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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 2022, FOUP returned as an in-person event ! The community rallied to support over 120 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 11, 2022. All works can be viewed in a stunning gallery display at 16 Augusta Street through July 15. Come see what artists can accomplish in record time!

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 2021-2022: 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.

2022 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

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

Keith Grace

Ryan Roth

Starr Marchand

Skip Johnston

Elizabeth Kinney

Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers

Aldo Muzzarelli

Teresa Roche

Suzanne Vitti

Katie Walker

Michelle Jardines

Yelitza Diaz

Anna G. Dean

Paul Flint

Diane Kilgore Condon

2022 Juror

Dr. Katie Geha

Dr. Katie Geha is the Director of the Galleries at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. She recently opened up a new contemporary art space affiliated with the University of Georgia, The Athenaeum, in downtown Athens, GA. Geha regularly teaches art history courses on contemporary art, curation, and artist’s writing. She received her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, and her M.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has published three exhibition catalogs and her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Papers, and Burnaway.

The Metropolitan Arts Council gallery exhibit sponsor is TD Bank.