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Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Looking for Nominations for Volunteer, Business and the Arts Partnership Award – Deadline May 22 & 23, 2015

May 7, 2015

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The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is currently accepting nominations for the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and honored at the Arts Council’s Annual Celebration on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.

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 was 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. Past recipients include Marcia Kort Buike, Karen Collins, Mrs. Sandy Johnson, Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes, Barre Mitchell and Joe Zdenek.

To be considered eligible for the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

•One name per arts/cultural organization will be considered;
•The person being nominated must be a current volunteer with an arts/cultural organization;
•The person being nominated must have been involved with the organization for the calendar year 2013 or 2014;
•The individual should be involved in other organizations throughout the community;
•The nominee must be a resident of York County, SC.

Deadline for Nominations: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5pm.

The Business and 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 will be honored at the Arts Council of York County’s Annual Celebration to be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Community Performance Center, 249 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC.

Past recipients of the Business and the Arts Partnership Award include: Duke Energy, Bi-Lo, Founders Federal Credit Union, O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits, The Herald, Williams & Fudge, and Comporium Communications.

The following criteria will be considered for each business:
•Impact on the Arts Community;
•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.

Deadline for Nominations: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5pm.

Nomination forms are available through the Arts Council of York County. Please contact the Arts Council by calling 803/328-2787 or stop by the offices at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.

Mail nominations to Arts Council of York County, PO Box 2797, Rock Hill, SC 29732; fax: 803/328-2165; or e-mail to (arts@yorkcountyarts.org).

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 (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces “2015 Rock Hill School District Three Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit” Winners

March 17, 2015

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The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District Three 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 was on display in all three galleries at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill, from Feb. 20 – Mar. 15, 2015.

The following students received awards at the “2015 Rock Hill School District Three Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit”:

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Work by Anna Oliver

BEST OF SHOW – Anna Oliver, “Jellyfish”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard

HIGH SCHOOL – 3-DIMENSIONAL
1ST Place – Caleb Haik, “Genesis”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen
2ND Place – Rebecca Piotrowski, “Book Angel”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard
3RD Place – Camery Lowery, “High Heeled Wonder”, Rock Hill High School, Mrs. Rapposelli
Honorable Mention – Jenna Beckman, “Placid”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

DRAWING
1ST Place – Troyanna Adams, “Fractured”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Natalie Hanson, “Underwater Scream”, Rock Hill High School, Ms. Queen
3RD Place – Veronica Mendoza-Alvarado, “Sacred”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen
Honorable Mention – Lara Breitkrutz, “Still Life with Honey”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

MIXED MEDIA
1ST Place – Christina Means, “Apocalypse”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Leslie Ortiz-Quiroz, “The Americas”, Rock Hill High School, Mrs. Rapposelli
3RD Place – Whitney Maness, Mixed Media Still Life, Rock Hill High School, Mr. Bell
Honorable Mention – Adele Robinson, Mixed Media Still Life, Rock Hill High School, Mr. Bell

PAINTING
1ST Place – Emily Beckley, “The Weight of the World”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
2ND Place – Aaina Gupta, “Brass Organ”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Grant
3RD Place – Andrew Swiger, “Ice Cream”, South Pointe High School, Ms. Beard
Honorable Mention – Veronica Mendoza-Alvarado, “Autumn Landscape with Bridge”, Northwestern High School, Ms. Queen

MIDDLE SCHOOL – 3-DIMENSIONAL
1ST Place  – Weston De Jesus, “Turtle”, Sullivan Middle School, Ms. Barnette
2ND Place – Brittany Morris, “Buck”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
3RD Place – Alexa Maree, “Electric Octopus”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
Honorable Mention – Shaver Morgan, “Morgan Rising”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley

DRAWING
1ST Place – Anna Colmer, “Still Life (Skull)”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
2ND Place – Bayleigh Pagoota, “Roller Coaster”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
3RD Place – Anthony Morabito, “Elephant”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine
Honorable Mention – Carson Guest, “Eye of the Tiger”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine

