FAC Weekly Update

February 10, 2023

Good Morning, FAC Family

We hope that you and your family had a wonderful week!

The Parrini Trio was in residence this week with our Strings Chamber Music students, and we were all treated to a world-class performance in our Recital Hall on Wednesday evening. The students in the Strings studio received intensive coaching throughout the week, observed masterclasses, and developed lasting professional relationships with the members of the Trio. We are grateful to the Peace Center for their partnership, which provides our students with such above-and-beyond experiences that make our students' education truly special.

Our Architecture and Theatre Design students enjoyed a trip to Atlanta's High Museum on Wednesday to view the exhibits. Thank you to Dr. Smith, Ms. Disharoon, and Mr. Ross for planning this fantastic educational experience for our students!

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

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Elevate 2023 - Celebrating the Students of the Fine Arts Center

Friday, March 31, 2023; Peace Center Gunter Theatre

6:00 p.m. - Cocktail Hour; 7:00 p.m. - Performance Start Time

Featuring student work from the FAC Visual Arts and Architecture Programs and

outstanding student performers from the FAC Creative and Performing Arts Studios.

Sponsorships Available

Platinum Sponsorship - $1,000

  • Includes logo in advertising materials and program

  • Four free tickets to the event - premium seating section

Gold Sponsorship - $500

  • Includes logo in program

  • Two free tickets to the event - premium seating section

Silver Sponsorship - $250

  • Includes name in program

Please email vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us for more information on sponsorship. Go to https://crm.bloomerang.co/HostedDonation?ApiKey=pub_9fa4fdba-3be6-11ec-ba47-026d3237139f&WidgetId=35840 to pay for your sponsorship or to donate to the event. Indicate “Elevate Sponsorship” in the comment section.

Proceeds from Elevate go directly to our students for Artists-in-Residence, Scholarships, and More.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

"The edge is in the inputs. The person who consumes from better sources, gets better thoughts. The person who asks better questions, gets better answers. The person who builds better habits, gets better results. It's not the outcomes. It's the inputs."

-James Clear; 3-2-1 Weekly Newsletter - https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1

Application to the FAC:

Let's say you have bad day/performance/class project. You could choose to respond counterproductively - "I'm not good. I am a terrible artist. I'm so stupid." If you do this, you are choosing a negative input. Instead, choose a positive one - "I'm really disappointed in my day/performance/class work. What was different this time that made the result negative? Did I follow the correct procedure? Did I accept feedback and adjust? How can I get back to feeling confident about my output?"

Choose the right habit. Choose the right thoughts. Choose the inputs that make you better.

Dr. Katy Cassell - 44th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition

Visual Arts faculty member Katy Cassell's artworks Nestleate and Disseminate have been juried into the 44th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, AZ. Nestleate is one of five artworks to be featured on the museum's website to promote the show.

About the 44th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition

Craft is indeed a cunning medium. It can be functional or stubbornly useless. It can be relegated to the world of “women’s work” or subversively deployed to critique that designation. It can swoop into fine art museums or stay firmly planted in gift economies. It is more accessible to a broader range of people, while maintaining deep richness in its artisanal histories and mastery of form. The works selected for the 44th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition explore each of these elements: material knowledge, craftsmanship, and clever storytelling.

Congratulations to Dr. Cassell!

Zane Logan - Portrait and Process

FAC Photography Instructor Zane Logan will have his work on exhibition from January 19 - March 15, 2023 at the Cyrill-Westside Library in Spartanburg.

Artist Statement

The subject of this exhibition is high school students. The portraits serve as both an observance and celebration of their individual personality and confidence.

Adolescence is historically a tumultuous time of identity formation and heightened emotional experience. The youth of today are forced to navigate this challenging period with the additional burden of uncertainty and anxiety stemming from the COVID-19 Pandemic. School closures, remote learning, and isolation from friends and family are only a few of the pandemic stressors that they have been unexpectedly forced to endure.

It is critical for their mental health and well-being that we not only support them through this destabilized time, but that we acknowledge their character, achievements, and perseverance in enduring it.

Artist Bio

Zane Logan was born in Pickens, South Carolina. He earned his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 and his MFA from Clemson University in 2012. He is an Instructor of Photography at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina. His work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States in both solo and group shows, including the Columbia Museum of Art, the Riverworks Gallery, the Redux Contemporary Art Center, and the PhotoPlace Gallery, among others.


A Sudden Spontaneous Event - David Lee Nelson

David Lee Nelson was a Greenville-based actor, writer, comedian and author, who sadly passed away on 9/24/20 after a courageous battle with stage 4 colon cancer. He was a beloved member of the Fine Arts Center Faculty, teaching our Theatre Foundations and Advanced Topics in Theatre courses. His play, "A Sudden Spontaneous Event," will be performed in the Main Stage Theatre at the USC Upstate Performing Arts Center.

February 16, 17 & 18, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. | February 19, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets - https://www.uscupstate.edu/academics/college-of-arts-humanities-and-social-sciences/fine-arts-and-communication-studies/theatre-program/now-playing/

*This production contains strong adult language that may not be suitable for children.

Is your child performing in the Greenville community?

Please email Mr. Popat with information. We would be happy to publicize performances from all of our local arts organizations!


Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors


Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”

The SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition is offered to current juniors and seniors in high school. Entrants may use any traditional 2-D medium; digital works are not permitted. Winners will be notified in March. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/scad-challenge Deadline: February 13, 2023.

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program information is available on the SCDE website. Applications are due February 20, 2023.

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $30,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm Deadline: February 20, 2023

Silver Pen writing competition is hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25 mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. silverpen-slc.com Deadline: February 21, 2023.

Greenville County Schools Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament - 2023

The Greenville County Schools Scholarship Golf Tournament proceeds provide district seniors with financial assistance for their freshman year of college. Application deadline: March 1, 2023. Click below for application and eligibility requirements.


AHAM - The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2023 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following: https://www.ahamsc.org/scholarship. Deadline: March 15, 2023

Regions Black History Scholarship Essay Contest | Regions https://www.regions.com/about-regions/diversity-equity-inclusion/supporting-communities/black-history-month/essay-contest-scholarship. Deadline: March 31, 2023


  • Saturday, February 11 - District Dance Festival; WHHS and FAC
  • Wednesday, February 15 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's; 7:30 p.m., Peace Center
  • Monday, February 20 - No School for Students and Staff; Presidents’ Day
  • Wednesday, February 22 - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall
  • Saturday, February 25 - FAC Audition Day #1
  • Wednesday, March 1 - Jazz Studio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
  • Saturday, March 4 - FAC Audition Day #2


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