May
10
to Jun 24

SC.Fellows Part II

In 2017, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) celebrated its 50th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the SCAC organized a series of exhibitions of artists who have been selected as the prestigious SCAC Fellows in the Visual Arts. These showings will be presented in museums and galleries throughout South Carolina. 701 CCA has been designated as the anchor venue.

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Exhibition Period: May 10 - June 24

Artist's reception: Thursday, May 10, 7-9 pm

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

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May
20
to Jun 2

Yvette Cummings Arendt AIR Begins

701 CCA Prize 2016 Winner

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.

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Jun
4
to Jun 8

Summer Camp Session 1: Dovetail Box and Hand Tool Workshop

June 4 – 8, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Ages 9 – 17

Members: $105; Non – Members: $120

Students will learn fundamental woodworking and hand tool skills to create their own dovetail box with a sliding lid. By discussing the nature of trees and the organic composition of wood, they will learn to work with the material efficiently and gain a deeper understanding of one of our oldest and most valuable traditions. The class will cover some simple math and geometry as well as structural and artistic design concepts which will help us to make a strong and beautiful box.

To register or learn more about this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

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Jun
11
to Jun 15

Summer Camp Session 2: Brayers on Layers

June 11 – 15, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Ages 9 – 17

Members: $110; Non – Members: $125

Students will jump start their creativity by connecting with the work of an inspiring artist: Jasper Johns. The goal of this class is to spend a week learning new printmaking techniques. Students will create a series of artworks where they choose the subject matter/theme. From South Carolina and one of the most famous artists still alive and making new work, Jasper Johns has a wide range of processes to learn from and spark inspiration. Students will learn the secrets of why a collograph works, how it’s like a collage and what makes it a type of printmaking. Lastly, since brayers are a printmaking tool for rolling ink onto a surface, and because a collograph requires the use of layers in the design, this funky/fun learning experience is called “Brayer with Layers.”

To register or learn more about this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

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Jun
18
to Jun 22

Summer Camp Session 3: Kinetic Sculpture

June 18 – 22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Ages 9 – 17

Members: $110; Non – Members: $125

In this class, every student will create a hanging, interactive sculpture! Each design will be unique and developed intuitively; responding to the need for light, shape, engagement of space, and movement. Students will use sustainable materials such as pliable reed, and manipulate them into hybrid forms. The armature will be composed of linear reed and bond together with string. In the final stage, vibrant natural paper will be purposefully placed to define the positive and negative space.

To register or learn more about this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

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Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

SC.Fellows Part II Closes

In 2017, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) celebrated its 50th anniversary. As part of the celebration, the SCAC organized a series of exhibitions of artists who have been selected as the prestigious SCAC Fellows in the Visual Arts. These showings will be presented in museums and galleries throughout South Carolina. 701 CCA has been designated as the anchor venue.

Exhibition Period: May 10 - June 24

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Jun
25
to Jun 29

Summer Camp Session 4: Multicultural Masks and Aztec Relief Carving

June 25 – 29, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Ages 13 – 17

Members: $105; Non – Members: $120

Students will explore different cultures throughout the world to find inspiration to create a unique mask! Students will mix, carve, and stain their decorative masks using Plaster of Paris, among other materials. Specifically, students will look at how the Aztecs used relief carving in their own culture. Each student will create their own relief carving of various size based on their own individual design.

To register or learn more about this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

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Jul
9
to Jul 13

Summer Camp Session 5: What Can Create a Print?

July 9 – 13, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Ages 6 – 8

Members: $105; Non – Members: $120

This class will explore different printmaking techniques using recycled materials and the final project will be personalized book! The students will learn the basic techniques of relief, monoprint and screenprinting. The class is process oriented, where students will be encouraged to investigate different ways to create a print. Students will learn to recognize objects in nature and everyday items around them, along with the chemistry of marbleizing and experimenting with bookbinding using repurposed materials. The final project will be combining prints of the week into a unique book.

To register or learn more about this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

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Jul
12
to Aug 26

Yvette Cummings Arendt Exhibition

701 CCA Prize 2016 Winner

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.