MIXED MEDIA
1ST Place – Madison Tillman, “Flower Foil”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
2ND Place – Emily McDade, “Hypnotic”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley
3RD Place – Fernanda Barajaz-Arias, “Under the Sea”, Sullivan Middle School, Ms. Barnette
Honorable Mention – Hannah Curie, “Hibiscus”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton

PAINTING
1ST Place – Sydney Shillinglaw, “Hope Dares To Blossom”, Castle Heights Middle School, Mr. Tarlton
2ND Place – Danielle Pasterchalk, “Monster Playground”, Saluda Trail Middle School, Mrs. Copley
3RD Place – Erin O’Rourke, “Bridge”, Dutchman Creek Middle School, Ms. Hailey
Honorable Mention – Ansley Rentz, “Mountain Landscape”, Rawlinson Road Middle School, Mrs. MacAlpine

Dustin Shores serves as juror for this year’s exhibition, judging the high school and middle school exhibitions. Shores grew up in the rolling foothills of North Carolina. He received his BFA in Fine Arts Photography from Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, SC, in 2009. Shores is a working photographer and arts educator. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC, and teaches art at his alma mater Winthrop University. Shores also owns Dustin Shores Photography, a commercial and fine arts photography studio, and he is an instructor at The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC. His photographic work, lectures, and workshops require him to travel throughout the Southeastern United States.

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 (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Entries for “26th Annual Juried Competition” – Deadline is May 15, 2015

March 11, 2015

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The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, presents the “26th Annual Juried Competition” at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, from June 18 – July 26, 2015. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 15, at 5pm. This is NOT a postmark deadline for mailed entries.

The Juried Competition is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery will be accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video. Limit four pieces per artist.

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“Findlay & James” by Robert O. Keith IV, “25th Annual Juried Competition” – Best of Show

Entry fees: Member: $30 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10; Non-members: $40 for up to two pieces, each additional piece is $10.

Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of York County. Complete guidelines and entry information are available at (yorkcountyarts.org).

AWARDS: Best of Show $1,000; 1st Place $500; 2nd Place $200; and 3rd Place $100.

Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6pm.

Judging this year’s competition is Mitchell Kearney. Kearney is a commercial advertising photographer and multimedia fine art image-maker dealing in the study of human nature, physics and the miracle of day to day living.

A fixture in the Charlotte art scene since moving from New York City in 1983, Kearney has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and has witnessed and documented many fine art projects, including the creation of Jean Tinguely’s “Cascade” in the lobby of the Carrillon office tower for the Bechtler family in 1991. Then, over a period of eight years, he created insightful portraits of the first 185 Artists-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. In 2006, he was honored to spend six weeks photographing the ten mid-career Japanese artists who were selected for the “Force of Nature” installation project. Kearney has had numerous exhibitions of his photography-based work in the Charlotte region, including the “6th Juried Annuale” at the Light Factory and his “Inside Out” solo exhibition of insightful portraits at Winthrop University, both in 2013. He has also exhibited at the “Arti Multie Visione” in Rieti, Italy and at the Camera Club of New York.

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 (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Youth Art Month Banner Project on Display in York County, SC

February 7, 2015

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The downtown streets of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York and Clover, in SC, are lined with student designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project.  This project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County. These banners are displayed as public art in the 5 downtown areas of the cities within York County, SC. This year, 240 designs were submitted by 24 schools. Of those 240 designs, 96 were selected, resulting in 48 banners.

In its 8th year, the Banner Project remains an important program that instills pride in community, and highlights the importance of public art.  This project impacts more than 500 students from all over the county with the creation of the designs that are submitted to Arts Council. Once approved, the designs are transformed onto the banners and painted by students. This year’s theme is “Civil Rights.”  The banners will be on display from February 21 through March 13, 2015.

The Arts Council, York County’s school districts and city governments recognize the value of public art for student engagement. This project is a great example of bringing new ideas from the classroom to the community, stimulating communities and preparing youth for tomorrow’s challenges. A study conducted by Americans for the Arts states that “young people who participate regularly in the arts, three hours a day on three days each week through one full year, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”

Ashley Beard, an art teacher at South Pointe High School, worked with The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home to paint large banners to hang in the windows of the Center for the Arts located in Old Town Rock Hill.

