Press Release - GSSM Students Represent GSSM in 2020 Eastern Region K-12 Youth Art Month Virtual Art Exhibition

April 3, 2020

Five Students Represent GSSM in 2020 Eastern Region K-12 Youth Art Month Virtual Art Exhibition


Hartsville, SC – Five students represented The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) in the 2020 Eastern Region K-12 Youth Art Month (YAM) Virtual Art Exhibition, hosted by the South Carolina Art Education Association.

  • Shelby Moore of Anderson County
  • Ethan Mills of Georgetown County
  • Haleigh Gartner of Beaufort County
  • Emma Keiser of Charleston County
  • Gracie Floyd of Florence County

The exhibition was juried by the Linda English Gallery in Florence, SC. Gracie Floyd took first place and Shelby Moore took second place in the high school division of the Eastern Region competition.

“Many students at GSSM whose main focus is on STEM also have a deeply profound relationship with the humanities and fine arts,” Said Patz Fowle, GSSM Visual Arts Coordinator. “Visual art is a thriving, living place in one’s soul. It’s a place where curiosity is abundant, and ideas are realized. As an artist and as an art educator, it is a wondrous pleasure to witness each student’s creative growth as they develop a life-long love of the arts. Along with so many others, I celebrate our student artists and their creative achievements.”

Created in 1961 by The Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), Youth Art Month was an event to emphasize the value to children from participating in visual art education. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including problem-solving, creativity, observation, and communication.

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Founded in 1988, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is a nationally recognized school serving over four hundred of the state's most accomplished STEM students in the 10th through 12th grades through its residential and virtual programs. GSSM offers college-level courses and experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at its campus in Hartsville. The school also delivers virtual curricula in engineering and STEM disciplines to students in partner school districts throughout the state. GSSM’s dynamic outreach programs, including science summer camps and teacher training, impact over 5,000 K-12 students every year. Learn more by visiting

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