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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 2021, the event took a break due to a back up in winners who still need to travel to Italy. MAC featured past winners in its gallery at 16 Augusta Street instead during the month of June.  

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 2020-2021: 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.

2020 Winners

Keith Grace

1st place

Ryan Roth

2nd place

Traci Wright Martin

3rd place

Paul Flint

4th place

Carrie Lee Hudson

5th place

Melissa Pinney

6th place

Jose Romero

7th place

Caroline Calder

8th place

Current Recycling Bins

Keith Grace

Ryan Roth

Traci Wright Martin

Paul Flint

Carrie Lee Hudson

Melissa Pinney

Jose Romero

Caroline Calder

2020 Juror

Tom Stanley

Tom Stanley is a visual artist living in Rock Hill, South Carolina. After earning an MA in Applied Art History and an MFA in Painting from the University of South Carolina in 1980, he served on the faculties of Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville, Arkansas, and Barry University in Miami, Florida. In 1985 he returned to the Carolina’s to direct the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury. In 1990 he became the first director of Rock Hill's Winthrop University Galleries. From 2007 to 2017 he served as chair of Winthrop’s Department of Fine Arts.

As an artist, Stanley typically works in series with limitations of size, color, and imagery. He uses recurring shapes such as triangles and figurative elements of houses and boats. Typical media are acrylic on canvas and on paper. Although using common graphic strategies like mechanical drawing, silhouette, and graffito, his primary process is about making something he has never seen before. The work is a conversation between hands and eyes. He draws with paint rather than paints with paint.

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 2020-2021: 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 are TD Bank and Clinkscales Chevrolet.