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Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP) is a unique collaboration between the visual arts and sound environmental practices. FOUP also creates a different exhibition and marketing opportunity for visual artists. The event begins with a 24-hour juried art-making competition where the selected winners are given the opportunity to choose two images of their work for reproduction on the eight downtown recycling bins. The winning artists also received cash prizes, and the first-place artist wins a week-long trip for two to Cortona, Italy to stay in the beautiful Villa Sant’ Andrea.

 In 2023, the community rallied to support over 115 artists who took the challenge to create a complete work of art in just 24 hours. Eleven winning artists were announced during a packed reception in the MAC Gallery on June 10, 2023. All works were on display at 16 Augusta Street through July 15. Come see what artists can accomplish in record time for 2024!

FOUP would not exist without the support, commitment and fantastic organizational skills of MAC Board member and visual artist Janette W. Wesley, who has been very involved in the project since its inception in 2009.

The MAC Board of Directors and staff thank the following businesses for sponsoring the bins in 2021-2023: Slow Food Upstate, Duke Energy, Greenville Drive, Prisma, ReWa – Renewable Water Resources, Don and Zelma Waggoner Foundation, SynTerra, Inc. and Vicario Artisanal Liqueurs.
We also thank the following business entities for their support of this project: The Greenville Journal, Ever Green Recycling and the City of Greenville. This year’s exhibit sponsors were TD Bank and Clinkscales Chevrolet.

2024 Winners

The following artists chosen by the juror will have their work displayed next calendar year on the recycling bins that line Main Street in Downtown Greenville. 

Exhibition Committee Awards

A selection of notable pieces chosen by the MAC staff

Current Recycling Bins: 2023 Winners

Take a stroll down Main Street and view this outdoor gallery of local artists!

Meredith Skinner

1st Place

Desiree Smith

2nd Place

Keith Grace

3rd Place

Marty Epp-Carter

4th Place

Diane Kilgore Condon

5th Place

David Gerhard

6th Place

Jeffery Byrd

7th Place

Ann Ricker

8th Place

2024 Juror

Suzanne Camarata

Suzanne Camarata is the owner of The Gallery at Flat Rock where she curates exhibitions and selects fine-art and craft artists for gallery representation.

A native of South Korea, she was raised in Japan before coming to the United States where she received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rochester. She went on to study photography at the Art Institute of Boston. Subsequent travels throughout India and Mexico resulted in photographic essays of those journeys. She taught photography at MIT and, since 1995, has worked as a freelance photographer. Her work is included in both private and corporate collections.

In 2015, Suzanne made a shift from freelance photography to starting a gallery. “My work as a photographer gave me a glimpse into people’s lives and I realized that my passion is finding connections. The gallery is an conduit for bringing artists and collectors together, building local community and for expressing creativity in the exhibits and events held monthly.