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Location: Second Floor Lobby of the Humanities and Performing Arts CenterAbout the FOCUS GalleryThe FOCUS Gallery is located on the second floor of the Humanities and Performing Arts Center. FOCUS is an acronym for "Featuring Outside Creative Undertakings of Students." The gallery is a unique partnership between USC Upstate and area schools to feature student artwork, lesson plans and assessments by the art teacher.
The FOCUS Gallery is a learning environment for both USC Upstate students and the young artists of featured schools. The gallery is used as a teaching tool for USC Upstate art education students, allowing them to view original artwork created in a standards-based visual arts classroom. The gallery exhibits the artwork as well as the lesson plan and the assessment technique from the art teacher, which are used during the creation of the artwork. Student writings about their own artwork are also displayed when available.
Exhibiting students are invited to view their artwork while it is on campus. A congratulatory letter with information about the gallery's location is sent to the student's parents. Included with the letter is a special invitation to attend a reception and gallery opening for exhibiting students. At the reception, the exhibiting students are presented with a special certificate to recognize their participation.
MissionThe mission of the FOCUS Gallery is to offer a broad range of student-produced work from schools in the upstate of South Carolina. The exhibitions focus on various grade levels and diverse populations in visual arts classrooms. The FOCUS Gallery is a teaching model with the primary purpose of informing art education students about student work produced in standard-based visual arts classrooms. While supporting the mission of the University, the gallery forges a relationship between K-12 schools and USC Upstate. Each year the FOCUS Gallery showcases at least four different visual arts programs. In the spring, the gallery hosts the work of the graduating art education seniors and graduating seniors in the graphic design program. The FOCUS gallery includes opportunities for students to assist in the operational features of the gallery as a hands-on educational experience while gaining applied training.
The FOCUS Gallery ScheduleThe FOCUS Gallery events are free and open to the public. For gallery information contact Director Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, email@example.com • 864-503-5817
Aug. 22 - Sept. 20
Spartanburg Freshman Academy
Sept. 25 - Oct. 25
R. P. Dawkins Middle School
Oct. 30 - Dec. 3
Mar. 3 - Apr. 11
ContactFine Arts and Communication StudiesPerforming Arts Center 125Dr. Ben Myers, Chair864firstname.lastname@example.orgUSC Upstate Visual ArtsVisual Arts Center800 University WaySpartanburg, South Carolina 29303Phone: 864-503-5689Fax: 864-503-5835Becky BradhamAdministrative AssistantPh: email@example.com Jane Allen NodineProfessor of ArtPh: firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. Mary Lou HightowerAssoc. Professor of Art EducationPh: email@example.comDr. Rachel SnowAssoc. Professor of Art HistoryPh: firstname.lastname@example.org Mark FlowersGallery CoordinatorCurtis R. Harley Art GalleryPh: email@example.com
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