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MFA alum Bridget Kirkland received 2nd Place

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MFA alum Bridget Kirkland received 2nd Place 2D Photography for her work “1424 Ocean Ave” at the 40thAnnual Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Juried Show.  The juror was Scott Betz who received his BFA from the University of Evansville and an MFA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is President of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) and teaches at Winston-Salem State University.

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Congrats to 3 of our alumni: Doug McAbee, Bridget Kirkland and Adrian Rhodes

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Of the 58 artists that have been accepted into the Spartanburg Artists’ Guild 40th Annual Juried Show, three are alumni. Doug McAbee, Bridget Kirkland and Adrian Rhodes. Show opens Tuesday, September 3. There will be an awards ceremony and reception on Saturday Sept. 28 from 6-9pm. 

Juror info: Scott Betz

Scott Betz received his BFA from the University of Evansville and an MFA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is President of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) and teaches at Winston-Salem State University. His work has been exhibited and is in collections across the US as well as Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Sweden, France, Finland, Columbia, Lithuania and Belgium. He currently collaborates with his eleven year old son and nine year old daughter on hybrid art projects and exhibitions. In describing his artistic journey, Betz says, “Whether it is viewed as romanticized adventure or intellectual challenge, the process of placing oneself in unfamiliar territory and repeatedly asking and answering the same question, “How can I best operate in this system?” is a constant strategy in my studio production.” Some of his selected solo exhibitions include the Monitor, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina and 40/40, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Selected Group Exhibitions include the Halpert Biennial, Turchin Center for Visual Art, Boone, North Carolina and the World Council for the Arts 2nd Exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, California

Show runs September 3- October 13

Spartanburg Artist Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10-5, and Sunday from 1-5.

FREE to the public!

http://www.artistsguildofspartanburg.com

200 East St John Street, Spartanburg SC 29306 | 864.542.ARTS

Doug McAbee, The One About the Tree Rides

Doug McAbee, “The One About the Tree Rides”

Bridget Kirkland, "1424 Ocean Ave"

Bridget Kirkland, “1424 Ocean Ave”

Adrian Rhodes, "Magpie 1"

Adrian Rhodes, “Magpie 1”

Tonight, Opening Reception for MFA Exhibition for Lino Azevedo and Bridget Kirkland

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April 26 opening reception 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

April 22 – May 3, 2013

Lino Azevedo and Bridget Kirkland:
M.F.A Thesis Exhibition
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery, Rutledge Building

Lino Azevedo defines his thesis “XPLOITISM” as the system by which members of our society that are in a position of power take advantage of those who are not. Azevedo’ s intent is to visually communicate to the viewer some of the enormities in the world, and in the words of Gottfried Helnwein, “to use art as a weapon.” Lino Azevedo was born in the 1970’s to Portuguese immigrants near the city of San Francisco, California. Lino has worked as a freelance artist in the areas of illustration, portraiture, and murals.

"Whaddya Say Jim"  Bridget Kirkland 90 second film, 90 photographs, and Image ViewFinder installation

“Whaddya Say Jim”
Bridget Kirkland
90 second film, 90 photographs,
and Image ViewFinder installation

“Chicken Heads” Lino Azevedo Still image from digital film

“Chicken Heads”
Lino Azevedo
Still image from digital film

Bridget Kirkland’s body of work is titled  Whaddya Say Jim. For Kirkland not all memories or stories are recalled perfectly. It is here that her work begins, in a place where thoughts are patchy and stories are recreated. The stories she tells are fragmented and reveal only a glimpse into the larger narrative. Born in Philadelphia, Bridget Kirkland was raised on the lakeshore of Erie, PA. Summer art classes and a grandmother who “looked at things differently” shaped her personal outlook. Solving visual problems coupled with an innate ability to “see through the fluff” allows Kirkland to express art through fresh, clean, honest design.

Bridget Kirkland Artist Talk Tonight at 8pm.

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5X7-SMART-V2 Bridget frontCultural Credit approved, Tonight at 8pm, Bridget Kirkland, MFA general studio major will giver her artist talk in Rutledge room 119.

