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Southern Gentlemen

works by Robert Childers, 
Kevin Morrissey, and Walt Simpson 

Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC



Jan. 11 - Feb. 10, 2019
Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019
5:30 -7:30 PM

With a drawl that's slow and sweet as molasses, Southern Gentlemen offers reflections and deliberations on the dualities of spirituality, explorations of rural and mill life, and an emphasis on the musicality of life that is inherently Southern.

Join the Arts Council in celebrating the opening exhibit of 2019 at a reception on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM with music by Sinners & Saints, and distinctly Southern light hors d'oeuvres.



Childers’ southern folk art draws from his experiences growing up in a small town in the Carolinas. His work is inspired by the historical, musical, religious, and political aspects of southern culture he has experienced firsthand. He uses art as a means of telling stories relating to themes such as religion, racial tension, and small-town life.


Robert Childers is a visual artist and musician from Mount Holly, North Carolina. He has always been engaged with the arts and continues to create music, stories, visual works of art, and graffiti.




Kevin Morrissey’s artwork depicts his reactions to growing up in the south, placing an emphasis on the southern community and alluding to the remnants of an agricultural and industrial presence. Morrissey emphasizes philosophical binaries in his unique works featuring tools, which symbolize free will, as canvases which he contrastingly marks with religious icons of both a historic and personal nature.


Morrissey is an art educator who has taught art classes for MonArts in Charlotte NC, Queens University Summer Camp in Charlotte NC, and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. He currently teaches visual art at Rollings Middle School in Summerville, South Carolina. The artist received his BFA in Art Education from Winthrop University in 2003 and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts Administration program at Winthrop.




Walt Simpson captures the essence of the rural south and its roots in his renderings of rural imagery, mid-twentieth century factory-town houses, animals, and landscapes. His works acknowledge the extent to which mills and manufacturing played a role in defining the south and are inspired by outsider and contemporary art.


Simpson is a visual artist, graphic designer, and educator living in South Carolina. He received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009.

Sponsored by

Familiar | works by Andrew Davis


Andrew Davis’ work explores object making a record of time, process, and material manipulation. It incorporates alteration and disruption of surface as a means to reinforce both the psychological space of the traditional image and the inherent physicality of sculpture. By reducing and altering functional objects into images or constructing subtly figurative form that interacts with its environment through literal means. He creates work that interacts with space and viewer in a way that mirrors the personal and interpersonal connections that permeate our everyday existence.


Andrew Davis is an interdisciplinary artist based in South Carolina. His work combines sculpture, drawing, and digital media to explore materiality, hierarchy, and regional identity. Mr. Davis is a Studio Technician and Instructor at Winthrop University who received his MFA in Art and Design from Winthrop University, and his BA in Studio Art and Teacher Licensure from Brevard College.


Davis’ works have been exhibited in group and solo shows across the Carolinas. Most recently, his work was on display at the Hart-Witzen Gallery in Charlotte, The Artistry Gallery and Workshops in Greenville, and in 50 Years of Visual Excellence Art Exhibition at

Gaston College.  |


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