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Tuning Up: Student art call + Carter Boucher, Adrian Rhodes news

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"Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, 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...
[caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="150"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption]

ArtFields Jr. is looking for student art

Submission deadline: February 12, 2021 The ArtFields Jr. Art Competition is open to South Carolina students in grades 1 through 12. All artwork submitted is considered by their review panel. Select pieces will be displayed during the month of April and final judging takes place during ArtFields. Schools and families are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony to support their student artists and developing artists throughout the community. Submissions for the 2021 competition are open through February 12, 2021. For complete details of the ArtFields Jr. competition, click here.

2020 is stopping neither Carter Boucher...

(Submitted material) Clarence Carter Boucher, Arts Access South Carolina master teaching artist, is continuing a very successful year. The website/blog https://www.detour-ahead.org/ is featuring three of his paintings and information about his art career, live now here. Plus:
  • "Art from the Heart," a hardback book about art, is going to include his oil portrait, Jesse James, composer.
  • Hip Pocket Press is publishing a piece of his flash fiction, Postcard to a Train Conductor.

... nor Adrian Rhodes

The 2020 SCAC visual arts fellow made a book of recent drawings, currently on view at 701 CCA as part of the 701 Prize Finalists exhibition. She is taking preorders for the book on her website through December 3rd.

701 CCA Prize: Deadline is Saturday

The deadline for the fourth installment of the 701 CCA Prize – a biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger – given by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, is SATURDAY. [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.

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.  

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.

Converse College professor a finalist for annual art prize

From the Spartanburg Herald-Journal: (Story by Jenny Arnold; photo by Michael Justus)

On road trips across the South, Andrew Blanchard collects images to be used in his artwork. Churches, rusted pickup trucks, graffiti, business signs and even roadkill - Blanchard, 37, a Converse College art professor, shoots photos of it all. He then incorporates these images of the South into his printmaking process. “I don't call them photographs,” Blanchard said, while working on a piece in a studio at Converse recently. “I call them images. They're a means to an end.” The new piece incorporates five churches - Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Pentecostal and Methodist - from photos taken on Southern road trips. Sometimes a few words or a phrase inspires a new piece for Blanchard, who plans to title the latest piece, “Which Way Will I Go?” Some of his works aim to destroy Southern stereotypes or blur the lines between urban, rural and country, he said. The art that comes from Blanchard's unique process of printmaking on wood panels now has him in the running for a prize to recognize outstanding young artists in South Carolina. He is a finalist for the Columbia-based 701 Center for Contemporary Artists' annual prize. The purpose of the competition “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,” according to the center. Blanchard's prints have collectors around the world. His work has been viewed by best-selling authors John Grisham and Stephen King, and bought by NFL quarterback Eli Manning. Blanchard's mixed-process prints on wood and paper have been included in more than 100 national and international juried print exhibitions and was included recently in New American Paintings and the Oxford American magazine, which named him among the New Superstars of Southern Art. Although his work has received accolades, Blanchard is excited about his art being recognized in the state he now calls home. “I'm really happy, super thankful,” he said. As Blanchard says in his artist's biography on his website, andrewblanchard.net, he was born in the “wild swamps” of Louisiana and grew up in Waveland, Miss. While in high school, he was inspired by the woodcuts of Walter Anderson and developed his interest in printmaking. “I got a hold of printmaking in my sophomore year of high school,” Blanchard said. “Printmaking is a lot of manual labor, and that's what I grew up doing.” That manual labor included laying carpet and carpentry. Woodworking is something Blanchard continues today - he makes his own wood panels for his prints, and built the cabinets at Cakehead Bake Shop, which his wife, Liz, owns. Blanchard's portfolio includes the series, “Dixie Totems,” which features images hand painted signs and pickup trucks and began as paper prints. He uses similar photos with Southern themes in his work now, but prints on wood. “Most people print on paper,” Blanchard said. “Working on wood panels is just so fun. People think they're paintings.” Wood is a more forgiving medium than paper. If Blanchard sees a mistake, it's easy to wipe it away with a wet rag or sand it out, something he can't do with paper prints. Blanchard received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his master's degree at the University of Mississippi. He's been working at Converse for nine years, and was the youngest faculty member at the college when he began working there. Blanchard entered seven pieces for the 701 Center competition. One sold at a reception held Oct. 30 There are two other finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA, consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm, a solo exhibition at 701 CCA, and an ad in a national publication. Susanne Floyd Gunter, chair of the Converse art department, said she's ecstatic that Blanchard has been chosen as a finalist. “Andrew gives a great twist on all things Southern,” Gunter said. Blanchard's originality comes from the way he mixes mediums, Gunter said. He uses printmaking, which is an old art form, but makes it new and unique by adding his own digital images and printing on wood panels rather than paper. “He really does have a Southern theme and a Southern sensibility,” Gunter said. “His technique gives it a freshness.” Gunter said Blanchard makes an impact on his students not only by his teachings in the classroom, but the work he produces himself. “I think Andrew is a consummate professional,” she said. “He sets high standards for himself and his students. Students see him exhibiting, and he requires his students to exhibit. He makes it part of the process.”

