Visual Arts

2016-2017 Schedule

IB Art Show
Upper School Art Room



Marilyn Mullinax is an art education specialist for P-4th grades.  She loves teaching our youngest students, inspiring their creative confidence, and collaborating with the Lower School teachers on the PYP units to connect inquiry and expression through the visual arts. 

She sponsors Art Club for 3rd and 4th grade students, leads the 4th graders in a weekly presentation of the "Art of the Week" to the Lower School, and coordinates the annual Art Fair for Special Friend's Day in May.  

Marilyn is the recipient of the 2011-12 Daniel-Mickel Master Teacher Award.  She is active in art education organizations and the community.  She also teaches in the CCES Summer and Afternoon Encounters programs.  Prior to joining the LS faculty, she taught middle, high school, and college level studio, art appreciation, and art education classes.  This is her 22nd year at CCES.

Lower School Art
B.A., Columbia College, Art, 1976
Visual Art Certification K-12
M.A.T., University of South Carolina, Art, 1980

Alice Ballard began her career with CCES in 1996. She serves as a Middle School Art instructor, and is a celebrated sculptor with a piece in the Smithsonian Museum of Art. Alice's work is also in the published book, Green Art, Trees, Leaves and Roots, by Ashley Rooney. This fall Alice will have a solo show as well as a workshop at the Greenville County Museum of Art.

In addition to her many art show appearances, Alice has been honored as the Middle School Daniel Master Teacher and was also a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the SC Arts Commission in 2002 and 2015. Details on all of her work can be found on her website and blog.

Middle School Art Instructor
B.S., University of Michigan, Design, 1967
M.A., University of Michigan, Painting, 1968

Brent Roberts joined the middle school faculty and CCES community soon after earning his M.F.A. at Clemson University in 2003. His service has grown from splitting part-time teaching duties between Clemson University and CCES, to a full-time position teaching art and advising to our middle school students.

Maintaining a ceramic art studio in his home, Brent’s studio work feeds his teaching. Brent regularly participates in Greenville Open Studios, solo and group exhibitions, and partnerships with local galleries. The arts at CCES have also given Brent the opportunity to shine as a performer with roles in MS and US productions, most recently appearing as Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid Jr.

Middle School Art
B.F.A., Furman Universtiy, 1995
Certification in Art Education, Furman University, 1997
M.F.A., Clemson University, Visual Arts, 2003

Susanne Abrams teaches Upper School Visual Arts and served as Fine Arts Chair for 20 years. She received the CCES Master Teacher Award early in her career at CCES. She has nurtured the development of the visual arts at CCES. Previously, as a full time artist, Susanne created baskets and sold through galleries nationally. Her work is in the SC State Art collection. Susanne has taught numerous adult workshops in basketry, fibers, and creativity (Artist's Way) in California and South Carolina. Living a creative life in her studio, garden and home is her passion and her greatest joy is sharing creativity with her students.

Art Fundamentals, Sculpture and Crafts, Visual Art Honors, IB Visual Art, Art Honors,
AP Studio Art

B.A., Furman University, Art & Education, 1972

Owen Riley Jr. is a Greenville, South Carolina, based artist, teacher and photographer. Riley's work is in the permanent collections of The Greenville County Art Museum, The Greenville Fine Arts Center and in private and corporate collections across the United States. Before beginning his ful ltime teaching career at Christ Church Episcopal School he worked as staff photojournalist with The Greenville News and and as the homes photographer for Greenville’s “Talk” Magazine. He was on the adjunct faculty in the art department at Lander University and has conducted photographic workshops across the upstate. Riley's work in photojournalism, commercial photography and advertising has been published nationally and internationally and he is a former South Carolina Photojournalist of the Year. His passions are art, teaching and his family.

Upper School Digital Media and Journalism
B.S. Art, Berry University, 1980
M.F.A. Clemson University, Visual Arts / Photography, 2010

Dana Kimmell is a Native to Greenville and an Alumni of Fine Arts Center and Governor‘s  School for the Arts.  She has directed (managed) Art Galleries in Colorado and California, and designed custom homes.

Dana teaches one-on-one Art lessons to all ages, 3 to retired. In addition to her experience in education, Dana has sold commissioned work to private collectors, and has displayed in galleries across the country.

Upper School Ceramics and Digital Design, Middle School 2D and 3D Art
B.A. Art, San Francisco State University, 2001