“Whaddya Say Jim”
90 second film, 90 photographs,
and Image ViewFinder installation

Bridget Kirkland’s body of work is titled,”Whaddya Say Jim.” For Kirkland not all memories or stories are recalled perfectly. It is here that her work begins, in a place where thoughts are patchy and stories are recreated. The stories she tells are fragmented and reveal only a glimpse into the larger narrative. Born in Philadelphia, Bridget Kirkland was raised on the lakeshore of Erie, PA. Summer art classes and a grandmother who “looked at things differently” shaped her personal outlook. Solving visual problems coupled with an innate ability to “see through the fluff” allows Kirkland to express art through fresh, clean, honest design.

The show reception is this Friday, 6:30-8pm. The show will be up in the Elizabeth Patrick Dunlap Gallery until May 5.

Upcoming Events: MFA Thesis Candidates and more…

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 Winthrop University Galleries

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

8:00 p.m.

WUG Artist Talk:
Jonathan Hoffman

MFA Thesis Candidate

Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery – Rutledge Building

Bridget Kirkland

Bridget Kirkland

Monday, April 22, 2013
8:00 p.m.

WUG Artist Talk:
Bridget Kirkland

MFA Thesis Candidate

Rutledge 119

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
11:00 a.m.

WUG Artist Talk:
Lino Azevedo

MFA Thesis Candidate

Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery – Rutledge Building

 

OTHER EVENTS:

April 8 – June 14, 2013

25th Annual Undergraduate
Juried Exhibition
Rutledge Gallery
Rutledge Building
Juror: Paul Matheny, Curator of Art,
South Carolina State Museum

The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition is an
opportunity for visually creative freshman to
senior level students to exhibit in a
professional gallery setting.
Artist, curator and alumni, Paul Matheny,
is this year’s juror who has selected
an exhibition from a variety of media
and disciplines including painting, drawing,
sculpture, jewelry/metals, photography,
ceramics, design, and printmaking.

April 8 – April 15, 2013

Jonathan Hoffman and Janet Lasher:
M.F.A Thesis Exhibition
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery
Rutledge Building

April 22 – May 3, 2013

Lino Azevedo and Bridget Kirkland:
M.F.A Thesis Exhibition
Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery
Rutledge Building

Artist Spotlight – Bridget Kirkland, MFA Candidate

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Time to present a Winthrop MFA Candidate…..Bridget Kirkland.  Continue on for an insightful interview with this artist…

Bridget Kirkland, untitled

Bridget Kirkland, untitled

Where are you from?

King of Prussia, PA and Erie, PA.  I ended up in the South because of my ex-husband’s career options and we decided on the South.

Why did you choose to pursue an MFA?

After being a graphic designer for 10 years (and I loved it), I got tired of people thinking they knew more than me.  I felt like an MFA would give me the backbone I needed to create the right of “arguing” to my opinion.  I feel like I trust myself more.

Bridget Kirkland, Artwork

Bridget Kirkland, Artwork

Explain what you do in your Fine Art studies in 100 words:

I question memory and interpret time with design.

What do you want to do with your degree?

Teach Graphic Design in College/University setting, Freelance Graphic Design.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

Basement level of McLaurin…breezeway is all windows.  I would love to do a show in there with transparencies on all of the windows.

Where would you take students for a Campus Tour?

I would take students to the area with the windows or to the Sculpture departmentShaun Cassidy’s area.

Who is your favorite Professor and why?

So many different ones for so many different reasons.  I have to say Tom (Stanley) – reason:  because he showed me how I could fit into this program.  He gave me faith in my artwork and helped me understand my work.  He helped me feel that what I do is a form of art.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Rock Hill?

Bridget Kirkland, Untitled Artwork

Bridget Kirkland, Untitled Artwork

Earth Fare because they have Hubert’s Lemonade.

