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Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “27th Annual Juried Competition”

June 20, 2016

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The Arts Council of York County announced its “27th Annual Juried Competition” winners at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6pm. This exhibition will be on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through Sept, 11, 2016.

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.

Judging this year’s competition is Seth Gadsden. Gadsden is an artist, educator, and filmmaker living in Columbia, SC, where he is the managing director of the Nickelodeon Theatre and director of the Indie Grits Film Festival.  Gadsden was a founding member of the Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2003 in Charleston, SC. In 2006, while pursuing his M.F.A. from Boston University, he founded the Boston Young Contemporaries before helping to form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna, then spending the following two years developing community based art projects across North America. With a focus on public art, experimental filmmaking, and multimedia installation, Gadsden has exhibited across the United States and has completed murals and outdoor sculptures in places like Mexico, North Dakota, Boston, Houston and his hometown of Clover, SC.

Gadsden selected 42 works by 30 artists out of 148 entries from 25 cities and 6 states to be displayed in the “27th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. The winners of the “27th Annual Juried Competition” are:

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“Afraid of Being” by Alexis Howard

AWARDS
Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: “Afraid of Being” by Alexis Howard
1st Place: “Improvisation/Totemesque” by Bob Jolly
2nd Place: “Members Only” by Tabitha Ott
3rd Place: “Bunny” by Chris Smith Evans
Honorable Mention: “Pin Bottle” by Charlie Hickey
Honorable Mention: “Two Faces (Some Kind of a Crow)” by Jacob Olsen

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “27th Annual Juried Competition”.

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 the Arts Council’s webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Ag + Art Tour of York County, SC, Calls for Artists to Participate in South Carolina Ag + Art Tour

May 9, 2016

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In partnership with the Arts Council of York County, the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2016 Ag + Art Tour in York County, SC. Artists may participate over multiple weekends in different counties, but must submit a separate application to each county. Traditional artists including potters, quilters, jewelers, painters and more, storytellers and musicians may apply to be considered. There is no fee to participate There is no fee to participate. York County’s artists and artisans should contact Robby Goggins, rgoggins@yorkcountyarts.org at the Arts Council of York County to apply. Artisans who submit applications after Friday, March 25, 2016 will be listed on AgAndArtTour.com, but will not appear in the printed Tour passport.

Set to take place throughout the month of June 2016 at local farms and farm stands in 9 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life. The Tour will be held each weekend in June, on Saturdays, from 9am-5pm, and from 1pm-5pm, on Sundays. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state. The Ag + Art Tour of York County will be held on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, in conjunction with the Ag + Art Tour of Lancaster County. The tour remains a free, self-guided tour where everything is handmade and homegrown in the participating counties.

The Ag + Art Tour began in 2012 in York County, SC, as a weekend-long, self-guided tour that brought visitors to farms and farm stands across the county where they were able to see first-hand where their food came from, and engaged with artists who were working and performing on-site. This is the largest tour of its kind in the United States, and it continues to grow across South Carolina each year.

For more information on the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County, contact Sonja Burris at 803/329-5200. For more information on the 2016 South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgandArtTour.com) for details.

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).

Winthrop University Alum Caroline Rust Wins Top Honors at Pittsburgh Exhibition

April 6, 2016

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Caroline Rust ’97 has won Best of Show for her painting “Billie Holiday Wears a Veil Gifted by John Rawls,” part of a juried exhibition titled “In-VISIBLE” at Point Park University’s Lawrence Hall Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.
John Carson, head of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art, judged the exhibition, presented by the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA), and awarded Rust’s painting Best of Show.

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Rust, a Rock Hill, SC, resident, said she was “most honored” to learn that her painting earned top honors.

“I am most honored to receive the Best of Show award for my piece in this exhibit. Pittsburgh and all its creatives are wonderful, as is NAWA and its mission to empower and promote female artists – a mission I believe in stalwartly,” said Rust.

The winning painting is part of the “I Have Come to Make a Crooked Line Straight” series she created in 2015 while in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. Rust explained that “Billie Holiday Wears a Veil Gifted by John Rawls” interweaves the themes and stories surrounding two well-known figures: jazz musician Billie Holiday, whose experiences with racial injustice nonetheless contributed to her talent and added depth to her expression, and philosopher John Rawls, whose “veil of ignorance” theory posits that under the veil people can function as equals without bias or prejudice.

“Under the veil we are invisible, without bodies; we are our true essence – that is the gift,” added Rust.

Rust, a native of Charlotte, earned her BFA (concentration in painting) at East Carolina University and her MFA (concentration in painting) at Winthrop. She is a member of NAWA, and she is a recipient of artist grants from both the Arts Council of York County and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council. Rust has patrons worldwide who collect her work, and she exhibits annually in both solo and juried exhibitions across the US.

Learn more about Rust’s artwork on her website at (www.carolinerust.com).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Entries for “27th Annual Juried Competition” – Deadline May 13, 2016

March 28, 2016

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The Arts Council of York County presents the “27th Annual Juried Competition” at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from June 16 – September 11, 2016. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 13, at 5pm. This is NOT a postmark deadline for mailed entries. Winners will be announced at a free, public reception to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 18, 2016 at 6pm.

