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Artist Talk + Q&A by Yvette L. Cummings

When: Sunday, August 26, 2 p.m.
Where: 701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., Columbia, SC 29201

Reservation required via: or (803) 319-9949

To close out her solo exhibition Uncovered, 701 CCA presents an artist talk plus Q&A session from 701 CCA Prize 2016 winner Yvette L. Cummings. This talk will be joined by a conversation with Palmetto Place Children's Shelter, whose mission is to "provide a safe and supportive environment for children and teens who have faced abuse, abandonment, neglect and/or homelessness."

Uncovered showcases original paintings, installations, and hand cut paper collages that present moments of transition between experiences of recalled child abuse and the dynamics of motherhood. Culling through scattered memories of the past and current experiences with her daughters, Cummings' work explores the complicated path of youth, beauty, femininity and transitions from childhood into self-awareness. This exhibition includes work created during her residency at 701 CCA, which she received for winning the 701 CCA Prize.

Yvette L. Cummings received her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. While still enrolled at DAAP she was director of the 840 Gallery, interned at the Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati, and was the recipient of the Wolfstien Travel Fellowship to Spain. She was awarded the Stephen J. Dalton Teacher of the year from USC University in 2011. Her work has been exhibited in multiple group and solo exhibitions throughout the south and midwest.

Palmetto Place was founded in 1977 as an emergency shelter for children who needed safe haven from child abuse and neglect. Their residential home has provided services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the last 40 years and more than 7,000 children have called Palmetto Place their home. In 2016 they were able to expand the original home adding space for more children and teens who have faced abuse and neglect. They were also able to open a second location that serves the homeless teen and at-risk youth populations in the Midlands. Palmetto Place now has two houses and more than 50 beds for our state's most vulnerable children and teens.

“I use pattern as a way to visually flatten the space, often referring to memory. When multiple patterns are layered in a piece, a camouflaging occurs that mimics the way we live our lives in the open, but we often cannot see through the layers to the traumas.”

Earlier Event: August 26
Yvette L. Cummings: Uncovered Closes
Later Event: September 11
Jazz@701 with Mitch Butler