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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

Wearable art inspired by textile mills at Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete

Celebrate the finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with a fashion performance and party, April 24, from 7-10 p.m. Charleston artist Leigh Magar will present her Mill Collection, the culmination of her work as a 701 CCA artist-in-residence in this unique fashion show featuring members of the Power Company as models with original music compositions by Charleston-based composer and artist Nick Jenkins. The party is free for 701 CCA members, with a $5 donation suggested from nonmembers. [caption id="attachment_12085" align="alignright" width="188"]First dress created for 701 CCA residence First dress created for 701 CCA residence[/caption] Magar has transformed the gallery at 701 CCA into a workshop and showroom. Inspired by a textile heritage, Magar is creating wearable art from leftover mill materials and fabrics, with visitors to the gallery witnessing her creative process played out in real time. Her Mill Collection consists of handmade items created in limited numbers that integrate art and fashion by capturing the essence of “slow design.” Each garment combines various artisan techniques: hand dying, drawing, needlework embellishment, and sculpting. The collection includes frocks, aprons, hats and accessories inspired by Lewis W. Hine’s historic, early 20th-century photographs of children working in textile mills. Magar, who studied millinery at the Fashion Institute in New York City, opened Magar Hatworks in Charleston in 1996. Her stylish hats, ranging from fedoras to elaborate cocktail wear, have been sold by high-end stores such as Barney’s in New York City and Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Her celebrity clients include Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt, Gregory Hines and Christina Aguilera. In 2010, she established Madame Magar, bringing her interest in fashion design full circle with a dress and accessories line. Madame Magar’s Workshop is a work-in-progress art installation open to the public during gallery hours through April 30. For more information, visit 701 CCA's website. Via: 701 CCA

Come right in: Artists open doors for Open Studios 2014

[gallery ids="11908,11909,11905,11904,11903,11900"] Take a peek into the work spaces and creativity of 45 artists during Columbia Open Studios, taking place Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sponsored by 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Open Studios is a free, self-led driving tour of artists’ working studios spanning Richland and Lexington Counties. Artists will be on hand to share their personal stories, cultural backgrounds, tools and techniques. Their work will be available for purchase at zero markup. A list of artists, a print guide with maps and a web-based guide are available. Find out more and map out your tour on the 701 CCA website. A Preview Party for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios will be held on Thursday, April 3 at 701 Whaley from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for the general public. Related: Read The State's article, Open Studio Tour: A sneak peek of the open doors to art studios. Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art  

701 CCA opens South Carolina Biennial 2013

The 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia launches its second South Carolina Biennial, a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. First held in 2011, the Biennial exhibition provides a venue to showcase recent work reflecting local, regional and national trends and issues influencing contemporary artists living and working in South Carolina. The exhibition was developed to increase awareness and appreciation of the artistic contributions and accomplishments of the state’s visual artists by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years. Part I of Biennial 2013 will run from Sept. 5 - Oct. 20, presenting half of the artists selected by an independent jury for the exhibition. The other half will be presented in Part II, which will run from November 7 – December 22. An artists’ reception is scheduled Sept. 5 from 7 – 9 p.m. Admission to the reception is free for 701CCA members; a $5 donation is suggested for non-members. The 25 artists included in the Biennial 2013 were selected from 123 submissions by South Carolina artists. Part I artists: Jim Boden, Hartsville; Jeanet Dreskin^+, Greenville; Barbara Duval^*, Charleston; Jean Grosser^*, Hartsville; Susan Lenz, Columbia; Peter Lenzo^*, Columbia; Robert Lyon*, Columbia; Katy Mixon, Orangeburg; Mary Robinson, Columbia; Caroline Rust, Rock Hill; Tom Stanley^, Rock Hill; Todd Stewart, Liberty; and Valerie Zimany, Central. Part II artists: Aldwyth^, Hilton Head; Michaela Pilar Brown, Columbia; Jim Connell^, Rock Hill; Jim Creal~, Spartanburg; Diana Farfan~, Greenville; Donna Cooper Hurt, Charleston; Nina Kawar, Clemson; Doug McAbee, Laurens; Dorothy Netherland, Charleston; Cliffton Peacock*, Charleston; Sara Schneckloth, Columbia; and David Yaghjian, Columbia. Artists working in all media and styles were encouraged to apply in order to reflect the stylistic and cultural diversity of art produced in the state. Artists had to be a current resident of South Carolina. The jury consisted of David Furchgott of Washington, D.C., Cecelia “Ce” Scott of Charlotte, N.C., and Frank McCauley of Sumter, S.C. Read more in this article published in the Free Times. * S.C. Arts Commission Fellow ^ work included in the S.C. State Art CollectionArtists' Ventures Initiative grantee + Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award recipient Via: 701CCA

