Drum roll, please! And the 701 CCA Prize 2014 winner is…



701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., presented the 701 CCA Prize Celebration and Winner Announcement Wednesday, December 3, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 are Andrew Blanchard of Spartanburg, Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston. The finalists were be in attendance and the winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014 was announced by our sponsors Tristan and Ella Weinkle. The event featured music by The Reggie Sullivan Band and the exhibition catalogue was presented. Lindsey 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 as the Prize winner. This year’s Prize is the second installment of the biennial event and runs through December 21. The 701 CCA Prize 2014 is a competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger.

“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 and winner 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.”

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.

For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949.

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