The ninth annual Flat Out Under Pressure (FOUP), MAC’s unique program involving the visual arts and sound environmental practices in downtown Greenville, was held on June 15-16, 2018. 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. The winning artists also receive cash prizes and the 1st place winner is awarded a week-long trip to Italy for two to stay in the beautiful Villa Sant’ Andrea. On Friday, June 15th, artists came to MAC to get their surfaces officially stamped. The surfaces were returned to MAC within 24 hours as works of art. The works were juried that afternoon and the awards reception was held the evening of June 16. All submitted works will be displayed in the MAC Gallery until July 13th, 2018.
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 2017.
These artists will have their work featured on the the recycling bins from spring 2019 – spring 2020.
1st place | MICHELLE JARDINES
"Toledo Tormenta" | Oil
2nd place | ELIZABETH KINNEY
"Raised" | Charcoal on canvas
3rd place | BARBARA CASTAÑEDA
"Lead the Way" | Acrylic & paper on canvas
4th place | KATIE WALKER
"Diagram of Day and Night" | Acrylic on canvas
5th place | TERESA ROCHE
"Subdivision of Memory - Rome" | Mixed media
6th place | KEITH GRACE
"Silenced" | Mixed - collage, acrylic & oil
7th place | NICK RING
"Wake" | Acrylic
8th place | ANGELA ZAJAC-BRUCH
"Greenville" | Mixed media collage with found items
2018 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!
"Proverb for Summer" | Mixed media collage
"Fire Within" | Stained glass, metal & wood
"Chameleon Coloring Book" | NZ corriendale wool
"Pigs" | Mixed media on panel
"Day Break in Golden Grove" | Acrylic on wood
"Blue Moon" | Oil on canvas
"Esmeralda" | Mixed media
Sam Wang was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. He received an MFA in photography from the University of Iowa in 1966 and began a 40 year teaching career at Clemson University, where he taught photography, art with computer, and helped create the Digital Production Arts program that prepares students for the animation industry. He retired as Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art in 2006.
Since retirement in 2006, Sam has continued to lecture, create new photographs, and publish. The bilingual monograph SAM WANG: 4 Decades of Photographic Explorations was published in China in 2010. Photography and Expression, co-authored with Zhong Jianming, and HANDCRAFTED: The Art and Practice of The Handmade Print, co-authored with Sandy King, Christina Z Anderson, and Zhong Jianming were published in China in 2014 and 2015 respectively and are both in second edition.
His most recent shows include a solo show in Charlotte at the Light Factory in 2016 and invitational shows in China, Australia, and Belgium in 2017. Sam work also is on display at the Emeritus College Gallery in Pendleton, SC.
Sam received an Elizabeth Verner award from SC Governor Nikki Haley and the SC Arts Commission in 2015 in recognized for his contribution to the arts in SC.
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 2017: 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. 2018 was the biggest year yet for Flat Out Under Pressure with 112 artists who returned pieces to MAC after just 24 hours.