Elizabeth Rose, an artist from St. Louis, Missouri, spent two weeks this month finding inspiration on the banks of Lawson’s Fork Creek.
Rose was the first artist to serve a two-week residency at Wofford College under the Goodall Visiting Fellows Program. Four others will follow her during the spring semester.
“I’ve been interacting with the Upper Shoals area, taking notes, photographing and drawing, trying to see what stands out to me,” says Rose. “I’ve also used the printmaking facilities on campus to make prints from different elements that I’ve made and discovered while here, and also things I brought with me.”
She also did a printmaking demonstration for Wofford students, cleared brush during the second Saturday Glendale workday and attended a variety of events around Spartanburg.
“I think it was a nice mix of interacting with people and having time on her own to explore independently,” says Dr. Kaye Savage, professor of environmental studies and director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center. “I can’t wait to see what the work looks like that comes out of her time here.”
Rose earned a master’s degree in printmaking from Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a minor in wilderness studies from the University of Montana. She has another residency scheduled in Upstate New York in March.
“I’m always interested to visit a new place and check out what’s in the forest and natural environment,” Rose says. “It’s cool to check out the way things are connected across the country, but also how things stand out when you’re not really familiar with those things.”
Photographer Yvonne Dalschen of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, will serve the next residency from Feb. 4-18. She will be followed by Kelsey Leahy ’10 (March 12-25), Nancy Lowe and Olga Ronay, (April 2-15) and Patrice Fentiman (April 23-May 6).
In addition to the two-week residency, the Goodall Visiting Fellowship offers a semester-long opportunity. Photographer Eric William Carroll was the first semester-long fellow in fall 2022.
The fellowships are designed to give people an opportunity to pursue their creative practices while engaging with the Wofford and Glendale communities. Chris Goodall ’79, a former Wofford trustee, endowed the fellowships to allow the college to expand and formalize opportunities for visiting artists, writers and interdisciplinary scholars.
Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2023 semester residency. The deadline to apply is March 1. Information about the program can be found here.