Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, night

Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre

A state-of-the-art performance venue with specialty lighting, exceptional acoustics, a full stage and fly-loft, orchestra pit and a catwalk system, the Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre seats approximately 320 guests and includes a balcony and four individual seating boxes. The theatre can accommodate a speaker and includes a large projection screen and projector. The lobby of the theatre is designed to host pre-function events and includes a catering kitchen and indoor and outdoor spaces for entertainment.

Box Office
Same-day online ticket sales for Wofford Theatre productions close at 6 p.m., and the Center for the Arts box office opens at 7 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance will be released five minutes prior to starting time. 

Richardson Family Art Museum

The Richardson Family Art Museum is a dedicated art museum designed to accommodate Wofford’s permanent collection of artwork and artifacts as well as works of guest artists and specific art exhibits. The space is located on two floors, connected visually and physically by a large opening in the floor that enhances both spaces. Specific lighting is designed to best illuminate the space with the flexibility to accommodate a variety of art exhibits. In addition, a security system is included as well as a heating and air-conditioning system with humidity controls needed to protect the artwork on display. View current exhibitions.

The museum is named in honor of the Richardsons’ children, the late Jerome Johnson Richardson Jr., Mark Sallenger Richardson and Ashley Richardson Allen.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m., with extended hours Thursday to 9 p.m.; Sunday-Monday, closed. Admission is free. The Richardson Family Art Museum and Richardson Family Art Gallery are part of the Spartanburg ArtWalk held on the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. The gallery and museum are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Wofford’s permanent collection

 Wofford’s Fine Arts Collection consists of approximately 1,300 artworks, many of which are of historical and cultural import. Acquired from the foundational days of the mid-nineteenth century to the present, the collection has served as a valuable resource to enhance scholarly research and cross-disciplinary teaching in higher education. The collection includes 300 works (an almost complete collection) of American Southern artist Julia Elizabeth Tolbert (1911-1978). Considering the marginalized area of Southern and regional art in the field of American art history, this collection serves as a great resource for the study of regional art and art of the American South. The collection also includes over 200 East Asian decorative arts objects, 55 portrait paintings and approximately 50 Eastern European paintings, all providing various interdisciplinary pedagogical uses. Approximately 15 percent of the collection is exhibited on campus, including in administration buildings and in the president’s home, while 218 paintings, 344 works on paper, 380 decorative arts objects and 10 sculptures are housed in a dedicated storage space located in the library. 

Arts and Culture Calendar

General On-Campus Parking: View the Campus Map, which includes information about the available parking lots on campus. The Center for the Arts is within easy walking distance of all campus parking.

Richardson Family Art Gallery

The Richardson Family Art Gallery is designed to accommodate a variety of options for the display of student artwork with the ability to have other exhibits and displays as well. Located adjacent to the main lobby of the building with a transparent entry, the gallery features walls that open to the lobby allowing for pre-function entertainment as well as the ability to combine events in the gallery and the theater. The Richardson Family Art Gallery is open 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Thursday and is closed Sunday and Monday. View current exhibitions.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m., with extended hours Thursday to 9 p.m.; Sunday-Monday, closed. Admission is free. The Richardson Family Art Museum and Richardson Family Art Gallery are part of the Spartanburg ArtWalk held on the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. The gallery and museum are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Sallenger Sisters Black Box Theatre

The Sallenger Sisters Black Box Theatre is a multi-purpose space designed for unique performances as well as rehearsals and practice sessions. In addition, the space will serve as an instructional space for a variety of coursework at Wofford College. The theatre includes specialty lighting and acoustics, a catwalk system, a suspended flooring system and access to the loading dock. 

The theatre is a two-story, multipurpose space designed for unique performances as well as rehearsals and practice sessions. In addition, the space serves as an instructional space for a variety of coursework at Wofford. The theater includes specialty lighting, proper acoustics, a catwalk system, a suspended flooring system and direct loading access from the loading dock.

The theater is named in honor of Rosalind Sallenger Richardson and her sisters, Jacqueline Sallenger Allsup, Claire Sallenger Martin and Marion Sallenger Fall.

The box office for the Sallenger Sisters Black Box Theatre is located near the entrance to the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts.

Whetsell Fellows

The Whetsell Fellowship, established in 2006 by Dr. William O. Whetsell in memory of his brother, Dan Whetsell, is designed to support and promote the visual arts at Wofford. It is a summer fellowship that allows a Wofford student the opportunity to pursue study in some aspect of the visual arts under the guidance of a mentor to be selected by the college. The fellowship will cover the cost of art supplies and instruction and culminates with an exhibition at the new gallery of Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts.    

Eligibility & Requirements 

Any Wofford student is eligible to apply for the fellowship. Applicants should determine their choice of medium for the project, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography or mixed media.
Students interested in applying for the fellowship should fill out the form in the link below.  

Selection Criteria 

The recipient will be selected by the Whetsell committee. The strength of both the proposed project and portfolio will be considering factors to select an awardee. He or she will receive notification, and the recipient will also be announced in the Daily Announcements. 

Apply for the 2018 Whetsell Fellowship by March 29.  

Past Fellows: 

2017 Sheridan Kate Murray 
2016 Meagan Burns
2015 Margherita Cole
2014 Sarah Baldwin
2013 Josh Holt
2012 Trey Parker
2011 Amy Horton
2010 Akilah Bostic
2009 Amy Powers
2008 Amy Chalmers
2007 Callum Easter
2006 Leland Wood

Past Whetsell Fellows Artwork 

For further information, please email professor Michael Webster, WebsterMD@wofford.edu.

Students are encouraged, but not required, to contact the curator previous to the submission of materials.