Art is for Everyone!
Founded in 1972 by artists Pat Koelker and Nancy Wilds, Rose Hill Arts Center became a place for aspiring artists to create, to teach and learn. It was originally located at the Rose Hill Estate on Barnwell Avenue and soon became a haven for a variety of artistic disciplines. In 1993, the Center's current home at 122 Laurens Street became available, and Rose Hill evolved into Aiken Center for the Arts. The name was chosen due to the Center's central location in the downtown area.
Today, the Aiken Center for the Arts offers a multitude of outreach and awareness programs including opportunities for children and adults; juried shows and competitions, lectures and instruction, and a variety of concert events; music, dance, film, and other performing arts; as well as a Gallery Store where local artisans offer their original works for sale. Year-round exhibits feature artists from around the world, with an emphasis on local and regional talent of the South.
The mission of Aiken Center for the Arts is to foster partnerships for the growth of an arts community and to provide arts education, cultural activities, and art opportunities that enrich the quality of life in Aiken.
On Exhibit in May!
Aiken Artist Guild Juried Competition (Founders, Westignhouse and Wyatt Galleries), John Bradley (AAG), and ACA Instructors (Brooks)
2013 Aiken Artist Guild Member Show
Winner: Best of Show - "Markell II" by Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter
Congratulations 2013 Aiken Artist Guild Member Show Winners:
Best of Show = "Markell II" by Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter
Best Aiken Scene Award = "Rye Patch" by Ford Bond
New Member Award = "Twighlight Memories" by Angela Giller
Peoples Choice = Ellene Southerland
1st = "Autumn In Hitchcock Woods" by Jane Popiel
2nd = "Blue Mountain Sunrise" by Robert Holladay
3rd = "An Aiken Yard in Spring" by Mary Ann Brock
Honorable Mention = "Room With View" by Susan Pickett
Honorable Mention = "Telluride Bull" by Mary Alice Lockhart
1st = "Running Free" by Martha Lockhart
2nd = "Furry Kind of Love by Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter
3rd = "The ManToolist" by Suzanne Simmons
Honorable Mention = "SC Identity Thief" by Ron Butler
Honorable Mention = "Momma's Mean" by Lindy Crandell
1st = "Raku Vase" by Carol Sue Roberts
2nd = "Flower Series Red #6" by Linda Hardy
3rd = "Dilly Dahlia" by Jeannette Shoemaker
1st = "Cattails and Wrens" by Mary Mccullah
2nd = "Manifest Majesty (Great Egret)" by Danny O'Driscoll
3rd = "Green" by Tom Supensky
Honorable Mention = "Moma's Mad" by Michael Wayne Farmer
Honorable Mention = "Windsor Wood Sprite" by Claudia Wilson DeLorme
1st = "Rising" by Gail Wheeler
2nd = "Reflection" by Ae Alford Young
3rd = "Stairway to Heaven" by Colleen Morgan