A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA- Graphic Design) and the University of Georgia (MFA – Drawing & Painting), Troy Wingard has dedicated much of his career to teaching within the visual arts and creating his numerous pastel and sculptural works. During his recent three year tenure as a university instructor, he served as the Foundations and Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Visual Arts at Southeastern Louisiana University. Troy has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer at a variety of institutions where he has conducted lectures and panel discussions, graduate studio critiques, and drawing workshops.
For two years Troy taught as an adjunct professor within the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Foundations and Painting & Drawing Areas at the University of Georgia. A highlight in Troy’s academic career was to be selected as one of the 2005 Top Twelve Professors by the UGA Student Government Association. Troy was one of only twelve educators who were chosen out of over eighty nominations for this award from all UGA academic departments.
Troy was also the Associate Director of the University of Georgia’s Latin America Studies Abroad Program where he has managed and taught drawing and painting in UGA study abroad art programs for Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. During his four year tenure with this program he has instructed over one hundred students abroad and coordinated numerous international service learning projects in the arts. In August of 2006 Wingard was presented with the Outstanding Leadership in Study Abroad Art Education Award for exceptional teaching and directorial service for the University of Georgia.
Troy’s pastel paintings and drawings have appeared in numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States, most recently at Grambling State University, The University of Mobile, and the University of South Carolina – Aiken. Internationally Troy’s drawings have also been exhibited in Havana, Cuba; Budapest, Hungary; and Camagüey, Cuba. His work addresses questions centering on identity, culture and individualism within a modern context. Troy’s pastels have also been showcased in a number of periodicals such as the 2001 and the 2003 southern region editions of the New American Paintings. In December 2010, Troy was a featured artist in the nationally syndicated magazine, The Pastel Journal.