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Rock Hill, SC, Offers The Disappearing Frogs Project – Apr. 16 – 25, 2015

April 8, 2015


Hop on over to the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, during the 52nd Annual Come-See-Me Festival, Apr. 16 – 25, 2015, for The Disappearing Frogs Project. This Project is a part of the Arts Council of York County’s Three x Three Series | Family Outings presented by Williams and Fudge.

Some 300 species of frogs may become extinct within our lifetime if we do not change our behaviors. The Disappearing FrogProject aims to expose the rapid decline of the frog population across the world, and explores the meaning of their demise. The Project features puppet shows, lectures by a noted photographer and a conservationist, and an exhibition of frog-themed artwork by artists and students from across the region curated by Terry Thirion – founder of The Disappearing Frog Project. There will be hands-on opportunities to engage those in attendance during several of the events, including the opportunity to create your own frog artwork.

Work by Barbara Curry

The Disappearing Frogs Project Exhibition Apr. 16 – 25, 2015, Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 2-5pm. The event is free.

“Art has unique powers to communicate truths and to inspire people to take action,” say Terry Thirion. Curated by Thirion, works of art created by artists and students from across the region will be on exhibit at the Community Performance Center throughout the 10-day event. These works feature artists’ interpretations of frogs of all kinds, bringing to light the decline and demise of fragile environments that surround us. There will also be video and digital presentations on the plight of amphibians. The proceeds from the sale of the artwork featured in this exhibition will be donated to the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

The Green Heaven Royal Spa & Resort Puppet Show and Fun Frog Facts with Dr. Steve Fields, Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 2pm. TICKETS| $5, no discounts. The Green Heaven Spa & Resort Puppet Show presents an inspiring and entertaining tale about a gathering at a frogspa, nestled in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and playfully illustrates the very serious dangers of treating water and soil with pesticides and chemicals.

After the puppet show, learn how you can help! Dr. Steve Fields, Curator of Natural History for the Culture and Heritage Museums, demonstrates how to make your backyard “frog friendly.”

The Disappearing Frogs Project Artist Reception, Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 6pm. Celebrate the artists whose artwork has been featured throughout The Disappearing Frogs Project. The artist reception is open to the public.

Lecture by Robin Moore (author – In Search of Lost Frogs; photographer – National Geographic, Time Magazine), Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015, at 7pm. The event is free.

What is happening to the amphibians? Robin Moore, author of In Search of Lost Frogs and noted conservation photographer explores this question and discusses his journey with biologists to find frogs last seen decades ago.

Moore is also the co-founder of Frame of Mind, an initiative that aims to connect youth with their natural and cultural worlds through photography. His work has been featured in Newsweek, National Geographic, and TIME for Kids.

The Green Heaven Royal Spa & Resort Puppet Show and Fun Frog Facts with Dr. Steve Fields, Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2015, at 1:30pm. The event is free.

The Green Heaven Spa & Resort Puppet Show presents an inspiring and entertaining tale about a gathering at a frogspa, nestled in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and playfully illustrates the very serious dangers of treating water and soil with pesticides and chemicals.

After the puppet show, learn how you can help! Dr. Steve Fields, Curator of Natural History for the Culture and Heritage Museums, demonstrates how to make your backyard “frog friendly.”

A Perilous Time for Frogs in the Piedmont, Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015 at 7pm. TICKETS for Adults $7.50, Children $5.00.

Two-time winning South Carolina Science Teacher of the Year and Executive Director of the Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, Dr. Bill Hilton presents a lecture that focuses upon climate change and human impact, and their impact on the frog population in the Piedmont of the Carolinas. Discover magazine cited him as one of “50 Best Brains in Science.”

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 (

Winthrop University’s 12th Annual Medal of Honor in the Arts Ceremony Takes Place in Rock Hill, SC – April 24, 2015

April 6, 2015


Winthrop University’s 12th annual Medal of Honor in the Arts ceremony on April 24, 2015, will recognize a rising comedic star, an arts-minded state senator, a celebrated sweetgrass basket weaver and an influential musician involved in civil rights struggles.

