Welcome to Artisphere!

Each year the Artisphere Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors and residents. Enjoy demonstrations, exhibits and live performances May 11-13, 2018.

Art of Healthy Living Exhibit

The Art of Healthy Living is a fun, interactive experience where children and families can learn about the health sciences and the importance of physical activity and good nutrition. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina–the state’s leader in health science education and research—kids can find out about a wide array of exciting health professions while engaging in hands-on activities designed to inspire creativity and learning.

Art in Action Stage

Once again this year, the Art in Action stage will feature visual performing artist Brian Olsen. Brian Olsen’s Art in Action is an explosion: a colorful display of paint, energy, music, and passion. Using fingertips, palms, elbows, and up to three brushes in each hand, Brian paints portraits of famous people including musicians, sports figures, and top corporate heads on a four and a half by six foot canvas in a matter of minutes. His creations are choreographed to music that is powerful and stimulates the senses. Brian’s Art in Action is described as “an emotional experience” taking his audience through an amazing journey of excitement, suspense, cheer, and surprise. His ability to captivate his audience and share the experience of color, music, and action is a way to bring people into the world of art and creativity.

Friday PerformancesSaturday PerformancesSunday Performances
12:30 PM11:00 AM12:30 PM
2:00 PM12:30 PM2:00 PM
3:30 PM2:00 PM3:00 PM
5:30 PM3:30 PM5:00 PM
5:00 PM


Art Lab

ART LAB Artist demonstration stage and DIY projects. The ART LAB, located in the parking lot next to PostCard From Paris allows you to watch expert artists at work and try your hand at DIY projects to nurture the artist within.

Classes are first come first serve, however some do require you to sign up prior to the event. Please visit Skill Pop to register.


Artist:  Kristen Elrod
Friday, May 11, 2 – 3PM
Kristen Elrod will instruct participants as they create their own collages by cutting and combining images from a variety of media. Art board, scissors, modpodge are provided.

Emrys Foundation
Friday, May 11, 4 – 5pm
In this demo, participants will think on their feet by selecting character traits blindly from a list in order to create winsome characters for fiction or stage. Dialog and plot devices will be added for a quick thinking, imaginative demo.

Saturday, May 12, 6 – 7PM
Create a masterpiece in a step by step process with a Vino & Van Gogh artist instructor and leave with a work of art in hand.  Space is limited. Visit www.vinandvangogh.net to learn more and register in advance ($25 Class Fee).


Artist:  Sunny Mullarkey
Saturday, May 12, 10 – 11AM
Artist Sunny Mullarkey teaches the basics of print making.  Create a relief to transfer an image onto a surface by carving a linoleum or soft rubber block, inking and printing your design.

Artist:  Carol Funke
Saturday, May 12, 12 – 1PM
Learn the art of handmade paper with Carol Funke. In this one hour demo, you’ll learn the process of paper making with items that you have at home. Suitable for all skill levels.

Artist:  Kristen Elrod
Saturday, May 12, 2 – 3PM
Kristen Elrod will instruct participants as they create their own collages by cutting and combining images from a variety of media. Art board, scissors, modpodge are provided.

Artist:  Cecilia Ho
Saturday, May 12, 4 – 5PM
Turn wool fibers into a beautiful wool painting using a felting needle.  Create a seamless piece of felt by matting, condensing, and pressing fibers together without the use of water.

Artist:  Cecilia Ho
Saturday, May 12, 5 – 6PM
Wet felting is the process of combining layers of wool roving and/or wool yarns into one flat piece of felt fabric with the use of water.

Artist: Daryl deLadurantaye
Saturday, May 12, 7 – 8PM
Brush lettering is an elegant, modern form of lettering that mimics pointed pen calligraphy with unique tools. In this class, you’ll learn what brush lettering is and how letters are formed through exercises and practice with artist Daryl deLadurantaye.


Artist:  Suanne Hall
Saturday, May 13, 11am – NOON
Kids of all ages will learn painting techniques to create a masterpiece in a step by step process with a Vino & Van Gogh artist instructor and leave with a work of art in hand. Space is limited. Visit www.vinandvangogh.net to learn more and register in advance ($25 Class Fee).

