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Current Exhibition:

SC.Fellows Part II

In partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, 701 Center for Contemporary Art and the Henry Ponder Gallery at Benedict College present SC.Fellows Part II, a retrospective exhibition of the S.C. Arts Commission visual arts and craft fellowship recipients.SC.Fellows is part of the S.C. Arts Commission’s 50th Anniversary celebration that includes 15 solo- and group exhibitions of current and past fellows throughout South Carolina. The 701 CCA and Henry Ponder Gallery exhibitions are the second part of the retrospective exhibition drawn from the work of the 89 artists who have received S.C. Arts Commission fellowships since 1976 when the program was established. All fellows are current or past residents of South Carolina.

“The 50th anniversary of the South Carolina Arts Commission provides an ideal opportunity to survey the breadth and depth of art made in South Carolina,” says New York art critic and author Eleanor Heartney, who curated SC.Fellows Part I & II. “The recipients of the award were selected solely on the basis of artistic merit, and as the works here reveal, they work in media ranging from ceramic, papermaking and textiles to painting, sculpture, photography, installation and assemblage. The work is equally diverse in content. The fellowship winners present private worlds, wrestle with social and political issues, explore the expressive potential of abstraction, and celebrate the complexities and beauties of the natural world.”

Heartney is a contributing editor for Art in America magazine and the author of several books, including Art & Today (2008). In 2004 she curated Thresholds, the traveling exhibition of art from five Southern states organized by the S.C. Arts Commission. In 2009, she curated The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations, a two-part traveling exhibition organized by the commission and 701 CCA.

The 701 CCA section of the second part will present work by James Arendt, Alice Ballard, Patricia Lee Brady, Jonathan Brilliant, Zoey Brookshire, Jeri Burdick, Jarod Charzewski, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Rebecca Des Marais, Linda Fantuzzo, Mark Flowers, Jack Steve Gerstner, Jr., J. Scott Goldsmith, Kristy Higby, Elizabeth Keller, Michael Lavine, Lerry Lebby, Elizabeth Melton, Philip Mullen, Jane Allen Nodine, Jorge Otero, Herb Parker, Clifton Peacock, Michael Phillips, David Ross Puls, Michael Tice and Susan B. Wooten.

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

This exhibition is supported by:

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Upcoming Exhibition:

Yvette L. Cummings: Uncovered

701 CCA Prize 2016 Winner


"Uncovered" showcases original paintings 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, Yvette Cummings work explores the complicated path of youth, beauty, femininity and transitions from childhood into self-awareness. 

Yvette Cummings Arendt of Conway, SC was our 2016 701 CCA Prize winner. As the winner, Cummings received a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine.

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.

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EXHIBITION PERIOD: July 12 - August 26


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