Tom Stanley is an artist and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C. Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Stanley grew up in Concord, N.C., and attended Belmont Abbey and Sacred Heart colleges in Belmont, N.C. He received a M.A. in Applied Art History and a M.F.A. in Painting from the University of South Carolina in 1980. He has served on the faculties of Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville, Ark.; Barry University in Miami, Fla.; and as the director of the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, N.C. He was the first director of Winthrop University Galleries from 1990-2007. As a curator, Stanley's projects have included Worth Keeping: Found Artists of the Carolinas for the Columbia Museum of Art; New South Old South Somewhere In Between for Winthrop and the Levine Museum of the New South; Still Worth Keeping: Communities, Preservation and Self-Taught Artists in collaboration with the South Carolina State Museum; the production of Remembering Ed (Lewandowski): The Last Precisionist in collaboration with SCETV; Portraits et Personages, co-curated with the late Geneviève Roulin, in collaboration with the Collection de l'art Brut; Edge to Edge, an exhibition that focused on the art of the 1960s for Bank of America's Charlotte and San Francisco galleries; and Two Worlds Outside: Nukain Mabusa and Joshua Samuel in collaboration with South by South Africa.
In recent years his work has been exhibited at Hampton III Gallery, Greenville; George Gallery, Charleston; If Art, Columbia; Fine Arts Center, Greenville; Artspace, Raleigh; and 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia. His 2004 Floating series was exhibited at the South Carolina State Museum’s Triennial and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He has exhibited in Charlotte’s Gallery at Carillon; SECCA, Winston-Salem; La Galerie du Marché, Lausanne; Hodges Taylor Gallery, Charlotte; Musée de la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris; the Halsey Gallery, Charleston; and gallery twenty-four, Berlin. His work was included in Abstract Art in South Carolina, 1949-2012 at the South Carolina State Museum, and Tom Stanley Glossary: Untitled Paintings at Gallery 80808 in Columbia. A series titled Drawings Across the Sea was exhibited this past year at the University of Porto’s Casa-Museu Abel Salazar in Portugal.
Over the past few years Stanley has teamed with colleague-artist Shaun Cassidy on a number of projects including the exhibition Collaboration of Fragments at the Sumter Gallery of Art and public art commissions including Balancing Act in Simpsonville, S.C., for Provident Community Bank; Journey in Raleigh, N.C., for the North Carolina Local Government Federal Credit Union; and Five Installations for the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. In 2010 Cassidy and Stanley completed the 33-feet high stainless steel Winthrop Monolith and the concrete River’s Journey for the Hardin Family Garden at Winthrop University. In 2013 the team completed the sculpture Time Further Out for the Matthews, N.C. Sportsplex. Stanley is currently completing the public art for Charlotte Area Transit’s Tom Hunter Station on North Tryon Street in Charlotte.