The eleventh annual Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP), MAC’s unique program involving the visual arts and sound environmental practices in downtown Greenville, will take place on June 19-20, 2020. With eight bins for paper, plastic and glass in various locations along Main Street, FOUP encourages recycling among pedestrians while creating a different exhibiting opportunity for visual artists.
The event begins with a 24-hour art-making juried competition. The selected winners will be given the opportunity to choose two images of their work for reproduction on the bins from 2021-2022. The winning artists also receive cash prizes and the 1st place winner will be awarded a week-long trip to Italy for two to stay in the beautiful Villa Sant’ Andrea. On Friday, June 19th, artists will come to MAC to get their surfaces officially stamped. The surfaces will be returned to MAC within 24 hours as works of art. The works will be juried that afternoon and the awards reception will be held the evening of June 20th.
Current Recycling Bins
Check out Greenville’s unique outdoor exhibiting space along Main Street in downtown. Current artists featured on the bins were the winners of last year’s Flat Out competition in 2018.
These artists will have their work featured on the the recycling bins from spring 2019 – spring 2020.
1st place | Yelitza Diaz
"People from Here" | Acrylic
2nd place | Keith Grace
"Madison" | Mixed media
3rd place | Kent Ambler
"Refugee" | Woodcut
4th place | Jean Wilson Freeman
"Vaglia in Color (Vaglia)" | Mixed media
5th place | Douglas Piper
"Lonesome Pine" | Wood block print and vintage topo map
6th place | Olivia Perreault
"A Step Along the Way to Custer State Park" | Acrylic
7th place | Carey Lee Hudson
"Paraclete" Oil on canvas
8th place | Drew Conley
"Come What May" | Oil on linen
2019 Exhibition Committee Awards
Each year the exhibition committee chooses works for honorable mention. This year there were so many great pieces that we chose 8!
Diane Kilgore Condon
"Song of the Blind Finch" | Oil
Jo Carol Mitchell Rogers
"In All Their Vim and Glory" | Acrylic and graphite
"Bred For" | Acrylic on panel
Jane Allen Nodine
Jane Allen Nodine is University Gallery Director and Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina Upstate where she served as head of the art program for over twenty years. Prior to joining the University she owned and operated Jane Nodine Hardwear, a full-service jewelry design and manufacturing company. Jane has worked in a variety of media throughout her career and she exhibits widely in the US and Europe. Recognized with numerous awards, Jane received an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and two South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships. In 2012 she received the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement by the Southeastern College Art Conference and in 2002 she was awarded a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship to Hobcaw Barony Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. Jane’s work is included in numerous collections including the Medical University of South Carolina, Equitable Life Assurance Society – NYC, Stadtsparkasse Bank – Germany, and multiple works in the South Carolina State Art Collection. Jane’s career spans several decades and in 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina During the 20th Century.
Jane is well known for her contributions to teaching and in 2016 she received the Distinguished Art Advocate Award, Sponsored by the South Carolina Art Education Association (SCAEA). In 2011 Jane was awarded the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Award for Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials for Andy Warhol; The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Project. In 2008 Jane was recognized by the University of South Carolina Upstate with the Faculty Award for Scholarly and Creative Pursuits, and in 2004 the Award for Teaching Excellence from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC). In 1998 Jane created the USC Upstate Study Abroad program to Italy and led five trips and served as director through 2011.
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 2018-2019: Ever-Green Recycling, Slow Food Upstate, Duke Energy, Greenville Drive, Greenville Health System, McKinney-Dodge, ReWa Renewable Water Resources, synTerra, Inc., TD Bank and Vicario Wines.
We also thank the following business entities for their support of this project: The Greenville Journal, The Greenville News, Ever Green Recycling and the City of Greenville.
Congratulations to all of our participating artists. The 2019 Flat Out Under Pressure competition had a total of 107 artists who returned pieces to MAC after just 24 hours.