Directions and Parking

Parking Directions

Directions from I-77

Take Exit 82-B and follow the directional signs toward Rock Hill. At the third traffic light, turn left onto U.S. 21 Bypass. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Eden Terrace. (Note: The Winthrop Coliseum is located on Eden Terrace, approximately 1.5 miles from U.S. 21 Bypass.) Eden Terrace ends at the main entrance to the campus (approximately 2.5 miles from U.S. 21 Bypass.) Enter the campus and turn left onto Memorial Circle.


Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

701 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29733

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Call 803/323-2493 or 803/323-2323 or e-mail

Our Mission

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Winthrop University Galleries is to inform and enrich the lives of Winthrop students, faculty, and staff, as well as regional audiences, through the presentation of exhibitions and educational programs that celebrate artistic achievement. WUG promotes academic excellence and human understanding through visual art and design within the learning environment of a public comprehensive university.

Who We Are

Winthrop University Galleries functions as a collection of three distinctive galleries on campus, including the Lewandowski Student Gallery, the Rutledge Gallery, and the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery housed under the university’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Our exhibitions and educational programming service our campus community, all Colleges, and the public by presenting current ideas that tie to broader curriculum across campus, including social issues, politics, race, gender, science, and more.

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The Galleries

Rutledge Gallery

Rutledge Building

Originally the Carnegie Library, the name "Rutledge" was given in honor of Mai Rutledge Smith Johnson, wife of founding university president David Bancroft Johnson and descendant of South Carolina's first governor, Edward Rutledge, who signed the Declaration of Independence. The building's design employs a combination of Classical Revival style and French Imperial design. Rutledge features a glass skylight, distinctive copper dome, and environmental art created by students on surrounding lawns.

The Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery

Rutledge Building

Located just upstairs from the Rutledge Gallery is The Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery, named in honor of a 1958 alumna who showed continuous support for not only the Winthrop University Galleries but also the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Among her many contributions, Patrick established an endowment that has provided many opportunities for faculty and students to expand their talents.

Lewandowski Student Gallery

McLaurin Hall

An artist and educator, Edmund Lewandowski served as chairman of Winthrop University's art department from 1973-1984. His commitment to the Precisionist aesthetic with its crisp color and clean lines has been matched only by his commitment to art education. Lewandowski stressed the importance of bringing the professional into the classroom as part of the educational process. Named for Lewandowski, this gallery showcases Winthrop student artwork, as well as, student work from other institutions. Both Rutledge Building and McLaurin Hall feature temporary student art projects on the lawn, including Sweet Dreams, a commissioned art series across Alumni Drive.

Director Of The Galleries

Karen Derksen

Karen Derksen is currently the director of Winthrop University Galleries (WUG) and a lecturer for the Department of Design at Winthrop. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.A. in Art History (Curatorial Studies). Karen has organized exhibition projects such as CADlabORATION 1.0, which explored emerging CAD technologies, contemporary crafts education, and collaborative design and production and Four – a performative installation by the Trust. As curator, her most recent exhibitions include; Between the Springmaid Sheets, an exhibition of Springmaid advertising from the 1950’s (Winthrop University Galleries, South Carolina Museum of Art, Columbia, SC); Material Reflex, which explored Sonya Clark’s symbolic and innovative interpretation of material as a reflection of personal and cultural identity (Winthrop University Galleries, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles); and Shift, a collaborative format faculty exhibition.

She has coordinated a number of community collaborative projects including the public art installation of Carla Stetson’s The Red Line in downtown Rock Hill, MUSE Fest, Pecha Kucha Charlotte, and the Artist and Civic Engagement Projects (ACE) at Winthrop. She is currently the Selection Committee Chair for the Women’s Arts Initiative in Rock Hill, SC. Karen was a former chairperson for the Board of Directors and co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Rivercity Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has served as member of the Edmonton Arts Council Festival Granting Jury and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design 2011 Craft Research Fund Grants Review Panel. Karen is also a founding member of Media, Art, Design, Exposed (M.A.D.E.) in Edmonton, an organization formed to raise public awareness about design.