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MFA alum Bridget Kirkland received 2nd Place


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.



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

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.

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.

Artist Spotlight – Bridget Kirkland, MFA Candidate


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?




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?


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!

Fine Arts Portfolio Day and Scholarship Competition


Winthrop University Fine Arts Students work on sculpture, installations

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 finearts@winthrop.edu .  

CLICK HERE  for further information.

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…

Portfolio Requirements

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.

Winthrop Fine Arts Student working on InstallationScholarships

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.

Good luck!!!

You are invited….Gallery Talk and Reception for Tom Stanley



Clinton Junior College’s DALTON GALLERY Presents:

Untitled Exhibition: Works by Tom Stanley

Gallery Talk & Reception for the Artist:  Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.  Free & open to the public.

The paintings in this exhibition represent Stanley’s ongoing interest in silhouette as well as technical drawing or drafting. Exhibit dates: October 1, 2012 – January 25, 2013

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm, Fridays 9:00am – 5:00pm


Clinton Junior College’s Dalton Gallery ▪ 1029 Crawford Road ▪ Rock Hill, SC 29730
CLICK HERE for directions.  For more information on CJC, CLICK HERE.

FYI:  CJC’s Dalton Gallery is located in the foyer of the library in the back of campus – plenty of free parking.

For additional details, please contact Marie Cheek, Associate Professor of Art and Dalton Gallery Director at Clinton Junior College.  You may also visit the Dalton Gallery website HERE.

For more information on Tom Stanley, Chair of Fine Arts; Associate Professor of Fine Arts; and Program Advisor for Master of Fine Arts at Winthrop University, and his artwork, please visit this article in Charlotte Viewpoint.


We look forward to your presence at the opening!