We’ll talk to Winthrop University Chair of Fine Arts, and Fine Art Professor Tom Stanley about the keys to growing local arts and lifestyle. He’ll talk about investing in downtown by integrating art with the public experience. He’ll also talk about his specific fascinations in the world of art and culture, and how they’ve impacted his ideas. We’ll also talk about the nature of creating for self vs. community.

Born in Texas, and raised in North Carolina, Tom pursued a career in art  through extensive education at Sacred Heart College, and University of South Carolina. He’s been teaching for over 30 years, as well as presiding over many projects and initiatives that have changed the face of Rock Hill. His work has been published in national magazines and been featured in exhibitions all over the United States.