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701 CCA Prize Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Start:
Nov 1, 2012 7:00 pm
End:
Nov 1, 2012 9:00 pm
Category:
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Organizer:
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Phone:
803-319-9949
Email:
openstudios@701CCA.org
Venue:
701 Center for Contemporary Art
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701 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC, United States, 29201

The 701 CCA Prize 2012 Exhibition featuring the Finalists: Jim Arendt – James Busby – Tonya Gregg

Cost: free for 701 CCA members, $5 suggested donation for non-members.

Exhibition is free to the public.

701 CCA on November 1, 2012, will open the 701 CCA Prize 2012 Exhibition, featuring the competition’s three finalists: Conway’s Jim Arendt, Chapin’s James Busby and Hopkins’ Tonya Gregg. The opening reception is Thursday, November 1, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
The winner of the competition will be announced during a later special event, the 701 CCA Prize 2012 Celebration, on Thursday, November 29, 2012. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color catalogue, which will be presented at November 29’s Celebration event.

The three finalists for the inaugural 701 CCA Prize very much fit the intent of the competition and exhibition. The project’s main goal is to identify and recognize professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit.

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.

“I congratulate 701 CCA on its newest initiative to support younger artists,” Wei wrote in her Foreword to the exhibition catalogue. “701 CCA is a valuable resource and should be eagerly embraced as such. It cannot be overly emphasized how vitally important organizations like it are in areas where contemporary art does not have as many venues as it should have. It is a hub where talent can be nurtured, honed, and shown; it is an energizing forum for aesthetic, social and political exchange.”

“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.”

About Arendt, Wei wrote in the catalogue that his “sympathetic, life-sized, recognizable denim figures, the 99 per cent, both clad in and constructed out of this most democratic of materials — is there anyone in this country, in the world, who doesn’t own a pair of jeans? — are a perfect amalgam of medium and message.”

Jim Arendt, Meghann, 2012, cut denim, 69 x 30 in.

Jim Arendt, Meghann, 2012, cut denim, 69 x 30 in.

Jim Arendt, Mackenzie, 2011, cut denim, 30 x 15 in.

Jim Arendt, Mackenzie, 2011, cut denim, 30 x 15 in.

Busby, on the other hand, is an artist of elegant, meticulously crafted geometric forms,” Wei wrote. “Part relief, part painting, sometimes three-dimensional, of gesso, graphite and acrylic burnished to a high gloss, they are sophisticated interpretations of an updated formalism.”

James Busby, Parachutes, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on linen, 26 x 20 in.

James Busby, Parachutes, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on linen, 26 x 20 in.

James Busby, Parallels, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on linen, 30 x 24 in.

James Busby, Parallels, 2012, gesso, graphite, oil and acrylic on linen, 30 x 24 in.

Gregg’s colorful, sweet and tart and, at times, fanciful narratives,” Wei wrote, “address urgent social issues such as the current state of race, gender, status, consumerism and much more in this country, not forgetting to include pointed commentaries about the knotty histories and back stories from which they stem.”

Tonya Gregg, Chinese Bunny, 2011, acrylic on linen, 46 x 40 in.

Tonya Gregg, Chinese Bunny, 2011, acrylic on linen, 46 x 40 in.

Tonya Gregg, Bomb At Seaside, 2011, acrylic on linen, 46 x 40 in.

Tonya Gregg, Bomb At Seaside, 2011, acrylic on linen, 46 x 40 in.

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 at this level to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina. We hope that this will fill part of that void.”

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
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