The Mural Mile is an initiative that engages the Rock Hill community and local artists in the design and installation of 8-10 murals on various buildings throughout Rock Hill’s downtown and textile corridor within a one-mile radius.
CREATE A MURAL IN DOWNTOWN! The process of creating a mural can be fun and exciting as long as you know how to prepare and properly execute the project. This how-to guide serves as a resource to bring together a wall, its property owner, an artist, and a community to make a beautiful piece of art. Outlined in this guide are two models for mural development – the artist-led model and the community-led model. Once you've looked through the guide, consider applying to be a part of the Mural Mile.
warehouses on white
130 W White St, Rock Hill, SC
Date of Completion: April 2020
About the Artist: Osiris Rain is an international muralist and post contemporary figurative painter. He is the founder of Osiris Rain Studios and the North Carolina Academy of Art. His murals and paintings are featured in numerous private and public collections across the globe, including The European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain.
"no room for racism"
130 W White St, Rock Hill, SC
Artist: Heather Johnson & Community Members
Date of Completion: July 2020
About the mural: The Friendship Nine, or Rock Hill Nine, a group of Black men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory's lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC in 1961. The design, in block letters, reads “No Room For Racism,” a city motto that dates back to the tenure of Mayor Doug Echols. The first letters are filled in with the colors in the city’s logo, and the last nine letters are the faces of the Friendship Nine hand-drawn in black and white.
300 Freidhiem Rd, Rock Hill, SC
Artist: Garrison Gist & Frankie Zombie
Date of Completion: October 2020
About the mural: The Old Town Association and the Housing Development Corporation recently partnered to develop the first-ever basketball court mural in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In the Sunset Park neighborhood, the mural was painted by lead artist Garrison Gist (assisted by Frankie Zombie) as a part of the Mural Mile Initiative of the Rock Hill Development Corporation (RHEDC).
Support for this project is provided by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, Comporium Communications, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
McFadden building - "dreamer"
212 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC
Artist: Darion Fleming (DaFlemingo)
Date of Completion: December 2020
About the artist: Darion began painting large scale murals in 2018 and has since created dozens of pieces in the Charlotte area, Asheville, Raleigh, Washington D.C. and now, Rock Hill. He has worked on projects with clients such as Bank of America, Lyft, NASCAR, as well as many local businesses and commercial developers. Some of his work has been featured by the New York Times, Lonely Planet, and news outlets in the UK, France, Japan, and Italy. Everything he creates has variance. He enjoys the idea of always being in such an experimental stage, with no limitation of style holding him back from developing artwork.
"rock hill for all"
157 East Main Street
Caldwell Street adjacent to Amelie's French Bakery
Artists: Brian Chisholm, Dameion Carter, Hayley Doyle, Kimberly Hart, Lance Rhodes, Myles McDaniel, Nico Amortegui, Shanti Marcum, Tonio Jackson
Date of Completion: March 2021
About the mural: In September 2020, the Community Relations Council of Rock Hill held Race Equality Month. During that time members wanted to bring the All American City Theme to the streets of Rock Hill. After months of planning and teaming up with the Arts Council of York County, the mural is now making a difference as people stroll through downtown.
PHOTO CREDIT: The Rock Hill Drone Guy
application info: Artists who apply to the Mural Mile program are not automatically selected to paint a mural. The following application is simply an internal resource for site owners and organizations. This allows the site owners and organizations to see a list of potential artists. We will only contact an artist (who as applied) if the site owner or organization is interested in the artist.