• David Gerhard

    David Gerhard

    Visual Arts Visual Arts Department Chair, Printmaking, Drawing

    David Gerhard is a maker, artist, designer, and educator. 

    He earned his MFA in Visual Art (printmaking emphasis) from Clemson University and his BAs (with Distinction) in Studio Art and Communications Studies from Sonoma State University. Gerhard has taught in the Art Departments at Clemson University, Furman University, Anderson University, and the Greenville County Museum of Art. 

    Gerhard is passionate about contemporary printmaking, new media art, graphic and web design, art theory and global art history.  Gerhard has made public artwork in Greenville. Providing creative work for diverse clients, Gerhard's work has been exhibited, collected, and contracted for clients regionally, nationally, and internationally.

  • John Benjamin Gilliam

    John Benjamin Gilliam

    Visual Arts Metals and Jewelry, 3-D Design, Bronze Casting

    John “Ben” Gilliam resides in Greenville, South Carolina, where he is both a working studio artist and a visual arts instructor at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Originally from Tennessee, he moved to Pennsylvania where he received his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. His work has been exhibited nationally and has been featured in Metalsmith, TOWN, and American Style magazines. Ben has also received a number of grants and awards that include the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship, the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant sponsored by South Carolina Arts Commission, and the “Outstanding K-12 Sculpture Teacher Award” by the International Sculpture Society. He was commissioned to create commemorative bronze plaques for the Mobay Corporation and the Palumbo Center at Duquesne University, both in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

     "The act of creating is more than the manipulation of materials or a display of technical skill. It demands an attitude of discovery through an examination of ones own creativity."

  • Zach Inks

    Zach Inks

    Visual Arts Visual Arts Animation Instructor

    Zach Inks earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Production Arts from Clemson University and has taught higher education animation and drawing courses. His career includes his exciting work in the field of computer animation and interactive media, as well as, his work in the community with the creation of youth camps and other non-traditional educational events. Inks regularly contributes to the East Coast Game Conference and the Southern Interactive Entertainment and GamesExpo as a speaker.

  • Chris Koelle

    Chris Koelle

    Visual Arts Adjunct - Visual Arts Graphic Design Instructor

    Chris Koelle is a versatile award-winning visual artist, illustrator, and graphic designer with over 18 years of professional experience. His areas of expertise include hand-drawn illustration and fine art, multi-layered narrative illustration for motion graphics and animation, movie poster / key art design, art for film, craft beer packaging art and design, and logo design.

  • Carey Morton

    Carey Morton

    Visual Arts Visual Arts 3-D Sculpture Instructor

    Carey Morton attained his BFA at Winthrop University, and his MFA at Clemson University concentrating in sculpture. While teaching at College of Charleston Carey taught contemporary sculpture, public art, and developed the school’s first ever blacksmithing course. Carey continues his career in the arts, teaching, making, and exhibiting contemporary work in galleries throughout the state and creating public art for regional and national clients. Carey manages his own business as an ornamental ironworker and metal fabricator merging old-world craftsmanship with new world technology, bridging the gap between contemporary sculpture and functional art.

  • Jessica Swank

    Jessica Swank

    Visual Arts Adjunct - Visual Arts AP History Instructor

    Jessica Swank is an interdisciplinary artist, currently based in Greenville, SC. She earned her MFA from Clemson University and her BA from Anderson University. She has taught and led classes and workshops at Clemson University, Anderson University, and Greenville Center for Creative Arts. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, at galleries such as Millepiani in Rome, Italy, JKC Gallery in Trenton, NJ, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) in Gimpo, South Korea. She has been recognized by Musée Magazine’s “Woman Crush Wednesday,” Fraction Magazine, and Porridge Magazine. As a founding member of Zero Space Art Collective, Swank also works to make space for underrepresented visual artists both online and through curated exhibitions. 

  • Elaine Quave

    Elaine Quave

    Visual Arts Ceramics, Art History

    A member of its inaugural class, Elaine Quave currently teaches ceramics at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She received a BFA in crafts from University of the Arts in 2005 and earned her MFA in ceramics at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. In addition to experience as a 3-D and ceramics instructor at Tyler, the Governor's School, and the Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, South Carolina, Mrs. Quave has also assisted with workshops at North Carolina’s Penland School of Craft and Pilchuck School of Glass in Washington. Before returning to the Governor’s School, Elaine served as the gallery director of the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, Kentucky. A 2015 recipient of the Regina Brown Teacher Development Award through the National K12 Ceramic Exhibition, Mrs. Quave's work has been exhibited nationally at venues including the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Baltimore Clayworks, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Lee Gallery of Clemson University.

  • Paul Yanko

    Paul Yanko

    Visual Arts Painting, Drawing, 2-D Design

    Paul Yanko holds a MFA in Painting from Kent State University and a BFA in Illustration/Graphic Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has extensive teaching experience in foundation studies: 2D design, painting, and drawing to advanced studio course work. From 1996 to 2003 he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University and Oberlin College. A full-time faculty member of Governor's School since 2004, he has participated in solo and group exhibitions on both the national and regional level. His work is in personal and public collections, including the Greenville County Museum and the Medical University of South Carolina.