Permanence: Works by Erin Zerbe and Amber Eckersley

ROCK HILL, SC – Permanence, works by Erin Zerbe and Amber Eckersley opens in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC, on Friday, August 2, 2019. This exhibition runs through Sunday, September 8, with a free, public reception on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

Erin Zerbe and Amber Eckersley’s works explore the permanence of life through the transformation of objects by virtue of the imprecise reflection of memories.

ERIN ZERBE | This body of work seeks to explore the convergence of archaic technology and precious crystals and minerals. By combining natural and found objects paired with discarded, broken, and obsolete tech items, Zerbe calls attention to how quickly tech transitions from treasure to trash and the impermanence it has in our lives. However, like these crystalline forms in the pieces, these tech objects are made of materials that will far outlive us and continue to impact our planet long after we are gone. She wonders what new minerals will form from the objects that are so carelessly discarded and replaced?

Erin Zerbe earned her BFA in Kinetic Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, received her MFA and Certificate of Post-Secondary Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Zerbe is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Marietta College, and Visiting Professor of Graphic Design at Siena Heights University. Her works have been on display in more than 40 shows including solo exhibitions at the Hermann Fine Arts Center, the Elise Munro Gallery, ARTifact, Peoria Art Guild, School 33 Art Center, and FAB Gallery; in group shows at Beaver Hall Gallery, The Factory (Italy), Montpelier Arts Center, Art | Basel, and The Gallery NOVA; and in juried shows at Fort Worth Arts Center, CORE New Art Space, Ann Arbor Arts Center, and Nine5 Gallery. Erin's work extends into the film medium, screening at film festivals including International People's Choice Film Festival (Quito, Ecuador), Scene First Student Film Festival (Salt Lake City, Utah), and Open APPeture Short Film Festival (Boone, NC). | erinzerbe.com

AMBER ECKERSLEY | This series of work explores the fragmented nature of memory, investigates the dynamism of my grandma’s kitchen, and subverts nostalgia typically associated with the South. Each image in the series represents a particular memory, set of memories, or fragment of memories from Eckersley's childhood of planting, growing, and picking food with her grandma as well as preserving it and cooking it with her.


Amber Eckersley, born and raised in Conway, SC, received her MFA in Visual Arts from Clemson University and her BA in History from Coastal Carolina University. Amber’s work is strongly influenced by her experiences growing up pulling weeds with her mother, hunting with her father, and canning tomatoes with her grandma under the unrelenting humidity of South Carolina summers. Her work explores themes of memory and residue, utilizing various mediums including photography, scanning, video, and audio. | ambereckersley.com

Exhibits in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts are sponsored by O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits.


Bent Knee, works by Josiah Blevins is on display in the Perimeter Gallery throughout the duration of the Permanence.


The Rock Hill Elementary Schools’ Children’s Fall Show is on display in the Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery at the Center for the Arts through October 27.

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.