701 CCA Prize 2016 Call to Artists

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About the 701 CCA Prize 

The 701 CCA Prize, organized by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years of age or younger. The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize young artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize is awarded to one artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2014. The winner is selected by a panel of three art professionals.

Summary of Procedures

Applications must be in the possession of 701 CCA by September 3, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

An independent jury of three art professionals will evaluate all work submitted and select the three finalists to be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition as well as the ultimate recipient of the Prize. The jury’s selection is based on, first, artistic merit as shown through provided images and, second, supporting materials detailing the applicants’ art production and career. The three finalists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize exhibition at 701 CCA. Individual works by each finalist for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition will be selected by a 701 CCA curatorial team from artwork representative of those submitted by the artists in their initial application.

The 701 CCA Prize winner will be selected from the three finalists by the independent panel of jurors based on the artists’ initial applications. The 701 CCA Prize winner will be announced during the 701 CCA Prize Celebration on December 1, 2016.

The Prize Package

The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive:

■     A six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA;

■     A solo exhibition at 701 CCA;

■     An ad in a national art publication concurrent with the solo exhibition.

Members of the 701 CCA Prize 2016 jury will be announced later.

Crucial Dates

July 11 – September 3, 2016      Application Period

September 15 – 17, 2016            Jury Selections

September 21, 2016                   Announcement of Three Finalists

November 3, 2016                     Exhibition Opens with Public Reception

December 1, 2016                     Prize Celebration Event and Announcement of Winner

December 18, 2016                    Exhibition Closes

Application Fee

The application fee is $25, which must be included with the completed application and is non-refundable.

Eligible & Ineligible Artists

Previous winners of the 701 CCA Prize are ineligible for six years, three installments of the competition, after winning the 701 CCA Prize.

Eligible artists must:

■    Currently live in South Carolina;

■    Be a professional artist 40 years or younger on October 30, 2016;

■    Have by October 1, 2016, available a body of work representative of the artworks submitted in one or more visual art medium/media completed after January 1, 2014. This body of work needs to be substantially enough to fill approximately one-third of the 2,500 square feet gallery space at 701 CCA. In case of performance art work, high quality DVD representations of past performances must be available.  Performance artists will be required to provide a schedule of no less than 3 public performances during the exhibition period.  In case of site-specific installation art, artists must be willing and able to create a site-specific installation at 701 CCA for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition between October 21 – 29, 2016.

■    Agree to deliver art works selected for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition with requested paperwork to 701 CCA on Friday or Saturday, October 21 or 2, 2016.

■    Be available to attend the opening reception of the 701 CCA Prize exhibition on November 3, 2016, AND the 701 CCA Prize     celebration on December 1, 2016, during which the 701 CCA Prize winner will be announced.

Required Application Materials

To apply, the following materials must be provided on DVD or CD unless otherwise noted:

1. The completed and signed Application Form. (Hard Copy)

2. Ten (10) high-quality, digital images, 300 dpi or more (visual and craft artists) or 3 videos (media and performance artists) of art works completed since January 1, 2014. The images must show art works representative of what would be available for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition. The information in the image document headers must list, in the precise order, the artist’s last name, then the number of corresponding to the image’s number in the checklist, then the checklist information (see 3. below). (Example: Johnson 1, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 40” x30”)

3. A completed Checklist Form listing the information for the images or videos in the application. (See Checklist Form) The name of the document should say “checklist” and the name of the artist. (Example: “Checklist Johnson”)

4. A resume/CV. The name of the document should say “Resume” or “CV” and then the name of the artist. (Example: “Resume Johnson”)

5. A bio of no more than 300 words about the artist’s career as opposed to information about art production and/or artist concepts. The name of the document should say “Bio” and then the name of the artist. (Example: “Bio Johnson”)

6. An artist’s statement of no more than 300 words addressing the applicant’s general artistic vision and how this vision applies to his or her art production since January 1, 20124 as shown in the images included with the application. The name of the document should say “Statement” and then the name of the artist. (Example: “Statement Johnson”)

7. A check for $25 payable to 701 CCA.

Submitting Applications

All materials accompanied by a check for $25 must be received by 701 CCA staff no later than September 3, 2016, 5:00 p.m., at 701 CCA. Incomplete applications will not be accepted into the competition.

 Questions: Contact us at director@701cca.org or contact 701 CCA Board Chair Wim Roefs at 803.238.2351.

Mail application to:

701 CCA

701 CCA Prize

P.O. Box 12822

Columbia, S.C. 29211

Application materials will not be returned.

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