The 701 CCA Prize 2012 Finalists Are…

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is excited to announce that the finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2012 are Jim Arendt of Conway, James Busby of Chapin and Tonya Gregg of Hopkins. The 701 CCA Prize 2012 is a competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger.

This year’s Prize, which will become a biennial event, is its inaugural installment. The three finalists’ work will be shown in the 701 CCA Prize 2012 Exhibition, which will open Thursday, November 1, 2012, with a reception and run through December 16. The winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2012 will be announced during a special event at the center on Thursday, November 29.

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The three 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.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the jurors’ selections,” said Wim Roefs, director and board chair of 701 CCA. “The three finalists are among the most exciting young artists working in South Carolina today. All three have built substantial careers for themselves. They have exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. And they create superb, original and innovative art.”

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,” Roefs said. “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 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.

Arendt (b. 1978) is the director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. The Flint, Mich., native received his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His current work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through slightly three-dimensional, wall-mounted, narrative cut denim renderings of figures. Arendt was included in last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and recently had a solo exhibition at the Pickens County (S.C.) Museum of Art and History. Last year, he was awarded “Best of Show” at the Emerging Carolina exhibition at Hub-Bub Gallery in Spartanburg, S.C.

Jim Arendt , Dad, 2012, cut denim, 69x39in

Dad, 2012, cut denim, 69 x 39 in.

Jim Arendt , Jamie, 2012, cut denim, 96x150in

Jamie, 2012, cut denim, 96 x 150 in.

Busby (b. 1973) currently is having a solo exhibition at Kravets|Wehby Gallery in New York City. 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.

James Busby, Slide Show, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on panel, 64x48 in

Slide Show, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on panel, 64×48 in

James Busby, Mirrorball, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on MDF, 19.5x14in

Mirrorball, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on MDF, 19.5x14in

Gregg (b. 1975) in 1996 was the first full-time art student to be featured in New American Paintings, a prestigious book series highlighting contemporary painting in the United States. The Darlington, S.C., native has exhibited widely throughout the United States and in Germany, Nicaragua, England and Canada. Her solo exhibitions include those at Community Flat Space in London, England; Gallery 1448 in Baltimore, MD; and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Tex. Gregg has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and the Wollmagazin in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She holds an MFA in painting from the University of Chicago and a Master of Community Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, where she also earned her BFA. Gregg has taught at Benedict College in Columbia and Coppin State University in Baltimore. Her narrative and metaphoric paintings and drawings explore, usually in series, personal and social themes of identity, consumption, ancient culture and fantasy.

Tonya Gregg, Chinese Bunny, 2011, ink and graphite on paper, 12x10in

Chinese Bunny, 2011, ink and graphite on paper, 12x10in

Tonya Gregg, Watch Me Shrink, 2011, acrylic on linen, 46x40in

Watch Me Shrink, 2011, acrylic on linen, 46x40in

Sponsors for the 701 CCA Prize:

Catalogue Sponsor:

The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties

Celebration Sponsor: Terry and Wendy Schmoyer & Rick and Brenda Wheeler

701 CCA Prize 2012 Supporters:

  • Jamie and Richard Harpootlian
  • DeAnne and Elielson Messias
  • Kirkland and James Smith
  • Polly and Mike Stout
  • Anonymous

For further inquiries, contact or call Wim Roefs at (803) 238-2351.

701 CCA is a non-profit 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

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