The 8pm event includes an evening of performances by faculty and students, and a reception in Johnson Hall to honor this year’s recipients:

– Fortune Feimster – A stand-up comedian from North Carolina who wrote and appeared on E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately” show and is now working on a sitcom produced by Tina Fey.

– SC Sen. Wes Hayes – A Rock Hill legislator who is one of the most faithful and effective advocates for the arts in the General Assembly.

Mary Jackson

– Mary Jackson – A Charleston, SC, master fiber artist whose intricately coiled vessels preserve the centuries-old craft of sweetgrass basketry.

– Si Kahn – A Charlotte, NC, resident who has spent 45 years working as a musician and in civil rights, labor and as a community organizer.

Winthrop’s Medal of Honor in the Arts event has acknowledged individuals and groups since 2001 who have made a significant contribution to the arts, as well as those who have positively impacted the quality of the cultural life in communities across the Carolinas.

Tickets for the April 24 event are $50 each and can be purchased online at ( A portion of Medal of Honor event proceeds goes to a scholarship fund which helps support talented students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the visual arts, dance, music or theatre at Winthrop.

The Medal of Honor scholarship will be presented during the evening to Leianne Nicole Johnson, a junior choral music education major from Gaston, SC.

More on the honorees:

* Fortune Feimster is a Belmont, NC, native and Peace College graduate who taught English for a year in Sevilla, Spain, and then headed in 2003 to Los Angeles. She worked as an entertainment journalist for the syndicated newspaper column Beck/Smith. By 2005 Feimster was taking improv and sketch classes at the Groundlings Theatre to meet people. After four years of intense training, she was selected to be in the Groundlings’ prestigious Sunday Company and performed a new sketch show every week for a year-and-a-half.

Feimster made her national TV debut on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” where she finished as a semi-finalist. She auditioned twice in front of Lorne Michaels for “Saturday Night Live,” but she got her lucky break from Chelsea Handler who hired her as full-time writer and performer on the E! Network’s popular show, “Chelsea Lately.” Feimster has opened for Chelsea at Caesar’s Palace in Windsor and performed in front of 15,000 people as part of Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchord’s “Oddball Fest.” Her standup was also featured on HBO Canada’s “Funny As Hell.” She’ll be appearing in an upcoming episode of Comedy Central’s storytelling show “This Is Not Happening” and can currently be seen in the Jim Belushi movie, “The Secret Lives of Dorks.” Feimster also has made recent guest appearances on current television shows, such as “Glee” and “Two Broke Girls.”

*  Robert Wesley (Wes) Hayes Jr. has represented District 15 in the SC Senate since 1991, and previously served from 1985-91 in the SC House of Representatives. He now chairs the Senate’s Banking and Insurance Committee.

Born in 1952 in Rock Hill, Hayes attended the US Military Academy at West Point, where he was elected president of his class and served as a battalion commander. After graduating in 1975, he was stationed at Fort Bragg from 1976-80 as a master parachutist and ranger, and received the Legion of Merit Award.

Upon leaving active service, Hayes became a member of the SC Army National Guard from 1980-2005, in which he held the rank of colonel. A University of South Carolina School of Law graduate, he first practiced at Harrelson, Hayes and Guyton, and later founded his own firm in Rock Hill.

Hayes has been very active volunteering with his church and organizations in York County, particularly with the Boy Scouts of America. The SC Arts Commission considers him a champion for the arts because of his tireless dedication and support, his collaboration with arts leadership, and his push for art budget increases and sponsorship of arts legislation.

* A descendent of the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina, Mary Jackson was born in 1945 in Mount Pleasant, SC. She learned the art of making baskets at the age of four from her mother and grandmother, a skill brought to the United States by their West African ancestors. She did not take up basketmaking as an adult until 1973 when she began producing baskets full time, and has since taught her daughter the art form.

