Youth Art Month Features Rock Hill Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition

ROCK HILL, SC – The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill Schools present the annual Teachers' Choice Youth Art Exhibition - featuring selected artwork by Rock Hill students from high, middle, and elementary schools. This exhibition has been created in honor of Youth Art Month, and will be on display in all three galleries at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill, from Friday, February 16 – Friday, March 16, 2018. A free, public reception will be held on Thursday, March 8 at 5:30 PM during which, awards will be presented to the best in mixed media, painting, drawing, and sculpture at the high school and middle school levels.

The Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit features works by students enrolled in schools within the Rock Hill Schools. Artwork by students at Northwestern High School, Rock Hill High School, and South Pointe High School is on exhibition in the Dalton Gallery. In the Perimeter Gallery, artwork by students from Castle Heights, Dutchman Creek, Rawlinson Road, Saluda Trail, and Sullivan Middle Schools is on display. Students from sixteen elementary schools have artwork on exhibition including Belleview, Ebenezer Avenue, Ebinport, Finley Road, Independence, India Hook, Lesslie, Mount Gallant, Mount Holly, Northside School of the Arts, Oakdale, Old Pointe, Richmond Drive, Rosewood, Sunset Park, and York Road Elementary Schools.


R. Scot Hockman serves as juror for the 2018 exhibit, judging the high school and middle school exhibitions. R. Scot Hockman has been a leader in South Carolina’s arts education community for more than 38 years as a middle school art teacher, as a writer and facilitator of state academic standards and curriculum guides, and as the Education Associate for the Visual and Performing Arts at the South Carolina Department of Education. He has served as president of the South Carolina Art Education Association as well as the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education. He was a writer of the 2003 South Carolina Visual Arts Curriculum Standards and Curriculum Guide. Numerous national organizations have tapped Scot’s expertise to inform nationwide programs and decision-making, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, U.S. Department of Education, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, States Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards and the Arkansas Arts Council. In 2003, Scot was recognized as the National Arts Education Association Middle Level Art Educator of the Year. In addition, he received the Teacher of the Year Award from the South Carolina Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Outstanding Professional Accomplishment Award from the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education, Piccolo Spoleto Special Recognition Award, the Columbia Museum of Art Mac Arthur Goodwin Award, and the Dance Advocacy Award from the South Carolina Dance Association.

The Center for the Arts is located at 121 East Main Street, in the Cultural District of Downtown Rock Hill. All three galleries at the Center for the Arts are open Monday through Thursday - 9 AM - 6 PM, Friday - 9 AM - 5 PM, and the second and fourth weekends of each month, Saturday from 10 AM - 2 PM, and Sunday from 2 - 4 PM.

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 our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.