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701 CCA Prize is looking for artists 40 and younger

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia announces the fourth installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. [caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="251"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] The project takes place this year with a juried process resulting in a November – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. This exhibition will then travel to Lake City for a second January-February exhibition. The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive:

  • a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA;
  • a solo exhibition at 701 CCA;
  • and an ad in a national art publication concurrent with the solo exhibition.
Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize 2018 by September 1 at 11:30 p.m. ET. An independent jury of three art professionals will evaluate all work submitted and select the three finalists, who will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition, as well as the winner of the prize, who will be announced at 701 CCA Prize Celebration on Nov. 29 at 701 CCA. The jury panel will select the winner based on the artists’ initial applications, not the work in the Prize Exhibition. After the 701 CCA Prize exhibition closes in Columbia on Dec. 23, 2018, the exhibition of the three finalists will travel to Lake City in January 2019.  

Visual artists featured in ‘SC.Fellows Part 2’

The final official events of the S.C. Arts Commission's 50th anniversary celebration are underway in Columbia and Spartanburg as three exhibitions that are part of "SC.Fellows Part 2" run concurrently. Works by a host of visual arts fellows past and present are  up for public display in a retrospective exhibition of SCAC Visual Arts and Craft Fellows covering 1976 to the present day.


The 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 Whaley St.) has the biggest collection, displaying works by James Arendt, Alice Ballard, Patti Brady, Jonathan Brilliant, Zoey Brookshire, Jeri Burdick, Jarod Charzewski, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Rebecca Des Marais, Linda Fantuzzo, Mark Flowers, Jack Steve Gerstner, J. Scott Goldsmith, Kristi Higby, Elizabeth Keller, Mike Lavine, Larry Lebby, Elizabeth Melton, Philip Mullen, Jane Allen Nodine, Jorge Otero, Herb Parker, Clifton Peacock, Michael Phillips, David Ross Puls, Michael Tice, and Susan B. Wooten. 701 CCA is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. [caption id="attachment_35234" align="alignright" width="225"] "Laced Landscape" (detail) Kim Keats[/caption] The Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College (1600 Harden St.) opens with a reception tonight and will display works by Alice Boyle, M. Tallon Chalmers, Dennis Croteau, Heidi Darr Hope, Karen E. Davies, Mary Edna Fraser, Eugene Horne, Damond Howard, Judy V. Jones, Kim Keats, Peter Lenzo, Robert Lyon, Leo Manske, Paula Smith, Megan Wolfe, and Howard Woody. The Ponder Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.   Both exhibitions run through June 24.


Artist Jonathan Brilliant is the sole fellow in focus at Spartanburg Art Museum (200 E. St. John St.) beginning today and running through Aug. 5.  SAM is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Tuning Up: New exhibits go(ing) up in Sumter, Columbia

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

  • Sumter County Gallery of Art, in the Sumter County Cultural Center (200 Hasell St., Sumter), recently launched two new exhibits featuring contemporary artists Shanequa Gay and Lorna Ruth Galloway. The exhibits run through June 22. For more information, go here.
  • In Columbia, plan to check in on S.C. Arts Commission Visual Arts and Craft Fellows from 1976-2018 when two new exhibitions open this month, both running from May 10-June 24. Click here for a listing of artists at each.
    • 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 Whaley St., Columbia)
    • Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College (1600 Harden St., Columbia)

