Stanley is an artist and chair of
the Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop. He also served as director of Winthrop
University Galleries from 1990-2010. Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Stanley grew up
in Concord, N.C. He received a B.A. in Art from Sacred Heart College in 1972.
After serving two years alternative service in lieu of induction, he worked in
Passaic, N.J., and New York City in the design and wall accessory industry. He
received an M.A. in applied art history and an M.F.A. in painting from the
University of South Carolina in 1980, where he also taught relief printmaking
and 2D design at maximum security Central Corrections Institute. Stanley has
served on the faculties of Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville,
Ark.; Barry University in Miami, Fla.; and Livingstone College in Salisbury,
N.C. He also was director of the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury.
As a curator, Stanley's projects have included Worth Keeping: Found
Artists of the Carolinas for the Columbia Museum of Art; New South Old South
Somewhere In Between for Winthrop and the Levine Museum of the New South; "Still
Worth Keeping: Communities, Preservation and Self-Taught Artists" in
collaboration with the South Carolina State Museum; the production of
Remembering Ed (Lewandowski): The Last Precisionist in collaboration with SCETV;
Portraits et Personages, co-curated with the late Geneviève Roulin, in
collaboration with the Collection de l'art Brut; Edge to Edge, an exhibition
that focused on the art of the 1960s for Bank of America's Charlotte and San
Francisco galleries; and Two Worlds Outside: Nukain Mabusa and Joshua Samuel in
collaboration with South by South Africa.
Stanley has served as
coordinator of Artists and Civic Engagement (ACE) Projects at Winthrop, which
focused on activities and development in Downtown Rock Hill. In 2010 ACE
Projects commissioned artist Patrick Dougherty to complete an installation Rock
Hill’s downtown. Stanley also has served as a member of the board of the Arts
Council of York County; as a member of the City of Rock Hill’s No Room for
Racism Committee; and as a member of the MLK Task Force. He was a founding
member and vice president of the Friends of Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden.
As a practicing artist, Stanley began explorations into visual art and
music as early as 1960 with painted impressions of familiar musical forms. His
work relies upon personal memory, an interest in contemporary folk art imagery,
and hands-on experience as points of artistic departure. Much of his technique
is based in mechanical drawing. In recent years, his artwork has been exhibited
at Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, Ga., the Southeastern Center for
Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Gallery twenty-four in Berlin. In
2005, his "Floating" series was exhibited at the South Carolina State Museum's
Triennial Exhibition and in 2004 at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In
2002-03, he exhibited at La Galerie du Marché in Lausanne, Hodges Taylor Gallery
in Charlotte, N.C., Musée de la Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, and the Halsey
Gallery in Charleston. In 2006, he had a solo exhibition in the Gallery at
Carillon with his series entitled "The Neighborhood."
Stanley and artist Shaun Cassidy, professor of sculpture at Winthrop,
collaborated on public art commissions including "Balancing Act" in
Simpsonville, S.C., for Provident Community Bank; "Journey" in Raleigh's Quorum
Center for the North Carolina Local Government Federal Credit Union; and the
Winthrop "Monolith" and River’s Journey seating area in the Hardin Family
Garden. They have been commissioned to create a public art installation for the
Sportsplex in Matthews, N.C. In 2011 they installed five collaborative works for
the new University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
March 2017, Stanley will have a one-person show at If Art Gallery in Columbia
titled Tom Stanley Drawing in Paint, 1992-2017. Later in May 2017,
Stanley will be featured at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art in
Charleston. His one-person exhibition Tom Stanley Scratching the Surface
will be part of the Halsey’s Spoleto celebration.
paintings have been published in New American Painting 28 and New American
Panting 46; The Carolinas Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Geneviève Roulin; and
The Drama. His work is featured in the collections of the Medical University of
South Carolina, the S.C. State Museum, Duke University, B.F. Goodrich, Davidson
College, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, South Carolina
Arts Commission, and First Charter Bank.