701 Center for Contemporary Art seeks Biennial submissions

The 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia seeks submissions for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013, a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists.  Biennial 2013 will be presented in two parts with openings in September and November. The goals of the Biennial exhibition are 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 of the state's visual artists. Submission deadline is June 1. Visit the 701 CCA website for more information and complete guidelines. Via: 701 CCA

Call for entries: SC Festival of Flowers juried art show

Deadline for digital entry: May 8, 2013 Artists are invited to submit entries for the juried art show taking place at the Arts Center of Greenwood during the 2013 Festival of Flowers. Exhibition dates are June 3 through July 12. The reception and awards ceremony takes place on June 22 from 5 - 7 p.m. with awards announced at 6 p.m. Up to $2,500 in monetary awards will be given. The fee to enter is $30 for one or two works. Any medium is accepted and there are no size restrictions. The works are not required to be floral in content. Entry deadline is May 8. This year's featured juror is Wim Roefs, owner of the if ART Gallery in Columbia, South Carolina. Roefs is an independent curator, art consultant and exhibition designer. He is also the chairman of the board for Columbia's 701 Center for Contemporary Art. Review the entry form for complete eligibility requirements and guidelines. Via: Arts Center of Greenwood

Columbia Open Studios artists announced

701 Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) has announced the 58 artists participating in Columbia Open Studios, March 23-24, 2013. This free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios will span Richland and Lexington Counties. The participating artists’ studios will be open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., with the artists on hand to share their personal stories and backgrounds, and demonstrate their tools and techniques. Artists' work will be available for purchase at zero markup. Successful Open Studios events are held across the country, from Greenville, S.C. to San Francisco, C.A. 701 Center for Contemporary Art began hosting Columbia Open Studios as an annual, signature event in 2011, when participating artists’ studios had over 4,000 visits. The 2012 event saw more than a 150 percent increase, with more than 10,000 visits to visual artists' working studios throughout the Midlands. The Participating Artists for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2013 are:

  • Christy Aitken
  • Hannah Aitken
  • Angel Allen
  • Jeff Amberg
  • Nancy K. Butterworth
  • Heidi Darr-Hope *
  • Mike Donkle
  • Jeff Donovan
  • Clark Ellefson *
  • Betty Evans
  • Nora Floyd/Ruth Bayard
  • Diane Gilbert
  • Mary Gilkerson
  • Bonnie Goldberg
  • Katrina Hampton
  • Lyssa Harvey
  • Mary Ann Haven
  • Ruby Haydock DeLoach
  • Robert W. Hickman
  • Howard Hunt
  • Judy Bolton Jarrett
  • Russell Jeffcoat
  • Michele Kingery
  • Amanda Ladymon
  • Alicia Leeke
  • Whitney LeJeune
  • Sharon Collings Licata
  • Letitia “Tish” Lowe
  • Chappy Manning
  • Barbie Mathis
  • Michel McNinch
  • Regina Moody
  • Julia Moore
  • K. Page Morris
  • Jane Muller
  • One Eared Cow Glass
  • Patrick M. Parise
  • Gretchen Evans Parker
  • Rachel Parker
  • Carol Pittman
  • Shannon Purvis
  • Carolyn Ramsay
  • Mary Robinson
  • Grace Rockafellow
  • Walton Selig
  • J. Spencer Shull
  • Blue Sky *
  • Kevin Smith
  • Marian Soule
  • Laura Spong *
  • Curran Stone
  • Christian Thee *
  • Martha Thomas
  • Nini Ward
  • Carey Weathers
  • Ron Weathers
  • Beth West
  • Ellen Emerson Yaghjian
* Several of the artists participating in 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2013 have been recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Works by Heidi Darr-Hope, Blue Sky, and Laura Spong are included in the State Art Collection. Heidi Darr-Hope, Clark Ellefson, and Christian Thee have been honored with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts. Clark Ellefson was awarded a Craft Fellowship, and Heidi Darr-Hope received an Artists' Ventures Initiative Grant.
There will be a Preview Party March 21st from 7 to 9pm, at 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, S.C. Entry is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a slideshow preview, and the opportunity to meet the artists. As an added bonus to this year’s event, there will be an exhibition of participating 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios artists. “thehallway:communityart” will be on view from March 17-24 in the first-floor community art gallery at 701 Whaley.  Admission is free and Open Studios maps & program guides will be available. Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2011 Photos by Forrest Clonts Studio

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