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Congrats to 3 of our alumni: Doug McAbee, Bridget Kirkland and Adrian Rhodes


Of the 58 artists that have been accepted into the Spartanburg Artists’ Guild 40th Annual Juried Show, three are alumni. Doug McAbee, Bridget Kirkland and Adrian Rhodes. Show opens Tuesday, September 3. There will be an awards ceremony and reception on Saturday Sept. 28 from 6-9pm. 

Juror info: Scott Betz

Scott Betz 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. His work has been exhibited and is in collections across the US as well as Japan, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Sweden, France, Finland, Columbia, Lithuania and Belgium. He currently collaborates with his eleven year old son and nine year old daughter on hybrid art projects and exhibitions. In describing his artistic journey, Betz says, “Whether it is viewed as romanticized adventure or intellectual challenge, the process of placing oneself in unfamiliar territory and repeatedly asking and answering the same question, “How can I best operate in this system?” is a constant strategy in my studio production.” Some of his selected solo exhibitions include the Monitor, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina and 40/40, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Selected Group Exhibitions include the Halpert Biennial, Turchin Center for Visual Art, Boone, North Carolina and the World Council for the Arts 2nd Exhibition, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, California

Show runs September 3- October 13

Spartanburg Artist Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10-5, and Sunday from 1-5.

FREE to the public!


200 East St John Street, Spartanburg SC 29306 | 864.542.ARTS

Doug McAbee, The One About the Tree Rides

Doug McAbee, “The One About the Tree Rides”

Bridget Kirkland, "1424 Ocean Ave"

Bridget Kirkland, “1424 Ocean Ave”

Adrian Rhodes, "Magpie 1"

Adrian Rhodes, “Magpie 1”


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


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.”


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

Winthrop MFA Alumni, Caroline Rust Exhibit and Reception at the Dalton Gallery in Rock HIll, SC, going on now.

Caroline Rust, You Can Dress Me Up From the Little Girls are Made of Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Senses Series

Caroline Rust, You Can Dress Me Up From the Little Girls are Made of Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Senses Series

Exhibition: January 4 – February 17, 2013

Center for the Arts | Dalton GalleryThe Dalton Gallery

Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2013 6 to 8 p.m.

CAROLINE RUST l The Tints That Glow
What do locks, lipsticks, perfume bottles, compacts, gloves, doors, and chocolate candies collectively have in common? They each have taken up residence in the new art works featured in the exhibition The Tints That Glow by Caroline Rust.
Using Lord Byron’s poem She Walks in Beauty as a backbone, the Tints That Glow embodies installations of paintings and objects. Based upon an exploration of femininity and its evasive qualities, the emphasis of Caroline’s current work has unfolded into a multifaceted examination of the feminine world, the woman’s identity, and her pursuit for a sense of self. Through a study of cosmetics and the woman’s utensils, these works investigate the internal lives of women while focusing upon her objects either cherished or loathed.
Caroline received a BFA from East Carolina University and an MFA from Winthrop University. She is a recent recipient of grants from the ACYC / SC Arts Commission and the ASC. Numerous patrons world-wide collect Caroline’s work and she exhibits annually across the US in solo and group exhibitions.
Caroline Rust MFA

Winthrop Alumni, Doug McAbee’s art puts bright, shiny finish on a harsher reality.

"The Green Grabber"

“The Green Grabber”

The One About Scrimshaw

The One About Scrimshaw

On display until Jan. 28, 2013

Thursday, Jan. 17, reception from 6-9pm, Artist talk 7:30 pm

Spartanburg Chapman Cultural Center http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/

For more information, call 542-ARTS (2787).

(Originally written by Steve Wong For the Herald-Journal )

When you look at Doug McAbee’s artwork, you just know there’s a story behind each and every piece. There are whales with stick legs, big-headed people riding little animals, tabletop sculptures seemingly dipped and completely covered in high-gloss bright paint.

You’re free to take a guess at what each might be telling you, but you probably won’t connect the exhibit at the Spartanburg Chapman Cultural Center with its overall source of inspiration. “The One About Pop” was created in the wake of McAbee’s father’s death in 2012.

There is no direct mourning reflected among the 21 pieces of two- and three-dimensional abstract works. If anything, at first consideration, they are happy images: surreal Sharpie drawings of a mind’s fantasy landscapes and a cast of unreal characters; simple sculptures that might look like something real, but then again, maybe not. It’s not until that second look that you begin to wonder what’s beneath the surface.

In both content and media, McAbee’s work is more than it appears. His most recent cartoonish drawings are on knotty panels of birch wood: The wood grain and dark spots purposely show through the colorful scenes, giving the images a contrasting sense of creative optimism that tries to cover up a harsh and darker reality. This concept is repeated with his sculptures.

All of the work is for sale, ranging in price from $150 to $1,050.

An assistant art professor at Lander University, McAbee, 40 and a native of Spartanburg, welcomes interpretation of his work. He is content in knowing that most of the pieces were inspired by his father’s character and the entertaining stories that he told.

“At my father’s funeral, the family was standing around telling stories and laughing,” McAbee said. “Yes, it was a sad time, but we found the good in the memory of my dad and celebrated it.”

“The One About Pop” is on display until Jan. 28. McAbee will host a free reception at this month’s ArtWalk, from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17. He will give an artist talk at 7:30. For more information, call 542-ARTS (2787).

By Way of the South, Collected works from influential peers, professors and colleagues all connected to South Carolina


By Way of south

The show  was planned and curated by Justin Van Hoy (BFA alum in Visual Communication Design) just prior to his untimely passing on Nov. 14, 2012.  They include a number of our Alumni below.

Bill McRight – BFA Printmaking

Brent Owens – BFA Sculpture

Frank McCauley – BFA Painting

John Hill – BFA General Studio

Jon Prichard – MFA Sculpture

Jon Rajkovich – MFA Sculpture

Jeremy Shockley – BFA Painting

Kelly Keith – BFA Painting

Kevin Morrissey – BA Art Ed

Paul Martya – FA Faculty

Reed Elliott – BFA General Studio

Tom Stanley – FA Faculty


By Way of the South
Curated By Justin Van Hoy

January 12, 2013 — February 02, 2013

Artist Information

By Way of the South
Collected works from influential peers, professors and colleagues all connected to South Carolina
Guerrerro Gallery San Francisco California
January 12, 2013

Growing up in South Carolina and showing a strong interest in visual art was not the most common path. Fortunately, I had a very supportive home- and a public school system that actually invested in the arts. So, naturally art school made the most sense upon high school graduation. I attended Winthrop University for a BFA in Visual Communication Design (graphic design) with a secondary interest in fine art (screen printing). Upon graduation I promptly left the South given the small amount of creative work to be had.

In 2004 I moved to Los Angeles and have worked as a print designer, independent curator, author for AMMO Books, RVCA, R77, OBEY Giant and Gagosian Gallery. I am also co-owner of the gallery THIS los angeles, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

By Way of the South includes artists from all periods in my history as a creative youth, graphic designer, and curator. I find it to be a special thing to continue these relationships for this many years. Growing and working together on new endeavors has been a rewarding experience for all of us.

–          Justin Van Hoy


Guerrero Gallery

2700 19TH Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415.400.5168