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Winthrop Alumna Caroline Rust ’97 Chosen McColl Center Affiliate Artist in Residence

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 The Charlotte native's work explores women’s effects and practices and their impact upon self-image and sense of self during her residency
 Rust's residency at the McColl Center will continue through August.

Caroline Rust
"United Utensils" by Caroline Rust

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – This summer, visual artist and Winthrop alumna Caroline Rust ’97 will continue her exploration of women’s effects and practices and their impact upon self-image and sense of self during her residency at the McColl Center of Art+Innovation in Charlotte.

Rust, who works in the Division of Institutional Advancement at Winthrop, will serve as affiliate artist in residence at McColl through Aug. 18. During her residency, Rust will participate in a variety of McColl Center events from April through August, including Open Studio Saturdays and open house nights where visitors can view Rust’s ongoing work. She plans to create a body of sculptural artworks in the form of dressing tables, joining 3D framework with abstracted “reflections” of women painted upon them and shelves displaying objects people may encounter in vanities.

Check Rust’s availability at McColl in the events schedule* below:

    -April 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Central Piedmont Community College – Presentation at CPCC’s Sensoria, a week-long celebration of the arts
    -April 18, 7-10 p.m. – UPCYCLED Studio Party/Gala
    -May 9, noon-4 p.m. – Open Studio Saturday
    -May 15, 6-9 p.m. – Open House
    -May 21, 6-7:30 p.m. – Artist Talk
    -June 13, noon-4 p.m. – Open Studio Saturday
    -June 18, 6-8 p.m. – Community Workshop
    -July 11, noon-4 p.m. – Open Studio Saturday
    -Aug. 8, noon-4 p.m. – Open Studio Saturday
    -Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. Open House
    *All events held at McColl Center unless otherwise noted. 

    Fashion + identity + adornment is a common theme among all aspects of Rust’s summer residency at the McColl Center, from her artwork to the April 18 Gala to the June 18 Community Workshop. Rust’s current work delves into a visual communication marrying fashion and identity with adornment. Her pieces also highlight several historical female couture designers and employ aspects of their work to further describe the paths of women.

    Rust, a Rock Hill resident, said she is “thrilled and honored” to spend her summer in residency with the McColl Center.

    “As a Charlotte native who can still picture the burned-out church shell on Tryon Street before it was resurrected as the Tryon Center (now McColl), I am thrilled and honored to have been selected to be an affiliate artist in residence through a competitive juried process,” said Rust.

    Rust earned her B.F.A. (concentration in painting) at East Carolina University and her M.F.A. (concentration in painting) at Winthrop. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York, and she is a recipient of artist grants from both the Arts Council of York County and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council. Rust has patrons worldwide who collect her work, and she exhibits annually in both solo and juried exhibitions across the U.S.

    For more information about Rust’s summer residency, visit the McColl Center website. Learn more about Rust’s artwork on her website,

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