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October 2011

Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, Features Works by Winston A. Wingo and Amy Holbein

Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, is presenting two new exhibits including: From Thompson Street to Wofford: Paintings and Sculptures by Winston A. Wingo, on view in The Sandor Teszler Library Gallery through Oct. 30, 2011, and an exhibit of works by Amy Holbein, on view in the Martha Chapman Gallery through Oct. 30, 2011.

Winston Wingo was born in Spartanburg. He received a BA in Art Education from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. He did post-graduate studies in Lucca and Pietrasanta, Italy.

Wingo has exhibited throughout the United States, Italy, France and Canada and has received numerous commissions. His public commissions include a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Group 100 of SC; Harmony, a cast bronze in Spartanburg; Technofigure for the SC Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville, SC; the NC Arts Council; the Asheville Sculpture Commission in NC; the Mary Black Foundation, and others. Two sculptures by Wingo are part of the Wofford college permanent collection including: Broadax, a welded steel and bronze piece near the athletic fields, and Back of the College, a bas relief piece in bronze.

A painter, sculptor, and art educator, Wingo taught in the Spartanburg District Six public school system. He is currently teaching at Carver Junior High of Spartanburg School District Seven. Wingo has also taught at Claflin University, has been an adjunct instructor for Converse College, South Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina Upstate.

As a young teenager, Wingo found mentors among the science faculty at Wofford College and often walked along the railroad tracks from his home on Thompson Street in Spartanburg to Wofford. The paintings and sculptures in this exhibition mark a symbolic and visual return to the College.

Although Amy Holbein studied textile design at Eastern Carolina University, in Greenville, NC, where she received her education, she learned to use pastels and oils in developing figurative works and portraits. In more recent years she has begun combining oils and encaustics (cold wax) in abstract and non-objective work. In all her work, Holbein likes complex, layered surfaces loaded with color. She says she hopes these intricate surfaces and heavy infusions of color connect the viewer with “a glimpse of something sacred.”

Holbein is an instructor in studio art at Wofford College. Her work has been on display at the Spartanburg Art Museum, the Anderson Art Center, the Carolina Gallery, and the Josey Beardon Breast Health Center.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call 864/597-4300.

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