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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:  http://thislosangeles.com/ (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 http://work.thedutchpress.com <http://work.thedutchpress.com/


ART FRENZY Bow tie Party – Thursday Night


From a series of Bow Tie art works by New York-based artist, Nicholas Ruiz, to spark your creative attire for tomorrow night….

Ahhh…first of all, we know you love art. Have you also always wanted to don your favorite bow tie?….and have you always wanted to express your style and creativity in an art-filled event?

Well, pull your favorite bow tie out of the closet…

(we are thinking “polka-dots,” “stripes,” “flashy glitter,” or the intellectually classic black bow-tie….)


Be Creative!  Cut up fabric from your 80’s clothing collection, pull out your old Dr. John and Dear Jane stash of breakup letters, family photos (the ones where you blinked!), unravel an afghan to use the bright orange yarn, and grab duct tape to make your own bow tie.  Lots of funky tips are floating around the Fine Arts buildings at Winthrop if you need help….just ask us!


Join the Arts Council of York County and many Winthrop University Faculty, Alumni, Students and other art enthusiasts to visit the 6TH ANNUAL ART FRENZY Thursday Night….

Details below….

A Bow Tie Party & Art Auction

​ART FRENZY was created 6 years ago to provide an opportunity for young art patrons to start their art collections with high quality, local artwork at an affordable price. This year, the Art Frenzy will be a fun art party featuring an art auction in both an invitational and a juried exhibition.​​

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7-10pm

​​Invitational Silent Auction Dalton Gallery Bidding in $25 increments

Juried Silent Auction Perimeter & Lewandowski Galleries Bidding in $5 increments

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC


ACYC Members – $20

Non-members – $25

Students (with valid student ID) – $5

At the Door – $30

Exhibiting Artists – Free

Ticket price includes music, heavy hors oeuvres, festive drinks, & funky music.

To purchase your tickets, visit CrownTickets online by clicking HERE, call the Arts Council office at 803.328.2787 or stop by the Center for the Arts.

Etiquette tip for the evening….

“Don’t you be talking about my bow tie.”  –Dewey quote from School of Rock (Paramount)

Unless with compliments, of course!

Look At That Bow Tie

I’m the one with the Mod-Podged sketches bow tie.  Look for me!

Info from Arts Council: Art Frenzy

MFA Alumnus Stephen Lursen: Featured Artist at Donna Downey Studio’s Art Crawl

Enjoy works by our MFA Alumnus, Stephen Lursen, at the upcoming Art Crawl in Huntersville, NC.
Art by Stephen Lursen
Friday, November 23, 2012
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Donna Downey Studio Art Crawl
Link for Directions:  CLICK HERE
Link for more artist information:  CLICK HERE

Sunday – COE Event with Guest Speaker, Alumni Merideth Hill


Alumni News:

Merideth (Watford) Hill, a 2009 Winthrop University Graduate in Art Education and the Lancaster School District New Teacher of The Year, will be the guest speaker at The Induction to Teacher Education ceremony.  


Sunday, October 21, 2012

3:00 p.m 

Tillman Hall

Winthrop University