THE 701 CCA PRIZE 2018 CELEBRATION
with the announcement of the winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2018 and presentation of the exhibition catalogue
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:00 – 10:00 pm
ADMISSION: $20, 701 CCA Members; $25, non-members
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 event will take place Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The exhibition catalogue will be presented during the Celebration. Admission is $20 for 701 CCA Members and $25 for non-members.
The three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018 are Carey W. Morton of Charleston, Alexander Thierry of Columbia and Jena Thomas of Spartanburg.
“Once again, the number of good, exciting young artists in South Carolina allowed the jury panel to select three outstanding artists as finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “The competition was fierce. Thomas also was a finalist in 2016, which makes her the first 701 CCA Prize repeat finalist. Morton is new to the Prize but was selected last year for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thierry is a recent addition to the state’s art scene whose exciting work has not yet been shown much in South Carolina.”
Thomas, who teaches at Converse College in Spartanburg, is a painter. Morton, who creates mixed media sculptures, is a recent graduate of Clemson University and current adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston and artist in residence at the Gibbes Museum, also in Charleston. Thierry, a ceramicist, started teaching at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 2017, coming from Kansas. South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 2017, coming from Kansas.
The three finalists were selected by an independent jury consisting of Osamu Kobayashi, Brooklyn, N.Y., painter and Columbia, S.C., native; Jessica Moss, curator, artist, writer and founder of The Roll Up CLT in Charlotte, N.C.; and Catherine Walworth, curator of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C.
Attached to this release are images of works by Morton, Thierry and Thomas. Short bios for each are below.
The 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. “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.”
The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication.
Carey Morton (b. 1989) Greenville, S.C., native Morton was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2017. He teaches sculpture as an adjunct professor at South Carolina’s College of Charleston. Morton received his BFA from Winthrop University in Rock Hill and his MFA from Clemson University, both in South Carolina. He has worked as a metal fabricator, blacksmith and designer. Among the places where his sculpture installations have been shown are Artfields in Lake City, S.C.; Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston and Kai-Lin Art Gallery in Atlanta, Ga.
Alexander Thierry (b. 1988) St. Louis, Mo., native Thierry received his MFA from the University of Kansas and a BA in Painting, BFA in Ceramics and an MAE in Visual Art Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. Thierry has exhibited in Kansas, Missouri, North and South Carolina, New York, Florida, Tennessee, Washington, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, New Jersey and California. He received a scholarship to attend Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. A former high school art teacher, Thierry now is an assistant professor at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. He lives in Columbia, S.C.
Jena Thomas (b. 1987) Thomas also was a finalist for the 701 CCA Prize 2016. She received her MFA from the University of Miami in Florida and in 2016 joined the art faculty of Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Thomas has exhibited extensively in the past decade in Florida and New England. Among her recent solo and two-person exhibitions are those at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, Con.; Contemporary Art Space in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and Green Monkey in Miami. Thomas has been represented at Art Hamptons, Art Palm Beach and the Miami International Art Fair. She has exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Coral Gables Museum, and the South Florida Cultural Center, all in Florida. Her work was selected for New American Painting’s 2014 MFA Edition.ABOUT THE 701 CCA PRIZE
The 701 CCA Prize, organized by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is a biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years of age or younger. The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize young artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize is awarded to one artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2016. The winner is selected by a panel of three art professionals.
The deadline for 2018 submissions is now closed, please check back for submission guidelines for the 701 CCA Prize 2020.
SUMMARY OF PROCEDURES
Applications must be in the possession of 701 CCA by September 1, 2018, 11:30 p.m.
An independent jury of three art professionals will evaluate all work submitted and select the three finalists, who will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition, as well as the winner of the Prize, who will be announced at 701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 28 at 701 CCA. The jury panel will select the winner based on the artists’ initial applications, not the work in the Prize Exhibition. The jury’s selection is based on, first, artistic merit as shown through provided images and, second, supporting materials detailing the applicants’ art production and career. The jury panel, still to be announced, consists of one juror based in South Carolina, another based elsewhere in the Southeast, and a third one, based outside of the Southeast. Individual works by each finalist for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition will be selected by a 701 CCA curatorial team from artwork representative of those submitted by the artists in their initial application.
The 701 CCA Prize winner will be announced during the 701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 28, 2018, at 701 CCA.
After the 701 CCA Prize exhibition closes in Columbia on December, 23, 2018, the exhibition of the three finalists will travel to Lake City, S.C., in January 2019.
THE PRIZE PACKAGE
The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive:
A six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA;
A solo exhibition at 701 CCA;
An ad in a national art publication concurrent with the solo exhibition.
July 10 – September 1, 2018 Submission Period
September 20, 2018 Announcement of Three Finalists
November 8, 2018 Exhibition opens with a public reception as part of the 701 CCA 10th Anniversary Celebration
November 28, 2018 701 CCA Prize Celebration Event and Announcement of Winner
December 23, 2018 Exhibition Closes
January 11, 2019 Exhibition opens in Lake City, S.C.
February 24, 2019 Exhibition closes in Lake City, S.C.
The application fee is $25, which must be included with the completed application and is non-refundable.
ELIGIBLE & INELIGIBLE ARTISTS
Previous winners of the 701 CCA Prize are ineligible for six years, or three installments of the competition, after winning the 701 CCA Prize.
Eligible artists must:
Currently live in South Carolina;
Be a professional artist 40 years or younger on October 31, 2018;
Have by October 1, 2018, available a body of work representative of the artworks submitted for the 701 CCA Prize and completed after January 1, 2016. This body of work needs to be 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 also will be required to provide a schedule of no less than 3 public performances during the exhibition period. In the 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 November 1 – November 6, 2018.
Agree to deliver art works selected for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition with requested paperwork to 701 CCA on Thursday or Friday, November 1 or 2, 2018.
Be available to attend the opening reception of the 701 CCA Prize exhibition on November 8, 2018, the 701 CCA Prize celebration with announcement of the winner on November 28, 2018, and the exhibition opening reception in Lake City on January 11, 2019.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
To apply, the following materials must be provided through Submittable:
The completed Submittable Application.
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, 2016. The images must show art works representative of what would be available for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition. The information in the image headers must list, in this precise order, the artist’s last name, then the number corresponding to the image’s number in the checklist, then the checklist information (see 3. below). (Example: Johnson 1, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”)
A completed Checklist listing the information for the images or videos in the application in the following order: Artist Name, Title of Work (in italics), year work completed, medium of work, dimensions of work. Dimensions should be listed as height x width for 2-D work, and height x width x depth for 3-D work. The name of the document should say “checklist” and the name of the artist. (Example: “Checklist Johnson”)
A resume/CV. The name of the document should say “Resume” or “CV” and then the name of the artist. (Example: “Resume Johnson”)
A bio of no more than 300 words about the artist’s career as opposed to information about art production and/or artist concepts.
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, 2016, as shown in the images included with the application.
A submission fee of $25.