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USC Upstate Presents Works Of Its First Art Education Graduating Class

03- 06- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to present an exhibition by the 2009 class in the undergraduate art education program. This is the first graduating class of the art education program since it was approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Quilt by McKensie Hall
Quilt, by McKensie Hall, to be featured in the student exhibition. 

“Five seniors will present a wide variety of work that demonstrate skills as an artist and artist as educator,” said Jane Nodine, professor of art and director of the Gallery at USC Upstate. “Works will encompass a variety of media and will include examples of teaching plans and projects from their experiences as pre-service teachers in the schools.”

The exhibition entitled, “You Are What You See: Inquiries in Art Education,” will be on display from April 6 to May 1. A public reception will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at which time announcements and presentations will be made. Also the students, who are responsible for the design and presentation for their exhibition and the accompanying activities, will give a brief introduction to their work as an artist and their vision for serving as an art educator.

Charlotte Kerr Art Ed

The students who will be exhibiting their work include McKensie Hall, a senior from Campobello and daughter of Teresa Wyatt and Charles Hall; Charlotte Kerr a senior from Gaffney and daughter of LeAnn Kerr Phillips and Kim Phillips; Mallory Long a senior from Wellford and daughter of Lark and Carl Long; Bridget Rochette a senior from Greer; and Samantha Spradley a senior from Fayetteville, Georgia and daughter of Donna Matthews and Royce Spradley.

USC Upstate offers a bachelor’s degree in art education that leads to initial certification for teaching art in K-12 schools. Students who enroll in the program are exposed to concepts, theories and skills necessary to become successful educators.  They also experience diverse populations of students, develop e-portfolios, participate in experiential learning in and outside of the classroom, and complete over 100 hours of practical experience in public schools located in the Upstate region. Art education majors also participate in the Focus Education Gallery activities , located on the second floor of the USC Upstate Performing Arts Center, that feature scheduled exhibition of work by K-12 students in Upstate schools.

“This practical preparation of qualified individuals is designed to provide graduates experiences in studio, art history, educational theories, and dispositions that will prepare them as effective teachers,” said Nodine.

The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. The lecture and reception is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jane Nodine, professor of art and gallery director, at or (864) 503-5838.