ROCK HILL, SC –  EXHIBIT on Tuesday, July 8 through Friday, July 11. LECTURE on Thursday, July 10 DISCUSSION on Friday, July 11.



Tuesday, July 8 (Opening Night) | 7PM-10PM
Wednesday, July 9 | 7PM-10PM
Thursday, July 10 | 3PM-10PM
Friday, July 11 | 7PM-10PM


Thursday, July 10 | 7PM-8PM


Friday, July 11 | 6:55-7:55

exhibit + lecture at the Gettys Center

201 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC in the Petit Jury Room (above the courtroom)

discussion at Amelie’s

157 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730, USA

(see calendar)

Friday Arts Project presents a weeklong installation-Art as Experience-at the Gettys Art Center in old town Rock Hill, SC. This is a part of a two week long artist-in residence program.

Historically, a framed artwork has been the modus operandi or usual mode of experiencing art-primarily engaging the viewer’s sense of sight. Immersive art, where the viewer fully enters the piece-engaging other senses-has increased in prominence over the last two decades. “Art as Experience” seeks to engage immersive art and its predominant ideas through an installation piece, a lecture by the resident artist, and continued dialogues throughout the two week residency.

Professor and artist-in-residence Ryann Cooley will lecture on the history and ideas surrounding immersive installation art; some focus will be on the development of this art forms in the 20th century. He will also talk about his own ideological development with immersive installation art-touching on the influences of the “Feel yourself Seeing” piece installed at the Gettys Center. Afterwards, there will be a Q&A and interview time guided by Friday Arts Project Director, Kirk Irwin.

Support for this project is provided by in part by Houghton College and by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Ryann Cooley

Ryann Cooley



Ryann Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist working in the mediums of photography, video, sculpture and installation. He is also an Associate Professor of Digital Media and Photography at Houghton College in Houghton, NY.