A note shared with permission of Fine Arts alum Julie Thompson


Hello Everybody !

I am proud to be emailing you that I will be graduating on Friday with my Masters of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. It has been an incredible journey of exploring, failing, finding my practice and growing into a more confident maker. The bodies of work that I produced during my time here in Philly were totally unexpected, complex and challenging. I can honestly say that Winthrop wholeheartedly prepared me for my MFA future and beyond. I came into my MFA program prepared, curious and ambitious and have you all to thank.

After school I am planning on staying and working in Philly where I am a founding member of a small studio collective, EightPlus. Our goal is to hopefully establish a residency program within the studio. I am also pleased to announce that I will be in a group show ‘ And Many More’  in NYC this summer at 33 Orchard Gallery. It will be up June 17th – July 5th. The exhibition was curated by PAFA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Jodi Throckmorton. I have had the pleasure of working with many artists as my critics during my time at PAFA including Abigail Deville, James Hyde, Phoebe Washburn, and Titus Kaphar. I will be working at Titus Kaphar’s studio in CT this summer on a PostMasters project.

I am so grateful to have gone to Winthrop. My success is a reflection of the incredible education and guidance you provided me. I miss you all and hope to make it back to Rock Hill in the near future.


Julie Thompson


Former Grad Student Daingerfield Ashton Dies



It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Daingerfield Ashton.  Daingerfield earned his M.F.A. at Winthrop in 2002 with his thesis installation entitled “Chaos: Without Form and Order.”   Daingerfield taught art at Wingate University for a number of years before his recent retirement.   Many of us also recall him as was one of the first selfless Red Cross volunteers on the site of 9/11, 2001 in NYC where he worked for over month before his return to Winthrop.  He was a life force who will be missed.

Sarah Stokes heading to Portland


B.F.A. grad Sarah Stokes was accepted into the Ash Street Project’s Emerging Artists Mentorship Program in Portland, Oregon. It is a one year studio-intensive run by Thomas Orr, a retired professor from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and his wife Joanna Bloom. They accept five artists each year and the program seeks to create a community where each person can focus on fulfilling a specific goal, whether it be building a portfolio for graduate studies or preparing for life as a studio artist.  The program starts in September and also provides opportunities for participants to work with other artists in the community, have access to an exhibition space, lectures and critiques.

You can visit their website @ ashstreetproject.com.

Winthrop B.F.A. Fine Arts alum Kaminer Haislip collaborates with Reese Witherspoon’s new company Draper James



Winthrop B.F.A. Fine Arts alum Kaminer Haislip is excited to announce her collaboration with Reese Witherspoon’s new Southern inspired lifestyle company Draper James!  

They commissioned this sterling silver Magnolia Bowl for their new online Shop http://www.draperjames.com!

This handcrafted, limited edition silver bowl is exclusive to Draper James and can only be purchased through them.

Visit http://www.draperjames.com/sterling-silver-magnolia-bowl to purchase it and see the details!

The magazine Women’s Wear Daily published an article on Draper James that is out today! Haislip’s silver bowl was highlighted and a picture of her working in her studio was included! You can view it on Haislip’s website Press page http://www.kaminerhaislip.com/category/press/.

She currently has a variety of functional handcrafted objects featured in the SC State Museum exhibition Carolina Makers!  The opening reception is Friday, May 15 from 6-9pm and hope to see you there!

The exhibition will be on display until February 7, 2016.

Daniel Hudson at L.L. Bean



B.F.A. Fine Arts alum Daniel Hudson has been named Lead Photographer for Quad Graphics at the dedicated L.L. Bean photo studio in Maine. He will be leading the photo team consisting of 2 other photographers, 1 photo assistant,  1 art director, 4 stylists, 1  Merchandise Coordinator, and 1 Merchandise Assistant.  He will be working closely with the team from L.L. Bean (VP Creative Director, Assistant Creative Director, and various art directors), to help drive the brand aesthetic and help innovate and push boundaries for the photography direction.

ARTFIELDS Exhibition in Lake City


Here is a list of the Winthrop students, alumni, faculty and staff who were represented in ARTFIELDS exhibition in Lake City.

Adrian Rhodes
Brian Bojo
Edward Brantley
Leah Cabinum
Vivianne Carey
Nicole Davenport
Stacey Davidson
Kim Dick
Anthony DiGiorgio
Amanda Foshag
Matt Horick
Jessie Rogers
Mike Lavine
Carey Morton
Jessica Reynolds
Seth Rouser
Tom Stanley
Pam Winegard
Michael Woodle

adrianrhodes Bojo-Brian Brantley-Edward Cabinum Carey-Vivianne Davenport-Nicole Davidson-Stacey Dick-Kim DiGiorgio-Anthony Foshag-Amanda Horick-Matt J-Rogers Lavine-Mike Morton-Carey Reynolds-Jessica Rouser-Seth Stanley-Tom Winegard-Pamela Woodle-Michael