artist residency2.jpg



We are currently accepting artist proposals for our residency program:

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 contact or click the apply button above.


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 and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation



Previous Artist-in-Residence: Janet Orselli

Residency: October 1 - January 20, 2019

Janet Orselli is an artist who creates drawings, object sculptures and site-specific installations. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University and has been selected to participate in artist residencies at Anderson Ranch, Colorado, Spring Island, SC and Kaiserslautern, Germany. Janet has received three Regional Artist Project Grants from the NC Arts Council and was awarded a national Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship. She has had over a dozen solo exhibitions including OK Harris Works of Art, NYC and the Gibbs Museum, Charleston, SC. Her work is featured in the book, 100 Southern Artists. Janet will be the Fall 2018 Artist in Residence at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC with a solo show in January 2019. She teaches art and lives in Tryon, NC.

Learn more about this artist by clicking here: Janet Orselli

Exhibition: January 17 - March 3, 2019

Object Tales by Janet Orselli: Thursday, January 17, 6 pm

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 7-9 pm

re:Visions presents work from interdisciplinary artist Janet Orselli of Tryon, N.C. Orselli combines and assembles found objects and surrounding spaces transforming their meaning and the viewers' experience. Each object speaks of what it once was, its unique history, yet at the same time it becomes something new and unexpected. Orselli’s work requests a slower pace, referring back to a time when objects were cherished and made with care.

One hour prior to the opening reception, Orselli will give an artist talk in the form of storytelling from the point of view of her objects.

Brittany Portrait.png

Previous Artist-In-Residence: Brittany M. Watkins


Brittany M. Watkins is an interdisciplinary artist based in Georgia & Florida. Her installation-based practice incorporates painting, sculpture, audio, video, and performance as she moves back and forth between physical and theoretical spaces. Watkins received the Juried Panel Prize ($25,000.00) in ArtFields 2017 for her installation titled:



ARtist Talk & Reception: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 6pm & 7-9pm

Contemporary psychology defines affect as the feeling or experience that is associated with an emotion or the act of displaying and exhibiting emotions through gestures or facial expressions. 

AFFECT-ED, BEING offers a contemporary approach to portraiture and being through a series of installation-based, painting, sculpture, video, and performance works. Each object presented, is rife with narrative-based signifiers highlighting the individual’s place among society alongside the functioning of the human mind. 

As paint coats the surface, this life is re-contextualized with purpose, enhanced for public display. Site-specific installation is paired with bright colors, dramatic lighting, audio and video to provide a sensory experience that will lead viewers throughout the psyche/space. Each persona hinges on my embodiment of the subject, as insecurity, dependence, compulsion, etc. (the human condition) are employed visually and/or metaphorically in the process/final presentation. A cycle of obsessive-compulsive behaviors and subconscious, coping mechanisms are revealed in the daily interactions between the self-aware object and the complex, yet fragile human. Non-traditional materials, once discarded from the home, range in use, historical context, and class as they place the individual experience within the framework of contemporary art for a subversive look at consumption.

Screen Shot 2018-08-13 at 10.31.46 AM.png

Previous Artist-in-Residence:

Yvette Cummings Arendt of Conway, SC was our 2016 701 CCA Prize winner. She will be completing the second half of her residency at 701 CCA in May. The first half was completed in May of 2017. Her current body of work presents a moment of transition between experiences of recalled child abuse and the dynamics of motherhood. She explores the relationships her daughters have with one another and the complicated path of youth, beauty, and femininity. The struggles of adolescence include navigating the dynamics of family, sibling rivalry, and transitions into adulthood. She depicts her daughters during these times in relation to one another, and herself. 

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”

Yvette L. Cummings,  Voyeur Series , 2015–16, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 15 panels, 14” x 14” each

Yvette L. Cummings, Voyeur Series, 2015–16, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 15 panels, 14” x 14” each


Cummings uses damask and floral patterns to flatten the spatial aspects of the work. These very traditional patterns create a visual abstraction and represent the confusion that occurs over time and space. Te figures are pushed to the foreground, and in contrast to the patterns, challenge our role in the gaze we place on adolescence and the expectations that come with beauty. During her residency, Cummings will further explore these themes.

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