2020 ArtsWinthrop Scholarship Gala Virtual Exhibition

As part of our virtual gala this year, students and faculty members were invited to submit works as part of our Virtual Exhibition, held in conjunction with our night of performances (Oct. 24). We asked these artists to choose works that they believed best fit the theme of “Pure Imagination,” however they wanted to interpret that. This exhibition is an opportunity to look into the minds of these artists, whether it be photography, printmaking, painting, or books containing specialized research.

Navigating the Exhibition

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As our lives have changed and adapted over the past few months, the need for student scholarships is greater than ever. Over the last 30 years, creative minds have converged onto Winthrop University’s campus and emerged ready to take the spotlight, develop imaginative solutions, and become the creative leaders of tomorrow. Many of these students could not have attended Winthrop without the support of scholarships made possible by the generosity of our donors. That’s where you come in! Funds raised will go directly to student scholarships students studying theatre, dance, fine arts, design, or music at Winthrop.

Click here to visit our fundraising page and support our students.

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“Growth,” cyanotype, April 2020, 36″ x 30″

“Uncertainty,” digital print, August 2019, 11″ x 7″, $50 Purchase

“Collapsing,” digital print, May 2019, 8″ x 10″, $50 Purchase

Artist statement: “With these different pieces, I explore the internal conflicts within the body whether it be mental or physical. With “Growth,” I use flowers to highlight the areas of the body where it is broken; it represents the concept of not seeing the hurt inside yourself and that all damage cannot be seen with the naked eye. Regarding my other two images, both utilize a slow shutter speed that represent the trauma and mental illness I have been through. “Collapsing” and “Uncertainty” visually discuss the feeling of depression and the back and forth nature that I have been through feeling like two different people with my conflicting emotions. All of my works talk about the underlying pain and hurt that can occur that people do not recognize because they can not always physically see it or it be proved.”

A Better Future

“A Better Future,” digital, Photoshop, 8″ x 10.5″, September 26, 2020

Artist biography: “My name is Emily Burnham, I am 18 years old and a freshman here at Winthrop. I major in Visual Communication Design, Illustration, and hope to someday design characters or storyboard animated shows. I have lived in Odessa, Ukraine, for most of my life but basically live an American lifestyle. I am a Christian, love to draw, sing, and read. Although I currently live off-campus, I cannot wait to go to Winthrop in person and meet everyone there!

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A Sturdy Stance
Ottomatic Associations Series

“A Sturdy Stance,” copper plate etching on tan Hahnemuhle 300gsm paper, 2019, 22.5″ x 20″ (paper) / 28.5″ x 26″ (framed), $600 Purchase

“W.W.McQ.D?” (What Would McQueen Do?), screenprint, sublimination heat transfer, puff ink additive, on Arches88 water-colour 356gsm paper, 2018, 32″ x 32″, $300 Purchase

“Ottomatic Assosications Series,” stone lithograph on two pieces of Xuan Chinese paper, waxed and layered, 2019, 9″ x 11.5″ (papers) / 14″ x 16.5″ (framed), $300 Purchase

Artist biography: Myles Calvert was born in Collingwood, Ontario. He attended the University of Guelph with a focus in printmaking, before traveling to London, UK where he completed his M.A. in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London). Major bodies of work included installations of screen-printed toast and the idolization of popular British celebrity culture. During this time, he worked for the National Portrait Gallery before moving to Hastings in East Sussex, to teach printmaking at Sussex Coast College and become Duty Manager of the newly built Jerwood Gallery (Hastings Contemporary). Myles’ toast-based work continued with a 43,000 slice installation during the Queen’s ‘Diamond Jubilee’ with college students, drawing BBC media attention, and culminated in two solo exhibitions before making a return to the University of Guelph to teach. 2019 residencies included Art Print Residence (Barcelona, Spain) and Proyecto’ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina), as well as a lecture/workshop at PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Catòlica del Perú) in Lima.

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Image 1, Image 2

Image 1 (Visit Ecuador), plotter print, $32 Purchase

Image 2 (OK LADIES), riso print, $12.50 SOLD

Artist biography: Jordan Crosby is a junior graphic design student from Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. They have a passion for the outdoors and traveling and wish to one day visit the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Jordan is also an avid collector of funky socks and wishes to one day design their own series of fantastical socks.

Syncopated Lady

“Syncopated Lady,” audio CD, 1999, $20 Purchase

Tomoko Deguchi, professor of music, plays American Piano Music influenced by music outside the sphere of western “art” music.