SC.Fellows exhibition celebrates exceptional artists

SC.Fellows Part I, a retrospective exhibition of the South Carolina Arts Commission's visual arts and craft fellows, is on view in two Columbia locations through Sept. 17.  701 Center for Contemporary Art and the McMaster Gallery at the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design have partnered with the Arts Commission to present this exhibition as part of the S.C. Arts Commission's 50th Anniversary celebration. Several solo and group exhibitions of current and past fellows are being developed around the state. SC.Fellows is drawn from work of the 89 artists who have received fellowships since the program launched in 1976. Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. “The 50th anniversary of the South Carolina Arts Commission provides an ideal opportunity to survey the breadth and depth of art made in South Carolina,” says New York art critic and author Eleanor Heartney, who curated SC.Fellows Part I & II. “The recipients of the award were selected solely on the basis of artistic merit, and as the works reveal, they work in media ranging from ceramic, papermaking and textiles to painting, sculpture, photography, installation and assemblage. The work is equally diverse in content. The fellowship winners present private worlds, wrestle with social and political issues, explore the expressive potential of abstraction, and celebrate the complexities and beauties of the natural world.” Heartney is a contributing editor for Art in America magazine and the author of several books, including Art & Today (2008). In 2004 she curated Thresholds, the traveling exhibition of art from five Southern states organized by the S.C. Arts Commission. In 2009, she curated The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations, a two-part traveling exhibition organized by the commission and 701 CCA. SC.Fellows Part II takes place in spring 2018 at 701 CCA and Benedict College Henry Ponder Gallery.  The exhibition is supported in part by First Citizens. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street (2nd floor).  During exhibitions, hours are Wed–Sat, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5 p.m. The McMaster Gallery is located at 1615 Senate St. During exhibitions, hours are Mon–Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Find out about other 50th Anniversary Fellowship exhibitions.

Conway artist Yvette L. Cummings wins 701 CCA Prize

(Image: When the Magpie Came, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48) Conway, S.C., artist Yvette L. Cummings has won the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Yvette Cummings“Cummings is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Colleen Critcher and Jena Thomas.” Critcher is from Hartsville and was, like Cummings, selected for last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thomas is from Spartanburg, where she arrived from Florida earlier this year to teach at Converse College. As the winner, Cummings will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine. In 2015, Cummings was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and for Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, N.C. Also in 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Black Creek Arts Gallery in Hartsville, S.C. Other solo shows were at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., and City Art Gallery in Columbia, S.C. Her work has been in some 30 group exhibitions, mostly in the South and Midwest. Among the venues where Cummings has shown are Women Made Gallery in Chicago, Ill., the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and Kendall College of Art & Design, both in Grand Rapids, Mich., the Florence County (S.C.) Museum, the Pickens County (S.C.) Museum of Art and History, the Anderson (S.C.) Arts Center and the Durham (N.C.) Art Guild. Cummings holds an MFA and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a BFA from Kendal College. She also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. The finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Jonell Logan, independent curator and founder of 300 Arts Project LLC in Belmont, N.C.; and Jennifer Smith, gallery & marketing director of The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, S.C. The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “All three finalists easily matched the criteria,” Roefs said, “as did many of the artists who submitted a portfolio for the judge’s consideration but didn’t make it to the finals.” This year’s installment was the third 701 CCA Prize event. “With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.” The 701 CCA Prize 2016 exhibition will remain on view through December 18. The exhibition catalogue is available at 701 CCA for $5. About 701 CCA 701 CCA is a nonprofit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

SC professional artists under 40 invited to apply for 701 CCA Prize

Application deadline is Sept. 3; eligibility requirements have changed. 701cca_logo701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., announces the third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a biennial art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. This juried project will result in a November – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. The application guidelines and package can be downloaded at www.701cc.org. Applications are due by Sept. 3. The application fee is $25. With this third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has dropped the requirement that applicants should have had a solo exhibition in a professional exhibition venue in the past two years. “During the past two installments, we noticed that several serious, talented young artists wouldn’t apply for the 701 CCA Prize because they hadn’t had a solo exhibition in a professional venue in the two previous years,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “To open up the competition and exhibition and include all young, major talents in the state, we, therefore, have decided to drop that particular requirement.” The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic development and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young, professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2014. The winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art publication. The previous two winners were James Busby of Chapin in 2012 and Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia in 2014. (Lindsey's work is pictured above.) For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Wim Roefs at (803) 238-2351. About 701 Center for Contemporary Art 701 CCA is a nonprofit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.  During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 11-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

