2017

Exhibitions


January 12 - February 26: Wade Sellers: 25 Artists

Artists: Eileen Blyth, Jarid Lyfe Brown, Michaela Pilar Brown, James Busby, Michael Cassidy, Stephen Chesley, Thomas Crouch, Jeff Donovan, Mary Gilkerson, Bonnie Goldberg, Michael Krajewski, Matthew Kramer, Whitney LeJeune, Susan Lenz, Dre Lopez, Laurie McIntosh, John Monteith, Lucas Sams, Alex Smith, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, Anna Redwine, Cedric Umoja, Mike Williams & David Yaghjian

Description: For the project, filmmaker Sellers interviewed 25 Columbia artists whose work he admires, asking them why they create, what influences and motivates them, how they work, etc. Each interview took place with the artists standing in front of a neutral, white backdrop and was conducted informally and in spontaneous fashion. The interviews were edited to 60 seconds or less to create a series of vignettes. All interviews will be shown simultaneous on 25 mounted monitors in an inventive, gallery-wide installation. The goal was, Sellers says, “to get to the heart of why the artists do what they do and who they are as artists.” In the process, “the viewer is able to explore the creative process.”

May 18 - July 2: Osamu Kobayashi: MOUND

Description: An exhibition of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based, Columbia native Osamu Kobayashi’s paintings. These non-objective paintings focused on the abstract; Rather than give one definition for a painting, Osamu let the observer come up with their own interpretation of each massive canvas of composed color.

 
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September 28 - November 5: The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2017 Part I

Description:  The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 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 exhibition draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years.

November 15 - December 25: The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2017 Part II

Description:  The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 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 exhibition draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years.


Events


January 29: MAKING IT WORK: ARTISTS IN CONVERSATIONS

Description: For the 25 Artists exhibition, filmmaker Sellers interviewed 25 Columbia artists whose work he admires, asking them why they create, what influences and motivates them, how they work, etc. The interviews were edited to 60 seconds or less to create a series of vignettes.. The goal was, Sellers says, “to get to the heart of why the artists do what they do and who they are as artists.” In the process, “the viewer is able to explore the creative process.” To explore that process and other aspects of being an artist in Columbia further, 701 CCA will organize three Making It Work sessions. During the sessions, two or three artists will have conversations with each other about their work, process and career.


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April 1 & 2: Columbia Open Studios

Description: 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.

April 16: Jeff Sumerel – Gallery Talk and Special Screening: To My Great Chagrin

Description: Conceptual artist and film producer Jeff Sumerel presents a series of short film vignettes, running simultaneously and continuously, some of them incorporated in site-specific installations. The exhibition also includes the Columbia premiere of his film “incidental: a brief dissection of personal awareness,” a non-conventional, humorous documentation of impromptu scenarios.

May 21: Meeting of the Minds

Description: An informational meeting for prospective volunteers at 701 CCA.

August 12: Young Artists Festival

Description:  Young Arts Festival is an end of summer festival that celebrates young artists, ages 6 to 17, in our community. The Festival also showcases the works created by summer camp programs in Columbia. This celebration of art includes art making activities, games, performances, an art exhibition, and more.


Workshops


June 5 - 9: Mixing it up with Mixed Media

Description: This class challenged students to experiment with a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, assemblage and more.  From traditional materials such as paints to recycled materials, students used lines, shapes, colors, texture and repetition to create unique multi-layered, mixed media art.

June 12 - 16: Jazzy Jewelry

Description: This jewelry-making session was designed to take students through the process of designing, creating, marketing and selling their jewelry. Students were introduced to a variety of materials to create, as the session’s name implies, jazzy bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

June 19 - 23: Kinetic Sculpture

Description: In this class every student created a hanging, interactive sculpture. Each design was unique and developed intuitively. Students used sustainable materials such as pliable reed, and manipulate them into hybrid forms. The initial form was bound together with string. In the final stage, vibrant natural papers were placed to define the negative space.

June 26 - 30: The Wild & Colorful World of Marbling I

Description: Students discovered a number of marbling techniques from Suminagashi to chalk pastel marbling. By exploring color, imaginary creatures and organic shapes, students became immersed in a creative and engaging environment full of whimsy and delight.  Each day, students learned a new technique and produce small artworks. They also completed a larger scale abstract artwork.

July 10 - 14: The Wild & Colorful World of Marbling II

Description: Students discovered a number of marbling techniques from Suminagashi to chalk pastel marbling. By exploring color, imaginary creatures and organic shapes, students became immersed in a creative and engaging environment full of whimsy and delight.  Each day, students learned a new technique and produce small artworks. They also completed a larger scale abstract artwork.

July 17-21: Transforming Plastic into Wearable Art

Description: Students created wearable art from random small plastic objects. The instructor encouraged students to think about jewelry in new ways and to experiment with unlikely and unexpected materials that can be used to create unique wearable art.  Students were encouraged collect old plastic toys, bottle caps and other small plastic parts found on household items and bring them to the workshop. Students transformed these objects through a creative adventure in making brooches and other wearable art.

July 24 - 28: Making Faces: The Art of Mask Making

Description: Students examined masks of various cultures and of different functions to use as references in creating their own one-of-a-kind masks.  Students were encouraged to come with ideas, images, and/or sketches to help get started with their mask design. Traditional clay hand-building techniques such as slab, coil construction and pinching were used to create masks.  Students added details using yarn, raffia, beads, glass, and other materials.

July 21 - August 4: Swirling Skies, Abstracted Figures and Fantastic Felines

Description: Well-known artworks by modern masters and contemporary artists were used to inspire students to create and/or expand their visual vocabulary. Students studied well-known works of art and were introduced to principles of design and elements of art. Students were challenged to create work that embodies movement, texture, pattern. Students created their own original designs mixing different media, styles, elements and principles.