FAC Weekly Update

March 26, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a wonderful week!

Well...it is here - we are now in the final Quarter of the school year. As you will see below, the student accolades are rolling in. More performances are being added to the calendar, and we have a lot to look forward to over the next 9 weeks. Kudos to our students and faculty for continuing to push through some challenging times, using their art to stay centered and calm during a year that has been the opposite. Here's to a great finish to the school year!

Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

Converse College - Young Women in Art

The following works were accepted to the 2021 Young Women in Art competition. Be sure to go to www.Converse.edu/YWIA where you will find a link to view the virtual exhibition. Congratulations to these students and their instructors!

Kassandra Hernandez-Zuniga, Grade 11, Breaking My Mold, Prismacolor pencils on matboard, 52” x 94”, 2020, Drawing

School: Fine Arts Center

Teacher: Ryan Roth

Hanna Abu Judom, Grade 12, W.L.W. Solidarity, Marker, 12”x 9”, 2020, Drawing

Teacher: Ryan Roth

Marley Leventis, Grade 12, Third Place in Drawing

Know your Place Setting, Charcoal and Watercolor, Drawing

Teacher: Ryan Roth

Caroline Brightwell, Grade 10

36.6055° N, 93.2862° W, Metals, Mixed Media

Teacher: Katy Cassell

Brianna Bruce, Grade 12

Rosalind Franklin, Champleve enamel on copper, photo transfer in enamel on steel, Mixed Media

Teacher: Katy Cassell

Grace Wike, Grade 12

Tangled Mind, Enamel, copper, wood, thread, wax, nails, Mixed Media

Teacher: Katy Cassell

Tomoka Nakamura, Grade 9, Resting House, Wood, Sculpture

Teacher: Donna Shank

Veda Duncan, Grade 9, Third Place in Sculpture

Twisting, Wood, 14” x 12” x 10”, 2021, Sculpture

Teacher: Donna Shank

Maddi Lehde, Grade 11, First Place in Printmaking

Hello, Operator?, Linoleum, ink, paper, 7” x 5”, 2021, Printmaking

Teacher: Donna Shank

Addison Cate, Grade 11, Third Place in Printmaking

Runway Roosters, Linoleum, ink, paper, 10”x8”, 2021, Printmaking

Teacher: Donna Shank

Brianna Nicoloff, Grade 10

Contravice, Stoneware, low fire glazes, 12”x14”x12”, 2021, Ceramics

Teacher: Kelly King

Jaime Lee, Grade 12

Stifled Maiden, Stoneware, low fired glazes, 23”x10”x9”, 2021 Ceramics

Teacher: Kelly King

Abby Rivers, Grade 12

Bertha, Stoneware, low fire glazes, 11”x7”, 2020, Ceramics

Teacher: Kelly King

Sydney Harrison, Grade 10

What Part Is Yours, Hand Printed fabric, thread, stuffing, magnets, 2020, Fibers

Teacher: April Dauscha

Loriel Bowers-Vernier, Grade 11, Third Place: Digital Media

Coordinates: Textile Design, Adobe Illustrator, Variable: Repeating Designs, 2020, Digital Media

Teacher: April Dauscha

Kristen Finklin, Grade 12, First Place: Fibers

Flexin’ my Complexion (series), Fabric, synthetic hair, yarn, thread, earrings, Size 8-12 (womens), 2020, Fibers

Teacher: April Dauscha

Katherine Wiedemann, Grade 12

GIVE IN TO ME, Hand-dyed and painted fabric, thread, yarn, tulle and grommets, size 8 (women’s), 2020, Fibers

Teacher: April Dauscha

Isabel Driggs, Grade 10, Third Place: Fibers

Abstract Self Portrait, Hand-painted silk, embroidery, and block printing, 10”x10”, 2020, Fibers

Teacher: April Dauscha

Edith Youngblood, Grade 10

Ava, Archival Inkjet Print, 6”x9”, 2020, Photography

Teacher: Zane Logan

Abigail Williams, Grade 11

Cycle of Manipulation, Archival inkjet print, 8.5”x11”, 2021, Photography

Teacher: Zane Logan

Hattie Jennings, Grade 10

Calm like Green Tea, 8.5”x11”, 2021, Photography

Teacher: Zane Logan

Haven Ross, Grade 12, Third Place Photography

She, Archival inkjet print, 16”x 20”, 2021, Photography
Teacher: Zane Logan

Congratulations - Full Scholarships!