Jackson’s work is exhibited widely in national juried shows and is represented in galleries, museums, and public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. A 2008 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius award,” she has been recognized with many other awards such as the Lifetime Achievement in Craft Arts award from the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and the SC Arts Commission’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award in 2011.

Jackson is a founding member of the Mount Pleasant Sweet Grass Basket Makers Association. She is a leader in efforts to protect threatened sweetgrass habitats, thus ensuring that there will be access to these resources for future generations of basket makers.

*Si Kahn’s family and his own work history are lively and extensive. He has relatives who have been soldiers in the Czar’s army, shoe factory workers, gas station operators, rabbis, civil rights leaders, pick and shovel laborers on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Jewish faith healers, illegal immigrants, bootleggers, World War I soldiers, Talmudic scholars and a driver for Al Capone.

Kahn has spent 40 years as a composer, lyricist and book writer for musical theater. As a musician, he has performed at concerts and festivals in Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Canada and the US.

He has toured with Pete Seeger, Andy Irvine, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and John McCutcheon, and has shared festival and workshop stages with artists ranging from Ani DiFranco to the Fairfield Four. His musical body of work includes 16 albums of original songs; a CD of original songs for children, Good Times and Bedtimes; and a collection of traditional labor and civil rights songs recorded with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp.

One of Kahn’s favorite musical experiences was being asked by publisher Harper-Collins to set to music and record the classic children’s books “Runaway Bunny” and “Goodnight Moon.” He has composed original music and lyrics for half a dozen films and videos, including labor videos.

During the civil rights era, Kahn began his organizing career in 1965 in Arkansas with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, more popularly known as SNCC, the student wing of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Kahn also served in the US Army Reserves during the Vietnam era (1965-71). As a member of the 317th Military History Detachment, he co-wrote the official US Army histories of Fort McPherson, Georgia, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and of the XVIII Airborne Corps in World War II.

He received his AB degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1965 and in 1995, received his Ph.D. in American studies with a specialization in cultural studies from The Graduate College for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences of The Union Institute.

For more information about Medal of Honor in the Arts contact Amanda Kibiloski at 803/323-2399 or e-mail her at (

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


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”:

Work by Anna Oliver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (, or visit our webpage at (

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


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.

“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 (

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 (, or visit (

Winthrop University Galleries in Rock Hill, SC, Call for Submissions the Exhibit “Water: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability” – Deadline Mar. 30, 2015

February 11, 2015


The Winthrop University Galleries, located in Rock Hill, SC, invites artists and designers to submit a proposal for a group or possible solo exhibition to be held in conjunction with the interdisciplinary conference “Water in the World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access and Sustainability”. Water is integral to the survival of life on earth. As abundant as it may seem, water quantity and quality have become some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The conference will focus on the social, political, historical, economic, and user issues that surround water worldwide. The Galleries seek a variety of contemporary perspectives on these issues and creative work reacting to the current water situation for exhibition. Political, social, environmental, user and aesthetic themes related to water in all media will be considered. Exhibited works will be located in the Rutledge Gallery (94.75 Iinear ft.) and the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery (117.17 linear ft.) at Winthrop University and will be on view from Sept. 21 – Nov. 13, 2015.

Consideration of professional work in all 2D and 3D mediums or presentation of creative practice may include but is not limited to; sound, new media, video, installation, design, architecture, social practice and performance. It is preferable that proposals are interdisciplinary in nature and draw on a variety of fields. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Work proposed must be actual work available for the exhibition and work selected must be available through the entire run of the show.

Interested persons are required to submit the following for consideration:

Artist(s) / Exhibition Statement / Design Brief

Resume and professional website link, if available

Work Samples – a maximum of ten (10) digital images @300 dpi of recent work, preferably the actual work or work indicative of the pieces that you propose.  Include an identification of each image (a work’s list) including title of work, medium, dimensions or duration, and date. You may also provide video clips, sound clips, Vimeo/ YouTube links, publicity items or links to other pertinent media.

