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 inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing art experiences for all ages.
The mission of Aiken Center for the Arts (ACA) is to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing art experiences for all ages.
The Aiken Center for the Arts should be a community hub of creative expression and appreciation of the visual and performing arts that inspires, educates and connects artists, students, residents and visitors through exhibitions, performances, arts education and a retail environment. We aspire to be the anchor for the downtown community by providing dynamic and engaging entertainment and cultural experiences 6 days per week, including evenings, which will encourage, promote and support downtown Aiken and its shops and restaurants. We hope to encourage, promote and support collaboration and partnerships with Aiken Arts and Human Services organizations for the betterment of the community, the mutual growth of our respective organizations and accessibility to the arts for all.
The Aiken Center for the Arts is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
Come visit us! Our gallery is free and open to the public.
122 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken SC 29801
Office: (803) 641-9094