Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dr. Roy Fluhrer Receives Lifelong Support of the Arts Award

Dr. Roy FluhrerGreenville County Schools Fine Arts Center Director Dr. Roy S. Fluhrer was recently presented with the Lifelong Support of the Arts Award by the Metropolitan Arts Council. The award is presented to businesses, artists and individuals whose commitment to the arts has made significant contributions to the cultural landscape of Greenville.

Dr. Fluhrer has served as director of the Fine Arts Center, South Carolina’s first school for the gifted and talented in the literary, visual and performing arts, since 1989. He received his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

He served as Managing and Artistic Director of The Toledo Repertoire Theatre from 1966 to1978. From 1978 to 1988 he was on the faculty at the University of Idaho, serving as Chair of the Theatre Department, president of the Faculty Senate, founder of the Idaho Repertoire Theatre and, from 1985 to 1988 as an assistant to the President of the University. In 1988 he was named Vice Chancellor for Arts and Academics at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Other Outstanding Accomplishments

  • President of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, where he continues as an emeritus board member
  • Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, South Carolina’s highest arts award (2008)
  • President of Arts Schools Network (2005-2007)
  • Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts (2006)
  • South Carolina Dance Association Dance Advocacy Award (2006)
  • Metropolitan Arts Council Visionary Award (2004)
  • Arts Advocate of the Year by the South Carolina Art Education Association (2000)
  • Board member of Arts Schools NETWORK; Jeffrey Lawrence Award, the highest award given by NETWORK to an arts administrator (2008)

Biographical Sketch

Roy S. Fluhrer, Director of Greenville County School District’s Fine Arts Center since 1989, received his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

He served as Managing and Artistic Director of The Toledo Repertoire Theatre from 1966 to1978. From 1978 to 1988 he was on the faculty at the University of Idaho, serving as Chair of the Theatre Department, president of the Faculty Senate, founder of the Idaho Repertoire Theatre and, from 1985 to 1988 as an assistant to the President of the University. In 1988 he was named Vice Chancellor for Arts and Academics at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Dr. Fluhrer came to Greenville in 1989 as the Director of The Fine Arts Center, South Carolina’s first school for the gifted and talented in the literary, visual and performing arts. He has served as president of the South Carolina Arts Alliance, where he continues as an emeritus board member. Dr. Fluhrer was awarded the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award in 2008, South Carolina’s highest arts award, the Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts in 2006, the South Carolina Dance Association Dance Advocacy Award in 2006, the Metropolitan Arts Council Visionary Award in 2004, and the Arts Advocate of the Year by the South Carolina Art Education Association in 2000. A board member of Arts Schools NETWORK, and a past president, he received the Jeffrey Lawrence Award in 2008, the highest award given by NETWORK to an arts administrator.


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