The Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College is excited to announce our 2022 Visual Arts Annual Student Exhibit. This exciting and varied exhibit is on view to the public November 9 through December 2 in Tech’s Benson Campus Galleries. Many thanks to our 2022 juror, Karen Oremus, Interim Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University. Ms. Oremus is a BFA graduate from Concordia University in Montreal Canada and an MFA graduate from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With wide ranging exhibition and teaching experience, she provided invaluable feedback to our students.

Ms. Oremus with great care and thoughtfulness selected 71 works from 144 entries for our 2022 Visual Arts Annual Student Exhibit. Ten categories in the fine and applied art disciplines included in Greenville Technical College’s Department of Visual Arts' curriculum are highlighted in our 2022 VAASE .The exhibition’s excellence speaks to the goal of the DVA to prepare students to be successful employees and/or transfer students. Responding to 2022 VAASE, Ms. Oremus said “It was challenging as juror to eliminate works from the show, as there was an incredible array of work that merited display, and several that deserved awards. In my selection, I attempted to represent a cross section of works that emphasized strength in a variety of areas such as technique, innovative use of technique, and the expression of compelling content which led to contemplation or an emotional response.”

VAASE’s Halloween Costume Gala and Awards Presentation on October 27 celebrated the success and diligence of all Greenville Tech’s student artists. Friends and family accompanied students to the Gala to enjoy the exhibition and pose for costume portraits. The crowd feasted on pizza and subs while anxiously awaiting the VAASE award announcements. Shane Howell, Department of Visual Arts, Chair presented a total of 22 cash awards. Ms. Oremus singled out Kayla Richard’s photograph, “Stream” as Best In Show. “…this work evoked an emotional response in me that surpasses aesthetics more so than any other work in the exhibition. My immediate response was one of great empathy and reflection upon the current world we live in. This work depicts the lost, the left behind, the forgotten, the abandoned, the mistreated. The suggested content addressed in this work is relevant and timely and will hopefully trigger the emotional and compassionate response in others through the search for understanding, sharing, and evolution when exploring mortality, ephemerality, and the fragility of life.” VAASE awards are made possible by generous contributions from the Metropolitan Arts Council, APCO Plastics, Bennetts’ Frame and Art Gallery, the Greenville Tech Foundation, and Suburban Paints. Lander University selected three students to receive Lander Merit Awards.

The Benson Campus Galleries are operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. The galleries are located at 2522 Locust Hill Road, and are open to the public Monday –Thursday, 9:00am to 7:00pm and Fridays 9:00am to 2:00pm.

For more information on VAASE visit: or call: 864 250-3051 or email:

Fleming Markel, Gallery Director at [email protected] or Patrick Owens, Gallery Assistant at [email protected]. Images of the exhibition and Gala are on view on Facebook and Instagram, and

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VAASE is funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council with funds received from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Watch for an announcement in early 2023 for the location and specific dates of 22 Awards, a spin-off exhibition from 2022 VAASE.

Greenville Technical College, Benson Campus Galleries

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