We prepare students for advanced study and career opportunities through studio classes taught by professional artists/teachers. Students apply and are selected on the basis of talent, interest and commitment to their discipline and study architecture, theatre, dance, visual arts, music, creative writing, or digital filmmaking.
The Fine Arts Center of Greenville County was established in August of 1974. We provide advanced comprehensive arts instruction to students who are artistically talented and wish to take an intensive pre-professional program of study.
Students attend the Fine Arts Center five days each week in the morning or afternoon for 110 minutes of instruction and spend the remainder of their time at their home high school.
Each year approximately 400 students attend the Fine Arts Center. Our 2014-2015 graduating class of 82 students earned over 7.6 million dollars in scholarship opportunities to attend 36 different institutions and two miltary service branches.
The Fine Arts Center Applications for 2016-17 are now closed.
Meet Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Fine Arts Center Graduate
"FAC is a wonderful and unique learning environment. At the time that I went to college, I had already had chamber music coachings, music theory and music history every day of the week. That was terrific preparation not only for the rigorous programs at Eastman, but also life as a professional musician."
"I miss the Fine Arts Center most because classes with violist/chamber coach Lenny Schranze and music composer/history teacher Jon Grier were some of the best years of my life. I enjoyed collaborating with the dancers each year, watching the drama department's productions, and peeking in on the visual artists work on a daily basis.
About the Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a native of Greenville and an accomplished violinist. Acclaimed for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine) and “searing intensity” (American Record Guide), violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is forging a dynamic career as a soloist and chamber musician. Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize as well as a Concert Artists Guild Career Grant, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is currently "playing" the title role in the new Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” as the show's featured soloist.
Shifting Plates II Exhibition at the Fine Arts Center
December 7th - February 5th; Reception 2/4 at 6PM
The Sheffield Wood Gallery will host Shifting Plates II, the second print exhibition organized by Steven Chapp of Black Dog Press and Studio. This is a two-part print exhibition consisting of 32 original prints by 16 South Carolina printmakers.
The exhibit was in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council. It is Chapp’s intention not only to assemble an engaging body of work, but to help inform the general public to gain some insight into the complexities of the printed image. Each artist is represented by two works. Shifting Plates II consists of a range of printmaking media and techniques including wood cut, engraving, dry point, stone lithography, reduction linocut, screenprinting, intaglio from photopolymer and metal plates and monotypes.
The artists are: Kent Ambler, Jim Campbell, Marty Epp-Carter, Kevin Clinton, David Garhard, Catherine Labbé, Mark Mulfinger, Chris Koelle from Greenville; Jim Creal, Andrew Blanchard from Spartanburg, Steven Chapp from Easley, Katya Cohen and Robert Spencer form Clemson, Barbara Mickelsen from Belton, J.P. Tousignant from Central and Mary Gilkerson from Columbia.
GCS Financial Aid Workshops
The District will be holding its annual Financial Aid Nights in February. College financial aid officers from public, private and technical colleges will be present to answer questions. Each event will begin at 6:00 pm and will conclude no later than 7:30 pm. Dates are as follows:
February 04, 2016 - Hillcrest High School
February 11, 2016 - Carolina High School
February 18, 2016 - Greer High School
February 25, 2016 - Travelers Rest High School
Fine Arts Center Audition Schedule of Dates
Any auditions cancelled due to weather conditions will be rescheduled by the instructor.
Architecture : JAN 28 - 4:00-6:30; FEB 3 - 4:00-6:30; FEB 4 - 4:00-6:30; FEB 10 - 4:00-6:30; FEB 11 - 4:00-6:30
Creative Writing : FEB 1 - 4:00-6:00; FEB 8 - 4:00-6:00; FEB 17 - 4:00-6:00; FEB 22 - 4:00-6:00
Dance : FEB 2 - 5:00-7:30; FEB 6 - 9:30-12:00, 1:00-3:30; FEB 11 - 5:00-7:30; FEB 16 - 5:00-8:00 (for Dance Call Backs)
Digital Filmmaking : JAN 30 - 9:00-3:00; FEB 6 - 9:00-3:00; FEB 13 - 9:00-3:00
Jazz : FEB 13 - 9:00-1:00; FEB 20 - 9:00-1:00
Percussion, Woodwinds & Brass: FEB 6 - 9:00-5:00; FEB 13 - 1:00-5:00 (for Make-Ups)
Recording Arts : FEB 6 - 9:00-4:00; FEB 13 - 9:00-4:00
Theatre : JAN 30 - 8th Grade - 9:30; JAN 30 - 9th, 10th & 11th Grade - 2:00
Technical Theatre: FEB 3 - 3:30
Strings : FEB 6 - 9:00-12:30; FEB 13 - 9:00-1:30; FEB 15 - 9:00-3:30
Visual Arts: JAN 28 - 8th Grade - 4:00-5:00 or 5:00-6:15; FEB 4 - 9th Grade - 4:00-6:00; FEB 11 - 10th-11th Grade - 4:00-6:00
Voice : FEB 18 - 4:30-7:30
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