Congratulations to the following FAC Seniors for earning full scholarships to top-tier collegiate programs:

We are so very proud of the hard work these students have put into earning this well-deserved achievement!

Congratulations to Chloe Arnold!

Strings Chamber Musician and aspiring composer, Chole Arnold (Grade 11), has been accepted into the Atlanta Music Festival Institute Composition Program! Chloe will receive instruction from a world-renown faculty of composers and musicians and will have the opportunity to learn composition techniques in various genres of music. Her mentors will include musicians from the Julliard School, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, Curtis Institute of music, and more. Congratulations, Chloe!

Congratulations to Mae Eubank!

FAC Sophomore Dancer Mae Eubank has been accepted to the prestigious Joffrey South Ballet Summer Intensive! Mae will spend one month studying with other aspiring ballet dancers under the guidance of an amazing faculty. Way to go, Mae!

Congratulations to Bella Lawrence!

FAC Theatre Performance student Bella Lawrence (Grade 11) has earned acceptance into the ArtsBridge Summer Dramatic Acting Workshop! This renowned program prepares dedicated students for conservatory-style actor training. Bella will receive rigorous instruction from an accomplished faculty, learning vocal and physical acting techniques, collaborating with other aspiring actors, and preparing for the college audition process. Congrats, Bella!

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


"Leaders must always operate with the understanding that they are part of something greater than themselves and their own personal interests. They must impart this understanding to their teams down to the tactical-level operators on the ground. Far more important than training or equipment, a resolute belief in the mission is critical for any team or organization to win and achieve big results.

Every leader must be able to detach from the immediate tactical mission and understand how it fits into strategic goals. When leaders receive an order that they themselves question and do not understand, they must as the question: why? If frontline leaders and troops understand why, they can move forward, fully believing in what they are doing."

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win," pgs. 76-77

Next Parent Guild Meeting - Wednesday, March 31; 6:00 p.m.; Zoom

The next meeting of the FAC Partners' Parent Guild will take place on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31. The original date of Tuesday the 30th has been changed due to the Strings Chamber Concert. Please use the following link on that date and time to access the Zoom meeting - https://greenvilleschools.zoom.us/j/85673057526?pwd=TCtVdXdmT2V2MHE3NXNHOEhzTWMrZz09.

Agenda items to be discussed:

  • Help needed - FAC Commencement, Faculty end-of-year gifts, senior gifts, end-of-year events
  • Leadership positions needed
  • Guild membership drive - need marketing assistance to help design a Guild Pamphlet
  • Questions from Parents

If you have any questions or are interested in being a part of the FAC Parent Guild, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:


  • April 22 - FAC Jazz Spring Concert - 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes; 9:15 a.m. class performs at 6:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. class performs at 8:00 pm. Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

  • May 4 - FAC Strings Chamber Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

  • May 6 - FAC Voice Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)
  • May 7 - FAC Voice Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

  • May 10 - FAC Winds Chamber Concert - 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes; 9:15 a.m. class performs at 6:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. class performs at 8:00 pm. Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)
  • May 11 - FAC Percussion Concert - 9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Classes; 9:15 a.m. class performs at 6:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. class performs at 8:00 pm. Sutherlin Recital Hall* (FAC)

*Please note that all events at the FAC will have reserved seating due to social distancing guidelines. We will send specific details out to the parents of students who are involved in the performance. There will be strict procedures in place relative to mask-wearing and social distancing for all performances, as well as entry and exit procedures for the venue. Again, all of this will be clearly communicated prior to the event. We appreciate your cooperation, and are excited to start performing again!


