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Fall Semester Begins with New Exhibitions at Winthrop University Galleries

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 The Winthrop University Galleries opening reception will be Friday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8 p.m.
 The reception will celebrate "The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Exhibition" and "Recent Paintings and Works on Paper" by Kirk Fanelly.

Cipolla vase designed by Ben Gilliam

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University Galleries will kick off the fall 2009 semester with a Friday, Sept. 18, opening reception to celebrate two new exhibitions, "The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Exhibition" and "Recent Paintings and Works on Paper" by artist Kirk Fanelly. The 6:30-8 p.m. reception is free and open to the public with free parking on campus.

The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) provides a unique public high school education opportunity to emerging young artists in South Carolina. Winthrop has had a long standing connection to the SCGSAH through the many talented students who further their artistic education at Winthrop. The arts faculty, all practicing artists as well as educators in their areas of expertise, include Alice Ballard, Sharon Campbell, Katya Cohen, John Benjamin Gilliam, Neil Summerour, Joe Thompson, Carlyn Tucker and Paul Yanko.

Opening in the Rutledge Gallery is an exhibition showcasing the artwork by these talented faculty members. The "South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Exhibition" will run Sept. 21-Oct. 22. Sharon Campbell (ceramics), Joe Thompson (sculpture) and Paul Yanko (painting) will deliver a gallery talk on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Rutledge Gallery.

Fanelly's "Recent Paintings and Works on Paper" will open in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery and run Sept. 21-Oct. 22. A graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Charlotte, N.C., native, Fanelly has exhibited regionally and nationally. Fanelly’s work incorporates the people and surroundings of his everyday world. He desires an image to continually pose questions to both the viewer and himself over time, but to never become so complicated it causes one to retreat in frustration. Fanelly will present a gallery talk on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery.

Also opening this fall in the Lewandowski Student Gallery is "Undergraduate Student Drawing Exhibition," which will run Oct. 5-22.

All exhibitions, presentations and receptions are open and free to the public. Winthrop University Galleries is located in Rutledge Building and McLaurin Hall on Winthrop's campus. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed on weekends and school holidays. Winthrop University Galleries will be closed Oct. 19-20 for fall break.

For more information, call 803/323-2493 or visit the Winthrop University Galleries online.

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