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Art Class


Recognizing the accomplishments made in the arts each year.

Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award

This award honors Dr. William Benjamin Ardrey, a well-known Rock Hill pediatrician for more than 30 years. During his career, Dr. Ardrey was a senior partner with Rock Hill Pediatric Associates. He was also very involved with the arts throughout his lifetime, working with both the Fine Arts Association and the Arts Council of York County. 


The Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award was established in 1992 to recognize those individuals who have committed themselves to arts and culture during the past year. The recipient is announced at the Arts Council's Annual Meeting each year.


2022 | Priscilla Nealy

2021 | John Nipe

2020 | Josiah Blevins

2019 | Dr. Bradley Sabelli

2018 | Brenda & Charlie 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

Business & the Arts Award

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 recipient is announced at the Arts Council of York County's Annual Meeting 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


2022 | Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation

2021 | Slow Play Brewing

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


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

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