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Broadway Triumph "Annie Get Your Gun" Comes to Johnson Theatre

“There’s no business like show business!” Winthrop University’s Department of Theatre and Dance intends to prove that when it presents the beloved musical “Annie Get Your Gun” Feb. 13-16 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in Johnson Theatre.

Theatre majors Sebastian Sowell and Sean Riehm, both from Irmo, South Carolina, star in the musical that is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Matt Ferrell and choreographed by Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Ozust, with musical direction by Jeremy Mims, assistant professor of music.

“Annie Get Your Gun” scored a bullseye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” love story of sharpshooters Annie and Frank.

This family-friendly show features the amazing and iconic Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit like “Anything You Can Do” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

"Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theatre," wrote the New York Post. “‘Annie Get Your Gun’ will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theatre's enduring triumphs."

Tickets are $10 with a Winthrop ID and $15 for the general public. All tickets are for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Winthrop Guest Artist Series Continues with Koto Musician Mihoko Fujita

The Winthrop University Department of Music continues the 2018-19 Guest Artist Series with “Enchanting Music of the Japanese Koto” featuring koto musician Mihoko Fujita. The performance will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in Barnes Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will be narrated by Professor of Music Tomoko Deguchi and will feature staple pieces for koto including pieces by “father of modern koto” Yatsuhashi Kengyō and 20th century koto musician Michio Miyagi. Other pieces on the program include Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and music from Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 film “My Neighbor Totoro.”

The koto is a Japanese traditional instrument that consists of a 6-foot-long shallow resonating box with a set of 13 strings stretched over movable bridges.

For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 803/323-2255 or

Art and Technology Collide in Frankie Flood Exhibition at Winthrop University Galleries

Winthrop University Galleries is currently featuring the exhibition “Bespoke Objects” by Frankie Flood in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. The exhibition runs through March 8. An opening reception will take place Friday, Jan. 25, from 6:30-8 p.m.

“Bespoke Objects” features a look at Flood’s inventive work creating functional objects, including 3D printed prosthetic hands, self-sizing jewelry and unique tools for use around the home.

“I am devoted to a simple goal… to move the art and technology of Craft forward by looking to the past,” Flood said in his artist statement. “With this work, I get to do one of the most wonderful things imaginable, and that is, create new and innovative one-of-a-kind objects.”

Flood’s interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working-class upbringing are a source of inspiration for the functional objects that he creates. The potential that craft has to serve local and global communities through design and fabrication has been the focus of Flood’s recent research as he continues to combine traditional craft practice with digital technology. His recent research regarding 3D printed prosthetics and one-of-a-kind adaptive devices has spread worldwide, and his creation of the Digital Craft Research Lab has created new areas of study for students interested in digital fabrication.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Flood will lead a 3D Printed Hand Construction Workshop on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. in the CreatorSpace located in G26 Rutledge Building. During the workshop, Flood will discuss his involvement in creating 3D printed prosthetic hands for children all over the world, and will walk participants through the process of assembling a 3D printed hand.

Later that evening, at 7 p.m., Flood will present an artist talk in 119 Rutledge, where he will discuss the potential that craft, design and fabrication has in serving local and global communities.

Flood is an associate professor and area head of the metalsmithing and jewelry design area at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Flood previously served as director of the Digital Craft Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and for 11 years served various roles in the Department of Art, such as director of Foundations, area head of the jewelry and metalsmithing program, and coordinator for the B.A. in digital fabrication and design. Flood is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Master of Fine Art degree in metalsmithing. He exhibits nationally and internationally, and his work has received many awards and has been published widely.

All exhibitions, presentations and receptions are open and free to the public, unless otherwise noted. Galleries hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except on university holidays and in between exhibitions.

Winthrop University Galleries Explores Relationship Between Economy and Ecology

Winthrop University Galleries is currently exhibiting “Selective Memory” by Kirsten Stolle in the Rutledge Gallery through March 8.

Stolle will present a public lecture and gallery walk-through on Friday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in 119 Rutledge Building, followed by an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Rutledge Gallery. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

In “Selective Memory,” Stolle delves into the relationship between our economy and ecology, specifically how agribusiness and biotech companies influence our food supply. Stolle manipulates, redacts and appropriates source materials such as 20th-century medical books, 19th century botanical lithographs, USDA promotional videos, archival photographs and more to challenge “corporate propaganda and industry narratives.” Much of Stolle’s research-based studio practice in collage, drawing and mixed media is grounded in the investigation of food politics, biotechnology and corporate propaganda.

The exhibition includes work such as “Faith, Hope & $5,000” in which Stolle created 16 framed pieces using the appendix extracted from a mid-1970s corporate history of Monsanto Chemical Company as the structure to explore found text in a visual format. Using the method of selective concordance, verbs have been excised from chemical names and reconstructed into non-narrative poems. These more formal pieces, drawing on the history of found poetry, use typography and graphic elements to give new and unexpected content to the original material.

Stolle’s “By the Ton” series examines the historical legacy of multinational chemical companies and their influence on the global food system. This series dissects the prevailing rhetoric and critiques the practice of corporate greenwashing. Text has been culled from chemical company marketing materials and superimposed over historical photographs.

Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Stolle lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay area for 19 years and currently lives in Western North Carolina. She received a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from Framingham State College, and completed studies at Richmond College (London, England) and Massachusetts College of Art. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Her solo exhibitions include works displayed in NOME in Berlin, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University and the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, among others. She’s also participated in group exhibitions in the San Jose Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum, the Tweed Museum of Art and more.