Artist:  Lindsay McPhail
Sunday, May 13, 1 – 2PM
In this demo, patrons will paint stroke and coat glazes on already bisque forms. The piece will be taken, fired, and ready for pick up at the Art Cellar. This demo is fun for all ages. Each participant will be able to take home finished piece of pottery!

Artist:  Barb Toland
Sunday, May 13, 3 – 4PM
Spend time learning about the magic and beauty of watercolor. Each participant will have a chance to get creative with watercolor and paint their very own vibrant poppy, just in time for summer!

Artist:  Joann Benzinger
Sunday, May 14, 5 – 6PM
Learn basic photo transfer techniques using laser and ink printed transparencies.  Suitable for all skill levels.

Artist Demo Row

Located at the Heart of the Festival on the Main Street Bridge

Artist Demo Row Descriptions


Richmond, VA artist Ryan Gothrup has been producing one of a kind glass objects for fifteen years. Gothrup received his B.F.A. from Kent State University and received his M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Gothrup Glass exemplifies a combination of Italian, Swedish, and German techniques with an American twist.

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The Heirloom Companies is a team of award-winning craftsmen who possess a creative mindset, with a natural bend toward collaborative thinking. Their expertise, artistic skill, and technological sophistication enable them to be one of just a handful of designers in the country to work with both wood and iron.

James Moseley founding member of Heirloom Companies, was introduced to welding at age 19. With a talent for artistic design, he is able to fashion custom metal works and wood creations that are detailed and highly expressive.  Over the years James has garnered industry awards for his creativity and original work.  He is an active participant with the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA).

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The Contemporary Print Collective is a group of Upstate SC artists whose primary medium is printmaking. Patti Brady, Marty Epp-Carter, Steven Chapp, founder of Black Dog Press, Phil Garrett, founder of King Snake Press, & Caren Stansell all founding members of the Contemporary Print Collective along with other  CPC member artists will demonstrate & pull original prints from plates and blocks they have made that include making prints from intaglio, relief, & monotype. Artists will discuss their process and various techniques employed in the making of their prints.  Visitors are encouraged to ask questions about printmaking.

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With thirty years of woodworking experience, Michael McDunn creates custom furniture pieces crafted on-location at his studio in Greenville, SC.  McDunn’s commercial pieces such as conference tables, desks, and credenzas command attention in many corporate offices, including those of Michelin, Raycom Media, Liberty Corporation, TD Bank, and more.  The artist states, “I feel that working with wood, in all its forms, is a way of preserving it and to showcase its versatility and extreme beauty.”

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Mary May from Johns Island, SC first discovered her love of woodworking while traveling throughout Europe during her college days. Studying under European master carver, Konstantinos Papadakis, she learned traditional, old-world techniques and styles of classical, European woodcarving. After studying with Konstantinos for three years, May returned to Europe; first to Greece and then to the City and Guild’s College in London, England to learn the varied techniques from other master carvers.

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Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition

The 2016 Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition is a local art exhibition presented by Artisphere (supported by grants from the Metropolitan Arts Council). Open to artists 18+ living within a 35-mile radius of Greenville, SC, this juried exhibition seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by artists of Upstate South Carolina. The 2016 Artists of the Upstate exhibition will be on display in the Founder’s Room above Larkin’s on the River restaurant (318 S. Main Street, behind the Peace Center). Hours of operation:

  • Friday: 12PM – 5PM
  • Saturday: 10AM – 8PM
  • Sunday: 11AM – 6PM

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Funded in part by a grant from:

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Culinary Arts Cafe

This area features menu offerings from 8 of Greenville’s Favorite Restaurants.

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Culinary Arts Cafe Stage

Friday, May 12th



1:00 PM
Off The Wall
2:30 PM
4:00 PM
The Get Right Band
7:00 PM
Mandolin Orange

Saturday, May 13th



10:00 AM
The Jeff Edwards Band
11:30 AM
Phat Lip
1:00 PM
Wasted Wine
Underhill Rose
4:00 PM
Natalie Gelman
7:00 PM
The Harmaleighs

Sunday, May 15th



11:30 AM
Adam Knight’s Arms
1:00 PM
Patrick Lopez Experience
2:30 PM
Wanda Johnson & The Wobblers

Greenville County High School Juried Exhibit

Located in the Broad at Main Courtyard just outside of the Courtyard Marriott hotel, this exhibit showcases talented young artists from Greenville County School District. Visual Arts teachers from each of the 14 public high schools in Greenville County may select up to 8 pieces of student art to be submitted in each category. The Art show will contain up to 225 pieces of artwork.


