I was also very happy to see that Winthrop was acknowledged by the Charlotte Observer as a Yes Partner in John Love’s “Path of Yes” and FECUND Project preformed this past Friday evening, May 17, at the Mint Uptown. Department of Fine Arts Adjunct Instructor Jon Prichard played a significant role in assisting John Love in the design and fabrication of the Yes Installation. In like fashion, Fine Arts students Bryanna Smith, Connor Clinch, Josiah Blevins, Sarah Gregory, William Johnson, Kaitlyn Walters, Nadia Blackmon, and Chris Clark helped make the “tiles” for the installation. These efforts were not only an excellent learning partnership, but were in exchange for John W. Love Jr.’s Winthrop Performance and Workshop this past spring at Rutledge.
At the Friday evening Mint performance and standing room only event, Mint Curator of Contemporary Art Brad Thomas gave a shout-out of thanks to the project’s cultural partners including Winthrop, the McColl Center for Visual Arts and the Arts & Science Council.
Also a key participant in the project’s success was Winthrop BFA grad Julie Thompson who this past year earned the Zachary A. Smith Internship at the Mint, and is currently under contract at the Mint working with the director of collections and exhibitions. Julie is headed to Philadelphia this August where she will enter the MFA program at the Penn Academy of Fine Arts continuing her focus on Sculpture and Painting. See link to Observer article below.