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Past Exhibitions


Spring 2021

January 19 - February 1, 2021
Lewandowski Student Gallery
An exhibition of works by Winthrop drawing students.

February 1 – March 5, 2021
De Novo II
New Faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

De Novo comes from Latin meaning in a ‘new form’ or ‘manner’. This exhibition showcases the work of new faculty to the College of Visual and Performing Arts. De Novo II includes visual art faculty Myles Calvert and Stephanie Sutton and design faculty Elizabeth Dulemba and Eva Roberts.

February 9 - March 1, 2021
Focus on Imagination
Lewandowski Student Gallery

Illustration students present projects based on their creative passions, from picture books to propaganda, and characters to cartoons.

February 15 – March 5, 2021
UJE 33
Rutledge Gallery

Each spring, current Winthrop University students are eligible to submit their recent work to the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. This exhibition is an opportunity for students to have their work selected by a prominent regional juror to exhibit in a professional gallery setting. This year’s juror is Adam Justice, the galleries director of University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Open to students in the Departments of Fine Arts and Design, this yearly exhibition showcases Winthrop’s brightest talent from areas such as painting, sculpture, jewelry/metals, printmaking, interior design, illustration, and photography.

March 9 - 22, 2021
One Year to Go
Lewandowski Student Gallery

An exhibition of prints, paintings and sculpture from junior level students within the Department of Fine Arts.

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.

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.

Fall 2020

Still in Touch Exhibition (Virtual and Physical)
The Union of Student Artists, Winthrop University Galleries, and the Studios@LOOM have come together to host and curate a virtual and physical exhibition that showcases the ingenuity of Winthrop's faculty and students during these weird quarantine times. The physical exhibition at the Studios@LOOM will run until Sept. 26 while the virtual exhibition can be found at 

August 17- August 28, 2020
What Was & What Will Be
 (Virtual and Physical)
2020 BFA Senior Exhibition
Rutledge Gallery & Lewandowski Student Gallery

What Was & What Will Be features the work of 16 graduating B.F.A. seniors from the Department of Fine Arts. Working across a variety of media, these artists explore themes unique to each of them. Uniting them is their nostalgia for what was and their hope for what will be. As the culmination of their journey at Winthrop, this exhibit not only reflects the skills gained from their time as a student but also their personal growth as artists. What Was & What Will Be embodies the joy and sadness that these graduates feel during this transitory period. They look towards an exciting future with unknown artistic endeavors ahead and reflect fondly on their time in school. Together, these 16 artists present their final works to you, a symbolic farewell to their time here at Winthrop.

BFA Candidates:
Sam Ross, Amari’ Brazel, Marisa Fields-Williams, Amanda Campbell, Caroline Burdett,
Maggie Claytor, Elizabeth DeLong, Rachel Goldie, Dave Harris, Jessie Jenkins, Katie Karban,
Anne McLean, Halie Neyhard, Erin Powell, Kaitlyn G. Rogers, Amber Wade

August 17 - 28, 2020
MFA Thesis Exhibition - Dust & Shadow by Anna Dean
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

Anna Dean’s Dust & Shadow explores the intersection of chaos and order through the use of complex layered imagery and moving parts to create hybrid forms that exist somewhere between two and three dimensions. She investigates these concepts through the juxtaposition of materials and processes that allow for a high measure of control, alongside those that refuse to be controlled. Dean, a 2020 MFA Thesis Candidate, is an interdisciplinary visual artist working in sculpture, video, performance, digital manipulation, and mixed media collage.

Friday, August 28, 2020
Closing Walk-through for What Was & What Will Be  & Dust & Shadow (by appointment only)
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Rutledge, Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick and Lewandowski Student Galleries
Free and open to the public

Winthrop University Galleries present a Closing Walk-through for What Was & What Will Be in the Rutledge and Lewandowski Student Galleries and Dust & Shadow in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. 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.

September 8 – October 5, 2020
Investigative Report
Lewandowski Student Gallery

Investigative Report is an exhibition curated by Claudia O’Steen and Stephanie Sutton of student work that utilizes unconventional research methods and media to explore the act of investigation. The selected works consider investigation as a path, as a pursuit, as a conceptual framework, and as a mode of making.

September 21 – December 11, 2020
Portraits of Anxiety
Margaret Curtis
Rutledge Gallery

Combining realistic and stylized imagery, Margaret Curtis’ large scale imagery looks closely at the national culture of violence in the United States. Digging into personal and universal anxieties, the artist explores how threat intermingles with our most basic understanding of the world. Born in Hamilton, Bermuda, Curtis is a painter and visual artist currently living and working in Tryon, NC.

September 21 – October 16, 2020
Future Study
Nicole Davenport
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

Future Study by Nicole Davenport transforms the gallery space into a research lab to explore her Master of Arts in Arts Administration capstone entitled “Engaging Changing Audiences in Southeastern Museums and Galleries.” In the space, Davenport visually shares her capstone exploration which will evolve during the course of the exhibition with ongoing study and findings. Follow Davenport’s ongoing process on Instagram @FutureStudyLab. Originally from Anderson, South Carolina, Davenport is a recent graduate of Winthrop’s Master of Arts in Arts Administration program and worked with Winthrop University Galleries from 2017 to fall 2020.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Closing Walk-through - Future Study (by appointment only)
Nicole Davenport
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery
Free and open to the public

Winthrop University Galleries present a Closing Walk-through for Future Study by Nicole Davenport in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. This event is by appointment only. Register for a time slot TBD.

October 12 – November 20, 2020
Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry Installation
Andrea Downs
DiGiorgio Campus Center Lobby

The Arts Council of York County, the Women’s Art Initiative and Winthrop University Galleries have partnered to invite the York County community to engage and participate in Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry, an ongoing community art movement.  The movement responds to the silencing of women*, creating opportunities for all women to share experiences through visual storytelling. Artist, activist, community arts organizer, and founder, Andrea Downs will install a small selection of the more than 400 pieces of artwork that are a part of a growing collection of women's stories.  Artwork created during Laundry Day Workshops is collected and joined together on clotheslines and will be featured at the DiGiorgio Campus Center lobby at Winthrop University and the Perimeter Gallery at the Arts Council of York County Sept. 11 – Oct. 25, 2020. The installation will include information about how the public can be involved in this movement.

*Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry holds space for all women across the intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity and gender expression.

October 13 – November 2, 2020
Interior Design Exhibition
Lewandowski Student Gallery

November 2 - November 20, 2020
MFA Thesis Exhibition - Nurture
Lauren Taylor League
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

In Nurture, Lauren Taylor League creates sculptural and performative works that explore the emotional and psychological effects of objects as they relate to familial memory and the various processes one uses to nurture and express love. Through the processes of collecting, nurturing, and repairing found objects, League seeks to honor lost connections between objects and those who made them. League, a 2020 MFA Thesis Candidate, is an interdisciplinary artist from Anderson, South Carolina.

November 10 - 19, 2020
Art Education Student Exhibition
Lewandowski Student Gallery

Last Updated: 8/27/21