• David Gerhard

    David Gerhard

    Visual Arts Visual Arts Department Chair, Graphic Design, Drawing, Art History

    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."

  • Jeffrey Martell

    Jeffrey Martell

    Visual Arts Animation, Drawing, Motion Design, Computer Graphics Imaging, Research Methods

    Jeff Martell has been teaching Animation and Motion Studies at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities since 2014. He received his B.F.A. from NYU Tisch with a major in Film and Television and a minor in Psychology. During his time at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, he was fortunate enough to receive classroom instruction from John Canemaker, Antonio Monda, Lamar Sanders, Marco Williams, Sang Jin Bae, Barbara Malmet, Dean Lennert, and Gay Abel Bey. He was also able to attend lectures or studio sessions featuring Martin Scorcese, Darren Aronofsky, Joel and Ethan Coen, Satoshi Kon, and Chen Yi Chang. His award-nominated short films and screenplays have been recognized domestically and abroad at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Festival, the Action On Film Festival, The Bare Bones Film Festival, and the Southern Margins Film Festival. His paintings have also been exhibited in group shows in the Chelsea district of Manhattan and in Brooklyn, New York. He brings real-world production experience to the classroom and his background as a classically-trained fine artist lends a very traditional approach to teaching the foundation of Animation and Motion Design.

    “After animating for a time, you start to see the universe as this huge living system of interacting processing. Even inanimate things, physics tells us, are vast deposits of mass particles all bouncing around exchanging spin direction or valency. Animation is the process of creating a living artwork frame by frame, and it is often more important to consider the life between the frames than it is to capture the frames themselves. It should be the goal of every animator to execute motion design with a level of quality that viewers can instantly recognize, regardless of the subject matter.”

  • Caroline Wright

    Caroline Wright

    Visual Arts Program Assistant - Visual Arts

  • Marty Epp-Carter

    Marty Epp-Carter

    Visual Arts Printmaking, Drawing, Themes in Contemporary Art, Visual Language

    As a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Marty Epp-Carter teaches printmaking, drawing, contemporary art theory, and visual language. She has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Anderson University and Clemson University. Epp-Carter maintains an active studio practice, and her work has been shown nationally and internationally and can be found in both public and private collections. She is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Epp-Carter has undergraduate degrees from both Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design and graduate degrees from Lesley University and Clemson University.

  • Cary Perkins

    Cary Perkins

    Visual Arts Architecture

    Cary Perkins has been an adjunct instructor at the Governor’s School since 2008, teaching architecture and 3-D design. She is a licensed Architect and Associate Principal at McMillan Pazdan Smith, located just down the street from campus on Augusta Street. Cary has a BFA in Studio Art from Converse College and a Masters in Architecture from Clemson University.

    At MPS, Cary is a Project Manager in the Community Studio, a diverse group of designers focusing on community-rooted and public buildings. Cary approaches design as a collaborative effort through teamwork, a process of guided discovery with clients, and a problem-solving effort toward elegant solutions. Cary has overseen the Christ Church Performing Arts Center and the Rosalind S. Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College, both of which hope to contribute significantly to the presence of the arts on their campuses and to extend the reach of arts education into the community.

  • Elaine Quave

    Elaine Quave

    Visual Arts Ceramics

    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.

  • Joe Thompson

    Joe Thompson

    Visual Arts Sculpture, Drawing, 3D Design, Research Methods

    Joe Thompson is a founding faculty member and served as chair of the Visual Arts Department from 2003-2018. He is originally from Athens, Georgia, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He received an MFA from Clemson University and has exhibited his work at the South Carolina State Museum, the W.J. Thompson Gallery at the University of Georgia, Coker College, Anderson College, Lander University, and the Greenville County Art Museum. Joe teaches sculpture, 3-D design, and drawing at the Governor's School.

  • Carlyn Tucker

    Carlyn Tucker

    Visual Arts Photography, 2-D Design, Career Preparation, Portfolio Preparation

    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Carlyn received her B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Ms. Tucker has taught in a variety of contexts, including the Cornish College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Seattle, the University of Northern Iowa, and The Greenville Art Museum School. Her work has been exhibited often and is in a number of both public and private collections including the Seattle Art Museum, The National Gallery of Canada, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

  • 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.