28th Annual Juried Competition Winners Announced

ROCK HILL, SC – The Arts Council of York County announced the winners of the 28th Annual Juried Competition at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC on Thursday, August 17, 2017. This exhibition will be on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts through September 10, 2017.

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.


Margaret Strickland, Charlotte based photographer, has been making portraits of family, friends, and strangers for over a decade. Born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia, Margaret was influenced by cultural norms of the Deep South — a foundation that would later surface as an undercurrent in her work. Margaret’s work explores concepts of gender identity and performance, expectations of the self and of society, and the confluence of these ideas in the constructed poses of intimate portraits. Her works have been shown nationally at galleries and institutions, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., and The Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte.

Strickland selected 33 works out of 114 entries by 47 artists from 18 cities and 4 states to be displayed in the 28th Annual Juried Competition exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts. Awards were presented to:


Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: Field Notes 33 by Joana Wardell | Charlotte, NC

1st Place: Inanimate Altruism by Jacob Olsen | Rock Hill, SC

2nd Place: Flux Number 10 by Matthew Nielson | Florence, SC

3rd Place: Ultimate Lullaby by Tabitha Ott | Columbia, SC

Honorable Mention: Gold by Jake Francek | Rock Hill, SC

Honorable Mention: Pawpaw by Alexis Howard | Rock Hill, SC

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9AM-6 PM; Friday, 9 AM-5 PM; and the 2nd and 4th weekends, Saturdays, 10 AM-2 PM; Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM. O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the 28th 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 email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit the Arts Council’s webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.