Family Trust Wins Local Art Award


The Arts Council of York County presented its Business and the Arts Award to Family Trust for art commissioned from Winthrop University students for the Family Trust Center in downtown Rock Hill.

The nine pieces created by six Winthrop students include bike racks, a York County map made of porcelain and a wall made from railroad ties. Each piece helps tell the history of the credit union and Rock Hill and their ties to textiles.

Professors with Winthrop’s Visual and Performing Arts department worked hand-in-hand with Family Trust and the students during the two-year process. Students also collaborated with architects and builders on installation of the pieces.

“Family Trust had faith in this group of young artists. They issued contracts to them with deadlines and payment schedules. They provided them with a real-world experience in the arts,” Tom Stanley, chair of Winthrop’s Visual and Performing Arts, wrote in a letter supporting the nomination. “Family Trust set an example of best practices in public art.”

The award was one of several presented during Arts Council’s 37th annual celebration June 30. Comporium Communications was recognized for its continuing support of the Community Performance Center and the success of its Fountain Park.

Walker Nathaniel Dixon of Fort Mill received the Long Family Scholarship, which is funded by the Arts Council of York County and the Women’s Club of Rock Hill Outreach Funds; Kathleen Butcher and Greg Tennant received the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award.

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