Where in York County can you find a unique public art collection, architecturally significant historic buildings, premier art galleries, a Piedmont wetlands, and fabulous research, performance and athletics facilities? Nowhere but on the campus of Winthrop University, a distinctive public institution nestled in the heart of Rock Hill.
A city partner since 1895 when Winthrop relocated from Columbia, the university has grown from a single classroom in which public school teachers were trained to a comprehensive institution where students daily discover what it means to live, learn and lead the Winthrop way.
Visitors often comment that Winthrop looks just like a university should look. Indeed, the 100-acre main campus is one of Rock Hill’s five historic districts. Student ambassadors provide campus tours weekdays at 9:30am and 2pm, excluding holidays and official closings. Tours are arranged through the Winthrop Admissions and Visitors Center, 1-800-WINTHROP. The center is located in historic Joynes Hall near Winthrop’s main entrance.
Two other historic buildings — Rutledge and McLaurin — house the Winthrop University Galleries, regionally respected for the quality and diversity of its offerings. Exhibits and educational programs inform and enrich the community; plus, they are free and open to the public. Weekday hours are 9am-5pm. Check for holiday and summer hours by calling 803-323-2493.
Winthrop’s unique public art program features commissioned works as well as pieces by faculty, alumni and students. Their creations appear on the main campus and are featured at http://www.winthrop.edu/virtualtour/arttour.aspx.
Also on the web, you may find details on other cultural and educational offerings, including music, dance and theatre performances throughout the year. Check out http://www.winthrop.edu/calendar for information on all events, including NCAA Division I games in 17 sports.
A mile from the main campus on Eden Terrace is Winthrop’s impressive 325-acre recreational and research complex. Find out more about Winthrop Eagle athletics at www.winthropeagles.com. For Homecoming information log on to http://www.winthrop.edu/homecoming.
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