Completed Projects

​​Tom Stanley

Rock Hill, SC

A Place Called Home

Laminated windscreen glass, passenger shelter columns, art benches and fencing


As both an artist and educator, Tom Stanley believes that sometimes the best ideas can be generated by young people, whose energy and intuitive approach to images and words can be refreshing, direct, and honest.

The art at Tom Hunter station is a result of Stanley's interaction with students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Hidden Valley Elementary School.  In 2012, in response to feedback from the Hidden Valley Community Association, Stanley developed an afterschool workshop curriculum for 5th and 6th grade students.  The drawings and descriptive words from these students' participation were used in the designs for the art glass windscreens and metal column claddings in the three passenger shelters on the platform.   ​

Click here to read more about the artist's work with students at Hidden Valley Elementary School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.

In addition, the theme of "Home" that was continually emerging in the art spilled over into the designs for Tom Stanley's 34 art fencing inserts and two red metal and limestone art benches.  Overall, the artist created a station that reiterates the community's emphasis that this is a neighborhood of families who have called Hidden Valley home for generations. 

 ​Video Created by Basic Cable Digital Storytelling in Charlotte, NC
Artist Bio
Tom Stanley retired as chair of the Department of Fine Art at Winthrop University in 2017. In addition to teaching, exhibiting, and lecturing about art, he has received numerous public art commissions, often collaborating with fellow artist Shaun Cassidy. He is an award winning practicing artist, having received the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award in 2018, the highest honor in the arts in South Carolina. Stanley earned his MFA in painting and his MA in applied art history from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. He also earned a BA in studio art from Belmont Abbey/Sacred Heart Colleges in Belmont, NC.​​