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 (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is Now Accepting Proposals for Exhibits at Dalton Gallery in 2016 – Deadline May 1, 2015

February 7, 2015

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The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is now accepting applications for 2016 gallery exhibitions. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery, a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. Located at the Center for the Arts, the Dalton Gallery is a 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of the Arts Council’s 2016 gallery exhibitions, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager for the Arts Council:

$20 application fee (non-refundable)

10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted discs please)

Inventory lists, with titles, sizes, and mediums

Artist Resume

Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement

All entries must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday, May 1, 2015. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council’s submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

*Payments in the form of cash, credit card or check will be accepted. All checks must be payable to the Arts Council of York County.

For more information on Arts Council programs and events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offers Small Arts Grants – Deadline Mar. 1, 2015

February 7, 2015

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Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools throughout York County, SC. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5pm on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015.

The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves. Previous grant recipients include Carolina Crown (music), Simply Creative Works (No Fear For Freedom: the musical) Carolinas Wind Orchestra (music), Culture & Heritage Museums (art exhibit), Doris Ezell-Schmitz  (poet), Saluda Trail Middle School (photography), WFBK (music), and the York County Choral Society (music).

The Arts Council awarded a total of $4,500 to projects occurring during our January – March 2015 granting period. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.  Applications for the April – June 2015 granting period are due by Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 5 PM.  Information and applications are available at (www.yorkcountyarts.org), on the Grants page under the The Arts heading. The Arts Council’s offices are closed the first, third (and fifth) weekends each month. Should the deadline fall on a weekend, grant applications must be submitted by 5pm the Friday before. Prospective applicants MUST discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director at least 10 days in advance of the application deadline date.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

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 (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offers 2015 Black & White Masquerade Gala – Jan. 24, 2015

January 22, 2015

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There will be mystery, intrigue, art and music at the Arts Council of York County’s annual fundraising gala, Black & White Masquerade Gala at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC.

Come share in the mystery and intrigue of the 2015 Black & White Masquerade Gala! Choose your favorite black or white ensemble, don a mask to hide your true identity, and come ready to celebrate the arts in York County. Rashon Carraway (Mr. Goodwill Hunting) of Carraway Concept serves as the creative director of this year’s gala, bringing style and panache to the Arts Council’s largest arts fundraiser of the year. There will be a men’s fashion show, styled by Mr. Carraway, with local celebrities – Mayor Doug Echols, Kyle Christopher (Rhinehart Realty), Trey Nantz (Nantz Law Firm), Councilmember Michael Johnson (York County District 1), Ken May (South Carolina Arts Commission), David Williams (Williams & Fudge), Winthrop University’s head baseball coach – Tom Riginos, Al Reid (Discoveries Soccer Club/PPG Industries), Rob Joiner (State Farm), Caleb Herron (Twisted Lemon) walking the runway.

Leslie & Friends headline the main ballroom. This high-energy group plays everything from Motown’s greatest hits to jazz standards, and today’s pop hits. They headlined the City Club at the Arts Council’s 10th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival, and had people on their feet dancing the night away, and are sure to bring the crowd to the dance floor at the Black & White Gala. In the lounge, you’ll fall in love with the cool stylings of the Jessica Borgnis Trio as they perform the coolest jazz and folk music in town. Catch your breath while enjoying a drink from the open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres, then stop by the tables to bid on your favorite items in our silent auction. This year’s auction includes a football signed by #64 Ryan Kalil, center for the Carolina Panthers, original art by local and regional artists such as Harriet Goode, Jennifer Kirk Hamilton, Wanda Steppe, Jonathan Williams, Katherine Petke, Liz Lee, and Bob Hasselle, a palette of sod from Carolina Fresh Farms, a one-of-a-kind bowtie from nationally recognized The Cordial Churchman.

All proceeds benefit arts programming in York County, including arts in education and community engagement programs, Small Grants to individual artists, arts organizations and schools, the Arts Council’s Three x Three Performing Arts Series, Blues & Jazz Festival, Underexposed Film Festival yc, and exhibits in the galleries at the Center for the Arts. Tickets are $100. Tickets may be purchased online at yorkcountyarts.org, by calling 803-328-2787, or in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. Sponsorships are available.

