701 CCA Prize Guidelines

The 701 CCA Prize, organized by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is an art competition and exhibition for young professional South Carolina artists. The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2010.

The Prize Package

The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive:
A six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA;
Consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm;
An ad in a national art publication;
A solo exhibition at 701 CCA.

Crucial Dates

July 9 – September 7, 2012 Application Period
September 16 – Public Screening of Selected Prize Applicants
September 17 – 19 Jury Selections September 24 Announcement of Three Finalists
November 1 – Exhibition Opens
November 1 – Exhibition Opening Reception
November 29 – Prize Celebration and Announcement of Winner
December 16 – Exhibition Closes

Application Fee

The application fee is $25, which must be included with the completed application.

Summary of Procedures

Applications must be in the possession of 701 CCA by September 7, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
An independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize based on, first, artistic merit as shown through provided images and, second, supporting materials about the applicants’ art production and career. The three finalists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize exhibition at 701 CCA. Works by each finalist for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition will be selected by a 701 CCA curatorial team.

The 701 CCA Prize winner will be selected from the three finalists by the independent jury based on the artists’ applications. The 701 CCA Prize winner will be announced during the 701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 29, 2012.

Eligible Artists

Eligible artists must:

  • Currently live in South Carolina;
  • Be a professional artist 40 years or younger on November 1, 2012;
  • Have had or have a solo exhibition in a museum, art center, commercial gallery or a designated gallery space in a cultural facility between September 1, 2010 – September 1, 2012 (exhibitions in venues that are, as determined by 701 CCA, not professional art institutions and/or primarily an art institution, such as restaurants, coffee shops, stores, bars, etc., are not eligible);
  • Have by September 24, 2012, available a body of work in one or more visual art medium/media completed after January 1, 2010, 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 23 – 29, 2012.
  • Agree to deliver art works selected for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition with requested paper work to 701 CCA on Friday or Saturday, October 19 or 20, 2012.
  • Be available to attend the opening reception of the 701 CCA Prize exhibition on November 1, 2012, AND the 701 CCA Prize celebration on November 29, 2012, during which the 701 CCA Prize winner will be announced.

Members of the 2012 701 CCA Prize Jury

Paul Bright, artist and director, Hanes Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Bright has been involved in the regional art scene for over 20 years as an artist and an arts administrator. Since 1989, he has had ten solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe. As assistant director and now as director of the Hanes Gallery, Bright has curated and written essays for gallery exhibitions since 2004.

Karen Watson, director, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, S.C.
Watson has been the director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art since 2005. Prior to that, she served as chair of the Exhibition Committee for the gallery. Under Watson’s leadership, the Sumter Gallery of Art has hosted significant solo exhibitions as well as group exhibitions of state, regional, national and international artists.

Lilly Wei, independent curator and critic, New York, N.Y. (September 17, 2012 lecture)
Wei has written regularly for Art in America since 1982 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews and Art Asia Pacific. She has curated exhibitions in the United States and abroad and has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Sydney, Cairo, Athens and Reykjavik.

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, 2010. The images must show art works strongly related to what would be available for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition.

3. The images or videos must be accompanied by a completed Checklist Form. The information in the image documents headers must first list the artist’s last name, then the number corresponding to the image’s number in the checklist, then the checklist information.

4. Documentation of one solo exhibition fitting the criteria described under “Eligible Artists.”
The solo exhibition documentation MUST include:
a). A completed Solo Exhibition Documentation Form signed by the artist AND the director, board chair, owner or other person in charge of the art venue where the exhibition took place. (Hard Copy)
b). An original invitation to the solo exhibition (Hard Copy).
c). Gallery installation shots, reviews, exhibition brochures, publications, articles, etc., that document the solo exhibition.

5. A resume/CV.

6. A bio of no more than 300 words.

7. 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, 2010, as shown in the images included with the application.

8. A check for $25 made out to “701 CCA.”

Submitting Applications

Applications containing the DVD/CD with all required forms and materials, hard copies of other required forms and the artist’s solo exhibition invitation and a check for $25 should be received no later than September 7, 2012, 5:00 p.m., at 701 CCA.

Click here to download the Application Form in PDF format

Click here to download the SOLO EXHIBITION DOCUMENTATION Application Form in PDF format

Click here to download the 701 CCA Prize 2012 Checklist in PDF format

Questions: Contact us at info@701cca.org or contact 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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