Winthrop University Galleries - Exhibitions - Current & Upcoming

Winthrop University Galleries

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
 

The Galleries are open new gallery hours Monday, Wednesday & Friday's 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Galleries are following the appropriate CDC and institutional guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors. We ask visitors to wear a face covering at all times, social distance and limit the number of people in the Galleries at one time (max 10). Please enter the exhibitions at the front of the Rutledge Gallery and follow the designated path to view all three exhibitions. 

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

March 22 - April 9, 2021
Negotiating Balance – Oscar Soto
2020-2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition I
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

The 2020-2021 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition I & II will feature new work by artists completing their MFA graduate program in the Department of Fine Arts. 2020-2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition I will feature works by Oscar Soto titled Negotiating Balance.

For his MFA thesis exhibition, Oscar Soto has created a series of balancing chairs, each requiring the participation of two or more individuals who must work together to confront the question, "How is balance negotiated?" Using a combination of traditional craft and new technologies to design and construct his sculptures, Oscar sees the labor of building as a way of acknowledging the value and importance of negotiating. Along with the objects themselves, Oscar presents an array of digital and physical records highlighting some of the interactions and responses generated by the installation.

After completing his BFA at Winthrop University in 2007, Oscar Soto spent several years abroad in both South Korea and Chile. The experience of negotiating his own identity and the ways it is expressed across languages and cultures left a deep impression on him. Returning to Winthrop for his MFA in 2017, Oscar soon became a dedicated woodworker, but communication, participation, and interpersonal exchange remain at the heart of his work.

April 5 – May 7, 2021
Everything We Meant To Say
2021 BFA Senior Exhibition
Rutledge Gallery and Lewandowski Student Gallery

Everything We Meant To Say shows the work of 18 BFA students and their skills accumulated during their time at Winthrop. This show not only displays learned skills, but hopes and dreams. It exemplifies artistic honesty between the creator and the art piece, as it is the work these artists feel they have always meant to create. This exhibition is a true show of passion in the physical. 

During unprecedented times, creatives are pushed to grow and authentically create. This is not only a bittersweet farewell, this is a conversation; with each other, with oneself, and with history. This conversation speaks upon how much growth has taken place over this year, not only for this group of artists, but within the world. 

The themes revealed through each individual's work is unique and reflective of them as growing artists. However, the title encompasses the honesty and authenticity that these 18 students embody as they reflect on their past 4 years and on their quickly approaching future. These artists look ahead, excited to return to their studios soon and to continue to use the freedom of aesthetics to truly discover and understand themselves as artists and individuals.

Friday, April 9, 2021 5 – 8 p.m.
2021 BFA Senior Exhibition & Negotiating Balance Reception (by appointment)
Rutledge, Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick and Lewandowski Student Galleries
To Register: https://tinyurl.com/BFA-MFAReception

Opening reception for 2021 BFA Senior Exhibition and closing reception for 2020-2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition I - Negotiating Balance by Oscar Soto. This event is by appointment only.

The Galleries are following the appropriate CDC and institutional guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors. We ask visitors to wear a face covering at all times, social distance and limit the number of people in the Galleries at one time (max 10). Please enter the exhibitions at the front of the Rutledge Gallery and follow the designated path to view all three exhibitions.

April 19 - May 7, 2021
Yes/And – Renee Holliday
2020-2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition II 
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

The 2020-2021 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis Exhibition I & II will feature new work by artists completing their MFA graduate program in the Department of Fine Arts. 2020-2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition II will feature works by Renee Holliday.

Renee received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at Winthrop University in 2017 and is a current MFA candidate. As an artist Renee uses feminist thought and action to create wearable body adornment and drawings from discarded and abandoned clothing. Gathering her materials from thrift shops and secondhand stores allows her to honor her middle-class upbringing while also gleaning other’s unwanted goods. For Renee the deconstruction of the coat or jacket creates a metaphorical and physical space of healing through the garments demise and is fully realized in her contemporary jewelry.

Renee’s work has been shown regionally including the ADORN Contemporary Jewelry Show in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, at the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina as well as The Fuller Projects in Bloomington, Indiana. Outside of the studio Renee owns a small business with her spouse and is raising two teenage daughters.

Utilizing feminist thought and action, I deconstruct thrifted and abandoned clothing to create contemporary jewelry and drawings. The process of disassembling clothing serves as both a metaphor and a physical tool for me to amend the harmful expectations of femininity and motherhood that have been placed upon me. Seeking my materials in thrift stores allows me to honor the resourcefulness I learned from my parents in a blue-collar upbringing while also speaking to the desire to glean what others have discarded. Through the jacket or skirt’s transformation from protection to adornment, I subvert their original function and allow the wearer to objectify the necklace, brooch, or earrings thus recontextualizing the historical expectation of the garment.

Friday, April 23, 2021 5 – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception (by appointment)
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery
To Register: https://tinyurl.com/MFAIIOpeningReception

Opening reception for 2020-2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition II entitled Yes/No by Renee Holiday. This event is by appointment only.

The Galleries are following the appropriate CDC and institutional guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors. We ask visitors to wear a face covering at all times, social distance and limit the number of people in the Galleries at one time (max 10). Please enter the exhibitions at the front of the Rutledge Gallery and follow the designated path to view all three exhibitions.

May 18 - August 31, 2021
MFA Works in Progress
Lewandowski Student Gallery 

An exhibition of works by current MFA candidates in the Department of Fine Arts.

 

Last Updated: 3/25/21