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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

Graduate Students, Jon Hoffman & Janet Lasher MFA Exhibition Opening Tonight!

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Graduate Students, Jon Hoffman & Janet Lasher MFA Exhibition is opening tonight in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. Exhibition will run until April 15.

Janet Lasher’s Artist Talk will be Tuesday, April 9 in Rutledge 119 at 8 p.m. The title of her show is, “Unintentional Development.”

Janet Lasher, "Unintentional Development"

Janet Lasher, “Unintentional Development”

Jon Hoffman’s Artist Talk will be Thursday, April 11 at 8pm in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. The title of his show is, “We’re Not Hanging That in the Living Room.”

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Jon Hoffman, “We’re Not Hanging That in the Living Room.”

Janet Lasher, MFA candidate, featured in the Winter’s issue of Surface Design Journal

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Janet Lasher’s sculptural installation, Conscription is featured in the
Winter 2013 issue of the Surface Design Journal.  The installation featured
includes 24 figures (each 47″h x 13″w x 9″d) sculpted in handmade abaca
paper cast over reed and is completed with a stitched sinew spine.

Janet has been selected to exhibit her work in conjunction with the 17th
International Surface Design Association Conference to be held in San
Antonio, in early June. Janet is completing her MFA this semester; she is a
sculptor with particular interest in organic materials and stitch.
“Currently I am exploring themes related to childhood development.”

Janet Lasher, "Conscription"

Janet Lasher, “Conscription”

Vivianne Carey, a Winthrop MFA Sculpture student and now sculpture teacher.

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MFA Winthrop grad student Vivianne Carey working on one of her sculptures.

MFA Winthrop grad student Vivianne Carey working on one of her sculptures.

Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, announced Vivianne Carey, a Winthrop MFA Sculpture student, will be teaching 3-D Design to undergraduate students.  Vivianne’s curriculum will include incorporating a variety of mediums, clay, plaster, wood, foam, and other materials based on her expertise and explorations in her own artwork.

GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: ANDREW DAVIS

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Sculpture by Andrew Davis

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

• Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Andrew Davis and I am a Graduate Assistant majoring in Sculpture at Winthrop University.
• What’s integral to the work of an artist?
A strong work ethic, an open mind, and the ability to distance yourself from your work in terms of critique.

• What role does the artist have in society?
Artists are able to play whatever role they feel they need to assume; whether it is a vehicle for social change or a creator of aesthetics.

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

• What has been a seminal experience?
Attending 4 hour life drawing classes as an undergraduate really served to underscore the amount of work and dedication needed to come away with a successful portfolio.
• Explain what you do.
I explore material. Much of my recent work has striven to combine the aesthetic with the utilitarian.
• How has your practice changed over time?
As an undergrad my work consisted of formal and spatial interactions. My current work takes the aesthetic discipline I developed during my work at Brevard College and injects the associations with context and function of material.

Untitled sculpture by MFA student, Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by MFA student, Andrew Davis

• What work do you enjoy doing the most?
I love the feeling of isolation that comes along with welding.
• What is your favorite artwork?
When I saw Robert Morris’ Untitled felt work at the High Museum I had to stop and catch my breath for a while.
• Why art?
I never made the decision to be an artist. I still have trouble associating myself with that terminology. To me artists are the people that we had slide presentations about in high school. When I received my diploma and was accepted to Brevard I had no aspirations of becoming an “artist”. I declared Art as a major because I couldn’t think of anything else. It seemed to make sense at the time. Honestly, after my first semester of undergrad I was having second thoughts about my choices. That changed when I took 3-dimensional design. I felt much more engaged with the work that I was making and it was so easy to get lost in the process.
• Is the life of an artist lonely?
Only if you spend all day cramped up in a studio by yourself. One of the things that drew me to sculpture was the inherent communal quality of it. People interact. Often times you are struck with the inability to accomplish something on your own, like moving a heavy piece of metal. I don’t think one can underestimate the benefits of the shared studio dynamic.
• What advice would you give to your younger self?
Going to school for art isn’t about making successful work, it is about learning how to make work successful.

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

• Should art be funded and if so what role does it play?
Public funding for the arts serves artists’ communities in a very real and literal way. My hometown of Greenville saw a revitalization of the downtown area that accompanied a large amount of arts development. However, it is the symbolic statement that arts’ funding gives that is so much more important. I think people both in and out of government realize that the arts give back to their community in tangible and intangible ways. Arts funding is very much a statement that communities value those results.

• Artists that you would like to be compared to?
Isamu Noguchi, Martin Puryear, and David Nash among many others.
• What is your professional goal?
I (eventually) want to teach in higher education.

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

Sculpture by Andrew Davis

• One thing you couldn’t live without?
Sriracha

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Untitled sculpture by Andrew Davis

Sculptures from 2 MFA Students on exhibit in Charlotte

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Two of our MFA students, Lauren Puckett and Lee Ann Harrison, have work debuting in Found: A Found Object Assemblage Art Showcase, at AKA Creative, a gallery and venue in South End Charlotte.  Lauren presents a fiber-based sculptural light box and Lee Ann presents a narrative wall sculpture.  Please join us for the opening this Saturday, December 15th, starting at 7:30pm.

Details below:

Opening of

Found:  A Found Object Assemblage Art Showcase

December 15, 2012

7:30pm until…

AKA Creative, 316 Remount Road, Charlotte, NC

Culture Initiative

Culture Initiative

Found features 60 local and regional artists’ assemblage pieces. The title of the event, Found, is closely tied to the assemblage pieces that will be on display during this event. Assemblage is an artistic process that uses found objects in new ways, allowing the artists and audience to find meaning in unconventional arrangements.  The art exhibit runs from December 15th, 2012, through February 4th, 2013.

In addition to assemblage pieces, the opening will showcase a wide array of musical talent and live paintings. Doors open at 7:30pm.  Musical Performances by local band Sinners and Saints, Charleston singer/songwriter Rachel Kate, and Columbia group, The Black Iron Gathering, will lend an organic feel to the event while DJs That Guy Smitty and Justin Aswell will spin records in the gallery.

Culture Initiative was founded in 2008 by Joel Tracey and Arthur Brouthers in hopes of expanding the art community in Charlotte. Using a grassroots approach, Culture Initiative stresses artist involvement and encourages thinking outside the box. Past events have included numerous gallery shows and multimedia exhibitions. For the second year, the anniversary party will be held at AKA Creative, a newly established gallery and venue in South End Charlotte.

Tickets On Sale Now at www.akacreative.com

VIP Tickets:

ONLY 50 VIP tickets available online only ($10 each)
o 1 Admittance
o 1 Free bar drink
o 1 CI4 print

or “At the Door” Tickets

Door Fee = $10 (does not include drink or print)

Keep up with the details at http://www.facebook.com/events/434140199985709/
Check out the video from last year… http://vimeo.com/54597858

Last chance to view LEVEL 3, Graduate Work in Student Gallery #316

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Please visit LEVEL 3, in McLaurin’s Student Gallery on the 3rd floor, #316.  Show closes tomorrow night.

You will view a collection of works by Graduate students from the Monday night MFA Seminar class, taught by Paul Martyka.   Winthrop MFA Show

Contributing Artists:

Lauren Puckett

Charlotte Coolik

Foozhan Kashkooli

Lee Ann Harrison

Shiloh Vander Hyden

Geraldine Powell

Jessica Smith

and Dean Mobley