Wingate University breaks ground for art gallery

Ron Hinson speaks to the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University held a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a new addition to the Batte Center Fine Arts Center, which will be named the Hinson Art Gallery. The 5,500 sq. ft. addition will house the University’s collection of North Carolina Masters.

The $1.2 million building is named for Ron Hinson, of Hinson Electric, in Monroe, N.C. Hinson started the company in 1984, which has steadily grown with services to commercial, industrial and residential customers.

Listed as Art Renewal Center’s Trademarked list of “Living Masters,” painter Ben Long attended the groundbreaking ceremony. A Statesville, N.C. native, he is known throughout Europe and the United States. Locally, he has painted frescoes for Bank of America and St. Peter's Catholic Church in uptown Charlotte. Long’s art collections include The Mint Museum of Charlotte, The Walker Wells Collection and The McColl Collection.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past seven years. For more information, go to