January 11 - February 25: Dustin Farnsworth: The Devil's Work

Description:  Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition by artist in residence, Dustin Farnsworth. Farnsworth, whose sculptures have met with considerable critical success in recent years, showed works from the past seven years, including new art created during his residency. A Michigan native, Farnsworth lives in Montreal, Canada. He completed his 12-week residency at 701 CCA from October through December 2018. Often larger than life, Farnsworth socially conscious constructions are engrossing, captivating and surreal. Connected by a strong thread of craftsmanship, Farnsworth shows us that the devil is in the details. He creates visceral and cerebral portraiture of today’s youth with critical portrayal of their worldly inheritance, engaging in visual rhetoric representing a generation in need of protection, empowerment, and change.


February 12 - March 31: Columbia Open Studios Exhibition at City Hall

Description: A selection of participating Columbia Open Studios 2018 artists will be exhibiting at The Gallery at City Hall, opening on Monday, February the 12th. A reception will be held to coincide with the First Thursday on Main night on March 1st.

March 8 - April 22: Fletcher Williams III: Traces

Description: Traces presents a variety of works from Charleston based interdisciplinary artist Fletcher Williams III. Williams III’s theoretical and conceptual art-making practice is rooted

in a southern vernacular, which he finds essential to documenting the unweaving of Charleston’s social and cultural fabric. Incorporating his studies of ritual theory through the lenses of anthropology and sociology, Williams III creates multimedia objects and installations that explore historical and contemporary African American narratives of culture and utility that are unique to the South Carolina Lowcountry.


May 10 - June 24: SC. Fellows Part II

Description: In partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, 701 Center for Contemporary Art and the Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College present SC.Fellows Part II, a retrospective exhibition of the S.C. Arts Commission visual arts and craft fellowship recipients. SC. Fellows is part of the S.C. Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary celebration that includes 15 solo- and group exhibitions of current and past fellows throughout South Carolina. The 701 CCA and Henry Ponder Gallery exhibitions are the second part of the retrospective exhibition drawn from the work of the 89 artists who have received S.C. Arts Commission fellowships since 1976 when the program was established. All fellows are current or past residents of South Carolina.

July 12 - August 26: Yvette L. Cummings: Uncovered

Description:  "Uncovered" showcases original paintings, installations and hand cut paper collages that present moments of transition between experiences of recalled child abuse and the dynamics of motherhood. Culling through scattered memories of the past and current experiences with her daughters, Yvette Cummings work explores the complicated path of youth, beauty, femininity and transitions from childhood into self-awareness. Yvette Cummings Arendt of Conway, SC was our 2016 701 CCA Prize winner. As the winner, Cummings received a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine.


November 8 - December 23: 701 CCA Prize 2018

Description: 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.


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February 13: Jazz @ 701 - A Sign of the Times

Description:  An Unforgettable night of Music and Photos! Sponsored by Columbia SC 63: Our Story Matters, and in partnership with 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Jazz@701 brings back A Sign Of The Times!

Led by Composer/Director, Tyrone Jefferson, A Sign of the Times’  are committed to the mastery and preservation of Jazz - the only musical genre born in America!   Their repertoire swings and transports listeners to the days of Dizzy, Bird, Miles and Sassy as well as Earth, Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, the Stylistics, Etta James and James Brown.  Each musical story is told with authenticity and reverence to the great ones that came before us.

April 5: Columbia Open Studios Preview Party

Description: Kick off the annual Columbia Open Studios tour at the official ticketed Preview Party. The party will be held in the second floor Olympia Room at 701 Whaley. Meet + mingle with participating artists at the preview party before Open Studios weekend. Complimentary hors-d'oeuvres + a cash bar are available for attendees.


April 7 & 8: 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.

May 8: Jazz @ 701 with Mark Sterbank

June 14: Paal Nilssen - Love’s Large Unit Concert

Description: Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world’s most prolific and active musicians that came out of Norway for the last 20 years. With thousands of gigs and hundreds of recordings the drummer is known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians like Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark, Jim O’Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Michiyo Yagi and many others.

August 11: 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.

September 11: Jazz @ 701 with Mitch Butler

November 28: The 701 CCA Prize 2018 Celebration and Winner Announcement

Description:  To announce the winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2018 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger, 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., presents the 701 CCA Prize 2018 Celebration. The three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2016 are Carey W. Morton of Charleston, Alexander Thierry of Columbia and Jena Thomas of Spartanburg. Jena Thomas won the Prize, which included a residency at 701 CCA.


April 15: 701 CCA 10-Year Anniversary Lantern Workshop

Description: Create your own shelter lantern under the guidance of 701 CCA’s Dutch artist in resident Janke Klompmaker and participate in the Artista Vista group performance and lantern parade Libera Me on April 21, 8:00 p.m. Build your dream shelter or spirit house using Klompmaker’s template of a “house lantern.” You will design an

June 4 - August 3: Youth Summer Art Workshops

Description: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