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Furman heads downtown this weekend in support of Artisphere

Artisphere, a three-day festival that draws people from all over the country, takes place May 11-13 in downtown Greenville.

Artists from all over the country will gather in downtown Greenville May 11 to kick off the 14th annual Artisphere event. Among more than 130 visual artists, the festival will host 13 exhibits, including an art in action stage, an artist demo row, and the Greenville County high school juried exhibition, which will be judged by two Furman faculty members.

The high school exhibition, which is sponsored by Furman, will feature a selection of work from high school students in the area. Visual arts teachers from the county’s 14 public high schools selected up to eight pieces of student art to be submitted in each of the exhibit’s 10 categories. In total, the show could include as many as 225 pieces.

Judging the submitted artwork are Michael Brodeur, associate professor in studio art, and Bob Chance, professor of art. Laura Crary, professor of art history and chair of the art department at Presbyterian College, will also join the panel. The judges will present a total of 31 awards: a first-, second- and third-place award in each of the 10 categories, as well as a “best in show.”

The showcased art will be available to view in the exhibition tent, located in the Broad at Main Courtyard outside of the Courtyard Marriot hotel.

Artisphere is consistently rated one of the top fine art shows in the country and draws international talent. In addition to visual arts and exhibitions, this year’s festival will feature 34 performance acts and various restaurants participating in a culinary arts cafe experience.

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.

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