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Funded in part by a grant from The Rose Ball Foundation.

Kidsphere North & South

KIDSPHERE HOURS:  Friday 3 – 7pm, Saturday, 10am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

Budding artists create their own original artwork in Kidsphere!  Kids learn a variety of fine art and craft techniques while making puzzle quilts, creating super hero masks, assembling bird kites, and painting watercolor lace circles. Join the Greenville Center for Creative Arts activity station to create creepy crawlies or lovely ladybugs on a log. Be sure to visit the Roylco Straws and Connectors Sculpture Zone to contribute to the Kidsphere kid-sized Community Sculpture.  Once the craft activities in Kidsphere are complete visit Artist Row to meet the 135 working artists who create watercolor paintings, sculptures, fiber art and more.

Handmade Hats with GCCA
Fabric Mosaics
Super Hero Masks
Handmade Mother’s Day Cards
Creative Minds Painting Station
Straws and Connectors

NEW to Artisphere in 2018 is Kidsphere South.

DRUM Percussion Studio and the Logos Theatre will lead children through musical instrument and theatre costume exploration in the newly added Kidsphere South, a second hands-on interactive area anchoring the south end of the festival. Children will have an opportunity to create sound shakers, participate in music making, and interact with larger-than-life costumed characters. DRUM Percussion Studio and the Logos Theatre will also parade down Main Street throughout the weekend with The Chronicles of Narnia puppets, stilt walkers, percussionists, and more.

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Main Stage

Friday, May 12



6:30 PM
 Sun Parade
8:15 PM
The Go Rounds

Saturday, May 13



8:00 AM
Soul Yoga
10:00 AM
 Fine Arts Center Theatre
10:45 AM
 Fine Arts Center Dance
11:30 AM
 South Carolina Children’s Theatre
12:00 PM
 Centre Stage
1:00 PM
Greenville Little Theatre
1:35 PM
 Carolina Ballet
2:30 PM
 Governor’s School Dance Department
6:30 PM
Beta Radio
8:15 PM
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Sunday, May 14



12:00 PM
 Fine Arts Center Jazz Department
1:30 PM
 Greenville Textile Heritage Band
2:15 PM
 Vocal Matrix
3:00 PM
 Carolina Dance Collaborative
3:15 PM
 The Palmetto Statesmen
4:15 PM
 GLOW! Lyric Theatre
5:15 PM
 Carolina Bronze Handbell Ensemble

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After Hours Concert Series Sponsored by:

Opening Night Gala

Thursday, May 10, 2018. Artisphere’s Opening Night Gala is an invitation-only event for Sponsors and Donors.

Learn how you can attend the Gala by making a gift to Artisphere.


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STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics Exhibit

Clemson University faculty, students, and staff will showcase the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in the Clemson STEAM Exhibit. This year’s exhibit will be packed with interactive displays, demonstrations, and activities as well as opportunities to talk with Clemson students, faculty, and staff conducting cutting-edge research in engineering, the sciences, and the arts. Visitors will be able to create a Pascagaza, take an infrared selfie, step into the Infinity Photo Booth, play a hydraulophone, program drawing robots, see how design has an impact on product assembly, learn how nature inspires design, check out how collaboration has led to the design of sustainable food system solutions, and see how theater lighting affects color perception. New pieces from the Science as Art collection will also be on display, and visitors will be able to use the microscopes that researches used to create some of these stunning images. Finally, visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate in a hands-on activity with EMAG!NE, Clemson’s STEAM outreach network.

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Wine & Craft Beer Experience

Hours:  Friday & Saturday: 1:00 – 6:00 pm, Sunday: 1:00 – 5 pm

Choose to sample and savor wines and/or craft beers in this out of the sun venue. Get tasting info from the experts and enjoy a little plat of accouterments from Lowes Foods. Five Tastes for $10.

Provided by BreakThru Beverage, KW Beverage and Lowes Foods

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