High School Competition

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"You don't have to be great to start but you have start to be great."

Welcome to GCS District-Wide High School Visual Arts Virtual Exhibition 2020-21


As we all know this school year has been one like none other. As a collective group of High School Art Instructors, we have had a long running tradition of presenting a student exhibition annually that is cumulative and celebrates the successes of our students throughout the school year. 

This show has seen an evolution from a small space in downtown Greenville, to a main attraction within the Artisphere festival, and now, due to a global pandemic, we have gone virtual. This is not a change we were originally happy about as art is better experienced in person where the full visual emersion as well as conversations around pieces can take place. However, this virtual platform has become an opportunity to share our students' works with those who may not be able to attend an in-person exhibition.

We will return to an in-person show in the future, but are excited to continue sharing the work on this platform as well. 

Our teachers across the district have proven that they are resilient and have continued to get high quality production and creativity from their students. This show is dedicated to both our Student Artists and the Art Educators here in Greenville County Schools. 

This year Greenville County Schools again partnered with Furman University’s Visual Arts Department and Department Chair Ross McClain to have a panel of Art Educators at the university level, select our winners. The panel individually and collectively spent several hours carefully considering each entry. Through conversation, reflection, and debate the winners were chosen. We are proud to announce this year’s District Show Award Winners.GCS High School Visual Arts Programs would like to thank the following individuals:

  • Kristi Peterson: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
  • Gerry Wubben: Adjunct Professor of Drawing
  • Marta Lanier: Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Strategic Design
  • Waylon Bigsby: Adjunct Professor of Sculpture
  • Michael May: Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting
  • Ross McClain - Department Chair

Please visit Furman University Art for more information. Follow them on most social media outlets: @FurmanArt

High School Awards