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Fall 2023 Exhibition Schedule



May 16– August 28

Lewandowski Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 24th, 6 p.m.

This exhibition features the work of Winthrop University's current first-year Masters of Fine Arts Students, Chloe Compton, Maddie Foss, and Emily Shelton. These young women have worked throughout the past year to build upon their studio practice technically and conceptually, as well as create a body of work that speaks to their personal research interests. By coming together as classmates and collaborators, they have worked together on several projects that highlight their shared interests. Through different mediums, you will see evidence of themes such as: collecting to remember, girlhood and domestic displays, and found materials as remnants of collective consciousness. Throughout curating this show, the word reminiscence stood out to the artists as they looked back on a year filled with creative growth and hard work. 


Reminiscence is defined as "the enjoyable recollection of past events." This refers to how each of their artwork incorporates collected ephemera and nostalgic elements of the past in the use of found, recycled, and inherited materials. Chloe's work deals with the theme of collecting as a way of organizing hoarded memories and recreating personal narratives. Maddie's work explores the development of identity in both real and hyperreal spaces that are influenced by nostalgic online landscapes connected to girlhood. Emily uses found, recycled, and natural materials as remnants of our collective memory to explore patterns and pathways of our world. 

In experiencing their works together, these artists hope to highlight the multifaceted act of reminiscing and the ability of found objects and domestic materials to store memory.


Southern Fiction by Tema Stauffer

August 21 – October 6

Rutledge Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tema Stauffer’s Southern Fiction traces the literary landscape of the American South investigating sites that were formative to canonical fiction writers of the region such as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee, Truman Capote, Alice Walker and Flannery O’Conner, among others. Large-format color photographs depict the domestic settings, vernacular architecture, and rural landscapes significant to the history of these iconic writers. Through this series, Stauffer explores the beauty, mystery and complexity of the South. She is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at East Tennessee State University. Her work has been exhibited at Sasha Wolf, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, and Jen Bekman galleries in New York, as well as galleries and institutions internationally.


Rites Preserved

August 21 – October 6

Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7,  5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

This exhibition explores visual art, documentary photography, and performance art centered around ceremony and divination. It is a very human characteristic to perform as an act of healing, celebration, and expression. Each of the artists included in this exhibit are investigating ritual from their own personal perspective, transcending the norms of everyday life to reference the visual potency and power found in more spiritual realms of experience. 


Abe Partridge is singer/songwriter, visual artist, and podcaster from Alabama who draws inspiration from the music and culture of small churches throughout Appalachia. Andy the Doorbum is an interdisciplinary musician and artist who grew up splitting time between rural NC and his family’s farm in rural Pennsylvania.  He produces work that is ritualistic, rooted in allegory and Appalachian folklore. Mike Baker was raised all around the Deep South and found his second calling in photography. His documentary series, Blessed in an Unusual Way, explores the religious practices of With Signs Following Churches in the American South. All three of these individuals use visual art and performance to tap into the power of regional American spiritual practices in ways that testify to their historical significance, in addition to showcasing their ability to evoke meaningful spiritual encounters in the contemporary world.



September 25 - October 20

Reception Date – Wednesday, October 4  |  5 pm – 6 pm

Lewandowski Student Gallery

This exhibition includes work by Intermediate and Advanced sculpture students. It explores weight, gravity, and the resonance of found objects. 


VIVID: Alumni Exhibition

October 23 – December 1 

Rutledge Gallery  

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9,  5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Winthrop University Galleries proudly presents this highly anticipated themed and juried alumni exhibition. This exhibition aims to transcend artistic boundaries by showcasing captivating and thought-provoking creations that leave an indelible mark on the viewer. Welcoming all the Fine Art and Design Graduates of Winthrop University, this event invites artists to participate in this unique opportunity to display their work to the public and to inspire current Winthrop students. Don’t miss this chance to rekindle and connect with us again by joining us in creating an unforgettable and VIVID artistic experience for all. Below are the dates and guidelines.


TRUTH or DARE: Photographic Mischief by Neesmith Onzeur

October 23 – December 1 

Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Zach Nesmith, aka Neesmith Onzeur, is a Winthrop Alumni and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. This series of photographs captures antics and styles of eccentric characters in the New York scene.


I’m New Here by John Hairston Jr.

November 6 – November 21

Lewandowski Student Gallery

John Hairston Jr., Winthrop’s new Assistant Professor of Design and Illustration, presents a showcase of paintings exemplifying his unique street art style. Inspired by rhythms and the African diaspora he uses visual art to connect with viewers. In his own words Hairston describes his practice,

My relationship with the rhythm of the drum is synonymous with my relationship to visual art. Paint is my percussive instrument. Mixed media applied to a surface is how I communicate throughout my universal village and beyond. My music is a visual gumbo of the Black experience as told through the eyes of an aging generation-Xer, and encompassing funk, jazz, gospel, soul, Afrofuturism and hip-hop. My beat is not one particular thing so much as it is the composite of many elements, including but not limited to street art, comic book imagery, social commentary and black contemporary issues creating a visual groove all its own. I humbly present my rhythms to you with the hopes that we all understand the message.”


Time Capsule

December 4 - December 22

Lewandowski Student Gallery

An exhibition curated by Art Education Students that explores the cultivation of their K-12 students through the creation of printmaking, interdisciplinary, and photography artworks.

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