Friday, April 28, 2017

Greenville, SC IS FINALLY GETTING IT!

The Greenville Housing Authority and GCCA

Partner to bring Live/Work Spaces to Greenville Artists

The Gallery at West Greenville is an extension of the emerging Village of West Greenville arts district in the City of Greenville, South Carolina.

The Gallery was conceived based on best practices in affordable artist housing as documented by Artspace, a lead developer of over 35 completed projects that provide affordable living and workspace for low income artists throughout the country.

Live in Community with Visual Artists

The Gallery at West Greenville is not just housing made available to artists; it is housing designed to support the distinct needs of visual artists.

The 12 residential units are live/work units that have enough additional space (approximately 150 square feet) to use as a working studio, thereby freeing the resident artists from the burden of renting separate space.
Each unit has one bedroom, a full service kitchen, living and dining area, one full bath and accessible half-bath in the studio space.  Each unit offers a flexible open floor plan and modern appliances including an in-unit washer and dryer.
The Gallery will also include a community building that will provide each artist with exhibition space to support 1 month per calendar year for a solo exhibit.  
For the 12 live/work studios, eligible artist applicants must demonstrate a commitment to being a visual artist and living in a cooperative and creative environment that exists to engage in the greater Greenville community.  
A working artist shall be defined as:
  • A person who works in, or is skilled in any of the visual arts, including but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. *Please note: Kilns will not be permitted on site for artists working in ceramics.
  • In all visual art disciplines, a professional dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and/or teach their art form through events, activities, and classes.
  • Derives the majority of their income from the production of original art and intends to pursue full-time engagement in the arts.
  • Intends to engage and integrate with the Village of West Greenville arts community.
Artist applicants will be screened and scored by the Artist Selection Committee to determine applicant's’ commitment to pursuing a career in visual arts and quality of applicant’s artistic portfolio.  The twelve top-scoring artists will be offered living/work space by The Greenville Housing Authority.  A waiting list of interested artists will also be determined by the Artist Selection Committee.

To learn more, contact: Liz Rundorff Smith, GCCA Art School Director at liz@artcentergreenville.org 

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