A note from Toye Durrah



Andy Warhol: “Art is what you can get away with.”

Fine Art Family,

You all have helped nurture my budding artistic visions and also shape my skills. More valuable to me are the ways that you’ve all been there in ways that exceeded my expectations. I do gratefully and sincerely appreciate all I have gained through the careful and sometimes nerve wracking instruction from all my professors and other faculty. My heart goes out to each one of you.

PS. I plan to get away with a lot.


Toye Durrah, c/o 2015

Leslie Ann Pierce, class of 1989, B.A. in Art, minor in Art History


It is with profound sadness that I reach out to you and let you know that Leslie Pierce, Winthrop grad, artist, and Director of Public Programs at the Columbia Museum of Art passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, June 28, 2015. She brought such light, love, and happiness to all that she did, and her impact on the museum and the arts community she treasured will be remembered, honored, and long-lasting.

Leslie loved Winthrop and the unwavering support she received from the faculty. A service is being planned for the end of July in Union S.C. I will update you as I receive more information.

Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby
Director of Education
Columbia Museum of Art

26th Annual Juried Competition at Center for the Arts


Winthrop alum, students and faculty included in this years 26th Annual Juried Competition at the Center for the Arts in downtown Rock Hill include: Jamie Seymour, Adrian Rhodes, Silas Boyd, Dallas Austin, Dominique Verechia, Joanna Wardell, Rebecca Jacobs, Leah Mulligan Cabinum, Katie Law, Greyson Smith, Gabrielle Wolf, Seth Rouser, Paul Martyka, and Shaun Cassidy.

Fine Arts faculty Mr. Paul Martyka was awarded an honorable mention for his piece Questioning of Cause and Sense; M.F.A. alum Leah Cabinum received an honorable mention for her work Mediate; !st Place was awarded to B.F.A. alum Rebecca Jacobs; and Best in Show went to current B.F.A. candidate Dallas Austin.

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.