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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Old Main: A Trip Down Memory Lane, Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery

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.

Wofford's Literary Societies, Sandor Teszler Library Gallery

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 includes selected books, ledgers, and other artifacts from the College’s archives and special collections. 

1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Exhibit: Julia Elizabeth Tolbert: Her Paintings through the Eyes of Woman, Richardson Family Art Museum (lower level)

This exhibition of paintings by South Carolina-born artist Julia Elizabeth Tolbert (1911-1978) features works that are reflective of what life was like for a female artist in the early twentieth-century. Curated by student Julie Woodson, the exhibition is a culmination of her Gender Studies capstone and serves in conjunction with her year-long Art History honors research, which centered on the artist herself. 

1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Exhibit: The South Carolina Coastal Lithograph Project by Jim Creal, Richardson Family Art Museum (upper level)

The original mission of The South Carolina Coastal Lithograph Project was to create a lasting body of lithographic work devoted to capturing the mood, spirit and rich diversity of South Carolina's coastal habitats and some of their extraordinary indigenous creatures. In this exhibit, Jim Creal augments the original project to include not only the hand produced original lithographs as originally envisioned but also adds his documentary site/habitat photographs to flush out telling the visual story of our coast’s magnificent and increasingly endangered ecosystem.  This project is his way of sharing with audiences the visual story and magnificent beauty of South Carolina’s coastal habitats, their combined significance as a vital ecosystem under stress and their value as a national treasure that needs to be preserved for future generations.