B.F.A. in Art (Sculpture) / Lia Newman
Winthrop University provided me with an outstanding fine arts and art history education. I wouldn’t trade my experiences at Winthrop for anything. I chose Winthrop – and continue to promote Winthrop as an excellent institution – because of the caliber of the instructors in these departments. The professors I worked with inspired me and helped shape my work ethic as a professional artist and arts administrator. Winthrop University faculty members continue to inspire me today, 10 years after graduating.
I believe that the fine arts program at Winthrop is truly one of the best in the southeast. The size of the university overall and specifically of the art department meant that I wasn’t just a number at Winthrop. While at Winthrop, I built deep connections with my peers and the faculty. I continue to benefit both personally and academically from these relationships.
While I was an undergraduate student, I gained real gallery experience at the Winthrop University Galleries, which helped me earn internships and ultimately, applicable jobs in the field of Arts Administration. Today I work as the Director of Programs & Exhibitions at Artspace, a non-profit art center in Raleigh, NC. I work with regional, national, and sometimes international artists, on both an emerging and established level. I particularly enjoy assisting young artists through the exhibition process as well as developing new programs for youths and adults.
Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Winthrop has allowed me to work as a professional artist as well. I have exhibited my sculptures and installations in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Massachusetts. Most recently I collaborated with eleven other artists on a nine-month project at the abandoned E.B. Bain Waterworks building in Raleigh, NC. The Bain Project, consisting of collaborative installation, video, and performance works, was recognized with a 2009 Indy Arts Award.