Winthrop Art Installed at Family Trust Center

It’s beginning to feel like home for employees who will move to the new Family Trust Center along W. White Street. This week, the last of 9 art pieces provided by six former Winthrop University art students was installed.

Railroad ties, tea cups, steel, and porcelain are a few materials found in these art pieces which will be permanently display in the building’s community room, outside entrance, lobby and board room. The building also includes a full-service branch, Family Trust Investment Services, and ATM.

Chelsea Arthur
“Materialization of Coinciding”
Made from recycled materials, the seven circles embody Family Trust’s core values and the relationship between the credit union and the community. Materials include tea cups, wire, and phone books.

Chelsea received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a dual concentration in sculpture and jewelry/metal design in May 2014. She is an art coordinator at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, while pursuing her own studio practice.

Nicole Davenport
“Shifting Shadows, Constant Care”
The piece is made of laser-cut and powered-coated steel with resin. Changing lines emulate thread and reference the textile history. The Family Trust logo can be seen in the center. When the sun hits the piece, it will create shadows that shift throughout the day, underscoring how Family Trust adapts to technology and community needs.

Nicole received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in general studio with an emphasis on printmaking and sculpture in May 2015. She is pursuing a Master of Art in teaching. She is from Anderson.

Meredith Dallas
“Thread, Time and Line”
Made of powder-coated stainless steel, the shape of the largest of bike rack mimics wind-blown pieces of fabric. Two smaller racks at the rear of the building complement the larger rack.

Meredith received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2015 and plans to pursue welding. She is a sculptor and printmaker from Rock Hill.

Samantha Oliver
“Our Fine Community”
This piece, made from porcelain and stainless steel, represents Family Trust’s support and partnership with York County. The porcelain ceramic tiles resemble folded and ruffled fabric, referencing the county’s textile history. The juxtaposition between the delicate material and the stainless steel river represent the blend of modern technology and values from the past.

Samantha received a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics in December 2013. She served six months as a post baccalaureate student under Mike Jabbur at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and was an assistant for potter Sunshine Cobb at Santa Fe Clay in New Mexico.

Christopher Smalls
“Transition in Blue”
Made of laser cut steel, this four-layed sculpture depicts the transition of Rock Hill from a textile to a technology town. The largest layer symbolizes was inspired by components of a weaving loom and eye of a sewing needle. The second layer is similar to a grid-based map with pathways and intersections. The third layer is reminiscent of a circuit board and reflects technology. The fourth layer forms a ornate target unifing the past, present and future.

Christopher received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in jewelry/metals in May 2014. A native of Beaufort, he currently works as a CAD Designer at Skatell’s Manufactoring Jewelers primarily designing custom engagement rings and wedding bands in Charlotte.

Kaitlyn Walters
“Renew and Restore”
Made with materials used to build the mills, this piece reflects Family Trust’s desire to embrace Rock Hill’s and encourage it to grow. The artist pieced together railroad ties and mill wood pieces to create something bigger and more beautiful, as every resident adds to the beauty of the town.

Kaitlyn received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, concentrating in Photography and Sculpture in December 2013.

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