City Hall Rotunda Gallery Schedule 

155 Johnston Street | Rock Hill, SC 29730
The City Hall Rotunda Gallery is located on the second floor of City Hall surrounding the landing that overlooks the Civitas sculpture.
HOURS: Monday - Friday | 8 AM - 5 PM


Retrospective | Mayor Doug Echols

December 12, 2017 - January 30, 2018

Sticks, Stones and Seeds (The Journey to Self)

February 2 - 27, 2018

works by Liz McKay

“We all have the voices of the well-intended in our heads.  You know the ones which tell you that you’re being unrealistic or impractical?  They are distracting, and often feel like sticks & stones being lobbed at your most heartfelt dreams.  I think I was about twenty paintings into this series when I realized I was expressing this very frustration.  These small criticisms accumulate in the corners of your psyche and pull on your energy.  However, if you plant seeds of imagination amid them, they then begin to break down, becoming the fertile soil that feeds your creativity.  The works in this show feature elements of sticks, stones and seeds; seed spirits - which represent the essence of creativity; portals and pathways.  Artistic journeys are life long, and I intend to follow mine to fruition whatever that may be.”

Liz McKay has been painting since childhood.  Most people recognize her for the unique cast paper jewelry she creates, but painting is where she feels most at home.  A graduate of Winthrop University (Class of 1985), Liz took a nearly 20 year hiatus from painting while raising her daughters.  She has in the past six years, however, begun to make up for lost artistic time.

Rock Hill was home to Liz and her family, but after her girls were out on their own, she returned to her native North Carolina where she currently works teaching art to adults with disabilities.  Liz McKay’s art can be seen in galleries throughout the Piedmont and she has pieces in collections as far away as Tel Aviv.  This is her first solo showing in Rock Hill.

Quilts of Valor

June 4 - July 6, 2018

This is developing into the largest and longest running Quilts of Valor® display in the United States for 2018.  Organizers are seeing this recognition of our veterans as one of the most patriotic displays to appear in Rock Hill, SC.  A Quilt of Valor® is a lifetime achievement award, often considered to be the highest award a civilian can present to a veteran.  It is never a gift; it is an award and is registered with the Quilts of Valor Foundation®.


There will be fifteen Quilts of Valor® on display during the five weeks of exhibit.  Hundreds of pictures will be part of the exhibit showing some of the 400+ area veterans who have received this award.  Included will be interesting facts about military history, the Quilts of Valor Foundation® and how it has touched the lives of over 185,000 veterans across the United States of America.  Twenty-four USA flags, five branches of service flags and a POW-MIA flag will be part of this impressive display.     


All Quilts of Valor® are individually handmade pieces of fine art.  No two quilts are the same.  They are loving pieces of art that can become a family heirloom.  Some veteran’s families, knowing how the veteran treasured his/her quilt, have had his/her Quilt of Valor® present at the veteran’s funeral or memorial upon their passing.      


Quilts of Valor® Display (self-guided)

Rock Hill City Hall Rotunda 

          155 Johnston St - Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730

          Monday June 4th through Friday July 6th.  

Hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday


This display has been coordinated with the permission and authorization of the Arts Council of York County. 

Joseph Medina Silva​

July 10 - 30, 2018

Joseph Medina Silva​, is a self taught local visual artist born on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese  archipelago of the Azores.  

Medina da Silva has lived in Charlotte North Carolina since 1996 and during this time has been creating art in various mediums.  

Preferring to express himself through abstract painting and photography he also produces sculptured pieces using recycled materials.  

In the 1970`s Medina da Silva studied photography in Salem, Massachussets under the supervision of Fine Art Photographer Andrew Xenios and has been photographing since then. 

In the 1980`s video became an obsession and a form of expression for Medina da Silva in the span of nine years many documentaries and  series where produced in the Portuguese language for  Adams and Russell, and Time Warner cable systems for the Gloucester, Peabody, Somerville and Cambribge MA. Portuguese communitys.  

Medina da Silva has been engaged in various shows and presentations throughout North Carolina. Massachussetts and the Azores. 

September 5 - 27, 2018

What is Arcadia Bay?


A place to breathe and be myself as stories unfold

A place that haunts you

A place to reflect on choices

A place that is a character in the ‘Life Is Strange’ video*

A place of friendship and support

A place that is magical

A place both warm and solitary

A place which beckons you home

A place that is inspiring

A place to dream of possibilities


Join me on a journey to a fictional place inspired by the Oregon coast which provides an ever-present background character to the video game ‘Life Is Strange.’ 




Works by Vernon Grant

November 22 - December 30, 2017

Santa Remembers Everyone by Vernon Grant

Used with Permission | ©2015 Used with permission from the Culture & Heritage Museums

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