701 Center for Contemporary Art seeking executive director

701cca_logoApplication deadline is June 15. 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is seeking an executive director to provide oversight of the programs and facilities of the Center, a nonprofit institution whose primary mission is originating and presenting museum-quality contemporary art to a diverse audience. The executive director supports the mission of the Center through organizing the day-to-day operation and accessibility of the Center and its programs, overseeing the development of programs and services, building visibility and knowledge of 701 CCA’s mission and activities, and partnering in securing and diversifying financial support. The executive director works closely with the board of directors, a team of committed individuals from different segments of the community. Successful candidates need to demonstrate strong time management and priority setting abilities and must be self-motivated and able to devise as well as follow work plans and schedules. Candidates must be able and enthusiastic about working with diverse individuals and groups of people and comfortable working in an environment that requires a flexible attitude and improvisational skills. They should have a hands-on approach and an enthusiasm for the role of the arts in a thriving environment. Strong writing and speaking skills and an ability to convey the importance of the role of 701 CCA in the community are important. 701 CCA is a volunteer-based organization that strives to not only promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art, but also to advocate for the importance of the creative process and the role of art and artists in daily life. The Center offers thought-provoking exhibitions, an Artist in Residency program, educational programs for adults and youth including workshops, artist-lead gallery tours, open studio events, and exhibition openings, and a series of 701 CCA Plus programs presenting diverse performing, literary and music events. Essential to the Center’s vision is the creation of opportunities where artists and the public can interact in an intimate space and exchange information and ideas about the art of today. The job of executive director is a permanent salary-exempt position. Annual and sick leave are provided and national holidays are observed. The executive director is provided with a stipend to assist with health insurance coverage after a probationary period, as well as memberships to relevant arts and cultural organizations as determined by the board of directors. A full position description is available through e-mail request to director@701cca.org. Interested individuals should submit a full resume, names of four references, and a cover letter demonstrating both why they think they are qualified for the position and what particular skills they can bring to the job. These items must be mailed to Search Committee, 701 CCA, P. O. Box 12822, Columbia, SC 29211. 701 CCA is an equal opportunity employer. The deadline for applying is June 15, 2016.

Artist Aldwyth to be honored in Columbia at 701 CCA exhibit

The South Carolina Arts Commission recognized Aldwyth in 2015 with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award in the Artist category. From The Island Packet Article by Nancy Welland, photo by Jerry Siegel

AldwythDada is a state of mind. Dada is artistic free thinking. Dada gives itself to nothing. So is Dada defined. So is dada defined... Andre Breton The work of renowned Hilton Head Island artist Aldwyth will be acknowledged, yet again, by the residency presented to her by the city of Columbia. The 79-year-old artist is celebrated for her work in bricolage -- a French word meaning construction or creation from a diverse range of available things -- in sculpture, structure, assemblage or collage. Her collage work will be the subject of an exhibit detailing the preparation of two epic-sized wall collages which will fill a room adjacent to the studio loft at the Center for Contemporary Art at 701 Whaley Street. At the official opening reception, Jan. 31, visitors will have the opportunity to meet and congratulate Aldwyth, take in her talk on Dadaism, and view her new collage pieces "I am and have been creating two large wall collage installations in a room joining the Gallery with the purpose of celebrating and marking the 100 years since the very beginning of the Dada Movement in Europe," said Aldwyth. "That was February 1916." During the following months, according to CCA executive director Wim Roefs, there will be lectures and performances relating to Dadaism. Also taking place in that location, several months into the future, are presentations in music, little theater performances, an evening with Jaap Blonk, the foremost sound painter, and with Tim Daisy, well known in the Chicago, percussive jazz scene. Jan Arp, a major force in the Dada movement of 1916, was quoted as saying when asked why Dadaism? "We were revolted by the butchering of the war, so we devoted ourselves to the arts. While guns rumbled in the distance, we sang, we painted, made collages and wrote poems with all our might." Dada was an anti-bourgeois movement to the radical left. It involved the viewer in the interpretation of the work, a new concept toward the appreciation of art. Dada was not simply created and performed by the artist alone. Nor was its creation limited to a short window of opportunity. The recent death of singer/artist David Bowie reminded us that during the early 1980's, in one of his several iterations, he reintroduced a brand of Dadaism through his music, his poetry, his off the wall fashion statements and particularly through his video and film work. More than just "Ziggy Stardust," and "Man Who Fell to Earth," we now extend our thinking to Bowie"s constant redefinition of his astonishing audio and visual sensibilities . Clearly we all will regard his January 2016 "Black Star" album in a new way. "The pairing of Aldwyth and her careful collage and assemblage to the celebration of the official opening of the Dada Movement at our gallery was perfect," said Roefs. "The opening of the exhibit and the very important events that we will offer in the next few months are going to take us to a cutting edge of another accomplishment." Combining found items, detritus from natural sources, illustrations from magazines and books and Aldwyth's clusters of well chosen words in her collages balances the authenticity, experimental, skeptical, regressive, aggressive, approaches we find in the work of the Dadaists. Through it all, we can't overlook elements of her intellect, her artistic sense of design and her unwavering, sardonic sense of humor. Dada is dead...long live dada... Aldwyth Her collages are epically scaled and intricately fashioned. And that Aldwyth provides us with unique, original, breathtaking moments which seem to transport us to a new place. The impact of her work will disturb your calm in a very good way. Her work has been featured in a critically acclaimed exhibit "Aldwyth: work v./ work n./ Collage and assemblage 1991-2009, at the Halsey Museum in Charleston. She was later designated by the South Carolina Arts Commission in 2015 to receive its highest honor, the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award, an award based on life's work. "My work is what I do...And I do it for myself." said Aldwyth. "I am the one who must be satisfied with the results." She quoted Bowie: "Everything is rubbish and all rubbish is good." "He got that right," said Aldwyth.