Artist biography: Deguchi, a native of Kobe, Japan, teaches and coordinates courses in music theory and aural skills. Her research interests include the music of Toru Takemitsu and other Japanese composers, musical form in the 20th-century music, music narrative, American composers, film music, and intersections between music theory and culture and aesthetics. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Film Music, Indiana Theory Review, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Musicology Now, Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts (forthcoming), and she is currently working on a book on Takemitsu’s music. She remains active as a pianist, specializing in contemporary music. She continues to perform in composer’s conferences and contemporary concerts. In 2008, she founded a new music ensemble, Out of Bounds, which she performs with other featured professional performers from the Charlotte region, and was invited as one of the residence ensembles at the Charlotte New Music Festival in 2017. She has performed with Out of Bounds Ensemble and also accompanied the Paul Taylor Dance Company for Charlotte Sensoria Festival of the Arts.

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Crow, Not Crow
The Lady Leaves

“Crow, Not Crow,” picture book, $16 Purchase

“The Lady Leaves,” print, $50 (20 available) Purchase

New York Times bestselling children’s author Jane Yolen and her son Adam Stemple have teamed up to write this gentle tale of a father introducing his daughter to the joys of bird watching using the “Crow, not Crow” method for distinguishing birds. Elizabeth Dulemba’s delightfully warm illustrations bring the story to life.

“The Lady Leaves” is a poem written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Elizabeth Dulemba.

Dance on the Historically Black College Campus: The Familiar and the Foreign

Book, $25 Purchase

“Ebright’s illumination of the historical and artistic contributions of the HBCU campus is a welcomed voice in the survey of twentieth and twenty-first century American Dance. Her work is especially poignant at a time when inclusivity and diversity and its importance in dance scholarship is becoming more prevalent in national discussions. Her analysis further illustrates the value in the fusion of western dance with dances of the African diaspora and gives us a template for progressive dialogue in dance academia.” – Steve Rooks, Professor of Dance, Vassar College, USA

Artist biography: Dr. Wanda K. W. Ebright is Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Winthrop University. She holds a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, an M.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography from Florida State University, and a B.A. in French from Memphis State University. She is Artistic Director of The Wanda Project, a ballet-based contemporary dance company, and her research is focused on the history of dance in historically black colleges and universities.”

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Kings Pinnacle Foliose Lichen
Lichen Constellation No. 4.5

“Kings Pinnacle Foliose Lichen,” silver gelatin print, 2019, 11″ x 14″ (16″ x 20″ mat included), $160 Purchase

“Lichen Constellation No. 4.5,” silver gelatin print, 11″ x 14″ (16″ x 20″ mat included), $160 Purchase

Artist statement: “My current work follows a progression from macro photo documentation to Op Art digital collages to video animation. The macro photos are of organic forms and the collages made from them are of geometric structures with unstable dimensions. Inspired by the work of Josef Albers, I am interested in optical illusion and the metaphor of questioning what we see. The prints are on silver gelatin paper and I “sign” them with QR codes for interactivity- viewers can scan them with a Smartphone and they will be taken to a Vimeo page with an animated version of that image. The video work focuses on glitched rhythmic changes in abstract textural imagery.”

Artist biography: Paul Farmer received a B.A. from the NCSU College of Design and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from Western Carolina University. He is a multidisciplinary studio artist and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop University. Paul enjoys exploring natural wonders, especially in National and State Parks. Most recently, he has been exploring the digital photographic and video mediums with a focus on the environmental impact of nitrous oxides.

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Hidden, digital photography, April 23, 2020, 8″ x 10″

Hope, digital photography, April 23, 2020, 8″ x 10″

Artist biography and statement: “My name is Sophie Harvey. I am a Fine Arts major at Winthrop University with a concentration in Photography. I chose these photos because my future is hopefully based somewhere where the environment is balanced, and the natural world has been restored to its proper order. Nothing is more hopeful to me than a healthy world to live in for generations to come.”

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Orange Blue Swirl
Blue Red Swirl

“Orange Blue Swirl,” watercolor and pen on paper, July 2020, 10.5” x 16”, $200 Purchase

“Froggies,” watercolor on paper, April 2020, 9.5” x 7.5”, $65 Purchase

“Blue Red Swirl,” watercolor and pen on paper, August 2020, 9″ x 14″, $200 Purchase

Artist biography: Jason Lindsay is a junior fine arts major with a concentration in sculpture. He is from Greenville, South Carolina. He is obsessed with spirals and swirls and likes to create detail oriented work, as well as work about bugs, emotion, and nature. In his sculptural work, he often creates with wood, steel, dirt, and sometimes hair, and enjoys using watercolor, pen, and oil paint in his other work.

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Guardian Angel
Beanie Boy
Me, Myself, No Eye

“Guardian Angel,” ink, 2020, 15″ x 17″, $150 Purchase

“Beanie Boy,” watercolor, 2020, 11″ x 7″

“Me, Myself, No Eye,” acrylic, 2020, 12″ x 18″, $80 Purchase

Artist biography: “Born in raised in Rock Hill, I started my journey with Winthrop before I was twelve years old. From singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the women’s volleyball games, to the ST-ARTS program, Winthrop has always felt like a second home to me. When I first started taking art seriously, I took lessons by art students from Winthrop and this was my first introduction to real art. Six years later and I became a student, here I have found what it means to be an artist and how to apply my skill in a way that captivates my viewer.”

