Jim Arendt, Yvette & Ansley, 2010, cut denim, 60” x 30”.

Jim Arendt

Conway resident Jim Arendt (b. 1978, Flint, Mich.) is an artist, art educator and the director of the Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. His solo exhibitions include those at the University of South Carolina in Aiken, the McMaster Gallery at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich. Since 1998, Arendt has been in some 30 group exhibitions in South Carolina, Michigan, Oregon, Georgia, England and Australia, including those at the Muskegon (Mich.) Museum of Art; the University of Newcastle, Australia; the McKissick Museum  at the University of South Carolina, Columbia; and the Pickens County (S.C.) Museum of Art and History. He has taught at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg and the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where in 2005 he received his MFA with a concentration in painting.

Statement of support:

Jim Arendt explores the re-use of denim as a metaphor for the American working class family. Using recycled denim as his palette he creates shades and textures, giving an ageless visual feel to these rich collages.

Mana Hewitt, University of South Carolina, Columbia


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