Katy Bergman Cassell earned an MFA from Kent State University and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She worked as an archaeological illustrator in India and as a museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, in New York. She taught metals, enameling, and drawing at colleges in Ohio until moving to Greenville, SC to teach at the Fine Arts Center.
She was awarded a National Artists Teachers Fellowship to travel to England in 2015. She teaches workshops nationally, has been a South Carolina State Parks Artist-in-Residence, and was on the board of the Center for Enamel Art in Oakland, CA.
She exhibits her work extensively. Recent exhibitions include the Blaze International Enameling Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan. She has had eight solo exhibitions, the most recently at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, AZ in 2017 and Riverworks Gallery in Greenville, SC in 2018. Her artwork has been selected to promote the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Exhibition in Motion, and the Richmond Art Center’s Place as Landscape exhibition, and other publications include The Art of Enameling, 500 Enameled Objects, Metalsmith magazine, Cleveland Scene, At Home in the Upstate, and The Greenville News.
Her website is www.katybergmancassell.com
(Marketing Coordinator at THS Constructors, Inc.; FAC Alumnus)
Anita Pacylowski is a native of Columbia, MD. She started ballet at the Columbia Conservatory Ballet in Columbia, Maryland and the Reston Conservatory Ballet with founder Julia Cziller. She continued her training at The Washington School of Ballet in Washington D.C. under the artistic direction of Mary Day and associate director Patricia Berrend. Her senior year in High School, she received the Princess Grace Award in Dance, National YoungArts Level 1 winner, and received the Presidential Scholar in the Arts in Dance award at White House. She also was a finalist at the New York International Ballet Competition, and semi-finalist at the Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. She’s been nominated for the coveted Benois de la Danse Award, “the Oscars” of the Ballet world.
She joined The Washington Ballet as a professional dancer and ascended to a Principal dancer for five years under Ballet Master’s Kevin McKenzie, Simon Dow, Janek Schergen and Rex Bickmore. While there, she performed in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, France, England and Spain. Highlights include performing the Grand Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center for President Clinton and the First Lady, and performing at the White House Holiday Tea Party.
Mike Sablone is the Producing Artistic Director of the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina, a job he started in 2017. The Warehouse is Greenville’s premier professional regional theatre, where community engagement and education complement thought-provoking theatre experiences. Before joining The Warehouse he was a dramaturg for Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Kirk Douglas Theatre) in Los Angeles. While there he was the dramaturg for Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and saw the musical through its development including productions at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and Public Theater to its run on Broadway at the Jacobs Theater.
Other notable theatre world premieres include David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer Prize finalist YELLOW FACE (Mark Taper Forum); Matt Sax and Eric Rosen’s hip-hop musical VENICE (Kansas City Rep, Kirk Douglas Theatre), which Time Magazine called “The year’s  best musical”; Culture Clash’s PALESTINE, NEW MEXICO (Mark Taper Forum); John Belluso’s HENRY FLAMETHROWA (Trinity Rep); and Paul Grellong’s RADIO FREE EMERSON (Gamm). He has developed work at CTG, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, Trinity Rep, and the Denver Theatre Center. He spent five years as Director of Development for John Krasinski’s production company Sunday Night, serving as the Executive Producer of Krasinski’s THE HOLLARS and Co-Producer of the Gus Van Sant film PROMISED LAND.
A Spartanburg, South Carolina native and two time Clemson Graduate, Catherine spent over seven years in New Orleans, Louisiana working with Waggonner & Ball Architects. There her work experience was focused on educational, commercial and institutional projects, several of which won American Institute of Architects’ awards. Post – Katrina, she managed a three year long design/build repair and alteration project on the 1880s era National Historic Monument US Custom House. In October of 2009, Catherine returned home to be closer to family and to open her own residential architectural practice.
Today, Catherine is practicing her craft locally in Greenville as the firm of Catherine Smith Architect, LLC which has also been recognized with AIA awards. The firm focuses on creating residential architecture specific to the individual client with a style that can be described as crafted, simple, and honest. Perhaps the work CSA is most proud of lately is with Allen Temple Community Economic Development Corporation which provides Energy Star homes for low-income families. Follow this link for a story that the Greenville County School District recently did about this work.
Catherine, the Architecture Department Chair, recently completed a term on the Greenville City Planning Commission, is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership, serves on the Metropolitan Arts Council Board, and is living with The Izzy (not quite the best dog, yet).
Brittany Timmons was born and raised in Greenville. She grew up playing the violin and played the violin and viola for the Greenville County Youth Orchestra from 1997 to 2000 (when practice was at the old Fine Arts Center location). She continued studying the violin/fiddle in Nashville while at Vanderbilt where she graduated with a Minor in Music Performance.
Brittany returned to Greenville in 2018 when she began building a consulting practice working with clients in law, private wealth management, retail and politics.
Before moving back to Greenville, Brittany was a Manager with Accenture Strategy where she worked with resources, capital markets and insurance clients. She assessed businesses’ effectiveness, designed target operating models, and led teams responsible for large scale transformation programs. In addition to her client responsibilities, she managed a recruiting team who hired over 100 colleagues and shaped Accenture’s brand at Chicago Booth, where she received her MBA.
Austin White (Co-Founder, GSI Studios; Bass Player and FAC Alumnus)