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Join us for a Preview and Sale – Marge Loudon Moody’s ‘Paracosms’


1 Marge Loudon Moody Urban Instincts  2005 - 2008 Collage 2013

Spotlighting Marge Loudon Moody’s upcoming Preview, Sale, and Show…

Artist Statement:


The newest exhibition in my series of shows celebrating my 30 Year retrospective, ‘Made in America’ is entitled ‘Paracosms’ and will be at Space 1858, 1858 W Grand Street, Chicago, Illinois, opening May 10, 2013, with a reception 6:00 – 9:00p.m.

My work is inspired by the spirit of place. I make abstract acrylic paintings on canvas, collages and mixed-media pieces, which, through a rigorous process of working and reworking of composition and art elements, arrive at a harmonious expression of the essential nature of the subject.  My collage work often employs ‘found’ materials and involves layering and precise juxtaposition of line, color, shape and texture.  Life experience may be similarly layered.  At times, subject matter serves as metaphor for intangible ideas. It examines boundaries, addresses the fragility of existence, of presence, of absence, and of memory.

This show consists of several new collages on two themes – the ‘Urban Instincts’ and ‘Desert Garden’ themes as well as drawings, watercolors and mixed-media pieces from earlier years.

Preview the work before it goes to Chicago…
After Winthrop graduation on Saturday, May 4, 2013
2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
2nd floor, McLaurin Hall, Studio #249
Winthrop University

Keep up with Space 1858 and the ‘Paracosms’ opening on Facebook:  CLICK HERE




Our First Faculty Interview…..Dr. Laura Dufresne


Introducing our first Faculty Interview….

Dufresne Author ISBN 0-7734-1890-3We had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dr. Laura Dufresne, Winthrop University’s Professor of Art History, Coordinator of Art History Programs.  The following responses are excerpts from our in-person conversation:

Tell us about your educational background.  You have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, you served as a VISTA, you have a Specialization Certificate in Gerontology, and a PhD in Art History.  Why did you choose these areas of specialization?  Why art? 

I have an artistic past including music and painting.  My Grandfather was a sculptor.  The arts were the focus in our family.  I knew I would be working in the art or service industry.  Avoiding art critiques, I channeled my focus in the service industry and worked with older Americans and Social Services.  It is interesting:  As a senior in college, I discovered Art History and stuck with it.  Even after I graduated, I took classes at night.  I studied at 3 different colleges until I settled in Seattle to complete my Graduate Degree in Art History.

How has your educational combination helped you in your endeavors?

My educational combination helped with my art.  I used to paint older people.  I found it to be a natural affinity and a natural flow of my interests.

How important do you think it is for artists to know about Art History, and why?

I think it makes sense for artists to know about Art History because of its historical framework.  I think it depends on the student, but the framework of Art History helps art make sense.  Some students may rely heavily on the influence and dialogue of types of art.  Some students may find it to be intimidating.  I think Art History influences are exciting, but even as I say that, I want to leave a loophole for Outsider Artists.  I do think Art History is important for everyone as enrichment in any field.  Art History relates to every field – even math and economics.

What is your intrigue with the Medieval and Renaissance periods in art?  What is your intrigue with Christine de Pizan?

My upbringing is in the Catholic Church.  I found it to be a dazzling sensory experience with its sounds, smells, and sights…And the incredible stories about the lives of Saints.  I am intrigued with Christine de Pizan because she lived in the courts…she was a woman of the Late Middle Ages.  She worked within the system (of society) and still defied it.  She illustrated books – and back then, illustrations were expensive and required a royal patron.  I enjoy analyzing these images and by doing so, I create a type of revisionist history.  The illustrations were true to the message of the later periods.

In the history of women, Christine de Pizan talked about how to live in the world and what other jobs women could have…the skills they could use for others. I like uncovering these kinds of hidden gems – for example, taking a super popular person and finding their personality contradictions.  She was in a convent her last years – there she wrote her poem, The Poem of Joan of Arc.

And we hear you have a new book on Christine de Pizan, The Fifteenth-Century Illustrations of Christine De Pizan’s ‘The Book of the City of Ladies’ and ‘The Treasure of the City of Ladies.’  Congratulations!  

CLICK HERE for the Winthrop News Link

Dufresne Cover ISBN 0-7734-1890-3To order or for more information….

Mellen Press


While “googling” you, we came across your Pinterest site.  Share your favorite images from your collection.

1)   Dress lights hanging in a tree, lit up, in an absurd, magical way.

2)   Lady with big hair  {Note from interviewer:  Not sure which one Laura meant…so maybe you will find her…great collection of eye candy!  CLICK HERE}

If I asked you to tell me one place to go and one thing to do there, where and what would you suggest?

Italy!  Italy has everything…history, fruits, vegetables, historic churches, and gorgeous beaches.

Your turn to travel…You have been selected to go on an all-expenses-paid partying trip for three days with historical figures – an artist, a writer and one free choice. Who do you choose?  Where do you go?

1)    Charlotte Bronte – Writer choice because I love her writing and want to invite her, even though I don’t think she would be a good conversationalist.

2)    Simone Martini – Artist choice because he would travel and talk.

3)    Julia Margaret Cameron – Photographer/Artist is my extra choice.

We would go to Italy and rent a villa by the sea.

We heard you have an upcoming trip to Italy in May 2013.  What have you planned for this trip?   