Work/Project Proposal:  A written proposal (maximum of 2 pages) detailing the work or creative project that you wish to be considered.  This should include: A description of the work that will be exhibited, total number of pieces, and how it aligns with the theme.  All accepted work must be professionally prepared for installation. Please indicate how the work will be presented. If a work is a site-specific installation, please indicate with requirements. If accepted, the artist is required to install site-specific installations.

Please send all of the above materials in one pdf file no larger than 20mb by e-mail to ( with the subject line “lastname_waterconference2015”.
ONLY complete, digital submissions will be reviewed.

Entrants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance status no later April 30, 2015.
Those whose work has been accepted will also be e-mailed an exhibition agreement packet that must be completed and shipped with the work.
The exhibitor will be responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the gallery and applicable insurance coverage.

All exhibitors will be given equal opportunity to submit. The selection of works is final, as well as conditional to proper submission of the artwork represented by the images. The Winthrop University Galleries is responsible for works only while they are on the premises of the University. Artworks will be handled carefully and displayed in a climate-controlled gallery. The gallery will be secured while closed, but left unattended during operating hours. The Winthrop University Galleries reserves the right to photograph artworks in the exhibition for publicity and educational purposes.

For more information, please contact Karen Derksen by e-mail at ( or visit (

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


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 (, or visit (

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

January 22, 2015


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, 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 (, or visit our webpage at (

Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, Offers Annual Pottery Sale – Dec. 5, 2014

November 12, 2014

To say that Winthrop University Professor Jim Connell has modeled the ceramics department in his image would be an understatement.

The program, like the potter, is successful and prolific.

Its signature event, the annual holiday pottery sale – and this year is its 25th year – will see the return of more than 25 alumni who have thrived in the fine arts business. Many will be, once again, selling their wares in the Dec. 5, 2014, sale, which is one of the iconic events for Winthrop and Rock Hill during the Christmas season. This year’s event is from noon to 6pm in the basement of the Rutledge Building.

Work by Jim Connell

These Winthrop ceramics alums have established their own studios, or taught in public or higher education, or run and owned art galleries. “This will be our biggest and best sale ever as far as quality and quantity,” said Connell, who will have well over 200 of his own pieces available for sale.

Most alums attending say one of the highlights of their fine arts career was getting ready for this annual pottery show. The event has brought in more than $450,000 of which well over $130,000 has gone to buy equipment and fund scholarships. The average sales are about $22,000 each year of which a fourth goes to buy equipment and five percent goes to scholarships.

The event is set up so pottery students sell their wares, keeping 70 percent and donating 30 percent back to the ceramics program.

Frank Vickery `03 said the pottery sale has been a chance for students to take what they learned in the studio from Connell and put it into action. “It provided a goal to work towards throughout the year and as students, we all looked forward to this day. It was a lot of hard work but provided extra money and real-world experience with every sale,” said Vickery, who now heads the ceramics program at The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, North Carolina.

When he was a graduate student at Western Carolina, Vickery said he encouraged the ceramics department there to host a similar pottery sale and to start a tradition that has been so successful at Winthrop.

Another alumna called Winthrop’s ceramics program fantastic. “I have gained so much from time spent there over the years auditing classes, then seeking my degrees,” said Sandy Singletary `90 `08 `11, a Lander University assistant professor of art. “Jim Connell is a great instructor and he has always been supportive of my ceramic effort, whether sculptural or functional. I have nothing but good things to say.”

Connell’s Contributions

Connell, a native of Woodstock, IL, has been working in the ceramics medium since 1975. Throughout his career, Connell’s work has appeared in more than 500 exhibitions, averaging about 24 a year for the last decade. Fifteen of his pieces have been acquisitioned by museums and in 2004, he traveled to China to study ceramics on an International Residence Award through the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

Mostly working in stoneware and porcelain, Connell is known for his teapots. “It is the most challenging form you can make,” he explains. “Mine are unique in the field. It’s a very hard form to master and, thankfully, no one copies my pots.”

