West Pelzer’s GRAND Gallery to open new exhibition Aug. 6


The Town of West Pelzer’s GRAND Gallery will open a new exhibition on Tuesday, August 6 featuring work by Artist, Designer and Educator David Gerhard. Gerhard serves as Visual Arts Department Chair at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, a residential high school for the arts, where he teaches Senior Drawing, Graphic Design, and AP Art History. He also teaches in the Art Department at Clemson University and has taught at Furman University, Anderson University, and the Greenville County Museum of Art. 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 in California.
Gerhard’s drawings stem from his daily experience as a dad and a teacher focusing on taking quiet moments of observation in a distracted world.
Gerhard’s broad professional interests have led to broad successes. Most recently, Gerhard’s original prints have been collected by the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University (Houston, TX) in Southern Graphics Council International’s permanent collection. Gerhard received an American Advertising Awards Silver Award in 2018 for Public Service Online/Interactive Design. He has a public artwork in Greenville, SC (the largest woodcut print in the state), and received a Teaching Excellence Award from Anderson University in 2017.
The Town of West Pelzer will recognize Gerhard during the council meeting August 6, at 6 p.m. in The Grand Gallery. A reception will follow the council meeting. The Gallery art will be on display from August 6th through September 20th by appointment during regular business hours (Visit www.westpelzer.com or contact the West Pelzer Municipal Center at 864.947.6297 for regular business hours).

The Dog Days of Summer event will be held this Saturday, August 3 and the National Night Out on Aug. 6. The event will follow the council meeting and new Grand Gallery. It will include inflatables, food and interaction with fire and police departments.