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 14 – Sunday, March 15, 2020. A free, public reception will be held on Thursday, March 5 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. Artwork by students from Rock Hill School District 3 elementary schools is on display in the Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery.


Raised in rural western Pennsylvania and in central Texas, Sarah Kennedy Irwin attended Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas, from which she graduated with honors in 1989. Since then Sarah has lived in Georgia and Florida, most recently settling in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for many years. In all those years, she has continued painting—finding fascination in faces, artifacts and visions.

Irwin is currently the Creative Director of the Friday Arts Project, where she works to maintain the organization’s standards of creative excellence, generosity, and partnerships with regional creative heads. She is also a freelance illustrator. Within her role at the Friday Arts Project, Sarah serves as the creative director of Art Party, and she has facilitated several conferences including 2014’s Dazzle Gradually Forum, 2013’s A Place at the Table, and 2012’s Beneath the Surface.

Her artwork has exhibited at galleries in Nacogdoches, TX, New York, NY, Long Island, NY, Rock Hill, SC, High Point, NC, and Lake City, SC. It is held in private collections, and her public commissions can be seen in Brooklyn, NY, Long Island, NY, and Portland, Oregon.

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.