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701 CCA offers an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program in a 1,200 square-foot live/work unit on the second floor of 701 Whaley.

Artists in residence at the center create new works while in residence. Generally, an exhibition or some public presentation of these works takes place during or shortly after the residency.

In most cases, artists in residence are also expected to involve the community in some fashion. Professional artists are selected through a competitive selection process and may be local, regional, national or international. Residencies last for six, ten or twelve weeks.

For more information on applying, click the Application Guidelines button below. Questions can be sent to

We are currently accepting artist proposals for our residency program:



RESIDENCY: May 14 - June 21, 2019

Jena Thomas from Spartanburg, SC, was the 701 CCA Prize 2018 Winner. As the winner, Thomas received a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine. The finalists and winner 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.

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.

Jena Thomas’ solo exhibition at 701 CCA will be presented in 2020.


CURRENT ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: David Cianni & Anna Redwine

RESIDENCY: February 4 - March 17, 2019

For the purpose of adding to the cultural and economic vibrancy of Columbia’s historic Mill District, which includes the neighborhoods of Olympia, Granby and Whaley, along with making available public artwork to a neighborhood that is currently underserved, 701 Center for Contemporary Art is developing a public art trail that would run through the historic Mill District. The historic 701 Whaley building, which is in the Mill District and the location of 701 CCA, has been designated as an artwork location to be included on the trail.

To accomplish this project, 701 CCA has selected artists Anna Redwine and David Cianni, to collaborate in a 6-week long residency, where they will design and create this public sculpture. This work will reference the local Mill District’s history as a traditional working-class mill village and ultimately be included as a location on the Mill District Public Art Trail.

The project addresses each phase of this revitalization and looks futuristically forward. Referencing the recycled history of the 701 Whaley building, the public artwork, which will be a robot sourced from recycled materials found locally by artist David Cianni holding a red yarn ball, representing the history’s past a textile mill village. The 701 Center for Contemporary Art was a key component of the 701 Whaley building when it reopened in 2011 and the logo for the art center was designed by artist Anna Redwine, using the lines of the red yarn ball to celebrate both the textile mill workers and the creative act of mark-making, and is incorporated into the installation. The robot figure also references the role of the art center, David Cianni installed a similar figure on the outside of the building during his solo show, Alternate Universe: The M- BORA Project, in 2012. As one of public art pieces being created/commissioned for the Mill District Public Art Walk, the robot signals the bright future of this now-vital arts district.


This project is made possible through a partnership with Central Carolina Community Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Richland County