What books should we read?

http://www.danpink.com/books/whole-new-mind

http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-warrior-ethos/

http://www.amazon.com/Poetics-Space-Gaston-Bachelard/dp/0807064734

Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t know or guess about you…

I am not very secretive and I do not hide information, so this question is hard to answer, but I will try…

…I have three cars.  I love the beach – I could stay on the beach from 9am until 6pm.  I love the wide space of the beach.  I like wide spaces…not as crazy about SC’s landscapes because you cannot see very far.  I like being out west because you can see forever…it is no end.  I love motorcycles – I had a Ducati motorcycle then had to sell it before I went to school.  I love motorcycle racing.  My dream job is to be a meteorologist/anchor woman on The Weather Channel.

Who are your role models?

Stefan Sagemeister – designer.  His philosophy is happy design.  He does not take clients for money, but rather clients who allow him to create the perfect design for them…clients who honor artistic freedom.

Favorite album, lyrics, band?

My favorite song is Soul Cages by Sting.  Favorite band is Nine Inch Nails.

Favorite website?

Processing.org

Tell us about a great experience:

On a Friday morning, there was the inaugural Red Bull MotoGP race at Indianapolis.  I wanted to go so badly.  I sat at my desk at work…pissy that I couldn’t go.  On impulse, I called the rental car company to rent a car, asked my boss if I could leave at noon, and took off for solo trip to Indy.  Luckily, a Scottish Blogger/Columnist writer for Motorcycles magazine asked me to document and write a piece for the blog.   The event turned into a solo road trip by myself, as a female traveling solo.  I was able to get Ducati Credential Passes…great time!  It was the weekend that some hurricane was coming and the rainy weather was so bad.  On the way back, a storm was clipping ahead of me.  Because of the storm, there was no power, no gas.  No one knew where I was.  I met a guy who helped me get gas…got home at 7am, showered, and went right to work with an experience I will not ever do again…

Bridget at the Indy Moto Race

Bridget at the Indy Moto Race

This adventure was great because I met so many people…I was so free.  It was such an exciting weekend to take off and do something I really wanted to do!

What has surprised you about Winthrop?

That it is a family.  I feel like the whole time I have been here….there are big arms wrapped around me to give me the courage to create whatever I want.  At the same time, there is the push and the nudge to create good art.  Such a tricky thing to do…I don’t think you see this combination often in places.  Winthrop keeps their arms around you…you don’t ever feel bad, even with critiques all the time, you still feel like you are being hugged in a positive way.

Greatest challenge at Winthrop University?

Not understanding “painter talk.”

What will you miss about Winthrop after you graduate?

My artist friends, the professors, the camaraderie of everyone who knows you and your art…you don’t have to explain anything.

Bridget Kirkland, Untitled

Bridget Kirkland, Untitled

Advice for anyone entering the MFA program…

Go into it with no expectations, leave who you think you are as an artist at the door, do different things…art, books, places you travel, different people you talk to…just be completely different.  Always listen to Shaun Cassidy.  Be aware that you could be a completely different person / artist leaving as you were coming in.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you say?

Learn from your mistakes.  I like the good and the bad, even when making mistakes…it makes me stronger and I think you have to have the bad to appreciate the good.  Be living in the now rather than the past or the future.

Who are your artistic influences?

  • Vic Muniz, love.
  • David Hockney – paintings and photographs.
  • Inspired by so many artists who have a piece of work I like… from digital artists to sculptors to painters.  I try to look at art as much as I can.

If you could invite 5 people to a Dinner Party, who would you choose?

  1. Sting
  2. Leonard Bernstein
  3. Alf Ward
  4. My deceased Grandfather
  5. Jim Cantore
Bridget Kirkland, artwork

Bridget Kirkland, Untitled Artwork

Predict your future…

I predict I will be living in a smaller, rural area.  I would love to live by the beach…any beach.  I want an exciting future.  Maybe something like….Trent Ressner of Nine Inch Nails calls me up to collaborate with him on the art for his many mounds of projects – videos, cd covers, films, short movies, composing.

Thank you, Bridget!  Best wishes in all of your artistic endeavors.  We hope that Trent texts you soon for his next design project.  We will put in a good word (and a good search engine entry!!!).  With your talent and skill, we know you will go far!