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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