Center for the Arts

Perimeter Gallery

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC



Sept. 13 - Oct. 27, 2019
More Info:

Thursday, October 10
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Online Auction
October 10 - 27, 2019
Preview Bras:


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Mobile 3D Mammography
Friday, October 11, 2019
9 AM - 3 PM
by appointment

The Artful Bra Project is an invitational exhibition featuring one-of-a-kind works of art created by local artists who used the bra as the foundation to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The bras are on display in the Perimeter Gallery at the Center for the Arts from September 13 - October 27. The Online Auction will be open at from October 10 - 27. 
The Arts Council is hosting an online auction of the bras during the exhibit, with all proceeds benefiting the Breast Screening Source of York County, an organization that provides assistance to those who do not have insurance, or have insurance that only covers hospital care, and who meet certain income guidelines.

The Artful Bra Project opens for bidding on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Pickup Instructions
Local pickup only.

The Arts Council of York County does not offer delivery or shipping. The winning bidder must pick up their work of art at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730.


Payment Instructions
Payments can be made in person at the Center for the Arts, by mail, or by phone. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover. If you wish to pay with cash or check, please visit the Center for the Arts. Our hours are Monday - Thursday from 9 AM - 6 PM, and Friday 9 AM - 5 PM. Please call for an appointment if you would like to pick up your auction item after 5 PM.

IN PERSON: Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC 29730 
BY MAIL: Arts Council of York County, PO Box 2797, Rock Hill, SC 29732 
BY PHONE: (803)328-2787

by Ashley Beard


Ashley Beard's art bra is a celebration of the US Women's National Soccer Team's 2019 World Cup victory. These female athletes are role models because of their teamwork, work ethic and their continued fight for gender equality. 

Starting Bid: $45

Tree of Life
by Audrey Butler and Sarah Kennedy Irwin


“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” 


Inspiration for this work are 2 passages from the Bible; the book of Proverbs and the Revelation of St John. The Tree of Life is believed to have leaves that are for healing. In our tree, leaves cover “fruit” that represent our long-time friendship together, particularly the last 10 years after one of us was diagnosed with breast cancer. 10 years Cancer free [10 fruits] are represented in the vignettes hidden beneath the canopy of the leaves of the Tree.

1. Eating Better [SELF-CONTROL]

2. Health [JOY]

3. Career [PURPOSE]

4. Legacy [GENTLENESS]

5. Gardening [GOODNESS]

6. Companionship [LOVE]

7. Home [PEACE]

8. Friendship [KINDNESS]

9. Time [PATIENCE]

10. Relationship with God [FAITH]

The tallest tree in paradise

The Christians call it Tree of Life.

And my soul looked back and wondered

How I got over, My Lord 

— from the spiritual, "How I Got Over"

Starting Bid: $45

Healing Garden
by Kim Cash


Healing Garden is inspired by my friend's experience with breast cancer. She shared with me how she was diagnosed with breast cancer, after regretfully skipping a mammogram. She went through a difficult season including surgery and radiation treatments. Support from family and time caring for her garden is what she needed to start feeling better again. There is something very healing about watching nature grow from a small seed to a beautiful and fruitful plant. We all could use a little time in the garden for healing and growth!

Starting Bid: $45

Soutien-Gorge Cuivre
by M.C. Churchill-Nash


Playing with materials as she considered the various directions to go with this project, MC kept coming back to metallics and an abstract visual. Churchill-Nash's intent is to reflect the inner art and beauty of the body and the spirit.

Starting Bid: $45

by Nicole Davenport


Bloom is about the beauty, strength, and growth that emerges through the trials and struggles that are faced by those of us who wear bras.  

Starting Bid: $45

I See You
by Sharon Dowell


Sharon Dowell attended an incredible puppet show performance by Bread & Puppetry in Vermont this summer and was inspired by their delightfully low brow cardboard and papier-mâché  set design. This piece was a fun exploration into that media.

Starting Bid: $45

Femmes Can Be Thems
by Susan Hendley


Start by asking femme presenting folks for their pronouns
I bet they never get asked
it's always just assumed
so next time you're at a party
and all the masc folks are joyfully sharing their they/thems
don't leave the femmes out
femmes can be thems too.
-Sweeney Brown

Starting Bid: $45

Steam Punk Funk
by Cynthia Howard


Adorned with an assortment of industrial embellishments including gears, arrows, identification tags, and Victorian-inspired watches and glasses, this light lavender bustier has been transformed into a steampunk dream by Cynthia Howard.

Starting Bid: $45

Feminine Power
by Dottie Moore


This nursing bra celebrates the wise women who flourish in spite of their burdens. These women use their life-giving power and their imagination to birth ideas and create solutions for their challenges. They use heart-centered processes and thrive even when the only materials available to them are the scraps that are left at their feet by the clever people who claim to have all the answers. These amazing women deserve our respect. Moore bows to their courage.

This collage was created with recycled scraps left over from past projects.

Starting Bid: $45

Her Favorite Corsage
by Caroline Rust


Recent artworks of mine accent remembrances and fantasies of clothes and allegorically activate pastries, sweets, and garments that reveal a sense of play, joy, and celebration of the feminine. The cakes in this piece mimic a corsage. Over time there has been an evolution of the corsage, from 15th century French, to Victorian, into the 20th century; from body, to bodice, to bouquet. Endearing to me, in Victoriana women tucked these small groups of flowers into their bodice tops as a symbol of good luck. May this act as a good luck charm to those who are making their way along the “breast cancer path.” 

Starting Bid: $45

A Bad Sunburn
by Kelly Williams


A Bad Sunburn reflects the side effects of radiation that breast cancer patients go through in order to destroy cancerous cells. The inside of the bra is lined with artificial grass to simulate the physical discomfort that comes with treatment and the outside represents the 'armor' and strength of women going through the process.

Starting Bid: $45

Power Pose
by Dennissa Young


Power Pose is a display of soft and hard. Dennissa believes that as a woman, she often feels like too much or not enough. The confidence Young wants to exude is found in this piece.

Starting Bid: $45

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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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