Winthrop University: Arts at Winthrop
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Rock Hill, SC 29733
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ArtsWinthrop promotes exceptional music, theatre, dance and visual arts programming for the Winthrop University campus, community, and regional audiences. Explore all that ArtsWinthrop has to offer by clicking the events tab on our main menu or connect with us on social media. With over 100 free events a year, there is something for everyone! 

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New CVPA Faculty Members Announced for 2019-2020 Academic Year

Elisa Koehler – Chair – Department of Music
Dr. Elisa Koehler joins the Department of Music as the new chair. Previously, Koehler served as a professor of music and director of the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to six years in leadership positions at Goucher, she also served as music director and conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. Koehler earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a master's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tennessee, and bachelor's degrees in both music education and trumpet performance from Peabody. She is also a board member of the International Trumpet Guild and the author of "Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer's Guide to Trumpet History and Literature" (Indiana University Press).

Stephanie Sutton – Assistant Professor of Fine Arts – Department of Fine Arts
Award-winning artist Stephanie Sutton joins the Department of Fine Arts as an assistant professor of fine arts, specializing in photography and time-based media. Through the critical lenses of feminist theory, identity politics, and medical pathologies, her performances for the camera employ conventions of labor and ritual to complicate assumptions of discipline and destabilize virtues of self-control. The subject of several invitational shows, Sutton's work is recognized for its success in transgressing the limits of the isolated subject and redirecting self-consciousness on to the viewer. Prior to her arrival at Winthrop, she served as an instructor and Graduate Administrator at the University of Georgia. Sutton earned her M.F.A. from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, and her B.F.A. in studio art from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University.

Kyle G. Sweeney – Assistant Professor of Art History – Department of Fine Arts
Dr. Kyle G. Sweeney joins the Department of Fine Arts this fall as assistant professor of art history. Dr. Sweeney’s research and teaching expertise include both the history of medieval European and Islamic architecture and urbanism. His recent research projects have focused on the social, spatial, and ritual fabric of late medieval cities in France. He is currently preparing a book on architecture and society in Normandy that examines how churches, chapels, and châteaux shaped the experience of urban space, rituals, and class interactions in the early sixteenth century. Dr. Sweeney has held multiple fellowships at the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University as a member of the Mellon-funded Spatial Humanities Initiative and in the Art of the Islamic Worlds department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Dr. Sweeney earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in art and architectural history from Rice University, his M.A. from Indiana University – Bloomington, and his B.A. from Purdue University.

Mikale Kwiatkowski – Assistant Professor of Design – Department of Design
Designer Mikale Kwiatkowski joins the Department of Design with fifteen years of experience in professional, corporate, and educational sectors, working with brands such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, Whole Foods Market, and Belk. She is the founder of YES Design, an interdisciplinary studio focused on experiential graphic design, architecture, product design and visual design. In addition to her work with clients and as an educator, Kwiatkowski maintains a client-free creative practice in which she designs and fabricates what she calls “pragmatic sculptures.” This research-through-making activity allows her to explore form, space, materials and ideas free from the typical constraints that exist within client-based work. She thinks through making, believing that the act of designing is a way of synthesizing information that reveals different knowledge than other research methods. Prior to arriving at Winthrop, she held teaching positions in the School of Architecture and Department of Dance at University of North Carolina Charlotte. Kwiatkowski earned her M.A. in architecture from UNCC and her B.S. in psychology with a concentration in art from Ball State University.

Elizabeth Dulemba – Associate Professor of Illustration – Department of Design
Award-winning illustrator and author Elizabeth Dulemba joins the Department of Design as Associate Professor of Illustration this fall. Dulemba has over two dozen books to her credit, including her debut novel “A Bird on Water Street,” winner of 14 literary awards, most notably as 2014 "Georgia Author of the Year." Her three most recent picture books as illustrator were written by New York Times Best-selling author Jane Yolen. Dulemba holds an M.F.A. with Distinction in Illustration from the University of Edinburgh; a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia; and is completing her Ph.D. in Children’s Literature at the University of Glasgow School of Education in Scotland, where she became Associate Fellow Recognising Excellence in Teaching, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Visit to learn more.

Ben Cantrell – Instructor of Music – Department of Music
Ben Cantrell joins the Department of Music this fall as Instructor of Music in percussion. Cantrell has been a performer, adjudicator, and clinician in the Appalachian region for nearly 20 years. He has performed with numerous ensembles across the country, as well as in multi-city tours in Spain and China. Some of his more notable performances have been for the VA/DC Day of Percussion, North Carolina Day of Percussion, and the Jazz Educator Network Conference. Previously, Cantrell worked as the percussion instructor for Winston-Salem State University, Livingstone College, and drumline instructor for Elon University. Cantrell is currently pursuing D.M.A. in percussion performance at UNC-Greensboro. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Radford University.

Stacy Carter – Executive Assistant to the Dean
Carter earned her B.A. from Howard University and began her career in advertising before transitioning to higher education administration. She previously worked at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for five years, most recently as an academic operations manager. Carter is excited to once again work with talented artists.

Maura Conway – Administrative Assistant to the Departments of Fine Arts and Design
Conway hails from Huntington, West Virginia, where she earned both her M.A. and B.A. in sociology and served as the dean’s assistant for the College of Arts and Media. She now lives in Tega Cay with her husband, daughter, and two cats (in that order). Conway likes to read, write, fandom, and her passion is music, of which she has many opinions. She also likes Skittles, British culture, and social criticism.

Kelly Hall ’08 – Program Specialist – Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
Hall has joined the ABC Project team effective Aug. 1. In this role, she will work with leaders from across the state in service to ABC Project’s vision - that every SC student has access to and benefits from quality, comprehensive arts education. An arts educator herself, Hall served as Beaufort Middle School’s theatre teacher for the past six years. For the past four years, Hall also served as the ABC Advancement Grant Manager, responsible for not only the fiduciary disbursement of grant funds and reporting but collaborating with colleagues and community members to determine Beaufort Middle School’s strategic goals and actionable steps to achieve them. Recognized for her excellence, Hall was selected the Beaufort Middle School 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. She is a member of the SC Theatre Association, Palmetto State Arts Education, and Palmetto State Teachers Association. Hall graduated from Winthrop University with a B.A. in theatre.


For more information on ArtsWinthrop, please contact Whitney Hough, director of communications and community engagement, at 803/323-2399 or If you need to speak to the Winthrop Box Office concerning tickets about theatre and dance productions, please call 803/323-4014.

Last Updated: 8/27/19