Exhibition Period: July 12 - August 26

Artist's reception: Thursday, July 12, 7-9 pm

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

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Jul
16
to Jul 20

Summer Camp Session 6: Mosaics

July 16 – 20, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Ages 13 – 17

Members: $105; Non – Members: $120

In this class, each student will create their own beautiful mosaic piece to take home! Students will learn the process for making a successful mosaic using glass, tile and various found objects. This class will explore the creative process of planning a mosaic and over the course of one week, the students will design their mosaic, choose their tesserae, build the mosaic and grout and clean it to reveal their unique design.

To register or learn more about this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

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Jul
23
to Jul 27

Summer Camp Session 7: Exploring with Fabrics

July 23 – 27, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Ages 6 – 17

Members: $110; Non – Members: $125

Students will be introduced to how different materials react to fibers in this class. They will experiment with multiple mediums and create several small exercises as they explore through ink, dye, paint, resist, and transfer. Students will ultimately complete two final artworks using multiple processes, including image transfers onto fabric and image resist using dye. Students will get to take home one personal item (t-shirt, socks, pillow case, apron, etc.) that they have created with techniques learned throughout the week. They will learn concepts stemming from compositional basics to color, texture, shape, pattern, rhythm, movement and space. (Please bring one personal item to dye.)

To register or learn more about this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

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Jul
30
to Aug 3

Summer Camp Session 8: Collage, Color & Contour

July 30 – August 3, 2018 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Ages 13 – 17

Members: $105; Non – Members: $120

In this class, students will learn contour drawing techniques, marbling methods, printmaking and mixed media. They will create using a variety of materials, including block print ink, magazines, chalk pastels, and more! Exciting concepts that will be explored throughout this class include color theory, abstraction and a lot of expression. Come prepared to get quirky, fun, and a little messy!

To register or learn more about this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

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Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

Young Artist's Festival

The grand finale of 701 CCA’s Youth Summer Workshops is always the Young Artists Festival, where participants in 701 CCA’s summer program as well as those of dozens of other summer programs in Columbia get together with family, friends, and the larger public to show what the programs present and what the students have accomplished.

Free admission! Fun for ages 6-17!

Located in the 701 Whaley Market.

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Sep
13
to Oct 28

South Carolina Architecture: Curated by Tom Savory

Columbia architect Tom Savory will curate an exhibition examining modern architecture in South Carolina. Initial research by Savory into the development of a modernist aesthetic and construction techniques in Columbia revealed that there are more outstanding examples than most people realize.

A public presentation and architectural tour will be presented during the run of the exhibition.

Exhibition Period: September 13 - October 28

Artist's reception: Thursday, September 13, 7-9 pm

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

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May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Jazz @ 701 CCA

Enjoy some of the finest jazz musicians in the Southeast!

Tickets at the door $15 cash. Cash bar with beer, wine and Village Idiot Pizza! For more info contact lakornegay@gmail.com or 803-237-1793

Mark Sterbank Quintet with Mark Sterbank, tenor saxophone, Charlton Singleton, trumpet, Richard White, piano, Kevin Hamilton, bass, and Quentin Baxter, drums. Sterbank will be playing a mix of standards and originals from his last CD, Dayspring. This group, the former house group at the Mezz in Charleston, has also performed under other names including the Quentin Baxter Ensemble and the Charlton Singleton Quintet. Dynamic, exhuberant, and swinging, these gentlemen are among the finest jazz musicians in the Southeast.

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Apr
15
1:00 PM13:00

701 CCA 10-Year Anniversary Lantern Workshop!

Get ready for the Vista’s Lantern Parade at the Lantern Workshop on Sunday, April 15 from 1-5 p.m. at the 701 Center for Contemporary art at 701 Whaley Street.

Lanterns and bamboo sticks will be available along with materials to decorate and paint them to your heart’s desire, or bring your own materials if you have something wilder in mind.

To celebrate 10 wonderful years since the opening of 701 CCA, we will be using materials from our past workshops plus our symbolic red yarn! 

Registration is required. The workshop is free for 701 CCA members or $25, and includes a year’s membership to 701 CCA. Fill out the form here: Lantern Workshop

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Apr
7
to Apr 8

Columbia Open Studios Weekend

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents the annual Columbia Open Studios event, a free, weekend-long tour of artists’ studios across Columbia, including Richland and Lexington Counties. Join thousands of art enthusiasts for a self-led tour of artists’ work + workspaces across the Midlands while discovering South Carolina’s vibrant art scene! 

