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

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 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 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