Visual Arts

The Arts Council of York County houses three galleries in the Center for the Arts, located at 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC. The Dalton Gallery, Perimeter Gallery, and Lewandowski Classroom Gallery feature exhibits by local, national, and international artists. The City Hall Rotunda Gallery on the second floor landing at Rock Hill's City Hall is also managed by the Arts Council.



Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM  |  Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2nd & 4th weekends each month. Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  |  Sunday: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730.

The galleries are open to the public.

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    VERNON GRANT'S Oh What Fun...
    Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 290730


    Free, Public Reception | Thursday, December 3 | 5:30 PM


    Illustrator Vernon Grant is known for his ability to imagine and to create colorful and unique works of art. Armed with a paint brush in hand and an idea in mind, Grant quickly brought playful thoughts to life as illustrations for all to enjoy. His gift of storytelling through art captured the attention of advertisers, companies and publishers. Grant’s illustrations appeared in print on the covers of national magazines, advertising products, greeting cards and children’s books from the 1920s through the 1970s. 



    Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery | York County High School Art Show

    Coordinated by the Arts Council of York County & the Catawba River Art Guild

    Sponsored by the Yorkville Artists Guild













    Santa's Ticklish Situation (1967) by Vernon Grant

    Used with permission from the Culture & Heritage Museums

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    The Arts Council of York County presents the 26th Annual Juried Competition at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.


    Best of Show:   My Home II  by Dallas Austin
    1st Place:   From Series: Erosion  by Rebecca Jacobs
    2nd Place:   Appendage  by Julia Rossman Perez
    3rd Place:   Confronting Dimension  by Libby Stewart
    Honorable Mention:   Meditate  by Leah Mulligan Cabinum
    Honorable Mention:   Questioning the Cause & Sense  by Paul Martyka
    Honorable Mention:   If I Only: the series  by Cory Unkart

    JUROR | Mitchell Kearney

    Mitchell Kearney is a commercial advertising photographer and multimedia fine art image-maker dealing in the study of: human nature, physics and the miracle of day to day living.
    A fixture in the Charlotte art scene since moving from NYC in 1983, with his wife Connie, a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and a need to make a difference in the lives of others, Mitchell has witnessed and documented many fine art projects, including the creation of Jean Tinguely's “Cascade” in the lobby of the Carillon office tower for the Bechtler family in 1991. Then, over a period of eight years, he created insightful portraits, of the first 185 Artists in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. He also has documented much of the public art in Charlotte and the region for the Arts and Science Council and Bank of America. Then in 2006, he was honored to spend six weeks photographing the ten mid-career Japanese artists who were selected for the "Force of Nature" installation project, curated by Mark Sloane and Brad Thomas with the support of Ken Lambla, Tom Stanley, Robert Miller, Ce Scott and Karen Watson.
    Mitchell has had numerous exhibitions of photographically based work in the Charlotte region, including the 6th Juried Annualle at the Light Factory and his “Inside Out" solo exhibition of insightful portraits at Winthrop University, both in 2013. His first international exhibition of a multimedia presentation of “Earthworks” took place at Arti Multi Visione in Rieti, Italy in 1994. His first ever solo exhibition of Punk Rockers was titled "The Lunatic Fringe” in 1978 at the Camera Club of New York. And before he took his first pictures at SVA, he was a drummer in a series of rock bands, after the three years of jazz drum lessons his parents provided for him, at his grandma Helen’s request.
    All in all, Mitchell and Connie enjoy living with all kinds of art every day, because the benefits are positively immeasurable…!

    Image credit: "Findlay and James" by Robert O. Keith IV

    2014 | 25th Annual Juried Competition | Best of Show

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    Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
    121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730
    The Arts Council of York County is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. Located at the Center for the Arts, the Dalton Gallery is a 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.
    Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of our 2016 gallery exhibitions should check back in late winter for updated guidelines and information.

    Look for our listing:

    Art Opportunities Monthly, for  professional artists or those who want to be.

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    Call for Artists: City Hall Rotunda Gallery
    City Hall Rotunda Gallery | 155 Johnston St, Rock Hill, SC | 2nd Floor
    Curated by the Arts Council of York County, the City Hall Rotunda Gallery functions as a community gallery and features emerging artists.
    Artists wishing to be considered for exhibition in 2015 must submit the following to Melanie Cooper , Marketing Coordinator for the Arts Council:
    • Letter of intent.
    • 5-10 images of works that will be on display at the gallery, digital preferred.
    Exhibition Requirements and Details
    • Exhibitions at the City Hall Rotunda Gallery are not limited to York County artists.
    • All work must be two-dimensional.
    • No nudity or explicit images
    • The gallery holds anywhere from 15-30 pieces, depending on the size of each work.
    • Artists may choose to exhibit as a group or as individuals, as long as the gallery can be filled.
    • A cohesive body of work is appreciated, but is not required.
    • Artists are responsible for hanging, labeling and removing their own artwork on the dates allotted by the Arts Council.
    • This gallery is not monitored.
    • There is no fee to submit for consideration, nor is there a stipend for exhibition.

    Melanie Cooper, Marketing Coordinator


Exhibits in the Dalton Gallery are Sponsored By
O'Darby's Fine Wine & Spirits