Three artists named 701 CCA Prize 2014 finalists

[gallery ids="15350,15349,15348"] 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., announces the finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2014: Andrew Blanchard of Spartanburg, Shannon Lindsey of Columbia and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston. The 701 CCA Prize 2014 is a competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The three finalists’ work will be shown in the 701 CCA Prize 2014 Exhibition, which will open Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, with an artists’ reception from 7 – 9 p.m., and run through December 21. The winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014 will be announced during a 701 CCA Prize 2014 Celebration event on Wednesday, December 3, from 7 – 10 p.m. This year’s Prize is the second installment of the biennial event. “The jury panel selected three outstanding artists,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “They had to choose from a strong field. While we had hoped for more than the 15 applications we received for the contest, the high percentage of really excellent artists who submitted made the process extraordinarily competitive. With Blanchard and Myers, we have two artists who already have made considerable waves in South Carolina and beyond. Lindsey is a relatively new but exciting arrival on the state’s art scene. And it’s a nice coincidence that we have one artist from the Upstate, one from the Midlands and one from the Lowcountry.” The three finalists were selected by an independent jury consisting of Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston, Mass.; Brad Thomas, director of residencies and exhibitions at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C.; and Hannah Davis, gallery and exhibitions manager at Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, S.C. The 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. “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 winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication. Blanchard (b. 1977) is a Louisiana native raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is the director of studio art and an associate professor of printmaking and photography at Converse College in Spartanburg. Blanchard holds a BA from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MFA from the University of Mississippi. His mixed-process prints on wood and paper have been included in more than hundred national and international juried print exhibitions. Blanchard’s work was included recently in New American Paintings and the Oxford American magazine, which named him among the New Superstars of Southern Art. Lindsey (b. 1985) earlier this year received her MFA from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and in 2008 earned a BFA from the University of South Florida. She teaches art as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina. Her work has been included in some 20 exhibitions in Florida and South Carolina. Lindsey is an interdisciplinary artist who explores drawing, painting, sculpture and installation with unconventional materials and processes. Myers (b. 1984) earlier this year had a solo exhibition at the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum Art. Her work has been in 17 solo exhibitions and dozens of group shows in eight states and Greece. She was included in the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2011. Myers earned an MFA from Boston University and a BFA from Michigan State University. She is the associate director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston and an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston. Myers’ work appeared in New American Paintings and, like Blanchard, the Oxford American magazine in 2012 listed her among the New Superstars of Southern Art. For more information, visit 701 CCA's website, or contact Sheldon Paschal at info@701cca.org or (803) 319-9949. Via: 701 CCA

S.C. artists 40 and younger invited to apply for 701 CCA Prize

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., announces the second installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a biennial art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The project will take place this year with a juried process resulting in a October – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. Eligible artists are invited to apply for the prize by September 8, 2014. Complete guidelines and the application are available online. [caption id="attachment_2729" align="alignright" width="184"]James Busby, Mirrorball work by 2012 701 CCA Prize winner James Busby, (Mirrorball, 2012)[/caption] The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments 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, 2012. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They must have or have had a solo exhibition in a museum, art center, regular commercial gallery or a designated gallery space in a cultural facility between September 1, 2012 – September 1, 2014. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. The application fee is $25. An independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The three finalists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition from October 30 – December 21, 2014, at 701 CCA. The exhibition’s opening reception will be October 30. The 701 CCA Prize Winner will be announced during the 701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 27, 2014. The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm; and an ad in a national publication. The jurors for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 will be announced later. For more information, contact director@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal at (803) 319-9949. Related: Artist James Busby wins inaugural 701 CCA Prize. Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art

Artist James Busby wins inaugural 701 CCA prize

The 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia has announced James Busby of Chapin, S.C., as the winner of the inaugural 701 CCA Prize, a competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years of age and younger. Busby will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA, consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm, a solo exhibition at 701 CCA and an ad in a national publication. The Rock Hill, S.C., native has exhibited at Stux Gallery, The Chelsea Art Museum, Scope New York and the Armory Show, all in New York; the University of Richmond Museum and Virginia Commonwealth University, both in Virginia; and the Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard in Paris, France. Busby was included in the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2012. He received his BFA and MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. His work consists of thick layers of polished gesso treated with graphite and acrylics. Recently, Busby has added color to his often geometric, sparse art works that play on the tension between the senses of vision and touch as their tactile surfaces catch and reflect light in a way that shifts constantly. The two additional finalists were Jim Arendt of Conway and Tonya Gregg of Hopkins. The three finalists’ work can be seen in the 701 CCA Prize 2012 Exhibition, which opened Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 16. The finalists were selected by an independent jury consisting of Lilly Wei, a prominent New York City art critic and curator; Paul Bright, the director of the Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Karen Watson, the director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, S.C. The jurors selected the three finalists from 19 applications. The Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young artists 40 and under whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art hopes to add a crucial component to the eco-system and infra-structure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” said Wims Roefs, director and board chair of 701 CCA. “Our state does not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina. We hope that this will fill part of that void.” The competition will become a biennial event. [caption id="attachment_2729" align="aligncenter" width="439"]James Busby, Mirrorball James Busby, Mirrorball, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on MDF, 19.5x14in[/caption] Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art