Stolle’s work can also been seen at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the “Under Construction: Collage from the Mint Museum” through Aug. 18. Work for “Selective Memory” has been generously loaned by the Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville.

“Selective Memory” ties in with Winthrop University’s second Interdisciplinary Conference, “The World of Food: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on What We Eat and Grow,” set for Feb. 21-23.

Other educational programming for the exhibition includes an interdisciplinary panel discussion entitled “GMOs and Our Food Supply: Bad or Good?” The panel will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. in 119 Rutledge Building. Panelists include Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition Joshua McDonald, College of Business Administration Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Economics Laura Ullrich and Assistant Professor of Biology Cindy Tant. Interdisciplinary Studies Chair Marsha Bollinger will serve as moderator for this event. Insights will be offered from multiple perspectives into the pros and cons of using GM-engineered plants to increase global food supplies.

All exhibitions, presentations and receptions are open and free to the public, unless otherwise noted. Galleries hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except on university holidays and in between exhibitions.

Matthew Manwarren Named 2018 Teacher of the Year by South Carolina Music Teachers Association  

Matthew Manwarren, pianist and professor of music at Winthrop University, was named 2018 Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Music Teachers’ Association (SCMTA). The SCMTA Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to a member of SCMTA in recognition of sustained excellence and achievement in teaching, professional development, and service to colleagues and to the organization and profession.

Manwarren is in his 13th year as professor of music at Winthrop University. During this academic year, he also serves as visiting artist professor of piano at the University of South Carolina. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Manwarren earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from University of Cincinnati College’s Conservatory of Music, and his Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University.

Manwarren will be featured in a solo recital as part of the Faculty Music Series on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Barnes Recital Hall.

Award recipients promote music education throughout the state, maintain a high level of professional collegiality and camaraderie, and commitment to one's own professional development and music/artist growth. The recipient of this award must also demonstrate a record of service to the teaching community at the local and/or state level, and a record of leadership and advancement of music education at the local and state level.

The SCMTA will present the award at its annual state conference to be held Nov. 2-3 at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.


New CVPA Faculty Members Announced for 2018-2019 Academic Year

Karen Oremus, associate professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, has been selected as the new chair of the Department of Fine Arts in Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. She will begin the new role on August 1. Oremus has worked at Zayed University since 2003 and has held numerous administrative roles during her time there, including chair of the Department of Art and Design and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises. Most recently, she worked as the visual art major coordinator and associate professor of printmaking and visual arts. Prior to her time at Zayed University, Oremus served as an adjunct professor of printmaking at The Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Oremus holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from The Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and a B.F.A. in printmaking from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada.

Robert Wildman is the new director and faculty member for the arts administration programs at Winthrop University. Prior to coming to Winthrop, Wildman served as program director at LIU Post in the B.F.A. program in arts management and has been an adjunct faculty member for Goucher College’s arts administration distance-learning program. He also created the M.F.A. program in performing arts management at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In addition to faculty positions, he worked for 16 years in non-profit performing arts venues in marketing and public relations, and six years at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Dramatic Arts. Wildman holds an M.F.A. in theatre administration from the Yale School of Drama at Yale University and a B.A. in English from Stanford University.

Dr. Marvin McAllister joins the Department of Theatre and Dance as an assistant professor of theatre. Dr. McAllister comes to us from the University of South Carolina and is the author of the books “White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies and Gentlemen of Colour: William Brown's African and American Theatre,” and “Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance.” He has worked as a dramaturg for theatrical productions in New York, Chicago, the District of Columbia, and Seattle. Dr. McAllister holds a Ph.D. in theatre and drama from Northwestern University as well as a bachelor’s degree in history with theatre studies from Yale University.

Claudia O’Steen
joins us as an assistant professor of fine arts (interdisciplinary studio art) in the Department of Fine Arts. Often collaborating with various art forms in her work, O’Steen’s work is inspired by the history of science, technology, and observation, and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. A faculty member in the fine art department at the University of West Florida since 2016, O’Steen has an M.F.A. in digital + media from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a B.F.A. in design and film from Watkins College of Art.

Dr. Adam Snow
has been named assistant professor of music after 13 years as part of the Department of Music at Winthrop as an adjunct professor and instructor of music. Throughout his career, Dr. Snow has performed with many legendary musicians and works closely with the Jazz Arts Initiative in Charlotte. Dr. Snow holds a Ph.D. in musical arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in music and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Winthrop University.

Jesse Weser
joins the Department of Design as assistant professor of design after six years as an adjunct instructor and senior instructor. She also served as a faculty member at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and holds many years of experience as a creative director and designer for Moonlight Creative Group in Charlotte, N.C. Weser holds a master’s degree in design from Domus Academy and a B.F.A in visual communication from Winthrop University.

Julianna Hane is an instructor of dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance in Winthrop University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. A native of South Carolina, Hane holds an M.F.A. in modern dance from the University of Utah and a B.A. in dance performance from Winthrop University. She has previously taught at Winthrop University, Columbia College, The University of Utah, and the College of Charleston. Hane is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at New England Center of Circus Arts (NECCA). In 2008, she founded Revolve Aerial Dance as a studio and performing company, and her recent performance credits include Flight Collaborative in Boulder, Colorado, and the Atlanta Aerial Arts Festival. Hane is the author of the Aerial Teacher’s Handbook and co-author of several aerial dance manuals as well as The Aerial Teacher’s Creative Handbook.


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