Pat Grills is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC where he won the Blackwood Outstanding Senior Art Award along with architect Ron Boozer. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Furman. He is recently retired from Riverside High School and Furman University. For 42 years he taught art and art history for Greenville County Schools, the last 33 years at Riverside High School in Greer, SC. He has twice been chosen Teacher of the Year at Riverside High School, three times a finalist for the District Teacher of the Year, and was the first runner-up to the Greenville County Teacher of the Year for 2007-08. He was chosen Continuing Education Teacher of the year for the state of South Carolina. He also taught in various capacities at Furman University for 37 years. Pat has been an art consultant, art juror, and his art is included in collections all over the United States. He is an award winning artist and educator. He is a lecturer, historian, musical performer, storyteller, and Chautauqua actor. In 2010 Pat's students, former students, friends, and family sent Pat and Cathy on a three week excursion to New York, London, Bath, Stonehenge, Paris, Milan, Pisa, Florence, and Rome!
He lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Cathy. His art can be seen in the Artist Guild Gallery of Greenville at 200 North Main.