Christopher Smalls is a BFA- Jewelry and Metals student currently studying conceptual themes here at Winthrop University. Born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina on St. Helena Island by his mother who is a large African Art Collector and Historian for freed slaves in the south. She was the one who truly inspired Smalls to become an artist. In high school he signed up for a new artist exclusive show per his mother’s advice, which gave him the courage to pursue art on a higher level. Performing music has been a driving force in Smalls life and he currently sings in two ensembles, the Winthrop Chorale and the Chamber Singers.
How would you describe your relationship with art?
I have always been a maker. I love putting together found objects and altering others. I used to heat up candles and make things out of the wax. Now I get to make lost wax castings. I also use Rhino which is a digital modeling program. I see jewelry as small-scale sculpture. I take a conceptual idea and engineer it into an object that may or may not be intended to wear. I am inspired by non western and ancient civilizations. Architecture and body adornment fascinates me. I believe the body was the first canvas with tattoos and piercings.
What are your dreams and goals?
I have always liked fashion and I like making objects from my own designs. I would love to manufacture under my own name. To have my own brand using my aesthetic ideas is my ultimate goal. I would like to pursue an MFA at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia because they are the leading force in Computer Aided Design Program, using CAD CAM. I use SLS or Selective Laser Sensoring to digitally model objects. My teacher Courtney Starrett earned her MFA from this school and studied under Stanley Letsum.
Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Alexander Caldwell. I am attracted to his aesthetic of textiles and rhythm of weaving.
What is your favorite music?
Classical and the darker the better. I sing BASS 2 so I have a better correlation to low.
Where do you get your inspiration?
From Mayan culture, old wooden shields, fabric and textiles, bed, coffins, African blown glass beads, and more.
Fifth Element, especially the opera singing. I love the drama of it.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Interested in studying at Winthrop University in the Department of Fine Arts?
Please join us on November 3, 2012, for our annual Portfolio Day and Scholarship Competition.
Portfolio Day is open to all who wish to attend, regardless of intention, to apply for admission or compete for scholarships. Fine Arts Faculty reviews portfolios to award scholarships and also to comment on your work.
On-site registration begins November 3, 2012, at 12:30 p.m., in McLaurin Hall’s Lewandowski Student Gallery. Portfolio Day General Information Session begins at 1 p.m. in Rutledge 119. Students and parents are encouraged to attend the full day of Preview Day.
Instructions and guidance, including group tours of the Fine Art facilities, are provided by Fine Arts faculty and administrative staff members. Current Fine Arts students will also be available and provide their own perspective. Parents will learn more about our programs and what we have to offer for a student’s future after graduation.
For additional information or to make a reservation for the Fine Arts Portfolio Day Competition, please call 803/323-2126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Portfolio Info: Students must complete a portfolio review/interview with 3 different faculty members, lasting about 15-20 minutes each. See below for more details…
Portfolios should contain 10-20 original student works. The works need not be framed, or formally displayed, and may be reproduced (especially 3D artworks) in photographic digital images or prints. The type and kind selected to be included in the portfolio is up to the student, and do not have to be works for the intended major. What the faculty members want to see in the portfolio are the artworks the student feels the best about, what s/he is proud of and want others to see. The artworks do not have to be from school art class projects or formal study of any kind.
Students may compete for scholarships in absentia by shipping or mailing a portfolio, sending one electronically via email or notifying the Department of their website address where a portfolio is pictured. The Department must receive notification or shipment no later than the Friday before the Saturday event.
The scholarships awarded from the Portfolio Day and Scholarship Competition are Dean’s Meritorious Scholarships. They are for new students and are applicable to the first year of study only.* Typical amounts range from $250 to $1,000. Please note that all applications for admission to the University are reviewed by the Office of Admissions.
Notification of Awards
Approximately two weeks after the event, a letter will be sent to all participants in the scholarship competition, informing them of the results. This may include a scholarship offer amount, or the placement on a waiting list for any funds which may come available in the future, or a notification, regretfully, of not scoring high enough in the reviews to qualify for a scholarship. The letters with a scholarship offer amount will include an acceptance form which the student must sign and return. All students should pay particular attention to the timelines required for making application to enter Winthrop University, and understand any scholarship funds awarded take effect only when admitted and attending Winthrop as a declared Fine Arts major.
*There are other scholarships available, which require portfolio-merit competition. These are the Endowed Scholarships, and are open to all majors in attendance. Competition is held annually in February or early March, and the scholarships are applicable for the next academic year.
Thank you for your interest in Winthrop University’s Fine Arts degree. We look forward to meeting you soon.