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).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Small Grant Recipients – 2nd Quarter 2014-2015

October 19, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County, in Rock Hill, SC, is pleased to announce the allocation of Small Grants awards for the third quarter of the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations, teachers and schools throughout York County. These grants are designed to support specific arts activities that promote the individual artist’s professional development or career advancement and/or to support a wide variety of quality arts projects and programs that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences.
Organizations and individual artists residing in York County, SC may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants each calendar year.

Recipients include:
Culture & Heritage Museums | $500
On Oct. 14, 2014, the Culture and Heritage Museums presented a kick-off/press event announcing the McCelvey Center’s 2015 Southern Sound Series. The event, as well as the 2015 series, will be held in western York County’s historic Lowry Theatre located in the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York, SC. It is the vision of the Culture and Heritage Museums to create a community that greatly values cultural heritage; the Southern Sound Series specifically showcases musical acts whose work embodies the culture of the region. The Culture and Heritage Museums has been awarded $500 to help cover the costs of hiring legendary blues musician, Drink Small who will open and close the event.

Holly Glasscock| $1,000
Holly Glasscock is a full-time, self employed artist working in Catawba, SC. To further her knowledge and skills, Glasscock participates in at least one workshop each year. This Small Grant has been awarded to Holly Glasscock for professional development. Glasscock will travel to Monterey, CA to participate in Plein Air magazine’s annual convention and expo. There, she will have the opportunity to attend the Plein Air Basics Course that features artists such as Larry Cannon, Kathleen Dunphy, and Anne Laddon.

To review guidelines, visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org), on the Grants page under The Arts heading. The next deadline is Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, for programs occurring in January, February and March of 2015.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of Its “25th Annual Juried Competition”

August 24, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County announced the winners of the “25th Annual Juried Competition” at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at 6pm.  This exhibition will be on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through Sept. 14, 2014.

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 at the Center for the Arts, Dalton Gallery is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Juror, Marty Epp-Carter, who currently teaches printmaking, drawing, and portfolio preparation theory at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Previously, she served as an adjunct lecturer in the art departments at Anderson University and Clemson University. Epp-Carter relocated to South Carolina in 2006 from Boston, MA, where she taught at the DeCordova and Danforth Museums. She holds a BS in Visual Communication from Boston University, an MS in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MFA in Printmaking from Clemson University. In addition to teaching, Epp-Carter maintains a studio that serves as her workshop where she creates her own works of art. She has shown nationally and internationally, and her works are held in private and public collections, including the Boston Public Library, the DeCordova Museum (MA), Emory & Henry College (VA), the Permobil Foundation (Sweden), and Galerie d’Art Contemporain (France).

When jurying a show, Marty Epp-Carter looks for work that surprises her, that shows an obsessiveness and keen attention to detail. She is drawn to work that shows a kind of transformation, changing a familiar space to create something new, and she admires and respects extreme skill in handling material. Epp-Carter reminds us that juried shows are not necessarily a record of the best work in that particular area or region; rather, they are a record of the intersection of submitted work and the juror’s taste and expectations regarding art. For the “25th Annual Juried Competition”, Epp-Carter’s choices bring together strong pieces of art, where each sits squarely in the midst of the contemporary art dialogue in South Carolina. She selected 38 works by 26 artists out of 142 entries from 23 cities and 5 states to be displayed in the “25th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “25th Annual Juried Competition” are:

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“Findlay and James” by Robert O. Keith IV

AWARDS
Best of Show: “Findlay and James” by Robert O. Keith IV
1st Place: “Bryce Canyon” by Mike Henry
2nd Place: “Vessel No. 362″ by Lee Sipe
3rd Place: “Tripenta” by Will Johnson
Honorable Mention: “Something About Mechanized Production” by Josiah Copley
Honorable Mention: “From Series ‘Touching Water'” by Rebecca Jacobs
Honorable Mention: “Franco Fontana Full Color” by Coleman Tharpe

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “25th Annual Juried Competition”.

