Veteran Winthrop Faculty Share Pieces in December Exhibition

November 29, 2016

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bullet point The opening reception for "Eye to Eye" and "Hovering" will be held Dec. 2, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery.
bullet point Phil Moody and Mark Hamilton are professors in the Department of Fine Arts.

/uploadedImages/news/Articles/MoodyPhil1.jpgPhil Moody/uploadedImages/news/Articles/HamiltonMark1.jpgMark Hamilton

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — On Friday, Dec. 2, Winthrop University Galleries will hold an opening reception from 6:30-8 p.m. for two new faculty exhibitions: "Eye to Eye" by Phil Moody in the Rutledge Gallery and "Hovering" by Mark Hamilton in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. Moody and Hamilton, professors in the Department of Fine Arts, will present a gallery talk at 7 p.m. during the reception with guest speaker David Houston, photographer, curator and art historian.

Please note: With the closure of Oakland Avenue for the annual City of Rock Hill Christmas Parade, guests attending the opening reception should enter campus at the Alumni Drive entrance off of Cherry Road and park in the Johnson Lot. Guests also can access this lot by entering campus via Park Avenue or Ebenezer Avenue.

Dec. 2, 2016-March 10, 2017
"Eye to Eye" by Phil Moody
Rutledge Gallery

Moody, long-standing professor of photography at Winthrop, will present an exciting exhibition celebrating his role as a gifted artist and an important educator in Winthrop's Department of Fine Arts for more than 30 years. Using ideas of realism formed in his early artistic studies, he explores the relationship of location and identity with portrait photography. The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey spanning several decades from the early 1980s in his homeland of Scotland to Moody's most recent work in 2016 with his travels in Portugal.

Moody received an M.F.A. in photography from the University of Michigan, and his work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. His artwork appears in numerous collections including Bank of America, B.F. Goodrich, Scottish Arts Council and the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Moody has won numerous awards in his career, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching South Carolina Professor of the Year Award (1997), the Winthrop University Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996) and the Winthrop University Outstanding Junior Professor Award (1990). He also was the recipient of a South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship in 2004.

Dec. 2, 2016-March 10, 2017
"Hovering" by Mark Hamilton
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

"Hovering" is a photography exhibition by Hamilton. His exhibition focuses on what is felt rather than what is seen. Hamilton's work explores his interest in the departure from reality: a sparkle of beauty, a moment of grace, a slight gesture of the hand, the passion and inner struggles of the human experience. This exhibition contains mature subject matter and nudity.

Hamilton's fine arts works have been exhibited internationally and are included in both corporate and private collections. He attended Parsons School of Design in New York City and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. His work is published in more than 50 international publications. Previous teaching assignments include the New School for Social Research and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Hamilton is a former recipient of the prestigious Renaissance Photo Prize (Best Image on Film), which is awarded annually in London.

A panel discussion will be held in conjunction with Hamilton's exhibition "Hovering" on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at 7 p.m. in Dina's Place (DiGiorgio Campus Center). The discussion, entitled "Hovering: Feminist Perspective," will be led by Hamilton; Karen Stock, professor of fine arts; and Jennifer Disney, chair of the Department of Political Science. This program contains mature subject matter and images of nudity.

All Winthrop University Galleries events are free and open to the public.

For more information on these exhibitions or the galleries, contact Karen Derksen, Galleries director, at 803/323-2493 or, or visit the website at

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