January 15 - February 28

Kristy Bishop: Bound

Noted South Carolina textile artist Kristy Bishop made her second appearance at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. A native of Charleston, Bishop was 701 CCA’s Artist in Residence in Fall 2015. She was also selected for inclusion in the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015. Bishop’s work undertaken during her residency was featured in a solo exhibition at the Center that opened on Friday, January 15th, 2016.

January 31

Aldwyth: Dada Days Exhibition

701 CCA presented two large, mural-size collages by the center’s artist in residence, Aldwyth. The artist created the works during her January 2016 residency at 701 CCA. For Dada Days, 701 CCA turned its artist loft into a makeshift performance space for which Aldwyth’s collage installation provided the backdrop. In the space, actors, poets, musicians and other performers who work in the Dada spirit presented performances throughout February and March, 2016.

April 13 - June 5


Aldwyth, Kimberly Becoat, Jaap Blonk, Clark Ellefson, Jason Kendall, Janke Klompmaker, Mike Lavine, Jerome Meadows, Jon Prichard, Colin Quashie, Mike Williams, and Aggie Zed

The group exhibition Dadadesque illustrated the pervasive influence of early 20th-century Dada artists on contemporary art. While artists in the exhibition don’t necessarily view themselves as “Dada,” their work in the show has clear roots in Dada. The artists are from South Carolina and elsewhere along the East Coast, including North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and New York. This geographic spread, too, illustrates that what was Dada then is to a large extent contemporary art now.

June 28 - August 14

Shelter Exhibition

September 1 - October 16

Again & Again: The Art of Repetition

Through Again & Again: The Art of Repetition, 701 Center for Contemporary Art explores repetition as an aesthetic and conceptual device in art through the work of 11 artists whose approach and concerns vary widely. Of the artists, Charles Clary, Amiri Farris, Kara Gunter, Ken Hamilton, Brent Pafford and Ann Stoddard live in South Carolina. Stephanie Shively received her MFA from the University of South Carolina earlier this year but now lives in the state of New York. The late Robert Courtright is a South Carolina native who lived and worked in New York and France. The remaining artists, Chris Myers, IlaSahai Prouty and Stacy Rexrode, live in North Carolina.

November 3 - December 8

701 CCA Prize 2016 Exhibition

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February 20

Brad Collins: Neo-Dada & the Dada Legacy

On Thursday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Bradford Collins presented Neo-Dada & the Dada Legacy, discussing the emergence of the Neo-Dada movement from the 1950s onward. Collins has taught art history at USC for decades. His research focuses on American art of the 1950s and 1960s. His book Pop Art was published in 2012 by Phaidon Press. Admission free.

February 20

Darian McCloud: Being Ball Sounding Schwitters

Hosted by Columbia actor, director and storyteller Darion McCloud, 701 CCA on Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., presented actors and poets from the area the opportunity to showcase their own sound poetry or perform that of others, including of famous Dada sound poets such as Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters, Richard Huelsenbeck, Tristan Tzara and Raoul Hausmann. Sound poetry is mix of musical composition and literature that mines the phonetic element of speech to create poems without recognizable words.

March 3 - 5

Jason Kendall: Transitioner: Episode I Who Do You Love, Episode II, and Episode III

Alternating on stage between a cross-fit workout carrying sandbags and playing a guitar while singing “Who Do You Love,” Kendall during his performance presented a character who is a visual mix of different identities contained within one single persona. Kendall deconstructs his ever-present fascination with what happens to the American male when the masculine identity they have developed and presented throughout their lives is suddenly stripped away and thrown into a state of identity transition, forcing them to immediately begin negotiating a new identity. Whether they are transitioning from being an athlete to a non-athlete, as was the case for Kendall, or from being a construction worker to being a disabled employee, they unknowingly face a state of flux that causes their personality to fall away at the perimeter of a catastrophic experience.

March 10

Tim Daisy on the Ground: An Amusing Mess

As part of Dada Days in Columbia, 701 Center for Contemporary Art presented a solo percussion performance by Chicago improv jazz great Tim Daisy: Tim Daisy On The Ground: An Amusing Mess. The concert title refers both to Daisy creating the performance while sitting on the ground and a comment by Dada artist Marcel Duchamp about one of his artworks. With the concert, sound artist, percussionist, and composer Daisy, who has played in Columbia numerous times, presented a site-specific, electro-acoustic solo performance. He used an ever-expanding arsenal of both traditional and non-traditional instruments, including radios, turntables, gongs, chains, bells, a snare drum, brushes, scrap metal, circular saw blades, sticks, and alarm clocks. “An Amusing Mess explores the art of sound collage,” Daisy says, “in a solo improvisational context with multi-layered free improvisation, for which all of the instruments and objects will be spread out and assembled on the floor. “

April 2 - 3

Columbia Open Studios 2016

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios is an annual, self-led, driving tour of artists’ working studios spans the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ talented visual art community.

