Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of Rock Hill Schools “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition”

The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill Schools present the annual “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition” – featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill, SC, students from high, middle, and elementary schools. This exhibition has been created in honor of Youth Art Month, and will be on display in all three galleries at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill, on view through Mar. 16, 2018.

The “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit” features works by students enrolled in schools within the Rock Hill Schools. Artwork by students at Northwestern High School, Rock Hill High School, and South Pointe High School is on exhibition in the Dalton Gallery. In the Perimeter Gallery, artwork by students from Castle Heights, Dutchman Creek, Rawlinson Road, Saluda Trail, and Sullivan Middle Schools is on display. Students from sixteen elementary schools have artwork on exhibition including Belleview, Ebenezer Avenue, Ebinport, Finley Road, Independence, India Hook, Lesslie, Mount Gallant, Mount Holly, Northside School of the Arts, Oakdale, Old Pointe, Richmond Drive, Rosewood, Sunset Park, and York Road Elementary Schools.

The following students received awards at the 2018 Rock Hill Schools “Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit”:

JIMMIE MATTHEWS AWARD | BEST OF SHOW
“From the Ashes” by Rebekah Wood
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen


“From the Ashes” by Rebekah Wood

HIGH SCHOOL
3-DIMENSIONAL
1ST Place – “The Band” by Nevaeh Burwell, Nicole Hart, Tiniaya Hill, Olivia McLaughlin, Devin Nichols, Na’Kiera Robinson, Javion Sewell, Erin Yanes
South Pointe High School, Teacher: Ashley Beard
2ND Place – “Last Laugh” by Rebekah Wood
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen
3RD Place – “Left Behind” by Malik Wherry
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Vincent
Honorable Mention – “Rosé” by Nicole Higganbotham, Sofia Flores-Gomez
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shelley Threatt
Honorable Mention – “Ice Cream Sundae” by Gabby Rowsam, Abbie Mondo, Virginia Newman
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shelley Threatt
Honorable Mention – “The Horn” by Gabby Rowsam
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shelley Threatt
Honorable Mention – “Silenced Woman” by Essence Smith
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Vincent

DRAWING
1ST Place – “Belair” by Lily Morris
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Vincent
2ND Place – “Maiden” by Sonya Long
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Kim Grant
3RD Place – “Hail” to the Chief by Taylor Mitchell
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Matt Bell
Honorable Mention – “A Wrinkle in Time” by Joseph Fagua
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Kim Grant
Honorable Mention – “Fake Laughs at Fancy Parties” by Piper Grant
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shelley Threatt
Honorable Mention – “I’ll Have the Special” by Kaitlyn Hear
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Kim Grant
Honorable Mention – “Dictators” by Joshua Lind
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Matt Bell
Honorable Mention – “Portraits” by Donald Medley
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shellie Nivens

MIXED MEDIA
1ST Place – “Been Through A Lot” by Jenna Fowler
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Vincent
2ND Place – “Jake” by Cori Heitz
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Matt Bell
3RD Place – “Out of Body Experience” by Meghan Park
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Kim Grant
Honorable Mention – “Beauty is Pain” by Caitlin Gardner
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen
Honorable Mention – “Bird Feed for Athens” by Payton Rawls
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Sandy Queen
Honorable Mention – “Art Power” by Mariah Talley
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Tina Vincent

PAINTING
1ST Place – “Nightscapes” by Sydney Lilly
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Shelley Threatt
2ND Place – “Family Portrait” by Fatima Zamarron-Morales
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Kim Grant
3RD Place – “Bouquet” by Tanaiya Aldridge
South Pointe High School, Teacher: Ashley Beard
Honorable Mention – “Rays” by Victoria DaQuano
Northwestern High School, Teacher: Kim Grant
Honorable Mention – “El Perro Pequeño” by Camila Elizalde
Rock Hill High School, Teacher: Kim Cash

MIDDLE SCHOOL
3-DIMENSIONAL
1ST Place – “Ollie” by Karlee Adams
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
2ND Place – “Racoon” by Jillian Strickland
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
3RD Place – ‘Bird in a Nest” by Ariella Rizzo
Dutchman Creek Middle School, Teacher: Kristen Cocchiola
Honorable Mention – “Cupcake Wars” by Mason Morrison
Sullivan Middle School, Teacher: Susan Barnette

DRAWING
1ST Place – “She Who Dwells Within the Cones” by Rossie Letigio
Sullivan Middle School, Teacher: Susan Barnette
2ND Place – “Meow” by Kayla Flynn
Rawlinson Road Middle School, Teacher: Alyson McAlpine
3RD Place – “She Sees She Conquers” by Jade Sult
Sullivan Middle School, Teacher: Susan Barnette
Honorable Mention – “Time” by Lauren Church
Dutchman Creek Middle School, Teacher: Kristen Cocchiola

MIXED MEDIA
1ST Place – “Alice in the Mushroom Forest” by Arizona Brandon
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
2ND Place – “Garden” by Madison Deese
Rawlinson Road Middle School, Teacher: Alyson McAlpine
3RD Place – “Jack Climbed the Beanstalk” by Anthony Dubose
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
Honorable Mention – “Sand by the Sea” by Alex Aradas
Dutchman Creek Middle School, Teacher: Kristen Cocchiola

PAINTING
1ST Place – “Lion” by Riley Cape
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
2ND Place – “Music City” by Garrett Began
Dutchman Creek Middle School, Teacher: Kristen Cocchiola
3RD Place – “Tomboy Skyline” by Amariona Wilson
Castle Heights Middle School, Teacher: James Wesley Tarlton
Honorable Mention – “$50 Spent at the Movies” by Kayleigh Deese
Dutchman Creek Middle School, Teacher: Kristen Cocchiola

JUROR | R. Scot Hockman
R. Scot Hockman served as juror for the 2018 exhibit, judging the high school and middle school exhibitions. Mr. Hockman has been a leader in South Carolina’s arts education community for more than 38 years as a middle school art teacher, as a writer and facilitator of state academic standards and curriculum guides, and as the Education Associate for the Visual and Performing Arts at the South Carolina Department of Education. He has served as president of the South Carolina Art Education Association as well as the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education. He was a writer of the 2003 South Carolina Visual Arts Curriculum Standards and Curriculum Guide. Numerous national organizations have tapped Scot’s expertise to inform nationwide programs and decision-making, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, U.S. Department of Education, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, States Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards and the Arkansas Arts Council. In 2003, Scot was recognized as the National Arts Education Association Middle Level Art Educator of the Year. In addition, he received the Teacher of the Year Award from the South Carolina Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Outstanding Professional Accomplishment Award from the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education, Piccolo Spoleto Special Recognition Award, the Columbia Museum of Art Mac Arthur Goodwin Award, and the Dance Advocacy Award from the South Carolina Dance Association.

The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, in the Cultural District of Downtown Rock Hill. All three galleries at the Center for the Arts are open Monday through Thursday – 9am – 6pm, Friday – 9am – 5pm, and the second and fourth weekends of each month, Saturday from 10am – 2pm, and Sunday from 2 – 4pm.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

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