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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    121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC

    2015 Center for the Arts Gallery Schedule

    Works by York County Artists
    EXHIBITION | March 20 - April 26, 2015
    FREE, PUBLIC RECEPTION | Thursday, April 23 | 6 PM

    Home Grown:  Works by York County Artists  features 44 local artists from three art guilds - the Catawba River Art Guild, the Tega Cay Art League, and the Yorkville Artists’ Guild are on exhibit in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts.


    The arts spark creativity and innovation, and local artists are catalysts for community engagement. The artists that comprise the Catawba River Art Guild meet monthly at the Center for the Arts, while The Tega Cay Art League is a small study group of professional-level artists who meet weekly. Each group comes together to paint, draw, and discuss fine art. They participate in occasional en plein air (outdoor painting), field trips, clothed model sessions, and demonstrations and educational programs. Members of the guilds work in a variety of mediums such as oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, collage, graphite and colored pencil. Recently disbanded, the Yorkville Artists’ Guild met weekly for more than 40 years, working together to grow as artists, and bringing the art community together by hosting art auctions and art competitions during Summerfest in York, SC and ChristmasVille in Rock Hill, SC, and sponsoring art scholarships and exhibitions throughout the county. Since the dissolution of the group, many of the members of the Yorkville Artists Guild have joined either the Tega Cay Art League or the Catawba River Art Guild.



    PERIMETER GALLERY |  Primarily Pastel

    March 23 - April 10, 2015

    This exhibit showcases the artwork of 5 Carolina artists who are diverse in style but united in their love for pastels. This medium, which was often used by Impressionists such as Edgar Degas, has seen a resurgence in recent years as more artists discover the sheer power of pigment that can be achieved with pastels. 


    These women have been influenced by the nationally renowned pastel instructors who, in the past three years, have traveled to the Arts Council of York County and conducted workshops in this outstanding venue.


    Artists: Marcia Kort Buike, Bre Barnett Crowell PSA, Barbara Curry, Angela Harker and Manuela Strada.



    5th Congressional District Art Competition

    April 20 - 28, 2015


    Image Credit | Price's Chicken Coop by Todd Baxter

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    Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730
    MAY 1 - JUNE 14, 2015
    FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 | 6 PM

    The Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is sizzling throughout the months of May and June with a brand new exhibit, Delectable, by artists Monika Malewska and Brent Pafford. 



  • 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 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.

    EXHIBITION DATES | JUNE 18 - 26, 2015




    FRIDAY | MAY 15, 2015 | 5 PM
         Entry Deadline [Entry Fee, Media Disc (CD/DVD) with Images or Video]
    FRIDAY | MAY 29, 2015 | 5 PM
        Artist Notification (By email or phone)
    FRIDAY | JUNE 12, 2015 | 10 AM - 5 PM
        Deliver Work to the Center for the Arts
    SATURDAY | JUNE 14, 2015 | 10 AM - 2 PM
        Deliver Work to the Center for the Arts
    SUNDAY | JUNE 14, 2015 | 2 - 4 PM
        Final Day to Deliver Work to the Center for the Arts
    FRIDAY | JULY 31, 2015 | 5 PM     
         Exhibited Work Must be Picked Up

    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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    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 .

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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