Dr. Dufresne at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden


Dr. Laura Dufresne will present campers ages 6-11 attending Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s “Medieval Camp” an introduction to medieval life. She will be dressed as Christine de Pizan, a subject of Dufresne’s research. The event is scheduled for July 20, 11 a.m., in the new “Lost Hallow” Children’s Garden at Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, N.C.unnamed

What new Jewelry Metals instructor Anne Fiala has been up to this summer.


– Assistant to Simon Cottrell “Building the Intangible” 2 week workshop at Penland School of Crafts this past June.

– Co-teaching “A Piece in a Day” 2.5 week workshop at Penland School of Crafts with Nicole Jacquard this July/August

– “Notes from the Field: Creating Impact, Connections, and Open Exchange” Lecture at 2015 Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Boston this past May with Jessica Tolbert and Maia Leppo.

– Teaching a 1 week workshop for middle school girls at CPCC in conjunction with the CPCC FabEd Carolina called “No Boys Allowed: All Girl Maker Camp”. Girls will explore craft and computer aided design through a series of hands-on projects.AnneFiala_Headshot-e1418703234959

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.