August 31

Friends & Neighbors, A Norwegian Jazz Quintet

Consisting of five musicians highly regarded in the European jazz scene and with a considerable track records in the United States, Friends & Neighbors presented its first South Carolina concert, at 701 Center for Contemporary Art on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 8:00 p.m. Friends & Neighbors plays rich original compositions that mixes improvisation with elastic arrangements to create an expressive and holistic concert. Among other jazz outfits Friends & Neighbors musicians play in are the Trondheim Jazzorkester, Frode Gjerstad trio, Albatrosh and Cortex.

September 15

David Gariff, Senior Lecturer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Modern and Contemporary Art: Renovation and Reinstallation of The National Gallery of Art

David Gariff, Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, gave Columbia art lovers an early insight in the changes at the National Gallery regarding the renovation of the museum’s modern and contemporary art section in the museum’s East Building and the new way in which the art is installed. The renovated and reinstalled East Building opened September 30, 2016. After three years of renovating existing galleries and the construction of new galleries and a roof terrace, the National Gallery’s East Building, which houses the museum’s modern art and contemporary exhibition spaces, will reopen on September 30. With the physical changes to the museum, a new configuration of the permanent collection of modern art was unveiled to the public on September 30. Gariff’s talk explored selected examples of important works in the National Gallery’s modern collection and discussed some of the issues and concerns considered in the creation this new presentation

September 20

Gravity Waves: The Music of Michael Pisaro

Twenty University of South Carolina students and two greats in the field of experimental music performed compositions by one of those greats, Michael Pisaro, at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The program, Gravity Waves: The Music of Michael Pisaro, was performed by the University of South Carolina student ensemble the Experimental Music Workshop, directed by USC School of Music faculty member Greg Stuart, the other great. Pisaro is guest composer and performed as well. The Experimental Music Workshop’s music has been praised by the New York Times as “patient, unpredictable, [and] exceedingly beautiful.” The performance was the sixth and final one of a six-day tour that will take the Experimental Music Workshop to Gettysburg, Pa., New York City, Newark, Del., Baltimore, Md., Wilmington, NC and 701 Center for Contemporary Art. “By the time we get to Columbia,” Stuart says, “we will have played the program five times. It’ll be nice to give the final concert before a home crowd.”

September 28

Blank Page Poetry - Word & Shadows: These Rivers of Truth Have A Long Way Yet

Blank Page Poetry is a unique, site-specific, cultural event presenting poetry in performance along with dance movements designed around a theme of specific importance to the city of Columbia – in this case, race and its historical, sociological and geographical implications. All of the eight poets selected to present their original works have been drawn from the Columbia community. Through Blank Page Poetry, the power of the spoken word is enhanced by the poet giving life to his or her work behind a large, suspended sheet of white paper while casting his or her shadow upon that sheet of paper. Simultaneously, select words and phrases from each poem are projected upon the paper as those words are being performed.

October 20

Jazz @ 701

December 1

The 701 CCA Prize Celebration and Winner Announcement

To announce the winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2016  for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger, 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., presented the 701 CCA Prize 2016 Celebration. The three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2016 are Colleen Critcher of Florence, Yvette Cummings of Conway and Jena Thomas of Spartanburg. The winner of the 2016 Prize was Yvette Cummings.

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June - August

Summer Youth Art Workshops

Each summer, 701 Center for Contemporary Art offers Youth Summer Art Workshops. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the arts, creating artwork under the guidance of local artists and art instructors. Students are able to work in several art making activities! Classes are held at 701 CCA’s Artist-in-Residence studio loft, located on the second floor of the historic 701 Whaley building in Columbia. The building was once the community center for mill workers and residents of the nearby Olympia mill village. Now Columbia’s budding artists can join the creative community at 701 CCA.


January 15 - 31


Known for her amazingly complex collages and assemblages, Aldwyth typically utilizes the history of art, ideas and technology as both catalyst and source material for her often epic-scaled works. For Dada Days, 701 CCA turned its artist loft into a makeshift performance space for which Aldwyth’s collage installation will provide the backdrop. In the space, actors, poets, musicians and other performers who work in the Dada spirit presented performances throughout February and March, 2016.

March 10 - 24

Jaap Blonk

Blonk is a world-famous interpreter of the work of the premier Dada sound poets, including Hugo Ball and Kurt Schwitters. He also is a world-renowned sound poet in his own right and will be performing his own work as well. Blonk constantly travels the globe with his performances, lectures and workshops. He has performed in the United States several times. For his first performance on March 11, Blonk presented an acoustic, vocals-only presentation of his own work and that of other sound poets, including Dada sound poets. On March 15, Blonk discussed his work, placing it in the context of its roots: sound poetry, improvisation and new music. He presented as part of the lecture both historic sound poetry and his own work. Jaap Blonk’s workshops for adults and children on March 19 and 20 respectively were for vocalists, performers and others who want to explore the inner depths and outer reaches of voice, text, music and sound in an exploratory improvisational framework. Blonk’s second performance, on March 22, is called Dr. Voxoid’s Next Move. The multi-media performance went from vocals involving mere sounds, sound poetry and other poetry and invented language to live electronic and acoustic effects and soundscapes to Solos for Voice by John Cage and snippets of lectures on odd topics.

April 2 - July 29

Janke Klompmaker

August 1 - September 28

Jerome Meadows