Fine Arts Newsletter - Fall 2013
The Fall 2013 issue of the newsletter for the Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop University.
Fine Arts Education Initiative Critical Thinking, Technology and Innovation Fall 2013 Fine Arts Newsletter Fine Arts Alumni at 701 S.C. Biennial Opening in Columbia; left to right Katie Lloyd, Todd Stewart, Marjie Lee Hill, Trey Hill, Josh Drews and Molly Wise. Welcome to the 21st century where the visual arts are alive and well at Winthrop University. The degree programs within the Department of Fine Arts place a high value on students learning how to work creatively and collaboratively within their communities. The Department of Fine Arts recognizes the need to understand the ever-changing global environment in the context of our immediate surroundings. Our degree programs help prepare our students for these new challenges technically, aesthetically and intellectually. One of our goals is to ignite THE ART OF THINKING in all fine arts students. Each student is expected to leave the program with a body of work reflective of professional studio, art education or art history standards. Fine arts degree programs include the following areas of study: • • • • • • • • • • • B.A. in Art with Teacher Certification K-12 B.A. in Art History B.A. in Art B.F.A. in Art including these concentrations: Ceramics General Studio Jewelry & Metals Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture The Art of Thinking in the Department of Fine Arts The Art of Thinking is at the heart of student learning. Our program prepares students not only with the technical skills, but critical thinking and problem solving skills that carry them to the next level. To help our current students realize their goals beyond Winthrop, we began a new speakers series entitled The Art of Thinking: Fine Arts Alumni Presentations. It highlights the paths of past undergraduate fine arts students to successful careers in the arts. The fall series includes: Mathieu Fretschel Class of 2003 Rutledge 119, September 9, 8 p.m. Mat Fretschel is a 2003 graduate with a B.F.A. in photography. His hometown is Summerville, S.C., and he currently lives in Los Angeles, Calif. After graduation he interned with Sarah Silver in N.Y.C. as an assistant and digital technician. He has also interned with Phase One Certified Training in L.A. and has held positions with The Coastal Group as a digital technician and studio manager; with Jupiter Images (now Getty Images) as a digital technician and studio manager; and as a photographer for The Walt Disney Animation Studios in L.A. where he continues to work as an image capture specialist. Aileen Alon Class of 2010 Rutledge 119, October 3, 7 p.m. Aileen Alon is a 2010 graduate with a B.A. in art history and minors in art and social sciences as well as the Honors Program Degree with International Experience. Currently living in Miami, Fla., her hometown is Columbia, S.C. After graduation Aileen continued coursework in cultural planning and development at the University of British Columbia as well as participation in the Americans for the Arts 2013 Local Arts Classroom. Aileen currently serves as the arts and cultural initiatives coordinator at the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) to integrate the arts into neighborhood revitalization strategies in Opa-locka, Fla. For more information contact: email@example.com. Radical Jewelry Makeover Exhibition in Lewandowski Student Gallery In Memory As we begin this academic year, the Department of Fine Arts mourns the passing of Rebecca New, Winthrop M.A.T. graduate and art educator at Gold Hill Elementary, and Professor Emeritus of Art and Design David Freeman who helped establish the fine arts program we know today. Professor Freeman’s voice will always be remembered and heard from his McLaurin studio. The fall series continued: Dylan Rogers Class of 2003 Rutledge 119, October 10, 8 p.m. Dylan Rogers is a 2003 graduate with a B.F.A. in photography who was also able to explore jewelry/ metals classes while at Winthrop. His hometown is Georgetown, S.C., and he currently lives in N.Y.C. where he is employed by David Webb as a jeweler/ designer. Dylan also manages his own start-up line of designs and has taught courses at private studios in mid-town Manhattan. His designs have been worn by individuals from Madonna and Ludacris to presidents and royalty around the world. He recently helped create a piece for the Princess of Qatar and has worked on numerous large designs for a number of David Webb clients. Conservator and alumna Im Chan at work Katie Lloyd Class of 2009 Rutledge 119, October 24, 11 a.m. Katie Lloyd is a 2009 graduate with a B.F.A. in sculpture. In 2013 she received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Clemson University. Her hometown is Mullins, S.C., and she currently lives in Charlotte. She has served as the project coordinator at the a.LINE. Ments Studio at Clemson and as a landscape architecture intern for the City of Greenville, S.C. She currently holds the position of landscape architect/designer I at Merrick & Company, an engineering, design and architectural firm in Charlotte, N.C. Katie was honored at Winthrop with the 2006 Medal of Honor in Arts Scholarship. She was a 2013 University