  • March 30 - FAC Parent Guild Zoom -- 6:00 p.m., Zoom
  • April 3-11 - Spring Break
  • April 16 - eLearning for all students - Vaccination Day #2 for Staff
  • May 14 - Last day for Seniors
  • May 17 - FAC Commencement -- 7:00 p.m., Greer HS
  • May 28 - Last Day for Underclassmen

Congratulations to our National Art and Writing Medalists!

Please join me in congratulating three of our FAC Visual Artists for earning National Gold Key or Silver Key Medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards! Click on the images below to see them in detail.

  • Ana Pelham, 12th grade, Photography – National Silver Key Award
  • Myles Thompson, 10th grade, Drawing & Painting – National Gold Key Award
  • Addisen Yarrow, 9th grade, Design – National Silver Key Award


Honor Cords

Seniors - we have created a link for you to purchase Honor Cords for your high school graduation ceremony. Before purchasing...

  1. Remember that we do not wear a cap and gown for our ceremony. We dress professionally, but have no graduation regalia since we do not give you a diploma - just a certificate.
  2. Ask your high school if they allow you to wear honor cords at your graduation. If they say yes, then purchase the cords.
  3. Place your order by 3:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021.

Here is the link - https://fineartscenter.net/Disclaim.aspx?URL=https://tinyurl.com/paucm2f8. When you get to this page, click the button that says, "CONTINUE TO DONATION OR PURCHASE."

Class of 2021 Lawn Signs

Herff Jones is offering the FAC Class of 2021 the opportunity to purchase a lawn sign to celebrate our amazing Seniors! Please click on the following link to access the ordering website - https://classofyardsigns.com/product/the-fine-arts-center/.

Please contact Herff Jones directly with any questions - (864) 244-0110


Scholarship Opportunities

  • NEW - World Studio AIGA Art Scholarship - $2,000-$3,000 for basic scholarship; top award up to $5000. For underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Deadline April 13, 2021 Application can be found on the website: https://www.aiga.org/worldstudio-scholarship

  • NEW - Alice Watkins Scholarship - $10,000 - Must be graduating senior at Wade Hampton High School and must be planning to attend accredited higher education institution in SC. Must declare major in English, Literature or Poetry (preference given to poetry) 3.0 GPA. Apply at www.cfgreenville.org/scholarshipsIf you have questions about the scholarship process or application, please contact Debbie Cooper at 864-331-8414 or email her at dcooper@cfgreenville.org Application opens March 1 and closes April 16

  • NEW - Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest - Over $20,000 in cash scholarships for high school students who make the best prom attire from Duck Brand Duct tape. . Create an outfit and/or costume to be judged on originality, workmanship, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck Brand tape. 14 years and older are eligible. Participants can submit their entry beginning at 12:00 PM EDT on March 31, 2021, through 11:59 PM EDT on June 9, 2021. Final winners will be announced on about July 21, 2021. Details at www.stuckatprom.com

  • Abbott and Fenner Scholarship - The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to A&F by email at scholarships at abbottandfenner.com

    Topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. Deadline - June 12, 2021.

  • Dolphin Galleries Scholarship for the Visual Arts

    Having been in the Art industry for over 42 years Dolphin Galleries recognizes the importance of the visual arts as a preservation and expression of culture. We would like to give the opportunity to the next generation of artists, designers, sculptures, painters, etc. to continue following their artistic and creative passion. Applicants must be attending or planning to enroll in an accredited United States college or university during the upcoming academic year, be in good academic standing, and planning to or currently pursuing an arts-related major or minor. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. Deadline: July 20, 2021. https://dolphingalleries.com/pages/scholarship


Summer Intensive Programs - Request for Financial Support

The FAC Partners have earmarked $10,000 to support students in grades 9-11 who have been accepted into Summer Intensive Programs for their area of study at the FAC. Students who apply for financial assistance must be committed to attending the FAC next year. Recipients will be chosen first by financial need (as determined by P.I.P. status) and then by merit (Grade Point Average), with teacher input into the student's performance also being a factor. You will need to provide proof of acceptance into the program/camp (email or hard copy) along with the submission of the form. The form is due April 23, 2021, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/wunVFjRdEX72bob69.

Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.

COVID-19 Return to School Procedures

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