This trip is the “Dream Child” of Paula Smith.  She is a Professor of Ceramics and Art…teaching for over 30 years.  We are taking students from CPCC and Winthrop, plus other connections from the community.  It is a full 7 days of trips with Ceramics plus Art History plus Italy!  La Meridiana is a beautiful place to stay with gourmet food.  We are also going to Certaldo to shop…where Boccaccio was born.  So many activities!  So much history!  Here is a link on the workshop and the itinerary:  CLICK HERE

If you could visit three galleries or museums right now, which ones would you choose?

Medieval Art and The Cloisters

The Vatican for Catholic Art, Classical

The Getty Villa in Malibu

What art have you purchased in the last six months?

A clay bust from an artist at Kansas City Art Institute

Name some of your favorite artists:

Nam Jun Paik, electronic world, video arts

Laurie Anderson Performance Artist

Frank Gehry – Architect

Maya Yang Lin A Popular Artist

If you had an uninhibited alter ego, what would he/she be doing?

Lounge Singer, 1940’s hits.  {Interviewer’s note:  CLICK HERE for a link on “How to be a Lounge Singer”…}

Share 3 words to describe you.

1)    Happy

2)    Curious

3)    Bossy

What makes you laugh?

Almost everything – laugh at everything.  Read How to be Happy.  Life is full of humor.

Tell us something not many people know about you (until now).

I cannot spell.  Spell-check changed my life.

Predict your future.

Traveling.  Living adventurously.  Moving toward a sunset.  Writing on blog.  I would like to write another book, perhaps from my blog.  See where the writings lead me…

at-sunset-evening-skyThank you, Dr. Dufresne, for your time and for sharing your thoughts with us.  Enjoy seeking sunsets!

Tonight at UNCC…Artist Reception for Marge Moody


Please join Marge Moody at the Artist’s Reception for her current show at UNCC.
Tonight! Details below:

“New Work: Blue Chicago Series”

March 19, 2013
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Student Union Gallery
9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223

Marge Moody Exhibit

More information:



Opening Tonight: The Exquisite Corpse Project

Exquisite Corpse

Video, Music, and Reading Prompts for Art Installation

You are cordially invited

to attend the opening of

The Exquisite Corpse Project…

McLaurin Student Gallery, #316

February 14th, 2013

7:00-9:00 p.m.


Collaborative Art Project:  Grassroots Initiative in the Department of Fine Arts

Collaborative Art Project:
Grassroots Initiative in the Department of Fine Arts

Contributing Artists Include: 

Andrew Davis, Sarah Kinard, Amanda Foshag, Nadia Blackmon, Laura Haynes, Holly Johnson, Rita Fair, Tom Stanley, Sarah Cason, Julie Thompson, Paul Martyka, Lee Ann Harrison, Jon Hoffman, Sarah Gregory, Chelsea Arthur, Kaitlin Spellman, Jon Prichard, Charlotte Coolik, Sarah Scherini, Erin Mitchell, Foozhan Kashkooli, Nathan Dodds, Mark Hamilton and Seymour Simmons’ Figure Drawing ARTS 121 Class.

Spotlighting Marge Moody, her show, and Carolina Arts

January 2013 Issue

January 2013 Issue

Visit Carolina Arts, a publication covering the Visual Arts in the Carolinas, to read an announcement on Marge Moody’s upcoming show at City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC.


January 2013 issue of Carolina Arts (pages 14 and 16)

“Selections from the ’30-Year Retrospective: Made in America’ 1983 – 2013”


For her Winthrop Department of Fine Art’s Faculty Profile, please click here: Marge Moody

Also noted in Carolina Arts:  Lillian Wimberly’s (one of our former students) show advertised.

Don’t miss our Holiday Pottery Sale….Next Friday, November 30th


Pottery by Jim ConnellJoin us next Friday, November 30, 2012, for our annual Holiday Pottery Sale at Winthrop University.

Pottery by Winthrop Students and Faculty

Perfect holiday present for all…

Shop early for one-of-a-kind artwork

Created by our very talented students and faculty.


Noon-6 p.m. in Ceramics Room G-10 in the lower level of Rutledge Building on campus.

Items for sale will include pieces crafted by advanced ceramics students and by Winthrop faculty, including James Connell, Professor of Fine Arts/Ceramics, and Jennifer Lawler-Mecca, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts/Ceramics.

Jim Connell, Professor of Fine Arts / Ceramics, Artist

Sale items range from functional pottery pieces to decorative creations.

Jennifer Mecca, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, Artist

Jennifer Mecca, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, Artist

The pottery sale is part of Rock Hill’s ChristmasVille, a four-day festival of Christmas-themed events. A percentage of proceeds from the pottery sale will go to the ceramic scholarship fund and to purchase new equipment.

For more information about the sale, contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts at 803/323-2323.

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

Seymour Simmon’s Anthology…..It’s here! It’s here!



Seymour Simmon’s anthology…

The Heart of Art Education: Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Integration, and Transformation

Laurel H. Campbell and Seymour SimmonsThe Heart of Art Education III, Editors

Although a growing body of literature on holistic teaching and learning abounds, little has been written specifically for art educators. In the visual arts, holistic education begins with the recognition, now widely accepted, that each dimension of the individual can be educationally involved in making and/or studying art. This focus on comprehensive, or holistic, development through meaning-making is “the heart of art education.” 

This anthology showcases an array of philosophies, methods, and lessons learned as teachers strive to meet the holistic needs of children and young adults. Focusing on meaning-making in the art room by viewing and critiquing art from other cultures, fostering harmonious relationships with nature, and examining transformative and integrated learning techniques, this volume provides insights for educators at all levels—from PreK-12 teachers, to university faculty, to researchers, community art center personnel, and museum educators.

CLICK HERE for the Table of Contents
For ordering information, please CLICK HERE.
Congratulations, Seymour!