Olmsted Scholar and received the 2013 SCASLA (South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects) Student Merit Award. Im Chan Class of 2002 Rutledge 119, November 7, 11 a.m. Im Chan is a 2002 graduate with a double B.A. in art history and art. Her hometown is Rock Hill, S.C., and she currently lives in Washington, D.C. She holds a M.A. Certificate of Advance Study in Conservation from Buffalo State University (2010). After graduation from Winthrop she held an internship in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2003). Most recently Im served as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation at the National Gallery of Art (2010-2013). In November Im will begin a conservation fellowship at the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She recently presented the paper “Materials, Techniques, and Conservation Challenges of Richard Serra’s Oilstick Screenprints” at the American Institute of Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works 41st Annual Meeting. Department Begins The Year With Fine Arts Retreat: Critical Thinking, Technology And Innovation Our fall 2013 Fine Arts Faculty Retreat focused on not only design technology, but computer technology within our curriculum. The goal of the retreat was to begin the year with a focus about what skills 21st century students are bringing from high school, how contemporary students learn and how we will respond in higher education. Design Technology Finding Its Way Into Program This fall 2013 semester Professor Emeritus Alf Ward is offering a prototype grad level Design Technology course as we begin to explore new paradigms of art and design education. Ward’s course is based on the innovative art education curriculum he helped develop for Great Britain in the 1968-70s. The goal of this initiative is to reinforce cross fertilization of traditional arts practices, arts innovation, new as well as older technology, and creative problem solving. This spring 2014 semester Ward will be offering a required freshman foundation 3-D Media Studies course based in design technology. The course will be for art education majors. Professor Ward also presented a lecture on design technology to fine arts faculty during the department’s August retreat. Photo – Professor Emeritus Alf Ward The Art of Thinking at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities As part of an ongoing recruitment initiative, “The Art of Thinking,” an exhibition by Winthrop fine arts students, opened at the Lipscomb Family Gallery at the South Carolina Governor’s School in Greenville on August 12 and continued through September 13. Participating students included Fernando Pena, Will Johnson, Bryanna Smith, Corey Pope, Samantha Oliver, Matt Horick, Dale Bridges, Chris Smalls, Chelsea Arthur and Hannah Lickfield. The student / artist presented a gallery talk September 4. Student Engagement and Recent Accomplishments Art Education • Senior art education students Morgan McWhite and Bethany Dickey, Fine Arts Assistant Professor Seth Rouser, and Associate Professor Laura Gardner are collaborating with Sullivan Middle School as part of the iRock initiative in Rock Hill schools to integrate iPad technology into art classrooms. They are also working with Lancaster middle school students. The work created, and the process of learning together, will be the focus of the Art Education Senior Show in November 2013. • Junior art education students will take part in the South Carolina Art Education Association Conference this October in a presentation called Treasuring Relationships in K-16 Art Education with Gardner and fine arts alumni Gina Santucci and Kevin Morrissey. M.A.T. students will participate in Simmons’ presentation on drawing also at the conference. Students include Jodi Calandro, Nathan Dodds, Ashley Felder, Tonya Geese, Mary Beth Mitchell, Laura Mullen, Samantha Perritte, Emily Simon, Sunny Smith and Sarah Teal. • May 2013 art education graduates were hired as art teachers: Lydia Fraser, B.A. art education, Briarwood Elementary, Charlotte, N.C.; Sarah Walker, M.A.T., Washington Elementary, Shelby, N.C., and East Elementary, Kings Mountain, N.C.; Katherine Ware, M.A.T., Chester High School, Chester, S.C.; and Laura Zellmer, B.F.A.-M.A.T. 5, Rock Hill High School, Rock Hill, S.C. Art History • AHA (Art History Student Association) organized a Foreign Film Series this fall 2013 on Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. in Owens 102 as follows: – September 3, Room with a View (England) 1986, James Ivory – Setptember 10, Kamikaze Girls (Japan) 2004, Tetsuya Nakashima – September 17, Children of Heaven (Iran) 1997, Majid Majidi – September 24, Lisbon Story (Portugal) 1994, Wim Wenders – October 1, Mana: Beyond Belief (multiple countries) 2004, Friedman & Manley – October 8, Princess Mononoke (Japan) 1997, Hayao Miyazaki Josh Drews’ students at Spring Valley High School, Columbia Here is a brief outline of August 13 retreat: • “High School Art and Technology” with Josh Drews (a video produced for Winthrop). Josh Drews is an art educator at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, a fine arts alumnus and current president of the SC Art Ed Association. • Design Technology Presentation, Alf Ward, art and design