S.C. artists invited to submit work to 701CCA S.C. Biennial

Submission deadline is June 29, 2015, 5 p.m. Biennial 2013 701 Center for Contemporary Art seeks submissions for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015, a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition will be held at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The 701 CCA S.C. Biennial 2015 will be presented in two parts with openings in September and November.

The goals of the Biennial exhibition are to provide a venue to showcase recent work reflecting local, regional and national trends and issues influencing contemporary artists living and working in South Carolina and to increase awareness and appreciation of the artistic contributions and accomplishments of the state’s visual artists. The exhibition draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years. The 701 CCA S.C. Biennial 2015 is the third installment of the exhibition at 701 CCA.

Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply in order to reflect the stylistic and cultural diversity of art produced in the state. An artist must be a current resident of South Carolina. An exhibition catalogue will be produced to document the exhibition. Exhibition dates Biennial Part I, September 10 – October 25, 2015 Biennial Part II, November 5 – December 20, 2015 Selection process: A jury panel of three curators/critics representing local, regional and national perspectives will review submitted materials and select artists for inclusion in the exhibition. A 701 CCA curatorial team will select works for the exhibition through studio visits or from submitted images. The jurors will be announced at a later date. Submission materials, all to be submitted on a CD/DVD:
  • Ten images of available work produced in the last two years. Images should be in a jpeg format with a minimum size of 1024 wide x 768 high ppi (pixels per inch) at 300 dpi resolution and formatted for presentation on a PC-based platform.
Artists should also include in a text-based format (e.g. Microsoft word):
  • Checklist that includes title, date, medium, size
  • Brief statement about the work that addresses the artist’s intent (not to exceed 200 words)
  • Resume and biographical sketch
Also include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of submitted materials. Fee: $25 per artist. Revenues generated through entry fees will be used to offset the cost of producing a full color catalogue. Checks can be made payable to 701 CCA. Submission deadline: All materials should be submitted by June 29, 2015, 5 p.m. Notification: Artists will be notified of the results of the selection process by July 20, 2015. Submit materials to: 701 CCA S.C. Biennial 2015 701 Center for Contemporary Art PO Box 12822 Columbia, SC 29211  For more information, visit www.701cca.org or contact Sheldon Paschal, 803.319.9949. Images: 701 CCA SC Biennial 2013 Parts I & II.