Student painting pottery


Richardson Family Art Museum

Spanish Colonial and Religious Art from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek from Charlotte, NC

The arrival of the Spanish to the Americas from the fifteenth through the nineteenth century introduced Spanish beliefs and tradition to the regions, creating a new artistic tradition that evolved with the convergence of cultures.  Religion was a major motivating factor in the Spanish settlement of the Americas, especially Mexico and Peru, the greatest focus of Spanish interest and the most outstanding regions for artistic production in the colonial period.  From around the mid-seventeenth century, if not earlier, local traditions began to develop quite independently of their European referents, and by the late seventeenth century, distinctive styles developed in metropolitan Mexico, Quito, Lima, and Cuzco.  Visual culture in the colonial period was often multivalent and dissonant, reflecting its societies in which many ethnicities interacted.  Selected works in the exhibition are loaned from the collection of Dr. Francis and Mrs. Lilly Robicsek of Charlotte, NC.

This exhibit runs through  Saturday, April 7th.    

Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 pm: Latin American Guitar by John Akers

Mingled Terrain by Judith Kruger 

The on-going work of the artist is the byproduct of a deep engagement with environment, place and the physicality and materiality of all phenomena.  Each surface in our environment embodies an inner-essence that is significant, not only in its outer-form, but also in particle substance.  All substances are ephemeral and vulnerable due to the stresses they withstand and the obstacles they confront.  Through the employ of natural matter, like pulverized earth, plants, shells and insect secretions mixed with natural binders, en lieu of pre-made art materials, the artist has the freedom to most closely dictate the work's surface on an alchemic, particle level in order to re-create or emulate specific encountered terrains.  Terrain can be defined not only as a geological place, but also a psychological space.  Terrain encompasses both land matter and physical space and exists in nature as well as the built environment.  Each individual work, although seemingly diverse, has a strict set of unified criteria.  Ultimately when it communicates as a distilled abstract visual space with an embedded history, worthy of experiencing and questioning, then it is complete.  This often takes months to achieve.  In process, the work needs to be destroyed, cut into, sanded, washed over while retaining a sense of elegance and refinement.  There is a fine line of risk involved in resolving a work embedded with alchemic experimentation that can't be too gritty or too pristine, too colorful or too dull and so on.  Reaching a point of resolved balance, ready to leave the studio, is an ongoing system.

Her workshop "Abstract Alchemy" will take place from March 19 to March 23 at Goodall Environmental Studies Center.

This exhibit runs through  Saturday, April 7th.   

Wednesday, March 14, 7 pm: Artist Lecture, Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre

Thursday, March 15, 7 pm: Artist Talk 


 Museum Hours:   

Tues. Wed. Fri. & Sat.: 1-5 p.m. 

Thurs.: 1-9 p.m. 

Sun. & Mon.: Closed 


Richardson Family Art Gallery

Three-Point Perspective: Conversations in Imagination, Legend and Science by Jessica Scott-Felder

Starting with antique furniture in her grandmother’s living room to a story of Harriet Tubman using the stars to navigate from the south to migrate north, Jessica Scott-Felder, assistant professor of art and art history at Wofford, searched for legends involving the African diaspora, freedom and myth, and found one that originated closer to home – “The Legend of the Flying Africans.” The legend says that after surviving the nightmarish journey of the Middle Passage and slave market in Savannah, Georgia, a group of Igbo people rebelled against slave agents en route to St. Simons, Georgia. Oral histories say they turned into buzzards and flew to Africa. Many books reference these flying Africans and time travel. Scott-Felder’s works in the exhibition consist of drawings, digital collages and installations based on living rooms, American legends, theories of black hole dynamics and visuals from Afrofuturist writings. Guests may join Scott-Felder in the gallery for open studio on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment beginning Feb. 16 through the end of the exhibition.  

Thursday, February 15, 7 pm: Artist Talk


Sandor Teszler Library Gallery 

Wofford's Literary Societies

Sandor Teszler Library Gallery features the legacy of Wofford’s literary societies.  In August 1854, the first literary society was created as a venue to practice skills such as debating, oratory, parliamentary procedure and writing. Three more had been formed by 1920. During the college’s first century, the societies were integral to student life – starting libraries, building the college portrait collection and startingthree student publications.Members planned majorstudent events and providedthe ceremonial activities of theannual Commencement week.While literary societies nolonger exist, their influence on the college continues.  This exhibit features books, ledgers, and other artifacts from the College’s archives and special collections. 

This exhibit runs through May 31st.


Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery 

Old Main: a Trip Down Memory Lane 

Old Main: A Trip Down Memory Lane explores the visual history of Wofford College through the Main Building, known affectionately as Old Main.  Referred to as “The College” for many years, Old Main remains one of the nation’s outstanding examples of “Italianate” or “Tuscan Villa” architecture.  The cornerstone of Old Main was laid with imposing Masonic rites on July 4, 1851.  Construction finally began in the summer of 1852 under the supervision of Ephraim Clayton of Asheville, NC. Skilled African American carpenters executed uniquely beautiful woodwork, including a pulpit and pews for the chapel.  The exterior of the building today is true to the original design, but the interior has been modernized and renovated three times — in the early 1900s, in the 1960s, and in 2007.  The selected archival and photographic prints as well as works on paper provide an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane to Wofford’s most famous landmark.

This exhibit runs through Saturday, August 18th.