Winthrop University Lecture + Exhibition – 2017


Kaminer Haislip, a BFA Jewelry/Metals and MFA Silversmithing alumni from Winthrop University, gave a lecture about her career as a designer silversmith on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the college’s Rutledge Building.  She had an enthusiastic audience and was honored to be invited to speak at her college!  Earlier in the day she visited the intermediate and advanced Jewelry/Metals class and did a Q&A session with the wonderful group of students.  Additionally, she was invited by Winthrop’s First Lady Laura Mahony to the President’s House for a private tour, which was a special treat.

Kaminer Haislip’s handcrafted sterling silver and purple heart coffeepot and sterling silver cream and sugar set will be included in the Winthrop University Jewelry/Metals Department Exhibition Unconventional Departures.  Themed on the past – present – and future of the WU Jewelry/Metals program, this exhibition will feature a curated collection of artworks created by current students in the Jewelry/Metals program, a collection of current work and research from BFA students, and a selection of works from Winthrop alumni.

The show will be on display in the Lewandowski Student Gallery in McLaurin Hall from February 21-March 4, 2017. The closing reception is Friday, March 3 from 6pm-8pm and is open to the public. Kaminer will be in attendance at the closing reception and is really looking forward to it!











Alfred (Alf) Ward recently received the Winthrop University Medal of Honor in the Arts. Ward, a Winthrop University Professor of Art and Design, and an internationally renowned goldsmith who created the Winthrop University mace, among numerous other important commissions, designed and creates the Medals. Born in London, Ward studied silversmithing at Canterbury College of Art and completed his National Diploma in Design at Birmingham University in 1963.

As a consultant designer to Spink & Sons in London, and by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, he designed many presentation pieces for The Royal Air Force, The Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, Revlon of Paris and individual awards for Margo Fontaine and the Covent Garden Opera House.

Since his arrival at Winthrop University in 1989, among other commissions, Ward has designed and produced silverware for the American Crafts Council, ceremonial maces for the University of Tennessee, Coastal Carolina and designed brooch pins for the last 10 First Ladies of South Carolina.

Please find below the YouTube link to the video that the Department of Fine Arts produced in honor of Professor Emeritus Alf Ward and his receiving of the Medal of Honor in Arts this past April 1, 2011 at Winthrop University.  Please allow about 10 to 15 seconds for the piece to begin.

Video Production, A MEDAL FOR ALF

A Production of the Department of Fine Arts, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

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