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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.


Closing Reception, Wednesday Night, at The Loading Dock: Commensality


You are cordially invited to the Closing Reception for Commensality,

A show featuring Winthrop Student Artwork that relates to the theme of food, togetherness, or both.

Greyson Smith
Josiah Blevins
Sam Oliver
Erica Hoelper
Bryanna Smith
Laura Stanger

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

9:15pm until 11:00pm

The Loading Dock Gallery

The Loading Dock Gallery is on the first floor of the Getty’s Art Center in Downtown Rock Hill.   It is run through the Arts Council of York County and Winthrop Students.

Getty’s Art Ctr
201 E Main St,1st Fl
Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 328-2787

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Sculptures from 2 MFA Students on exhibit in Charlotte


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

Read on…Interview with Winthrop Art Education Students about their upcoming Senior Show

Art Education Seniors from Winthrop University

Art Education Seniors from Winthrop University

We shared a moment visiting Dr. Laura Gardner‘s Art Education class, Principles of Teaching Art, and interviewing her students:  Allyson Butler, Ember Estridge, Lydia Fraser, Melissa Littlejohn, Sarah Walker, Katherine Ware, and Laura Zellmer.  They have an upcoming show entitled “And Away We Grow” featuring their artwork and the area’s K-8 Students.  The show debuts on December 7th, 2012, in the Lewandowski Gallery in McLaurin Hall on Winthrop campus.  “And Away We Grow” will be on display until January 18th, 2013.

Please join us for the opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00pm to celebrate the Winthrop Senior Art Education students’ and the area K-8 students’ accomplishments.

In the meantime, enjoy highlights and excerpts from our conversation with the future of ART, our Winthrop Art Educators….                                     

Dr. Gardner’s intro…

For our 10th Annual Art Education Senior Show we explored the idea of growth. We asked ourselves: what is the meaning of the concept? How might we relate the idea of growth to elementary and middle school aged children through art making and art teaching?

We looked at several meanings of the word: seasons, process over time, patterns, metamorphosis, complete/incomplete, and recurring were some. We determined that each of us approached the concept in different ways based on our experience and interpretation. And because our show was to include the artwork of the students we were working with in our field experience in K-8 Clover, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill schools, the developmental age of those students needed to be taken into consideration in order to create an age appropriate lesson.

What you see in “And Away We Grow” are those lessons, an interpretation of the idea of growth, designed by each pre-service art education student for the developmental age of the students they worked with this semester.

Listening intentlyQuestions to Winthrop Art Education students:

What surprised you most about this coursework?

  • “It was more successful than I thought it would be.  Not as ‘surprised,’ as much as ‘aware’ of the course’s outcome.  I worked on collographs with the 6th and 7th graders…most students were really happy with what they discovered <in their art>.”
  • “ I was surprised to see the artists’ views.  We started with an idea in class, what art can mean, and it moved into how to interpret metaphorical concepts.  I was surprised with the <students’> creative capacity.”
  • “ I was surprised with the different skills of the <middle school> students.  Some were college level and completely engaged with the project.  Some were ahead of middle school and some were behind.  I modified the project to respond to the artist.”

What have you learned in one of your projects?

  • “I learned the entire collograph process.  Dr. Gardner gave me good feedback to help with the structure of the project.”
  • “I learned what things to teach…what information to share and how (and when) to present new techniques within the project timeframe.”
  • “I learned when to do demonstrations, how to balance the pacing and deconstructing of the assignments.  I know not to assume that they know the art technique, but I am also careful to not talk down to the student.  I always speak to them with respect.”Students from Dr. Gardner's Class

What new techniques are you applying in your curriculum and artwork?

  • “I am connecting art within our community.  I want to include the community in our lesson plans.  I go out to gather supplies…for example, Styrofoam meat trays for print blocks to use with stamping and printing.  I ask for supplies from different sources and people.  I reach out for outside sources.  I feel like engaging our community helps students learn about themselves and the community around them.”

What will we see at your upcoming show?  Tell us about it….

  • “You will see student artwork that represents our lesson plans for students.  Our theme is <Growth>.”
  • “My collection focuses on using patterns and tradition.  For example, I brought in my Grandmother’s quilt to the 3rd graders.  The quilt is old and has been passed down through the generations.  I shared that this heritage is a part of “You.”  I talked about the symbolism of the quilt being passed down.  We also discussed the quilt and its visual representation.”
  • “We interpreted through the artistic process.  We are showing our finished pieces and works in progress and various collaging techniques.”
  • “I worked with 3rd graders in a Printmaking Project.  They used the theme interpreted through their personal experience.  They came up with a plan using the same printmaking block, printing 3 prints to a page, adding in detail as it changed over time with their additions to the design.  I think they enjoyed the learning process because they could see the growth in their work – both in their personal experience and in their technique.”

