Four Talented Women Artists to Discuss the Arts Industry at Latest Winthrop Women’s Coalition Event

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

An internationally recognized painter and sculptor, a Hollywood actress, a leader in the national arts and culture industry, and an architect with a passion for theatre and arts education will headline the latest Winthrop Women’s Coalition event entitled “Women in the Arts: A Panel Discussion.”

The March 1 event will be held at 7 p.m. in Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Winthrop First Lady Laura Mahony, founder of the coalition that was launched in March 2017, said that she is proud to have such a diverse panel of women on campus to share their perspectives and insights related to their careers in the arts. “We are excited to have these accomplished women, who come from different art-related backgrounds, together to share their experiences,” said Mahony. “The panelists will cover a variety of topics from their creative processes to the underrepresentation of women in many arts-related fields. We also appreciate these women working with our students through a variety of Master Classes during their stay. We’re grateful for the enthusiastic support that this event has received from the Arts Council of York County and the Women’s Art Initiative. We’re excited to welcome these talented women to Winthrop and to Rock Hill.

Panelists are:

Audrey Flack
Flack is an internationally recognized painter and sculptor and a pioneer of photorealism. She became the first photorealist painter whose work was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection. Her work also resides in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Among her public commissions is “Monumental Gateway” to the city of Rock Hill. “Monumental Gateway” consists of four, 20-foot high bronze female figures on granite pedestals located at the intersection of Dave Lyle Boulevard and Gateway Boulevard. She also has taught and lectured extensively, and authored three books. Flack earned a graduate certificate in fine arts from the Cooper Union and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. She lives and works both in East Hampton and in New York City.

Shanola Hampton ‘98
Hampton stars as Veronica on the hit Showtime television show “Shameless,” which is in its eighth season. Born on Long Island, New York and raised in Summerville, South Carolina, Hampton moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and worked for nine years on several shows, such as “Miami Medical,” “Criminal Minds,” “Strong Medicine,” “Stalker,” “Related,” "Scrubs" and "Reba," and movies, including "You Again," "The Mostly Unfabulous Life of Ethan Greene," “They Die By Dawn,” “Things Never Said,” “Christmas in the City” and "The Hanged Man." Hampton earned her undergraduate degree in theatre from Winthrop in 1998 and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois.

Deborah Obalil
Obalil has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the national arts and culture industry, having led multiple highly acclaimed organizations and served as a well-regarded management consultant to the field. She was appointed the executive director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design in June 2012 and as president of AICAD in fall 2015. She leads the organization in achieving its mission of strengthening and connecting its members schools, thus advancing art and design education. Prior to her appointment with AICAD, Obalil operated a successful boutique arts management consulting firm. Obalil received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and dance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a certificate from the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders – Arts at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Cary Perkins
Perkins is a licensed architect and associate principal at McMillan Pazdan Smith in Greenville, South Carolina. Her art and personal involvement in theatre and arts education has inspired her natural interest in the design of visual and performing arts spaces. She has overseen the Christ Church Performing Arts Center and the Rosalind S. Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College. She has taught architecture and 3-D design as an adjunct instructor at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities for the past decade, and is a founding member of the Women in Architecture SC Upstate. Perkins received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from Converse College and a Master of Architecture degree from Clemson University.

Support for this project is provided by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.