Arts at Winthrop

Medal of Honor

2004 Recipients


Vivian Anderson

Medal of Honor - Recipients - Vivian AndersonMrs. Anderson, a native of Spartanburg County, S.C., graduated from Winthrop in January, 1945. She taught home economics at both Reidville and Roebuck high schools in the Upcountry of the Palmetto State before devoting her talents and time to raising four children. One of her children, Elaine Anderson Sarratt, graduated from Winthrop as well. The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop is honored to be the home of the Vivian Brockman Anderson Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design.


Andie MacDowell

Medal of Honor - Recipients - Andie MacDowellMs. MacDowell is a native of Gaffney, S.C., and attended Winthrop in the 1970's before establishing herself as an accomplished actress that has resulted in worldwide recognition. She recently completed filming "Beauty Shop" with Queen Latifah and the CBS telepic "Riding the Bus with My Sister", directed by Angelica Huston. She also starred in the poignant drama "Harrison's Flowers" about photojournalists behind the scenes in the war-torn Balkans with Adrien Brody. She earned praise for her performance as a repressed young wife in Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape."  The film won the Palme D'or at Cannes and garnered MacDowell the Los Angeles Film Critics' Award for Best Actress as well as a Golden Globe Nomination. Additionally, MacDowell was presented with the coveted Cesar D'honneur for her body of work and the Golden Kamera Award from Germany's Horzu Publications.


John and Jane Spratt, Jr.

Medal of Honor - Recipients - John snd Jane Spratt Jr.Mr. and Mrs. Spratt both hail from York County and are Winthrop Gallery Patrons. Born in Filbert, S.C., Mrs. Spratt received her B.A. in history from Winthrop and an M.A.T. from Smith College. She also studied fine arts at the Corcoran School of Art. She began her career as a history and English teacher in the Fairfax County Schools of Virginia and for the past 15 years has been a practicing visual artist. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, PA, Maryland, Virginia, and in the Carolinas.

Mr. Spratt has been in the U.S. Representative for the 5th District of South Carolina since 1983. The Honorable Congressman from York, S.C. is currently the assistant to the Democratic Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, John Spratt has supported, every year since his first joining Congress, an increase for Federal Funding for the arts and for the arts in education. This past year, he signed onto a letter supporting funds for American Masterpieces, a new initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. Congressman Spratt's annual 5th District Congressional Art Competition highlights the visual arts of high school students in the region.


Leo Twiggs

Medal of Honor - Recipients - Leo TwiggsDr. Twiggs received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Claflin Unicersity, a Master of Arts from New York University, and his doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1970 where he was the first African American to receive an Ed.D. in art. Twiggs served on the task force that helped establish the Smithsonian Institution's National African-American Museum, and he chaired the planning committee for the African-American Museum Association. Twiggs' accomplishments and honors include the first visual artists bestowed with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award, and inductions into the Claflin University Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame, and the National Black Alumni Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Twiggs' career and a visual artist has brought his work to the Studio Museum in Harlem, American embassies in Decca, Togoland, Sierra Leone, Rome, and to Winthrop.  His unique batik paintings and other artworks are currently touring the eastern United States in the exhibition, "The Art of Leo Twiggs: A Retrospective." Twiggs serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Arts in Basic Curriculum, a project of Winthrop's College of Visual and Performing Arts.


Virginia Uldrick

Medal of Honor - Recipients - Virginia UldrickDr. Uldrick is a native of Greenville, S.C. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Furman University and a Master of Arts in Music Education and Administration from Columbia University. Uldrick taught choral music, theatre and stage productions in every level of elementary and secondary education and was the supervisor of music and director of fine arts for the Greenville County School District, as well as the founding director of the Fine Arts Center of Greenville County. She was appointed by the Honorable Carroll A. Campbell, governor of South Carolina, as the founding president of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Uldrick's awards and honors are extensive. She most recently was honored with the Jim Bray and Lillian Press Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her dedicated service to governor's schools and gifted education in South Carolina.  She received the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award and was presented honorary doctorates from both Furman University and Columbia College. Uldrick also has a distinguished career as a musician, singer, and conductor.