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Tom Stanley is an artist working in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Stanley is the former chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop University and served as director of Winthrop University Galleries from 1990-2010. Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Stanley grew up in Concord, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of the Arts in Art from Sacred Heart College in 1972. After serving two years alternative service in lieu of induction, he worked in Passaic, New Jersey, and New York City in the design and wall accessory industry. He received an Master of Arts in applied art history and an Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of South Carolina in 1980, where he also taught relief printmaking and two-dimensional design at maximum security Central Corrections Institute. Stanley has served on the faculties of Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville, Arkansas; Barry University in Miami, Florida; and Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He also was director of the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury.

In recent years, his artwork has been exhibited at Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Gallery twenty-four in Berlin. In 2005, his Floatingseries was exhibited at the South Carolina State Museum’s Triennial Exhibition and in 2004 at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2002-03, he exhibited at La Galerie du Marché in Lausanne, Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, N.C., Musée de la Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, and the Halsey Gallery in Charleston. In 2006, he had a solo exhibition in the Gallery at Carillon with his series entitled The Neighborhood.

Stanley and artist Shaun Cassidy, professor of sculpture at Winthrop University, have collaborated on several public art commissions including Balancing Act in Simpsonville, South Carolina, for Provident Community Bank; Journey in Raleigh’s Quorum Center for the North Carolina Local Government Federal Credit Union; and the Winthrop Monolith and River’s Journey seating area in the Hardin Family Garden. In 2011 they installed five collaborative works for the new University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

In March 2017, Stanley had a one-person show at If Art Gallery in Columbia titled Tom Stanley Drawing in Paint, 1992- 2017. Stanley’s paintings have been published in New American Painting 28 and New American Panting 46; The Carolinas Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Geneviève Roulin; and The Drama. His work is collected by the Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina State Museum, Duke University, B.F. Goodrich, Davidson College, North Carolina.

Tom Stanley
Floating in Louisiana, 2017
19 x 17 inches

Tom Stanley’s abstractions draw on the forms of the world around him, typically including items like boats, ladders, water towers, and houses. In his Vessels series (2016), his canvases riff on the motif of a boat, often portraying one or more such vessels amidst a plane of harried lines and sgraffito. Such a series emphasizes the duality contained within his paintings: expressive yet measured, formally-engaged yet conceptually-driven, abstract yet connected to reality.

Floating in Louisiana is a limited-edition print he produced for the Halsey Institute’s patron print program. Tom Stanley was featured in a solo exhibition at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston entitled Scratching the Surface on view May 19 through July 8, 2017. The exhibition included over 60 paintings and drawings from the prior decade.