Sad News for Winthrop…Justin Van Hoy


Sad news for Winthrop…

Justin Van Hoy – the “Dutch Giant” – one of our most accomplished alumni of the VCOM-GD program, died.

Justin graduated from Winthrop in 2004, and soon moved west to Los Angeles.  He had an early association with Designer/Artist Shepard Fairey.  Justin opened his gallery in the Los Angeles area: (currently featuring a show, Parentheses, with the works of Paul Martyka and Reed Elliott) and announced the publication of his book, Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California.

Quote from Chad Dresbach,  Chair, Department of DesignJustin Van Hoy at Winthrop University:

“I’m more than a bit shocked by this. Dutch was an excellent designer, a powerful thinker, and a good, reliable friend; he cared deeply about what he was doing, was generous to others, and he was always a strong supporter of the program. He had beat back cancer, twice, and went through a terrific amount of pain for someone so young.

Whether you knew Dutch or not, take a moment to realize ‘one of our own has fallen.’ The world is a much poorer place for the loss of Justin.”

Check out Justin’s art and design at <


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