What do you see as the biggest obstacle in Art Education in our future…what is a challenge that we need to address?

Discussion during classResponses include…

  • “Keeping <art> relevant.”
  • “People may underestimate Art Educators.  Our job is to prove them wrong.  Sometimes we are not seen as real artists or teachers.  I believe in the art of teaching.”
  • “As artists and art educators, it is hard for us to find time to be our own artists.  I have to work hard to find time to do my artwork.”
  • “Since some people are getting rid of the field <of art education>, I think we need to show how important the field is.”
  • “We need to be advocates for art and for art education.”

As you complete your education and teaching experience at Winthrop, predict your future:

  • “A job would be nice.  I am visualizing a job in the elementary or middle school.”
  • “A job – any age level.  I want to move forward knowing that the students who know me are leaving school with a newfound love and appreciation of art.  I also want them to love and see the value in art and the making <of art.>”
  • “I want to move into my future with a balance between being a teacher and an artist.  I also want to create children’s books.  I learn from the students and what they learn from their artwork.”

Any other quotes or comments that you want to share from your students?

  • “I will always remember the students giving me hugs.  They would run really quickly out of the classroom to say ‘Hi’ or ‘Bye.’”
  • “The 6th graders asking…are you going to be back in our class again?”
  • “I think it says something when the kids don’t want you to leave. “
  • “The kids recognized me and said “hi”….shows our connection.”
  • “Once, when I was wearing my Winthrop name tag, a student said, ‘You’re so lucky – you get to teach here and at Winthrop.”
  • “My last name is ‘Littlejohn’ and the kids commented on how tall I am yet my last name is ‘Littlejohn.’”
  • “I heard the kids say, ‘Thanks for listening.’”
  • “I taught in the 7th Grade.  We had a class clown in our class and during a watercolor demo using salt, he decided to be funny and put the salt in his mouth.  When we told him everyone’s hands had been in the salt, he dramatically started removing the salt from his mouth with his hands.  We all laughed.  It was a really fun class that day.”

    Dr. Laura Gardner

    Dr. Laura Gardner

We end on a quote from Dr. Gardner on her own experiences with the Art Education Seniors through their field placement and their coursework…..

“As they crossed the bridge from being students to teaching students, I watched them flower before my eyes.  This is the one thing  I am always looking for in my work – transformation.  I saw transformation with this group.  They are ready to be Art Teachers.”

Thank you to the following Art Education Seniors for visiting with us.  Thank you to Dr. Gardner for inviting us.  And thanks to all for your contributions in the art world.  Best wishes in your future!

Allyson Butler

Ember Estridge

Lydia Fraser

Melissa Littlejohn

Sarah Walker

Katherine Ware

and Laura Zellmer

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


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

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

Tonight….Be there and be scared! “Allofus Ominous” Halloween Art Exhibition


Foreshadowing on behalf of the “Allofus Ominous” collective….

You are hereby warned invited…Tonight, October 31st, 2012, in McLaurin Student Gallery, 3rd Floor, #314

Starting at 6:30pm and until the 8:30pm doom

Halloween MFA Show

Allofus Ominous, Art Opening on Halloween Night, Department of Fine Arts Student Gallery, #314, Winthrop University

MFA candidates debut art to thrill, to haunt, to intrigue, to spook, and to kill you with creative horrors. 

We love to take your breath away….

Join us.  Bring a friend. 


Plan your escape. 


Advice for Artists….from Jerry Saltz


Jerry Saltz, an art critic for New York Magazine, shares his advice for artists….

A favorite….

“Don’t worry about getting enough sleep.  Worry about your work.”

And to our collective group of Winthrop Fine Arts students….. 

“Stay up late with each other after all the professors go to sleep.  Support one another.”



Read on…  Click on this link for Jerry Saltz’s 10 Pieces of Advice for Artists.

Another quote for your consideration:

“I’m looking for what the artist is trying to say and what he or she is actually saying, what the work reveals about society and the timeless conditions of being alive.”   —Saltz on his approach to criticism, from Sarah Thornton’s, Seven Days in the Art World. New York: W.W.  Norton & Company. 2008. (174-75)  To read more about Sarah Thornton, Click Here.

And if you want more of Jerry Saltz’s viewpoint and previous posts in New York Magazine, check this out….

Articles Archive – Jerry Saltz