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Winthrop University Galleries Celebrates 30 Years of Student Talent in Spring Exhibitions

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 The exhibition is the only juried exhibition at Winthrop, and more than $62,000 has been awarded to student artists over the past 10 years.
 An opening reception will be held in conjunction with these exhibitions on Friday, April 13, from 6:30-8 p.m.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Over the past three decades, the Winthrop University Galleries has recognized student work through the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition each spring. The exhibition is the only juried exhibition at Winthrop, and more than $62,000 has been awarded to student artists over the past 10 years.

In addition to the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition inside Rutledge Gallery, two other exhibitions will be on display: “Almost Familiar,” an M.F.A. thesis exhibition in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery and the Fine Arts Senior Exhibition in the Edmund D. Lewandowski Student Gallery in McLaurin Hall.

An opening reception will be held in conjunction with these exhibitions on Friday, April 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome, as the event is free and open to the public.

April 13-June 29
30th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
Rutledge Gallery
Juror: Ashley Hawkins

The 30th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition highlights and celebrates the work of undergraduate students in the Departments of Fine Art and Design. This year’s exhibition includes 34 works by 19 artists. About the exhibition, juror Ashley Hawkins said, "The works in this exhibition confronted real issues of contemporary life - gender, sexuality, personal trauma, love and romance - with ambition and technical skill. Humor is a common theme in many of the works, confronting difficult subjects with a refreshing levity that strengthens and personalizes the work. This is serious work that doesn't take itself too seriously. Minute and monumental scale both function to draw the viewer in both small work executed with utmost care and large work that surrounds the viewer and demands physical interaction. I was delighted to see such strong alignment of concept, craft and refreshing perspective in the work of Winthrop University students."

Hawkins is the co-founder and executive director of Studio Two Three (S23) in Richmond, Virginia. S23 provides artists the tools, space and resources to build successful careers. S23 is a 13,000-square-foot facility, providing over 100 artists with 24/7 access, thousands of students with art education, a retail store featuring art by Richmond artists and S23 To-Go, a mobile printmaking studio styled after an ice cream truck. Hawkins views S23 as her ultimate creative expression; a balance of her passions for organization building, dreaming big and art making. Hawkins holds a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking and a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Virginia Commonwealth University.

April 13-May 4
“Almost Familiar”
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
by Tyler Frasier and Anastasia Netrebine
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

The 2018 Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Thesis Exhibition features new work by artists completing their M.F.A. graduate program in the Department of Fine Arts. “Almost Familiar” by M.F.A. candidates Tyler Frasier and Anastasia Netrebine opens April 13 in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery.

Frasier and Netrebine have created individual bodies of work with a common theme. The show title “Almost Familiar” refers to the tension between the recognizable and the unfamiliar. The two artists come from different backgrounds and have approached the concept of liminality in two unique ways.

Frasier grew up amongst the working-class culture in a small South Carolina mill town. The work is driven by his relationship with the materials and processes he uses. The resulting compositions showcase a handmade quality with industrial materials juxtaposed with domestic objects. With implicit references to function, the structures he builds explore metaphors for current constructs within our lives that appear to be operating effectively, but in reality are not.

Netrebine was born and raised in a large European city, surrounded by culture, spending her summers at a cottage by a lake. Each of her sculptures represent a memory or a dream she has experienced. Tension is created when the lines between the two blur, through scale shift and unexpected details. Each sculpture is a vital part of the puzzle, containing elements that appear to be simultaneously familiar and mysterious. This fusion mirrors the complex nature of the human experience and psyche. Parts of her sculptures are left unfinished as a reminder that this person, herself, is incomplete, and that the story continues.

April 3-16
Senior Exhibition 2018
Go Big or Go Home…
Lewandowski Student Gallery

The Fine Arts Senior Exhibition in the Lewandowski Student Gallery features work from students graduating in May 2018 with a B.F.A. degree. These 21 student artists each had individual studio shows throughout the school year, and pieces from each are selected for this year-end exhibition.

The Winthrop University Galleries’ hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events listed are free and open to the public. For more information on these events, exhibitions or the galleries, contact Karen Derksen, galleries director, at 803/323-2493 or, or visit the website at

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