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Jennifer Kirk Hamilton


Short Bio

Jennifer  enjoys using acrylics, gouache, drawing materials such as pen and inks, caren dache, conte crayons and exploring different surfaces. Jennifer Hamilton’s work is representational and expressionistic. She works from a variety of subject matter, including local landscapes, figures, and her pets. She uses clean and vibrant colors and brush work to express a frame of mind rather than illustrate her subjects.

Jennifer Hamilton a California native moved to South Carolina in 1972 and raised her family in the town of Rock Hill. Art has been a life long passion for Jennifer. Her formal training in art started at Winthrop College in the late 70’s. She has continued her studies by attending and working as a monitor at the Springmaid Watermedia workshops in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on average, two to six weeks a year. This pursuit has been ongoing since 1982. She has had the privilege of studying with many nationally know artists.
She worked for five years with the “Springs” show in Lancaster, SC. Unpacking, and hanging art work for the yearly exhibition, and helping in the office. She worked for the South Carolina Watercolor Society as their “Art Transport Driver” coordinating and physically picking up art show submissions for the yearly show, from 1991 until 2005. She is webmaster for Fine Arts Emporium a virtual gallery and artist web site she operated online since 1997. Fine Arts Emporium hosts the SCWS web site and provides online exhibit space for artists, an artist book store, and artist information pages. She maintains an art Studio on Main Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  


Selected Juried Shows

Union Art Show - 2004 Best in Show
Festival in the Park- Charlotte NC Juried Awards 2003
Art in the Park Juried Exhibition- Greenville, SC- 2002
20/20 Vision - Special Exhibition Traveling Show 1999 Included in 100 artists of SC in Century.
Anderson County Art Show, Anderson, SC 1995-1997(purchase award)-1998-(purchase award)-1999-2000-2004 (2001-2003 Purchase awards)2005 (Merit)
Union Juried Art Show, Union, SC 1997, 1998, 2004(First Place Award)2005(Merit)
Jubilee Juried Art Show, Rock Hill, SC 1997-2000 -2002-2004-2005(First Place)
Northern National- Rhinelander, Wisconsin 1996
South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, SC 1995-1996-1997-1998-1999-2001-2005(merit)
Come-See-Me Art Show, Rock Hill, SC 1992-1994-1995-1996
South Carolina Watercolor Society Show, SC 1989-1993-1995-2002(traveling show)-2004(traveling show)-2006(traveling show)
Hugo Art Retrospective Traveling Exhibit, Charleston, SC 1990/91

Selected Joint and One Man Exhibitions/
Juried Festivals

Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Festival 2006
Artista Vista Columbia 2006- Jay Takach Interiors - Joint Exhibition
Chester Art Council One man show 2004
Arlie Gardens Art Festival - 2004
Honey Horn at Hilton Head Island - 2004
Jubilee Rock Hill 1987-2005
Festival in the Park, Charlotte, NC  2002,2003
Old Hyde Park Art Festival, Tampa, FL 2003
Art In The Park, Fort Mill, SC 2003-2004
Regional Artists Benefit Show 2003-Proceeds to benefit Landsford Canal State Park in Lancaster, SC.
Matthews Art Fair, Mathews, NC 2002
Art In The Park, Greenville, SC 2002
Leroy Springs Artists Annual Fest-i-Fun Show and Sale 1982-present
Open Studio Artists Exhibition-Rock Hill, SC 2001,2002,2003,2004,2005, 2006
Piedmont Artists Group show Lancaster Art Center-Lancaster's 2002
Designer Houses-Lancaster, SC 2001
Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC Small Grant Recipients Show 1999
McCelevy Center for the Arts, York, SC - Group Show 1993
Designer House Exhibition, Tega Cay, SC- Group show 1991Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, Underground Artists Exhibition 1999
Thistledown Gallery, Rock Hill, SC - Group Show 1993 & 1996
York County Library, Rock Hill, SC - 1990 Two Man Show- 1994
Opening Invitational-Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC 1996
Lancaster Center for the Arts, Lancaster, SC One Man Show 1996
City Hall Gallery, Rock Hill, SC Two Man Show 1996
Bank of Rock Hill Lobby Exhibit, Rock Hill, SC Group Show 1997
Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, SC Group Show 1997
Piedmont Medical Center Gallery, Group Show 1989 & 1991City Hall Gallery, Rock Hill, SC Group Show 2000
Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC - Invitational Group Show 1989
Museum of York County- Group Show 1988
Francis Key Gallery - Lancaster, SC One Man Show 1989

Selected Collections

The First Bank of Rock Hill, Rock Hill, SC
Rockwell International, York, SC
Bank of York, York, SC
Rock Hill Arts Council, Rock Hill, SC
Quarles Collection, Rock Hill, SC
Rock Hill Bank and Trust, Rock Hill, SC
Also private collections in, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, California & Virginia, Michigan and Utah


Projects Grant from Rock Hill Arts Council - 1996
Projects Grant from Rock Hill Arts Council - 2005
Projects Grant from Rock Hill Arts Council - 2006

Commercial Art Projects

1994- Logo and out-door wall mural - Adopt- A - Pet- York County SC
1995- Wall Mural for the Café Carolinas, Tega Kay, SC
1996 -Wall Mural for Adopt - A - Pet York County
1997- Wall Mural for Louie's Grill and Bar, Charlotte, NC


1977 - 1979 Winthrop College Rock Hill, SC Art Major

Continuing Art Studies 1984- present. Have studied with Serge Hollerbach,
Alex Powers, Glen Bradshaw, Carrie Brown, and many others.



Watercolor Magazine 20th Anniversary issue November 2006
(20 Emerging Artists)
Video-WNCTV Ch30 PBS production, Aired November 1990 rebroadcast 1992
Watercolor Magic Magazine – “Ones to Watch” December Issue 2005
YC-York County Magazine – “Artist Profile” October Issue 2005
Sandlapper Magazine – “Art’s Merry Mover”  August Issue 2005


Charter Member Leroy Springs Artists-Fort Mill, SC
Member in Excellence-South Carolina Watercolor Society

Work Related

Webmaster/ www.fineartsemporium.com/ host to SCWS website, Springmaid Workshop brochure,  Site includes "An Artists Tour of York County" written and illustrated by Jenny Hamilton and Eileen Nichols E-mail/ webmaster@fineartsemporium.com
Diver SCWS (South Carolina Watercolor Society) Art Truck. 1990- 2005
Staff- Springmaid Watercolor Workshops, Springmaid beach SC. 1984-present

Transparent Watercolor
Acrylic on paper or canvas
Drawing - Pen and Ink, cont
é crayon
Note* I do not limit myself to one medium, but use whatever the subject dictates.


Gallery Affiliations

Taking applications