Time at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

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This summer I worked as an intern at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, a non-profit, non-collecting art center based in downtown Atlanta. During my time at the art center I worked with the art handler packaging and shipping artwork, as well as maintaining the gallery space. Near the end of my internship I was able to help take down a show and install the next show. The installation process gave me a lot of insight into the inner workings of the gallery system. I was able to watch how work was to be handled, shipped, and displayed, which will be largely beneficial in tackling some of the problem solving that arises when preparing for installation and shipment. – Charlie Hickey, B.F.A. Candidate

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Professor Marge Moody’s Residency in Portugal

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This summer 2015 Professor Marge Moody attended a residency in southern Portugal, run by Foundation OBRAS from June 4 – 24. During that time she completed a number of acrylic gouache paintings and collages and several small acrylic paintings on canvas.

The residency was held in nicely converted farm buildings in a supportive atmosphere and is located approximately one and one half hours east of Lisbon, Portugal, in the beautiful Alentejo region of Portugal, near the towns of Estramos and Evora, a university town. Moody’s work, as always inspired by the ‘spirit of place’, used abstraction to describe the ‘essential’ nature of sights, sounds, smells of the countryside. An easy journey from Newark, New Jersey to Lisbon, Professor Moody would recommend this residency to other interested artists and to our students. The project was supported by the Winthrop University Research Council.

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‘Time to ‘Stand and Stare’ series: Walk
Acrylic gouache and collage on watercolor paper
12 x 12″      2015

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Winthrop + McColl Center for Art + Innovation

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Dick McCracken and Charlotte’s McColl Center for Art + Innovation hosted an evening focusing on Winthrop and the Department of Fine Arts Thursday, August 13. Winthrop alum and current McColl artist in residence Caroline Rust Ward and Matt Horick opened up their studios and presented their artistic projects to invited guests.20150813_185602_resized

Dr. Gardner and Dr. Dufresne awarded NEH Grant

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Congratulations to Fine Arts faculty Dr. Laura Gardner (Art Education) and Dr. Laura Dufresne (Art History) who have been awarded a $93,129 NEH grant for their project “Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and Its American Descendants.” The project will fund a two-week seminar for sixteen college and university teachers to explore the development of the commonplace book and regional examples of its American descendants.

Their art of the book research is one of many subjects that has encouraged student learning in the department, and is proving to be important within the larger visual art and design community.

For more information about the NEH grants go to http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2015-07-28.

For Winthrop’s UR press release go to http://www.winthrop.edu/news-events/article.aspx?id=41335Dufrense1

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Dr. Stock in London

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This summer Fine Arts Art Historian Dr. Karen Stock presented the paper “Richard Dadd’s Passions and the Treatment of Insanity,” at The Arts and Feeling in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Conference held at Birkbeck University of London, July 17, 2015.