701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 28
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Announces The 701 CCA Prize 2018 Finalists:
Carey Morton, Charleston, SC
Alexander Thierry, Columbia, SC
Jena Thomas, Spartanburg, SC
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THE 701 CCA PRIZE 2018 CELEBRATION
with the announcement of the winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2018 and presentation of the exhibition catalogue
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:00 – 10:00 pm
ADMISSION: $20, 701 CCA Members; $25, non-members
To announce the winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2018 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger, 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., presents the 701 CCA Prize 2018 Celebration. The event will take place Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The exhibition catalogue will be presented during the Celebration. Admission is $20 for 701 CCA Members and $25 for non-members.
The three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018 are Carey W. Morton of Charleston, Alexander Thierry of Columbia and Jena Thomas of Spartanburg.
“Once again, the number of good, exciting young artists in South Carolina allowed the jury panel to select three outstanding artists as finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “The competition was fierce. Thomas also was a finalist in 2016, which makes her the first 701 CCA Prize repeat finalist. Morton is new to the Prize but was selected last year for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thierry is a recent addition to the state’s art scene whose exciting work has not yet been shown much in South Carolina.”
Thomas, who teaches at Converse College in Spartanburg, is a painter. Morton, who creates mixed media sculptures, is a recent graduate of Clemson University and current adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston and artist in residence at the Gibbes Museum, also in Charleston. Thierry, a ceramicist, started teaching at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 2017, coming from Kansas. South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 2017, coming from Kansas.
The three finalists 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.
Attached to this release are images of works by Morton, Thierry and Thomas. Short bios for each are below.
The Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.”
The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication.
Carey Morton (b. 1989) Greenville, S.C., native Morton was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2017. He teaches sculpture as an adjunct professor at South Carolina’s College of Charleston. Morton received his BFA from Winthrop University in Rock Hill and his MFA from Clemson University, both in South Carolina. He has worked as a metal fabricator, blacksmith and designer. Among the places where his sculpture installations have been shown are Artfields in Lake City, S.C.; Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston and Kai-Lin Art Gallery in Atlanta, Ga.
Alexander Thierry (b. 1988) St. Louis, Mo., native Thierry received his MFA from the University of Kansas and a BA in Painting, BFA in Ceramics and an MAE in Visual Art Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. Thierry has exhibited in Kansas, Missouri, North and South Carolina, New York, Florida, Tennessee, Washington, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, New Jersey and California. He received a scholarship to attend Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. A former high school art teacher, Thierry now is an assistant professor at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. He lives in Columbia, S.C.
Jena Thomas (b. 1987) 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.