New Exhibitions Exploring Anxiety, Diversity and Inclusion Open This Fall at Winthrop University Galleries

September 23, 2020


  • "Future Study" will be on exhibit now through Oct. 16, while "Portraits of Anxiety" will be on display now through Dec. 11.
  • Gallery hours for the 2020-21 season are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Two new exhibitions opened at Winthrop University Galleries this September. Artist Margaret Curtis’ exhibition “Portraits of Anxiety” showcases her large-scale paintings that are on display Sept. 21-Dec. 11 in the Rutledge Gallery. In the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery, Nicole Davenport ’15, ‘20 continues her capstone research with her exhibition, “Future Study,” that will be on display Sept. 21-Oct. 16.    

Combining realistic and stylized imagery, 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, North Carolina. Curtis will be presenting a virtual artist talk on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. The virtual talk is free and open to the public. Join the conversation on Blackboard Collaborate at or dial in to +1-571-392-7650 - PIN: 280 710 5918.    

“Future Study” by Davenport transforms the gallery space into a research lab to explore her Master of Arts in Arts Administration capstone, “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. A closing walk-through is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. by appointment. Register at    

Gallery hours for the 2020-21 season are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The galleries are following the appropriate CDC and institutional guidelines to ensure the safety of all visitors, including limiting the number of visitors to 10 or less. Visitors must wear a face covering at all times and socially distance. Please enter the exhibitions at the front of the Rutledge Gallery and follow the designated path to view all three exhibitions.    

For more information about these events or the Winthrop University Galleries, please visit our website at or contact Karen Derksen, director of the Winthrop University Galleries, at or 803/323-2493.  

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