USC Upstate News

Visual Arts Students Display Work In Downtown Spartanburg In Exhibition Entitled “20 in 09”

03- 06- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Twenty college seniors from the University of South Carolina Upstate will show their works in an exhibit entitled “20 in 09” from April 7 to May 1 at 151 West Main Street in downtown Spartanburg, next to the former Abby’s Grill on Morgan Square. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. with a public reception.

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Tree Photo, by Kristen Shannon; Treehouse, by Paola Schemainda; and Life Drawing, by Vanessa Marie Martinez 

Students participating in the exhibition include Jason Koontz of Myrtle Beach who is the son of Denise Parrott and Steve Koontz; Robin Whitaker of Taylors who is the daughter of Frances Whitaker and Robert Whitaker; Megan Radich of Easley who is the daughter of Kathy and Larry Radich; Keith Ball of Spartanburg who is the son of Miriam and James Ball; Letizia Cammarota of Greenville who is the daughter of Mary and Tito Cammarota; Heather Hudson of Greer who is the daughter of Mary and Alon Hudson; Whitney Williams of Greenville who is the daughter of Janet and Roy Williams; Ashton Nix of Boiling Springs who is the son of Nancy and Keith Nix; Logan Jenkins of Honea Path who is the son of Shay and Kent Jenkins; Tou Lea of Spartanburg who is the son of Ia Vang and Chao Lee; Lauren Brucke of Pickens who is the daughter of Loretta Brucke and Harold Brucke; Vanessa Marie Martinez of Spartanburg who is the daughter of Rose Martinez and Nestor Martinez; Paola Schemainda of Medellin, Colombia who is the daughther of Alba and Richard Schemainda; Tyler Greenlee of Simpsonville who is the son of Lynda and Lewis Greenlee; James Risher of Gifford who is the son of Maryanne and James Risher; Laura Buchanan of Sylva, North Carolina who is the daughter of Candance and Lamar Buchanan; Cliff Connor of Wareplace who is the son of Janice and Leonard Connor; Scott Kittel of Simpsonville who is the son of Terri and Bob Kittel; Josh Phillips of Woodruff who is the son of Cheryl and Mark Phillips; and Kristen Shannon of Greenville who is the daughter of Kathy Sisson and Sam Cheatham.

“We usually have these exhibits in the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery on the USC Upstate campus but this satellite location will allow all 20 students to participate in the exhibition and will also give the USC Upstate visual arts program an opportunity to participate in the Art Walk Spartanburg, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.,” said Jane Nodine, professor of art and director of the Gallery at USC Upstate.

The “20 in 09” exhibition will showcase a variety of works including photography, illustration, painting, Web design, graphic and package design, and drawing. The students are responsible for designing and executing the exhibit, exhibition announcements and an accompanying catalogue. Press materials will be available at the exhibition and students will have an opportunity to meet with potential clients and employers during the show in an effort to promote their design skills and acquire jobs in the field.

All 20 students who are participating in the exhibit are graduating from the bachelor of fine arts program with an emphasis in graphic design, a program that prepares students for careers or graduate work in the field of graphic design including illustration, Web/electronic design and photography. Students prepare skills for professional practice by integrating the content areas of design theory, production, history, criticism and aesthetics. Coursework provides a foundation in creativity, critical thinking and problem analysis.

According to Nodine, the curriculum integrates traditional art techniques with industry standards of digital technology and emphasizes experiential learning through real-world internships. “Graduates of the BFA program are employed in creative departments of corporations, retail establishments, advertising/design firms, publishing and public relations firms.”

For more information, contact Jane Nodine, professor of art and gallery director, at or (864) 503-5838.