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.

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    121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC

    2015 Center for the Arts Gallery Schedule

    EXHIBITION | January 9 - February 15, 2015
    FREE, PUBLIC RECEPTION | Thursday, January 22 
    6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Interior/Exterior features works by South Carolina-based artist, Alvin Staley, and South Carolina native, Penny Carter. Staley’s works are an exploration of interior spaces, and the examination of the human soul through the organization of spatial positions that have been altered using diverse degrees and types of life. His artwork is firmly rooted in his Christian beliefs, concerns, doctrines, and in his fascination with the souls of people. In his various compositions, Staley employs the use of personalized icons that represent his visual concept of God.
    Carter’s time is split between New York City and her hometown of Rock Hill, SC. Her work is a reflection of her dual residency – occasionally examining the grandeur of the city, but more often, focusing on humble vignettes that comprise life in her neighborhoods, featuring ordinary families, newsstands, small diners, bodegas, little stores, and shopkeepers. A Tale of Two Cities.

    In the Perimeter Gallery | MC Churchill-Nash


    In the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery | Sarah Kinard



    O’Darby’s Fine Wine and Spirits is the presenting sponsor.

  • 2016 Call for Artists | Dalton Gallery
    Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
    121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730
    The Arts Council of York County is now accepting applications for
    2016 gallery exhibitions.
    The Arts Council 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, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager for the Arts Council:
    • $20 application fee (non-refundable)

    • 10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted discs please)

    • Inventory lists, with titles, sizes, and mediums

    • Artist Resume

    • Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement

    All entries must be submitted no later than 5 PM on Friday, May 1, 2015. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council's submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.
    *Payments in the form of cash, credit card or check will be accepted. All checks must be payable to the Arts Council of York County.


    Look for our listing:

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

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    The Arts Council of York County presents the 25th 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:  Findlay and James  | Robert O. Keith IV                 
    1st Place:  Bryce Canyon  | Mike Henry                        
    2nd Place:  Vessel No. 362  | Lee Sipe            
    3rd Place:  Tripenta  | Will Johnson              
    Honorable Mention:  Something About Mechanized Production  | Josiah Copley
    Honorable Mention:  From Series “Touching Water”  | Rebecca Jacobs
    Honorable Mention:  Franco Fontana Full Color  | Coleman Tharpe



    JUROR |  Marty Epp-Carter

    Marty Epp-Carter currently teaches printmaking, drawing, and portfolio preparation theory at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Previously, she served as an adjunct lecturer in the art departments at Anderson University and Clemson University. Epp-Carter relocated to South Carolina in 2006 from Boston, Massachusetts where she taught at the DeCordova and Danforth Museums. She holds a B.S. in Visual Communication from Boston University, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MFA in Printmaking from Clemson University.

    In addition to teaching, Epp-Carter maintains a studio that serves as her workshop where she creates her own works of art. She has shown nationally and internationally, and her works are held in private and public collections, including the Boston Public Library, the DeCordova Museum (MA), Emory & Henry College (VA), the Permobil Foundation (Sweden), and Galerie d’Art Contemporain (France). 


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

    2014 | 25th Annual Juried Competition | Best of Show

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    Rock Hill City Hall | 2nd Floor Landing
    Hours | Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
    The City Hall Rotunda Gallery is located on the second floor of City Hall surrounding the landing that overlooks the Civitas sculpture.
    For more information on exhibiting in the City Hall Rotunda Gallery, contact Melanie Cooper, Marketing Coordinator, at .

    Image Credit: "Bromeliad at Daniel Stowe" by Wendy Hope

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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