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

Youth Art Month Features

Rock Hill Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibition

ROCK HILL, SC – The Arts Council of York County and Rock Hill School District 3 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 15 – Friday, March 15, 2019. A free, public reception will be held on Thursday, March 7 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, Rawlinson Road, Saluda Trail, and Sullivan Middle Schools is on display. Students from sixteen elementary schools have artwork on exhibit 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.

JUROR | Marie Cheek

Artist and educator, Marie Cheek received several awards for her artwork in community-wide art shows while a student at Rock Hill High School; she’s been an advocate for arts-in-education ever since. She was a teaching artist on the S.C. Arts Commission’s approved artist roster and conducted mural painting artist-in-residencies from 1997 - 2013, founded the Western York County Art After School program in 2010, and was associate professor of art and gallery director at Clinton College from 2007 - 2014. Marie Cheek’s Master of Arts graduate thesis was based on her teaching experience, arts participation research, and love of creative community - Point of Intersection: Arts Participation, Art Appreciation and Community Cultural Development (Della Marie Cheek, 2011, available at Winthrop University’s Dacus Library and online at The Graduate School’s Digital Commons: https://digitalcommons.winthrop.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1066&context=graduatetheses )

Presently employed by Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, Marie Cheek oversees community relations for the organization’s four unique sites and is a perceptive advocate for the arts and cultural tourism.

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.