Winthrop University Galleries

Artists and Civic Engagement (ACE) Projects

For Immediate Release / Jan. 12, 2009
Contact: Tom Stanley

Alease Michelle Exhibition Opens at Clintonís Dalton Gallery

Rock Hill artist Alease Michelle will present a series of mix-media collages representing the artist's visual interpretation of personal life stories of African

 American men, women, and children during the early 20th Century at Clinton Collegeís Dalton Gallery with an opening reception Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. Titled Personal Rites: Visual Storytelling, the exhibition illustrates Michelleís love of family history. The exhibition continues through Dec.11, 2008.

Michelle constructs compositions made from fragments of photographs, objects and letters to tell unique stories that possess meaning for her personally, as well as anyone who recognizes the power of family.

Alease Michelle attended Fort Mill High School, received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina and her M.A. in Visual Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. She is currently working on her Ed.D from Argosy University in Atlanta. She is an instructor at the Art Institute of Charlotte where she teaches Fashion Marketing and Management.

Michelle will present a Lyceum Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. in the Clinton Cafeteria. The public is invited free of charge to the artist reception Oct. 28 and the lecture Oct. 29. Clinton Junior College is located at 1029 Crawford Road in Rock Hill, S.C. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 803/327-7402 (ext. 226) or 803-323-2653.

This exhibition is a Winthrop University Artist and Civic Engagement (ACE) Project. AceProjects at Clinton are supported by Jo Sherrill Dickert, Gay Randolph and Robert Breakfield. Additional support for ACE is provided by Becca and Harry Dalton, Clinton College, Winthropís College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop University Galleries and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about ACE Projects contact Tom Stanley at



House Bound
by Alease Michelle




Mrs. Love Homeroom
by Alease Michelle