The Arts Council of York County presents the 43rd Annual Celebration! This year's virtual event recognizes the accomplishments achieved in 2019 - 2020 and looks forward to new and reimagined programming in 2020 - 2021.



Our thanks go out to our 2019 Donors whose contributions helped create local arts opportunities across York County that brought our community together to build a foundation for growth! 


Arts Council of York County

Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery

Thursday, June 25, 2020



Melanie Jones, President

0:28    Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

0:53    Recognition of Incoming Board Members

1:57    Election of Officers and Board Members



Debra Heintz, Executive Director

3:39    Ben Ardrey Volunteer of the Year Award

4:47    Business and the Arts Award



6:28    Melanie Jones, President



7:39    Debra Heintz, Executive Director


17:51    “Agnus Dei”                    

    York County Choral Society

    Directed by Katherine Kinsey

    Featuring Emily Doehling

24:48    “Deep River”                    

    Emily Doehling

    Accompanied by Jessica Hall

*Timestamps refer the video above.


ARTWORK | 31st Annual Juried Competition


MUSIC | used with permission: 

"Cold Tennessee Rain" by PJ Brunson

    performed live, available on "Home to Me" (2015)


"Angus Dei" from "Requiem for the Living" by Dan Forrest

    performed by York County Choral Society


"Deep River" (Spiritual) arranged by Moses Hogan

    performed by Emily Doehling

    accompanied by Jessica Hall

Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award

2020 | Josiah Blevins

2019 | Dr. Bradley Sabelli

2018 | Charlie & Brenda Hochreiter

2017 | Mike Baker

2016 | Kathleen Butcher & Greg Tennant

2015 | Teresa Rector

2014 | Marcia Kort Buike

2013 | Karen Collins

2012 | Sandy Johnson

2011 | Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes

2010 | Barre Mitchell

2009 | Joe Zdenek

2008 | Linh Lee

2007 | Tom Stanley

Dr. William Benjamin Ardrey, a well-known Rock Hill pediatrician for more than 30 years, was an extraordinary volunteer and active in community groups, including the Arts Council. This award, named in his honor, is given to those individuals who display enthusiasm for, and dedicated volunteer commitment to promote the arts in York County. The 2019 recipient of the Ben Ardrey Volunteer of the Year’s commitment to the arts knows no bounds. 

Business and the Arts Partnership Award

2020 | The Mercantile

2019 | Gala Affairs

2018 | Morton & Gettys

2017 | Sharp Business Systems

2016 | Family Trust Federal Credit Union

2015 | Carolina Fresh Farms

2014 | Duke Energy

2013 | Bi-Lo

2012 | Founders Federal Credit Union

2011 | O'Darbys Fine Wine & Spirits

2010 | Gallery Up

2009 | Williams & Fudge

The Business & the Arts Partnership Award was created in 1992 to recognize businesses whose dedicated partnership with the arts has been demonstrated during the calendar year. The judges represent business, the arts, and government. The winner is honored at the Arts Council of York County's Annual Celebration each year.The following criteria are considered for each business:

  • Impact
  • Involvement in the arts (Examples include: employee volunteers, donation of in-kind services and goods, tie-ins that involve the arts in advertising, marketing, promotion, and public relations campaigns, establishments of arts collections)
  • Originality of the support programs
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Center for the Arts

Monday – Thursday | 9 AM - 6 PM*

*Open from 5 - 6 PM by appointment 
Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM
2nd & 4th weekends each month:
Saturday | 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday | 2 - 4 PM


Gettys Art Center

Monday – Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM



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The Arts Council of York County is headquartered in Old Town Rock Hill. Downtown Rock Hill is a state-recognized Cultural District in South Carolina.


Support for this project is provided by the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax Grant Fund, York County Accommodations & Hospitality Tax,  the ACYC Annual Campaign, and Comporium Communications.  For visitors information including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888-702-1320. 


The Arts Council of York County received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and EconomicSecurity (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

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