Art Studios

The Greer Center for the Arts is a multi-purpose Arts facility, featuring seven art studios for working artists.


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Blaine Owens, Photographer

Blaine Owens was born and raised in Greenville. As a member of the South Carolina Professional Photographer’s Association, he has won multiple awards in both his portrait and his landscape images. Blaine markets his work as wall décor. His work has been purchased by hundreds of homeowners and his images also adorn the walls of several upstate corporations.

 Visit Blaine's website.

Bakkia Lakshmi Jeyaraman, Painter

Bakkia's artistic journey has begun in her early childhood when she could distinguish figures, colors and textures. Since then, art has become part of her communication. Her continuous love towards nature carves her creativity and brings new perspectives to life. She is a self tutored virtual artist and a post-graduate Engineer and Lawyer. She was born in a small affluent town called Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, India and currently residing in the historic town called Greer in SC, USA.
She is a versatile artist who has not limited her experimentation and exploration to single medium. She mostly creates acrylic painting over the richly textured modeling layer and gives a 3D focal point to her subjects.  Before starting a work, she does a thorough analysis of the subject and try to build a unique expression out of it. Most of her work represents co-existence and interdependence.  She is a strong supporter of sustainable development and nature conservation. 

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Kim Gilmore, Painter

In Kim’s artistic journey, as well as in her former work as a psychologist, she has practiced seeing deeply. This is particularly true with respect to the richness of a human face and human gestures engaged in the simple activities of daily life. Kim’s artwork includes scenes from family and community life, often with a hint of antiquity. She seeks to share what she sees as “the story” with honesty and respect, as well as with artistic expression and style. Although her process begins with a freehand drawing, using a paintbrush or a graphite stick, she often finds conceptual and visual inspiration from old black and white photos. Formally trained as an educational psychologist, and following a satisfying career working with young children with developmental delays, she first picked up a paintbrush 16 years ago. With a lifelong desire to paint and with the inspiration of her grandmother, and lifelong artist, Emma Coleman White, Kim began her journey.

Jim Simon, Painter

Jim, a native of Michigan, at the age of 7 moved to Manhasset, Long Island, New York. Working in oils for 10 years, he discovered acrylics and found they had the same workable texture. Although he is a self taught artist, he attended two years at Abbey Art Institute in New York City. His work has been displayed in private collections in New York, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, and South Carolina. His gallery affiliations are Society of Bluffton Artists, Hilton Head Art Leauge, and Tryon Painters and Sculptors.
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Taking Applications for Artist Studios for the Greer Center for the Arts


Become an artist in residence at the Greer Center for the Arts! The City of Greer is currently accepting applications from Upstate artists to lease studio spaces in its arts center. Studio spaces range from 95 to 160 square-feet, are climate controlled and offer 24-hour key card access. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, a rotating on-site exhibit area, access to a breakroom-kitchen and a co-op of artists to work with. Monthly rent ranges from $75 to $145, depending on studio size. Leases are on a 6-month basis. Please email applications to

Application for Artist in Residence