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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is excited to announce that the finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018 are Carey W. Morton of Charleston, Alexander Thierry of Columbia and Jena Thomas of Spartanburg. The 701 CCA Prize 2018 is a competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. A record number of 28 artists submitted for the Prize this year.

The three finalists’ work will be shown in the 701 CCA Prize 2018 Exhibition, which will open Thursday, November 8, 2018, with an extended artists’ reception to coincide with the center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration., 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Through the combined opening reception and 10th Anniversary Celebration, 701 invites the public to celebrate ten years of outstanding exhibitions, educational programming and organizational growth at 701 CCA. The exhibition will run through December 23. This year’s Prize is the fourth installment of the biennial event.

“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.

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.

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.


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.


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 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.


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.


To apply, the following materials must be provided through Submittable:

  1. The completed Submittable Application.

  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 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”)

  3. 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”)

  4. A resume/CV. The name of the document should say “Resume” or “CV” and then the name of the artist. (Example: “Resume Johnson”)

  5. A bio of no more than 300 words about the artist’s career as opposed to information about art production and/or artist concepts. 

  6. 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. 

  7. A submission fee of $25.