Medal of Honor given for art project


Family Trust’s art project with Winthrop University students was recognized Sunday with a Medal of Honor in the Arts presented by the university for artistic excellence, support or patronage.


Family Trust commissioned nine pieces of art from six Winthrop students for our headquarters on White Street. Pieces tell the story of Family Trust’s ties to textiles and the history of Rock Hill, and include bike racks, a porcelain map of York County, and murals from cut mill wood.

Former CEO/President Lee Gardner accepted the medal, saying Family Trust was pleased to partner with Winthrop in obtaining quality art for its Family Trust Center while creating a meaningful learning experience for the students.

Others recognized were:

Polly Adkins, an accomplished actress in the region, received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Winthrop and taught French and theatre at York Comprehensive High School. She has won numerous awards and served on theatre and playhouse boards. She helped develop Create Carolina, an arts project uniting Winthrop students and professional artists.

Kitty Wilson-Evans, who is best known for her re-enactment of the slave character Kessie at Historic Brattonsville, where she was the first African-American interpreter. She has received numerous awards and co-authored a book, “Kessie’s Tale.” She earned a graduate degree from Winthrop 1992.

Tom Stanley, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, has collaborated on several public art commissions and is completing art for the Charlotte Area Transit’s Blue Line on North Tryon Street. He has served on the faculty at several colleges and universities and was the first director of the Winthrop University Galleries in 1990. He has exhibited work in the two Carolinas and in Portugal.

David Wohl, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, came to Winthrop in 2010 after serving 25 years as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and professor of communications and media studies at West Virginia State University. He has founded and managed stage companies and theatres, published numerous articles and reviews, and directed over 100 productions.

Both Stanley and Wohl retire this year.

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