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 (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Held Its 36th Annual Arts Celebration – June 12, 2014

June 30, 2014

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The Arts Council of York County held its 36th Annual Arts Celebration on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. The evening featured artists who were recipients of a small grant during the fiscal year.  A jazz trio included Ron Parks, L. H. Dickert, and Tracy Patterson, and a visual arts exhibition featured works by photographer, James P. Karner. Karen Collins highlighted the accomplishments of the Underexposed Film Festival yc in 2013, and Strauss Shiple presented the exciting changes in the 2014 Ag + Art Tour with the addition of Lancaster, Chester, and Fairfield Counties.

Despite budgetary cuts, the arts continue to grow in York County! During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, 160,000 people from 238 cities, 43 states and 10 countries attended arts events that were partially funded by or presented by the Arts Council of York County! The number of cities from which visitors came increased by 85%, and states by 45%.  “Encouraged by significant increases in attendance, the Arts Council of York County contracted with Webb Management Company, in partnership with Comporium Communications, to conduct a feasibility study that is testing the concept that York County can support a new, larger performing arts center as a part of on-going cultural and economic development effort,” executive director Debra Heintz said.

President Sandy Johnson welcomed new Board members Sonja Burris, Bobby Houck, Dr. Ann Kirol, Michael Smith, and Joy Widener.  Officers for FY 2014-2015 include Vice President Nicki Nash, Secretary Michele Wilson, and Treasurer Suzie Wright.  Outgoing Board members Rick Jiran, Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes and Jeffrey Deason were recognized for their service to the Arts Council.

Kamryn Joy-Fulin Knape of Fort Mill, SC, was selected as the recipient of the Long Family Scholarship funded jointly this year by the Women’s Club of Rock Hill Outreach Funds and the Arts Council of York County. This competitive scholarship is awarded to a York County student accepted to the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. Knape is a well-rounded homeschooled student whose talent extends across many arts categories. She studies pottery at the Gettys Art Center, is in her 8th year of piano lessons, and takes art classes locally. Knape is also a talented set designer who designed the set for the Palmetto Teen Group production of “The Three Musketeers”. Outside the arts, she is on the yearbook team for her home school co-op, plays volleyball with the Victory Sports program, mentors a younger art student, and assists the children’s leader in the Founded in Truth children’s program. Knape will be studying visual arts during the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts’ Summer Academy.

Marcia Kort Buike of Tega Cay, SC, was selected for the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, created in 1992 to recognize those individuals who have committed themselves to art and culture. Buike exemplifies the spirit of the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award, as her commitment to the arts and culture within our community is portrayed in every aspect of her life. Buike is a leading arts advocate in the state. She is member of the Arts Council of York County’s Small Grants Committee, and has volunteered at the Arts Council of York County numerous times, working in the office on Friday afternoons, assisting with bookkeeping and administrative tasks when staff members have been on leave or when the office is short staffed. Buike also serves as the coordinator of the 5th District Congressional Art Show.

Largely due to her efforts, the number of entries in the 2014 exhibition increased by 70%.  In putting this exhibition together, Buike spends the spring traveling across the 5th District to pick up student artwork from each school. Her countless hours and passion given to the arts community in York County makes Buike especially deserving of the 2014 Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award.

Duke Energy was selected for the Business and the Arts Award, created in 1992 to recognize those businesses whose dedicated partnership with the arts has been demonstrated during the calendar year. Duke Energy is committed to support the communities they serve through volunteer efforts and grant funds to special projects.

Two of Duke Energy’s employees have volunteered countless hours and have advocated for the Arts Council of York County. Rick Jiran, Director of Government & Community Relations has served on the Arts Council’s Board for the past eight years, holding the offices of Vice President, President and Immediate Past President. He has also been a strong advocate for the arts as an economic development and educational tool. Over the course of his board term, he helped secure nearly $20,000 in donations to the Arts Council.

Karen Blankenship, Duke Energy’s Manager of Training & Quality Assurance, and a former Arts Council of York County employee, continues to give back to the arts community. In November 2013, she applied for a Duke Energy Sweat Equity Grant on behalf of the Arts Council.  This $1,000 grant covered the cost of supplies for a project that will have lasting and significant value.  Blankenship also spearheaded a team of eight volunteers to repaint the Dalton Gallery. With their help, the Arts Council saved about $10,000 over the cost of professional painting.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, e-mail to (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).


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