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Image 1
Image 2

Image 1: a triptych of bugs, 2020, digital photo, 20” x 36”, $120 (triptych) $45 (20″ x 20″ print) Purchase

Image 2: a triptych of horror, 2020, digital photo, 20” x 36”, $120 (triptych) $45 (20″ x 20″ print) Purchase

Artist statement: “Mark Hamilton told me photos are much more interesting in series. Ever since, I’ve approached photography at a different angle. Each individual photo tells its own part of the story. These pieces on their own tell a story, but in a series you’re able to interpret the photo, learn about the photo, and ultimately get lost in the photos.”

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Levelling Network
Arc of Visibility

“Levelling Network,” artist book (Edition 2/20 and 3/20), 2020, 7″ x 7″, $50 Purchase

“Arc of Visibility,” digital print, 2016, 40″ x 20″, $1400 (framed), $1000 (unframed) Purchase

Claudia O’Steen is a practicing artist and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Winthrop University. Through her research-based practice, she uses interdisciplinary methods to examine navigation, exploration, perception, and the experience of being lost. She creates languages and instruments to convey distance, scale, and direction, giving evidence to a process that has taken place and creates landscapes supplemented by scientific curiosity and human memory.

O’Steen has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally at venues such as The Russian State Arctic Museum, apexart NYC, Flux Factory, University of New Hampshire, and Ohio State University, amongst others, and has been awarded residencies across the globe.

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The In-Between
Hope and Whispers

“The In-Between,” Giclée Print and Paint on Canvas, 2017, 30″ x 18″, $850 Purchase

“Hope and Whispers,” Giclée Print and Paint on Canvas, 2017, 28″ x 19″, $950 Purchase

Artist biography and statement: Seth Rouser is a native of Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He holds an M.F.A. in Painting from East Carolina University. Currently Rouser resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he is a practicing artist and Associate Professor at Winthrop University. Rouser’s work in painting, printmaking, and digital arts ranges in approach from realism to abstraction. The works featured here were created from digitally collaging photographs and digital scans of personal works. The physical output of these images are as giclée prints on stretched canvas.

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Into the Twenties
A Way Around
Nowhere to Go

“Into the Twenties,” acrylic paint, January 19, 2020, 16″ x 20″, $700 Purchase

“A Way Around,” acrylic paint, August 19, 2020, 16″ x 20″

“Nowhere to Go,” acrylic paint, September 21, 2020, 20″ x 28″, $700 Purchase

Artist biography and statement: Emily Shelton is a junior art education major at Winthrop University with interests in soft sculpture, painting, and experimental mediums. Her past work has featured concepts such as identity and play, but her focus is now on the idea of hope and time. Shelton’s latest series, A Hopeful Descent, investigates the rise and fall of hope as life progresses. The three paintings in this series were created throughout 2020 and captured how Shelton felt about the state of the world and her struggle to maintain hope throughout a time of high anxiety.

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Castles and Forts

Castles and Forts, acrylic paint on canvas, December 2019, 30″ x 30″, $200 Purchase

Joy, printmaking, April 2019, 14.5″ x 11″, $75 Purchase

Hope, digital photography, December 2019, 11″ x 8.5″

Artist statement: “For this Virtual Gala, I chose three artworks, of various mediums, that show how I view happiness as I grow older. When I was young, I found excitement in things like playing dress-up and making forts with my sister in the living room. As I get older, I start to see more of the world and travel. In high school, I first traveled to Guatemala and then decided that I wanted to become an art teacher there some day. In my high school years, and even now, I find happiness in the people of Guatemala, and the love they have shown me. Now that I am in college, I am more aware of the hurt and pain in the world, and important issues that many people face. But I find happiness in getting to meet new people everywhere I go, and hear their stories of what makes them who they are.”

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Artist statement: “This is a webcomic I made over the summer called TECHSUPPORT.FUTURE. This is a sci-fi comic, with characters and story of my own creation. I’m proud of the world-building and conflict I created. It’s 12 pages, with 4 panels per page. It’s read left to right, top to bottom. The coloring is only in black and white.”

Artist biography: “I’m a motivated young artist from Atlanta, who loves character design, comics, and making art zines. After I graduate I want to make a career for myself doing art through freelance/studio illustration work. I like to draw characters in an animation style, but with an approach that I think is unique to me. I love the fact that you can tell a story about a person through a still drawing of them. I always think it’s super interesting when you can tell a character’s personality, and even their voice or name based on what they look like. I’m always looking to break the mold and tell stories through characters I’ve created.”