professor emeritus. • ACM SIGGRAPH and Winthrop (ACM SIGGRAPH is an acronym for Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH). Courtney Starrett, fine arts associate professor, will be the chair of the SIGGRAPH Studio in Vancouver in August 2013. Additional comments were made by Mark Hamilton, fine arts professor, who together with Starrett attended the SIGGRAPH Conference this August 2013 in Anaheim, Calif. • Beginnings of a Foundations Technology Initiative, a presentation by Seth Rouser, fine arts assistant professor, and Dustin Shores, fine arts adjunct professor, who began departmental research during the summer of 2013 to help determine how and where digital technology will continue to play a role in our programs. • Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Studies, a presentation by Dr. Clara Paulino, interdisciplinary studies assistant professor. Student Engagement and Recent Accomplishments Continued Studio • The sculpture program will be working with the City of Rock Hill, Rock Hill Schools and Comporium on the final design and fabrication of bike racks and tiles for the planned East Main Park. The works are based on designs by elementary and middle school students that focus on the theme: Textiles to Technology. • B.F.A. jewelry / metals major Chris Smalls is giving a talk on Rapid Prototyping in Jewelry at Charlotte Ignite on September 17, 6-9 pm at the Neighborhood Theater. • B.F.A. jewelry / metals major Chelsea Arthur received a scholarship to take a pewter-smithing course with Fred Fenster at Penland School of Crafts during the last week of August. • The jewelry and metals program has been asked to work with the York County Chamber of Commerce to create the awards for the York County Teachers of the Year. The awards will be presented at a breakfast ceremony in November. The students and faculty worked with 3D Systems to create the 2012 awards. • This fall 2013 semester the sculpture program will be designing, fabricating and installing new works for the Old Town Sculpture Garden on Main Street in Rock Hill. • This fall 2013 semester students will begin working with stakeholders at Family Trust Federal Credit Union on design proposals for public art for their newly planned headquarters on White Street as part of the Knowledge Park Project. • M.F.A. students Viv Carey and Charlotte Coolik attended Penland School of Crafts over the summer. • B.F.A. general studio major Erin Stuart arrived in New Zealand to continue her studies in Sculpture and Jewelry / Metals. • B.F.A. photography majors English Grant and Rebecca Jacobs were selected to represent Winthrop at The Columbia Museum of Art in October, in conjunction with a major exhibition called “Pilgrimage” by renowned photographer Annie Liebovitz. Alumni • Sculpture grad John Williams began graduate work on his M.F.A. at SUNY Albany, N.Y. He will also be working as a studio assistant for Roxie Paine in NYC. • General studio grad Julie Thompson began graduate M.F.A. studies in sculpture at Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia. • General studio grad Sarah Gregory completed her summer internship at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte. • Sculpture grad Thomas Whichard’s large sculpture titled “Gold Tree” was installed at the end of Scholars Walk on Winthrop’s campus. • Doug McAbee, M.F.A. graduate, who teaches sculpture at Lander University, was awarded the outstanding teaching faculty award for 2012–13. • Jennifer Gilomen, M.F.A. graduate, was awarded a summer residency at the McColl Center for Visual Arts in Charlotte. Student Exhibitions • Third Floor Student Galleries opened the season with “The Secret Life of Dolls: A Solo Exhibition by Sarah Teal,” September 15–21. • The upper-level jewelry students exhibited the Radical Jewelry Makeover Project (February 2013) in the Lewandowski Student Gallery in McLaurin Hall. The exhibition ran September 2–13, 2013. • Clinton College’s Harry & Rebecca Dalton Gallery presents “Korogocho: Photography, Painting, & Mixed Media Work” by M.F.A. candidate Jim Stratakos thru December 6, 2013. There will be a Gallery Talk and Artist Reception to be held Tuesday, October 29. • Chris Smalls had pieces accepted into the 2013 Moja Arts Festival Exhibition in Charleston, S.C., and won second place. It was juried by Ameri Farris and will be on exhibit September 23 thru October 30. PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR GOALS • new and hands-on recruitment efforts for aspiring young artists/scholars/designers/educators; • identifying scholarships for fine arts students; • alumni participation within the department through oncampus visits and presentations; • identifying new internship opportunities within the region; • the further development of technology within our curriculum to reinforce: – cross fertilization of traditional arts practices, – creative problem solving – arts innovation • establishing an artist/scholar in-residence program; and • beginning the careful process of thinking about the flexibility of structures within our fine arts degree programs as we address art education for the 21st century For more information contact Tom Stanley, Chair 803/323-2653 firstname.lastname@example.org Creativity + Community + Collaboration = Mindset