Feature Articles

February 2011

Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, Offers Several New Exhibits

Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, will present several new exhibits including: 24th Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on view in the Rutledge Gallery, from Feb. 13 through Mar. 30, 2012, and Conjoined Opposites, featuring works by Indrani Nayar-Gall, on view in the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery, from Feb. 13 through Mar. 30, 2012. Both exhibits will hold receptions on Feb. 10, from 6:30-8pm.

The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition will showcase the works of Winthrop’s fine arts and design students from a variety of disciplines. This year’s juror was Karen Ann Myers, assistant director at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, in Charleston, SC.

Drawing upon her personal experiences of travelling from her native India to other geographical regions, Indrani Nayar-Gall’s exhibition reflects her thoughts on migration, identity, loss, memory and displacement. By combining two dimensional with three dimension and time-based media; color with absence of color; perfect forms of spheres with deformed or organic; prickly hard with soft flesh-like yarns; smooth transparent with opaque and menacing, her work attempts to understand the paradox of conjoined opposites, the fear/trauma/sadness/loss/death with hope/dream of life that exist within all of us.

Additionally, Nayar-Gall’s shift from personal to global narratives is explored, either examining stories of loss and displacement in social and political contexts, or the ability of the displaced to mend these opposites within themselves.

In conjunction with her exhibition, and continuing with the theme of displacement, Nayar-Gall will install an interactive piece, Losing Dawn, in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. This piece will be unveiled on Feb. 28 as part of a global learning event, “Transformative Art & Activism in a Global Context,” which will start in the main lobby of the DiGiorgio Center at 8pm.

This event will begin with a performance by Cyrus Art Productions, Middle Passage Part I: Traveler, which focuses on the shifting location of black culture and the concept of the “other” within our society. Following this performance, Nayar-Gall will unveil Losing Dawn and speak about her work in Dina’s Place, also located in the DiGiorgio Center. This event is sponsored in part by the Women’s Studies Committee, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and a grant from the Global Learning Initiative.

Also showing at Winthrop University in the Lewandowski Student Gallery is the 2012 South Carolina Schools Photography Exhibition, on view through Feb. 10, 2012, with an awards reception on Feb. 4 at noon. The Foundations Exhibition, will be on view from Feb. 20 through Mar. 2, 2012 and the Sculpture/Drawing Exhibition will run Mar. 12-23, 2012.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Galleries at 803/323-2493 or e-mail Karen Derksen, Galleries director, at (derksenk@winthrop.edu).


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