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Wofford to feature paintings, ceramics, photography

Thursday, February 23, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College on Thursday, Feb. 23, officially opened its second gallery, the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery in the Raines Center, with an exhibition of paintings by Mrs. Chapman’s daughter, Dorothy Chapman Josey.

The gallery joins Wofford’s Sandor Teszler Library Gallery as a venue for exhibiting visiting shows as well as student works.

The Josey exhibition will run through Thursday, March 30. Hours in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Martha Cloud Chapman is a leader in the Upstate region and is considered a pioneer woman in many areas. She was the first woman trustee of the Spartanburg County Foundation (1981-1986), the first woman Republican to serve on the South Carolina Election Commission (1968-1978) and the first woman member of the South Carolina Development Board (now the S.C. Department of Commerce) (1978-1984). She and members of her family have been involved with Wofford throughout the college’s history, several serving as trustees and alumni leaders, and have given generously to the college over the years. Mrs. Chapman’s late son, Jamie, attended Wofford and her granddaughter, Frances Webster, graduated in 2005. Mrs. Chapman serves in the community as a member of the board of Spartanburg Methodist College, First National Bank of South Carolina based in Spartanburg, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Spartanburg, the Walker Foundation for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, and Oakwood Cemetery Association. She serves numerous community organizations in a variety of volunteer capacities.

Dorothy Chapman Josey is a native of Spartanburg and received her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia. She continued her studies at Converse College and at the New York Studio School. She served as deputy art director of cover art for Time magazine from 1981 to 1988. Her book cover painting for the Hub City Anthology II won a national award.

Sarah Owens Ceramics Exhibition
Currently showing in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery is an exhibition of ceramics by Sarah Owens of Norris, Tenn., which will run through Thursday, April 6. Hours for the gallery are 8 a.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

Owens began her career as a clay artist in Louisville, Ky., after completing her bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine University. She has completed three residencies, including coordinating the building of the first wood-fired salt-kiln while at Bernheim Forest in Kentucky. It is now used to host ceramics artists from throughout the region. She began exhibiting nationally after moving to Norris, where she has built her private studio. She now travels the north and southeast exhibiting in fine arts shows, such as the American Craft Council’s Baltimore Exhibition as well as Crafts America’s Washington, D.C., Gift Show.

Owens continues to develop her “Sea Pod Series,” a line of both sculptural and functional work, referencing aquatic and botanical elements in nature. The works explore the relationships between living organisms and express the potential for growth through the delicate fragility of a petal or the promising fertility of a seedpod.

She will give a a slide lecture on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Sandor Teszler Library Conference Room.

Student Drawings Exhibition
Also in the library, opening on Thursday, Feb. 23, is a exhibition of drawings by students in the Interim 322: The Practice and Theory of Drawing course, taught by Amy Holbein, Karen Goodchild and Stephen Michelman. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, March 29.

Students participating in the exhibit are:

Dustin Abele, sophomore, Spartanburg
Jenny Amsden, freshman, Atlanta
Dale Beaudrot, freshman, Greenwood, S.C.
Kim Collins, senior, Boiling Springs, S.C.
Scott Collins, freshman, Brentwood, Tex.
Tyler Crahan, sophomore, Cincinnati
Morgan Dempsey, sophomore, Lexington, S.C.
Hannah Dinnen, freshman, Cincinnati
Callum Easter, freshman, East Lothian, Scotland
Shay Ellison, freshman, Lake City, S.C.
Megan Foster, freshman, Greenville, S.C.
James Gonsoulin, junior, Sulphur, La.
Jeff Gurganus, freshman, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Sarah Holler, freshman, Morganton, N.C.
Hollis Johnston, freshman, Columbia, S.C.
Megan Joyner, freshman, Sumter, S.C.
Rebecca Koger, junior, Evans, Ga.
Keema McClintock, junior, Spartanburg, S.C.
Jared McCullough, freshman, Valley, Ala.
Val Valentine, freshman, Atlanta
Suzy Walker, sophomore, Victor, N.Y.
Caren Wilmot, sophomore, Columbia, S.C.

John Daido Loori Photographs Exhibition
The Sandor Teszler Library Gallery will host Jinzu: An Exhibition of Photographs by John Daido Loori April 10 through May 26.

Loori has directed two galleries and served as director of a commercial photography studio. He conducts photography workshops throughout the United States, exhibiting in 54 one-person shows and 118 group shows both here and abroad. He lectures extensively on photography and the creative process and is the author of 18 books, two of which are books of photographs. His photography has been published in books, magazines and leading photography journals, including Aperture and Time-Life Photography. He has directed, filmed or produced 10 documentary works and several art videos that interweave poetry, music and imagery. He is a first-generation American zen master and the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskill Mountains of New York.