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.

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 (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

AWARDS
Gerald & Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – $1,000
1st Place     – $500
2nd Place – $200
3rd Place – $100

Judging this year’s competition is Seth Gadsden. Gadsden is an artist, educator, and filmmaker living in Columbia, SC, where he is the managing director of the Nickelodeon Theatre and director of the Indie Grits Film Festival. Gadsden was a founding member of the Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2003 in Charleston, SC. In 2006, while pursuing his M.F.A. from Boston University, he founded the Boston Young Contemporaries before helping to form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna, then spending the following two years developing community based art projects across North America. With a focus on public art, experimental filmmaking, and multimedia installation, Gadsden has exhibited across the United States and has completed murals and outdoor sculptures in places like Mexico, North Dakota, Boston, Houston and his hometown of Clover, SC.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC, 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 (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Calls for Proposals for Dalton Gallery Exhibits in 2017 – Deadline Apr. 29, 2016

March 8, 2016

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The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, is now accepting applications for 2017 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 2017 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 5 PM on Friday, April 29, 2016. 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 sells 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.

Mail to:
ACYC Attn: Mike Gentry
Center for the Arts
PO Box 2797
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Deliver to:
Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC’s first 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 (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offers 2016 Fire and Ice Gala, an Annual Fundraiser – Feb. 20, 2016

February 9, 2016

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Join hosts Fire King Chuck Boozer of WRHI & Interstate 107, and Ice Queen Laurabree Monday from CN2 at the Arts Council of York County’s Fire & Ice Annual Fundraising Gala at the City Club of Rock Hill, 140 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC, on Feb. 20, 2016 at 7:30pm.

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Come ready to burn up the dance floor in the Fire Ballroom with Diamond DJs Joe Larson and Michael Maul as they spin the hottest hits. Get your requests in early – suggest your favorite fire and ice songs to be played throughout the night. Fire dancer, Jack TuxedoKat will dazzle with her Flow Art using fire and LEDs. Fall in love with Cool Jazz by Jessica and Nelson in the Ice Lounge. Have your photo taken by Mike Baker of MBaker Photographic with the Fire & Ice sculpture created especially for the gala by Artisan Ice Sculptures of Charlotte, NC. Catch your breath while enjoying signature Fire & Ice drinks from the open bar and relax with a bite to eat. Follow the dulcet tones of Eric Brown on saxophone to the Gem Mine where guests may bid on original art by Caroline Rust Ward, Jim Camann, Katherine Petke, Liz Lee, Harriet Goode, Alf Ward, Cynthia Howard, The Cordial Churchman, and many others in the silent auction. An original, 6-foot tall, brushed stainless steel palmetto tree by renowned South Carolina artist, Bob Doster will be raffled off at the end of the night.

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Jessica Borgnis

Guests are encouraged to wear fire & ice attire. If you’re feeling hot, wear fiery red or warm orange from head-to-toe. Feeling cold as ice? Sparkle in shimmering silver, snowy white or frosty blue.

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 On Tour Performing Arts Series, Blues & Jazz Festival, Underexposed Film Festival yc, and exhibits in the galleries at the Center for the Arts. Advance tickets purchased by Feb. 8, 2016 are $85 for members of the Arts Council of York County and $90 for non-members. After Feb. 8, tickets are $100. Raffle tickets for the original Doster stainless steel Palmetto tree are just $50 and may also be purchased in advance or at the gala. Tickets may be purchased online at (www.yorkcountyarts.org), by calling 803/328-2787, or in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. Please contact the Arts Council directly for more information on sponsorships.

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 Applications for Small Arts Grants – Deadline Mar. 1, 2016

February 9, 2016

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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 Mar. 1, 2016.

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: the African American Cultural Resources Committee (public art), Marcia Kort Buike (art workshop), Carolina Crown (middle school music clinic and performance), Rock Hill Community Theatre (musical theatre production), and the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation (public art).

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 2016 granting period are due by Mar. 1, 2016 at 5pm. 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. Information and applications are available through the Arts Council at 803/328-2787, or on the Arts Council’s website at (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

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.

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).

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, Alumna Chosen Arts Education Program Director for SC Arts Commission

January 16, 2016

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Winthrop University alumna Ashley Kerns Brown ’02 has joined the South Carolina Arts Commission as arts education program director.

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In her new position with the Arts Commission, Brown will manage arts education programming and arts education grant programs. She will work closely with the Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) partnership at Winthrop. In addition, Brown will develop new initiatives and fortify existing programs and partnerships that help provide a quality arts education to all children in South Carolina.

Brown, a native of Greenville, SC, said that she is “overjoyed” to return to her home state and “honored to join the passionate and dedicated team at the South Carolina Arts Commission.”

“I look forward to working with communities, schools, civic organizations and businesses to provide opportunities for our students to learn from and through the arts as they develop into world-class citizens,” Brown added.

