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The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2017 Part I
Featuring: Lucy Bailey (Irmo), Kristy Bishop (Charleston), Frol Boundin (Columbia), Lauren Greenwald (Columbia), Jason Kendall (Columbia), Peter Lenzo (Columbia), Craig Lynberg (Charleston), Carey Morton (Clemson), Cliffton Peacock (Charleston), Laura Spong (Columbia), Tom Stanley (Rock Hill), David Yaghjian (Columbia).

Exhibition Period September 28 – November 5, 2017
Artists’ Reception, Thu., Sept. 28, 7 – 9 pm.
Reception Admission: members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation

Part I of the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2017 will open on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., with an artists’ reception from 7 – 9 p.m. Part I will present half of the South Carolina artists selected for the Biennial by an independent jury. The other half will be presented in the exhibition’s Part II, which will run from November 15 – December 24, 2017, with an opening reception on Wednesday, November 15, 7 – 9 p.m. The exhibition catalogue will be presented during the reception for Part II.

The 24 artists included in the Biennial 2017 were selected from a record 146 submissions by South Carolina artists. The jury panel making the selections consisted of Lisa Dent, David Houston and Lori Kornegay. Dent is director of resources & award programs at Creative Capital in New York City and a former curator and gallery owner. Houston is the director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Georgia and the former head of visual arts at the South Carolina Arts Commission. Kornegay is a Columbia native and the curator of art at the South Carolina State Museum.

“The jurors had the difficult task of selecting only 24 artists from a record number of submissions of 146,” said 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs. “They spent considerable time looking at images provided by the artists and discussing the work before they came to their final selection. They managed to put together a strong group of artists that shows the excellent contemporary art produced currently in South Carolina.”

The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2017 is a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The Biennial is an initiative of 701 CCA and was first held in 2011. The goals of the Biennial exhibition are to provide a venue to showcase recent work reflecting local, regional and national trends and issues influencing contemporary artists living and working in South Carolina and to increase awareness and appreciation of the artistic contributions and accomplishments of the state’s visual artists. The project draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years.
Artists working in all media and styles were encouraged to apply in order to reflect the stylistic and cultural diversity of art produced in the state. Artists had to be a current resident of South Carolina.

“The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial is one of many ways in which 701 CCA has dramatically increased and improved the arts infra structure in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Another important program in that respect is the also-biennial 701 CCA Prize for South Carolina artists 40 and younger. Add to that the many exhibitions and artist residencies featuring artists from the state, and it’s easy to see why 701 CCA is considered the state’s most important contemporary art center, including in terms of featuring South Carolina artists.”

Biennial Part II will include artists Will Barnes (Columbia), Michaela Pilar Brown (Columbia), Leah Mulligan Cabinum (Clover), Emily Furr (Rock Hill), Donna Cooper Hurt (Charleston), Luis Jaramillo (Greenville), Edward Rice (North Augusta), Kristi Ryba (Charleston), Christina Teruel (Myrtle Beach), Katie Walker (Greenville), Logan Woodle (Conway) and Valerie Zimany (Clemson).

Please submit further inquiries to wroefs@sc.rr.com or call 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs at 803.238-2351.

About 701 Center for Contemporary Art
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.
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