His pieces are easily recognizable. The sandblasted red color is a glaze that has taken him 30 years to master. “Sandblasting gives the shiny fired glaze a nice matte surface and a warm texture,” he said.

When he throws – or forms – his teapots, he never makes one at a time, but 10-12 in a series. “People tend to think potters make one piece; start to finish and then move on to the next piece. We work in a series as there are numerous stages and there are drying times to gauge.

“People commonly ask how long it takes to make a teapot and it is a hard question to answer because you work on many at the same time,” Connell said. “Actually, there are two answers that I like to give and both are proper and appropriate. I tell them the teapot has taken me 39 years to make as that is how long I have worked in the medium to achieve the skills necessary to make the piece. Or, after they give me an odd look, I tell them I make 10-12 and they take me 7-10 days.”

When he arrived at Winthrop in 1987, Connell found the art department had only one electric pottery wheel and three old electric kilns on their last legs. Because ceramics work can be hard and grueling on the equipment, repair and replacement of appliances, furnishings and devices is necessary and frequent.

In his years heading the program, Connell said he’s purchased and/or built more than a dozen kilns and 18 pottery wheels, as well as slab rollers, kiln shelves, hand tools and instructional videos. The list goes on and on.

“Buying all the items necessary to run a ceramics program is ongoing for us,” Connell said. “Through the sale, we’ve been a self-sustaining program and haven’t had to ask for much in the way of equipment and tools.”

He’s happy with the condition of the program now, even calling it “state-of-the-art,” compared to what other institutions offer. He tells students that if they want to become professionals, they should consider attending graduate school. Many that do and often comment that Winthrop’s facilities are better than their graduate schools.

Connell described learning ceramics in the beginning as taking baby steps. It takes a lot of time to master the process before a perfect piece can be thrown. His students must learn many different tasks including throwing, trimming, decorating, glazing and firing. They usually spend 50 percent of their time on the wheel, 50 percent off.

The sale offers the students a good business model, he said, allowing them to figure out their own sale pieces and pricing. Most of the items in the pottery sale range from $10 to $100, though for this year’s sale, some items by the professional alums could cost more.

Clay is a Forgiving Medium

Senior Tanner Sullivan has taken six ceramics courses with Connell.  “Clay is my favorite of all mediums because it is forgiving and malleable yet strong when put under the pressure of intense fire,” Sullivan said. “It’s both the art medium and the people that have kept me interested.

“It is full of character, just like the people I have met along the way who partake in it, and therefore is inspiring to me,” Sullivan added. “In the past four years, never have I met people as hard working or genuinely caring as my peers in the ceramics studio.”

The Christmas sale is a way, he said, for all of the hardworking potters at Winthrop to showcase many of the incredible results of things that have inspired them to build and create.

There is a small sign hung above the sink in the studio with several pieces of advice that have ultimately guided Sullivan over the past four years. It reads: “Work hard, arrive on time, tell the truth, and above all don’t get too attached to the results.”

For more information about the Dec. 5 sale or the ceramics program, contact Connell by e-mail at ( or call him at 803/323-2657.

Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, Offers GEM (Guild of Emerging Metalsmiths) Holiday Art Sale – Nov. 14, 2014

November 10, 2014

The holidays are right around the corner, so why not gift something precious and unique to those on your list? The Winthrop University GEM (Guild of Emerging Metalsmiths) Holiday Art Sale is your source for handmade jewelry, drawings, prints and other types of artwork, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, from noon – 5pm.

A portion of the proceeds will help fund student scholarships and fine arts activities, such as GEM’s upcoming intercollegiate exhibition “Emergence: New Questions in Craft and Object Making.”

Students, faculty, and alumni of Winthrop’s Department of Fine Arts, as well as the College of Business Administration, have been creating brilliant jewelry, objects, and a variety of 2-D works for the event. Many pieces will be priced below $35.

The sale is open to the public and will take place from noon to 5pm on Nov. 14 in 114 DiGiorgio Campus Center.

For more information, contact GEM President Ashley Felder by e-mail at (

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

October 19, 2014


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 (, 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.


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