She worked previously as education and engagement manager for Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University (FSU). Brown also taught at Stone Academy of Communication Arts in Greenville and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her work with Off Tryon Theatre Company, S.C. Children’s Theatre and Brevard Music Center has taken her throughout the Southeast. Brown earned her BA in theatre with a minor in social sciences from Winthrop and her MFA in theatre management at FSU.

To learn more about the South Carolina Arts Commission’s programs and services, visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com).

For more information, contact Meredith Carter, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or by e-mail at (carterm@winthrop.edu).

Winthrop University Alumna to Kick Off Fine Arts Lecture Series Jan. 20, 2016, in Rock Hill, SC

January 16, 2016

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Winthrop University alumna Kati Stegall ’11, program administrator for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s Art-In-Transit program, will give the first talk for the Department of Fine Arts’ Fine Arts Lecture Series on Jan. 20, 2016. The lecture series will include additional lectures by three Winthrop alumni during the spring 2016 semester.

Stegall, a resident of Charlotte, NC, will speak Jan. 20 at 7:30pm in Room 119 of Rutledge Building. As program administrator for Art-In-Transit, Stegall administers public art projects ranging from artist selection through installation and documentation and develops and implements community education and outreach efforts and maintains program resources. She earned her Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Winthrop.

Each free lecture will be held in 119 Rutledge at 7:30pm. Dates for upcoming Fine Arts Lecture Series alumni lectures are as follows:

Monday, Feb. 8 – Kerry Kuhlkin-Hornsby ’93
Kuhlkin-Hornsby, who earned her B.A. in political science, works as director of education & engagement for the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina. She resides in Columbia.

Wednesday, Mar. 2 – Todd Stewart ’06
At Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council, Stewart serves as project manager for public art. The Charlotte resident earned his B.F.A. in art at Winthrop.

Thursday, Apr. 7 – Jen Ray ’95, locally-grown international artist
Ray, who earned her B.F.A. in art at Winthrop, has spent the last several years living and working in Berlin, Germany, where she is represented by the Wentrup Gallery.

For the complete Spring 2016 Fine Arts Lecture Series schedule, visit the Arts at Winthrop website at (http://www.winthrop.edu/arts/).

For more information, contact Meredith Carter, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or e-mail her at (carterm@winthrop.edu).

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $140,000 to Winthrop Univiersity in Rock Hill, SC

August 5, 2015

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According to Winthrop University’s Laura Dufresne, her feet, and those of colleague Laura Gardner, “have not quite touched the ground yet” these past two weeks.

That’s because the two fine arts faculty members and the Department of English’s Gregg Hecimovich have been awarded grants totaling more than $140,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Each year, the NEH provides funding for various scholarly projects including traveling exhibitions, professional development opportunities, collaborative humanities research and more.

Of the $36.6 million the NEH has awarded in grants for 2016, recognized Winthrop projects make up the following:

• $93,129 to Gardner, associate professor of fine arts, and Dufresne, professor of fine arts, for a 2016 summer seminar for college and university teachers that will be held in Asheville, NC.

The seminar, “Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and Scrapbook,” involves a transdisciplinary investigation of how humans managed information overload and made sense of the world before the current digital age. Gardner and Dufresne will work with seminar participants to explore how commonplace books—records of lives, ideas, notes and bits recorded over time—and their descendant, the scrapbook, “act as holders of meaning, memory, identity and place.” Famous figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain and Leonard da Vinci created commonplace books in their lifetimes.

The Asheville seminar setting is a perfect location, as Gardner said the area has a history of strong arts and health communities.

• $50,400 to Professor of English Gregg Hecimovich and recognition as a NEH Public Scholar for his work on “The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative.” Crafts is considered America’s first black female novelist, and the book will tell the story of her life and the search for her identity.

Hecimovich learned of the manuscript when Henry Louis Gates Jr. purchased it in 2001. Though Gates had authenticated the manuscript and published it to great fanfare, Hecimovich and his students eventually identified the author and traced previously unknown details about her life.

Hecimovich has spent the past academic year working on his book in residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

All three faculty members are thrilled about their NEH honors, to say the least.

“I never could have brought my project to this point without the daily support of my students, colleagues and fellow administrators,” Hecimovich said. “Together both projects highlight the powerful way the humanities shape our lives, not just in the past, but in the present and foreseeable future. Winthrop is a wonderful place to collaborate, create and think outside the box. I hope this additional recognition will help us further shine a light on what Winthrop faculty and students practice every day: scholarship that is public, leading and accessible to everyone.”

Gardner agreed.

“We are elated at the ripple effect of the grant beyond us: for fine arts, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop, alumni who will be working us, interdisciplinary studies and the humanities,” she said. “The circle is wide. What a day for Winthrop!”

For further info contact Nicole Smith Chisari, Communications Coordinator by calling 803/323-2236, e-mail to (smithne@winthrop.edu) or visit (www.winthrop.edu).


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