Huge thanks to the City of Columbia, Richland County, S.C Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care, as well as our other sponsors, for supporting this community-wide event!

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Saturday April 7, 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday April 8, 12 pm - 6 pm

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Columbia Open Studios Preview Party

Meet the artists and sponsors of the Columbia Open Studios tour at a relaxed, lively reception with cash bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Linda Phillips Catering and music by DJ Irv in the Olympia Room, 2nd floor of 701 Whaley on Thursday, April 5 from 7-9 p.m. Guests can meet the participating artists and pick up printed guidebooks with maps to start planning their tour.

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THURSDAY, April 5, 7-9 PM

Cost is $15 non-members, $10 members. 

Get tickets online or at the door.  Click here to buy tickets online: Tickets

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Mar
8
to Apr 22

Fletcher Williams III: Traces

Traces presents a variety of works from Charleston based interdisciplinary artist Fletcher Williams III. Williams III’s theoretical and conceptual art-making practice is rooted
in a southern vernacular, which he finds essential to documenting the unweaving of Charleston’s social and cultural fabric. Incorporating his studies of ritual theory through the lenses of anthropology and sociology, Williams III creates multimedia objects and installations that explore historical and contemporary African American narratives of culture and utility that are unique to the South Carolina Lowcountry.

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Exhibition Period: March 8 - April 22

ARTIST TALK: THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 6 PM

Artist's reception: Thursday, March 8, 7-9 pm

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

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Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk by Fletcher Williams III

Voted as one of the ’10 South Carolina Artists You Need to Know’ by Vice last year, Williams has been exhibiting throughout New York and the Southeast for the past nine years. The artist’s theoretical and conceptual art-making practice is rooted in a southern vernacular, which he finds essential to documenting the unweaving of Charleston’s social and cultural fabric. 

"It is difficult to admire the landscape and architecture of this small city for too long without bits of its haunting past bubbling to the surface." - Fletcher Williams III

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ARTIST TALK: THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 6 PM

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Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

JAZZ@701

An Unforgettable night of Music and Photos! Sponsored by Columbia SC 63: Our Story Matters, and in partnership with 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Jazz@701 brings back A Sign Of The Times! Led by Composer/Director, Tyrone Jefferson, A Sign of the Times’ are committed to the mastery and preservation of Jazz - the only musical genre born in America!

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Tuesday, February 13, 6 - 8 pm

Tickets at the door $15 cash. Cash bar with beer, wine and Village Idiot Pizza! For more info contact lakornegay@gmail.com or 803-237-1793.

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Feb
12
to Mar 31

Columbia Open Studios Exhibition at City Hall

A selection of participating Columbia Open Studios 2018 artists will be exhibiting at The Gallery at City Hall, opening on Monday, February the 12th. A reception will be held to coincide with the First Thursday on Main night on March 1st.

The Gallery at City Hall
1737 Main Street, Columbia SC 29201
Weekdays 8:30am-5:00pm
First Thursdays on Main 6:00pm-8:00pm
Admission: Free

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OPENS: Monday, February 12, 2018

RECEPTION: First Thursday on Main, March 1st

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Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

Columbia Open Studios Exhibition at City Hall

A selection of participating Columbia Open Studios 2018 artists will be exhibiting at The Gallery at City Hall, opening on Monday, February the 12th. A reception will be held to coincide with the First Thursday on Main night on March 1st. See the Facebook event HERE.

The Gallery at City Hall
1737 Main Street, Columbia SC 29201
Weekdays 8:30am-5:00pm
First Thursdays on Main 6:00pm-8:00pm
Admission: Free

OPENS: FEBRUARY 12, 2018

RECEPTION: First Thursday on Main, March 1st, 6 -8 pm

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Jan
11
to Feb 25

Dustin Farnsworth Exhibition

Sculptor Dustin Farnsworth of Montreal, Canada is our last Artist-in-Residence for 2017, having completed a 12-week residency from October 1 - December 23. Farnsworth creates visceral and cerebral portraiture of today’s youth with critical portrayal of their worldly inheritance, engaging in visual rhetoric representing a generation in need of protection, empowerment, and change.

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Exhibition Period: January 11 - February 25

Artist's reception: Thursday, January 11, 7-9 pm

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

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