701 CCA Prize

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701 Center for Contemporary Art Announces:

Conway's Yvette L. Cummings Wins the 701 CCA Prize 2016

Conway, S.C., artist Yvette L. Cummings last night won the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Cummings was announced as the winner during the December 1 701 CCA Prize Celebrationat Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The winner was announced by Tristan Weinkle and Corinne Goldberg of exhibition sponsor South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in front of an audience of some 150 people.

“Cummings is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Colleen Critcher and Jena Thomas.” Critcher is from Hartsville and was, like Cummings, selected for last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thomas is from Spartanburg, where she arrived from Florida earlier this year to teach at Converse College.

As the winner, Cummings will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine.

 [Yvette L. Cummings, A Myriad Of Moments, 2016, acrylic on canvas,71” x 77”]

[Yvette L. Cummings, A Myriad Of Moments, 2016, acrylic on canvas,71” x 77”]

 [Yvette L. Cummings,  When The Magpie Came , 2016, acrylic on canvas,48”x48”]

[Yvette L. Cummings, When The Magpie Came, 2016, acrylic on canvas,48”x48”]


Cummings in 2015 was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and for Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, N.C. Also in 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Black Creek Arts Gallery in Hartsville, S.C. Other solo shows were at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., and City Art Gallery in Columbia, S.C. Her work has been in some 30 group exhibitions, mostly in the South and Midwest. Among the venues where Cummings has shown are Women Made Gallery in Chicago, Ill., the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and Kendall College of Art & Design, both in Grand Rapids, Mich., the Florence County (S.C.) Museum, the Pickens County (S.C.) Museum of Art and History, the Anderson (S.C.) Arts Center and the Durham (N.C.) Art Guild. Cummings holds an MFA and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a BFA from Kendal College. She also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “All three finalists easily matched the criteria,” board chair Roefs said, “as did many of the artists who submitted a portfolio for the judge’s consideration but didn’t make it to the finals.” This year’s installment was the third 701 CCA Prize event.

“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.”

This solo exhibition will feature work created throughout the duration of Cummings’ residency that explores themes outlined in detail above. The show will be comprised of two-dimensional paintings and installations.



Reception Admission: members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation


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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.

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.

Application Fee

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

Summary of Procedures

 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.

Eligible Artists

Eligible artists must:

  • Currently live in South Carolina;
  • Be a professional artist 40 years or younger.
  • Have had or have a solo exhibition in a museum, art center, commercial gallery or a designated gallery space in a cultural facility (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 an available body of work in one or more visual art medium/media, 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.
  • Agree to deliver art works selected for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition with requested paper work to 701 CCA.
  • Be available to attend the opening reception of the 701 CCA Prize exhibition AND the 701 CCA Prize celebration during which the 701 CCA Prize winner will be announced.

Required Application Materials

To apply, the following materials must be provided on Submittable, USB, 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. 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, as shown in the images included with the application.

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

Questions: Contact us at director@701cca.org or call (803) 319-9949