Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of the “29th Annual Juried Competition”

The Arts Council of York County announced the awards for the “29th Annual Juried Competition” at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at 5:30pm. Works accepted to the “Juried Competition” are on exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through Sept. 9, 2018.

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

This year’s juror was Liz Rundorff Smith, Art School Director, Greenville Center for Creative Arts. She received a BA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH in 2000. She studied abroad at The Marchutz School of Painting in Aix en Provence, France in 1998 and The British Institute of Florence in Florence, Italy in 2004. From 2000 to 2003 she served as Program Director of the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, PA, where she developed and organized exhibitions and educational programming. In December of 2005, she received an MFA in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Liz moved to Greenville in 2006 to serve as Program Director for the Artisphere arts festival until July of 2016. During her tenure with Artisphere, the festival gained national recognition and top industry rankings. She currently serves as Art School Director for the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, an organization whose mission is to enrich the cultural fabric of our community through visual arts promotion, education and inspiration. Liz lives in Travelers Rest with her husband Brad and daughters Piper and Tessa and continues to exhibit her work in solo and group exhibitions.

There were 162 entries by 74 artists from 32 cities and 5 states. Of those entries, Smith selected 35 works for display in the “29th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. Awards were presented to:

Work by Daniel Waggoner

Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: Abraham Lincoln by Daniel Waggoner | Rock Hill, SC

1st Place: Find Me by Tamara LaValla | Rock Hill, SC

2nd Place: Catatonic Alleviation Apparatus by Aimee Howard-Clinger | Edwardsville, IL

3rd Place: The Boy King (Mockingbird and the Boxturtle) by Joe Helms | Fort Mill, SC

Honorable Mention: Blood and Honey by Adrian Rhodes | Hartsville, SC

Honorable Mention: Into the Fray by Denise Torrance | Pineville, NC

Honorable Mention: A Man and His Car by Lucy Warlick | Clover, SC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson

Gallery hours are Mon.-Thur., 9am-6pm; Friday, 9am-5pm; and the 2nd and 4th weekends – Sat., 10am-2pm; Sun., 2-4pm.

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the a’29th Annual Juried Competitiona’.

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 (, or visit our webpage at (

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