Winthrop University: CVPA Faculty and Staff Profile - Stanley, Tom

Name:  Tom Stanley
Title:  Professor Emeritus, Fine Arts; Retired Chair, Department of Fine Arts
Education:  M.F.A., Painting, University of South  Carolina
M.A., Applied Art History, University of South Carolina
B.A., Art, Sacred Heart College
Office:  303 McLaurin Hall   
Phone:  803/323-2653
Area(s):  Painting, Public Art, Civic Engagement


College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

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 Genevive 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."

Recently, 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.

In 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.

Stanley's paintings have been published in New American Painting 28 and New American Panting 46; The Carolinas Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Genevive 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.

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