The Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts acknowledges and recognizes the unique roles of individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to the arts, as well as those who have positively impacted the quality of the cultural life in communities across the Carolinas. First established in 2001, The Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts is not limited to a single arts discipline or area of artistic endeavor. This award honors those who have encouraged the arts and offered inspiration to others either through their distinguished achievements, artistic excellence, support, or patronage.
The President of the University authorized the College of Visual and Performing Arts to award this important Medal of Honor "to individuals or groups who, in the President's judgment, are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts" at Winthrop University and across the state of South Carolina and beyond. The President of the University selects the recipients of the Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts. The Dean on the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts Steering Committee annually assist with the selection process by soliciting nominations for the medal. These nominations are reviewed by the Steering Committee. A list of the most highly qualified candidates is then forwarded to the President for final consideration along with candidates of his own choosing.
This celebration of the arts, culminating in an exclusive awards ceremony presentation, takes place in the college's state-of-the-art main stage in Johnson Hall. The proceeds go to a scholarship fund to help support talented students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the visual arts, dance, music, or theatre at Winthrop University.