701 CCA Prize 2018 Call to Artists


About the 701 CCA Prize

The 701 CCA Prize, organized by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is a biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years of age or younger. The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize young artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize is awarded to one artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2016. The winner is selected by a panel of three art professionals.

Summary of Procedures

Applications must be in the possession of 701 CCA by September 1, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

An independent jury of three art professionals will evaluate all work submitted and select the three finalists, who will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition, as well as the winner of the Prize, who will be announced at 701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 29 at 701 CCA. The jury panel will select the winner based on the artists’ initial applications, not the work in the Prize Exhibition. The jury’s selection is based on, first, artistic merit as shown through provided images and, second, supporting materials detailing the applicants’ art production and career. The jury panel, still to be announced, consists of one juror based in South Carolina, another based elsewhere in the Southeast, and a third one, based outside of the Southeast. Individual works by each finalist for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition will be selected by a 701 CCA curatorial team from artwork representative of those submitted by the artists in their initial application.

The 701 CCA Prize winner will be announced during the 701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 29, 2018, at 701 CCA.

After the 701 CCA Prize exhibition closes in Columbia on December, 23, 2018, the exhibition of the three finalists will travel to Lake City, S.C., in January 2019.

The Prize Package

The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive:

  • A six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA;
  • A solo exhibition at 701 CCA;
  • An ad in a national art publication concurrent with the solo exhibition.

Crucial Dates

July 10 – September 1, 2018        Submission Period

September 20, 2018        Announcement of Three Finalists

November 8, 2018        Exhibition opens with a public reception as part of the 701 CCA 10th Anniversary Celebration

November 29, 2018        701 CCA Prize Celebration Event and Announcement of Winner

December 23, 2018        Exhibition Closes

January 11, 2019        Exhibition opens in Lake City, S.C.

February 24, 2019        Exhibition closes in Lake City, S.C.

Application Fee

The application fee is $25, which must be included with the completed application and is non-refundable.

Eligible & Ineligible Artists

Previous winners of the 701 CCA Prize are ineligible for six years, or three installments of the competition, after winning the 701 CCA Prize.

Eligible artists must:

  • Currently live in South Carolina;

  • Be a professional artist 40 years or younger on October 31, 2018;

  • Have by October 1, 2018, available a body of work representative of the artworks submitted for the 701 CCA Prize and completed after January 1, 2016. This body of work needs to be substantially enough to fill approximately one-third of the 2,500 square feet gallery space at 701 CCA. In case of performance art work, high quality DVD representations of past performances must be available. Performance artists also will be required to provide a schedule of no less than 3 public performances during the exhibition period. In the case of site-specific installation art, artists must be willing and able to create a site-specific installation at 701 CCA for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition between November 1 – November 6, 2018.

  • Agree to deliver art works selected for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition with requested paperwork to 701 CCA on Thursday or Friday, November 1 or 2, 2018.

  • Be available to attend the opening reception of the 701 CCA Prize exhibition on November 8, 2018, the 701 CCA Prize celebration with announcement of the winner on November 29, 2018, and the exhibition opening reception in Lake City on January 11, 2019.

Required Application Materials

To apply, the following materials must be provided through Submittable:

  1. The completed Submittable Application.

  2. Ten (10) high-quality, digital images, 300 dpi or more (visual and craft artists) or 3 videos (media and performance artists) of art works completed since January 1, 2016. The images must show art works representative of what would be available for the 701 CCA Prize exhibition. The information in the image headers must list, in this precise order, the artist’s last name, then the number corresponding to the image’s number in the checklist, then the checklist information (see 3. below). (Example: Johnson 1, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”)

  3. A completed Checklist listing the information for the images or videos in the application in the following order: Artist Name, Title of Work (in italics), year work completed, medium of work, dimensions of work. Dimensions should be listed as height x width for 2-D work, and height x width x depth for 3-D work. The name of the document should say “checklist” and the name of the artist. (Example: “Checklist Johnson”)

  4. A resume/CV. The name of the document should say “Resume” or “CV” and then the name of the artist. (Example: “Resume Johnson”)

  5. A bio of no more than 300 words about the artist’s career as opposed to information about art production and/or artist concepts. 

  6. An artist’s statement of no more than 300 words addressing the applicant’s general artistic vision and how this vision applies to his or her art production since January 1, 2016, as shown in the images included with the application. 

  7. A submission fee of $25.

Submitting Applications

The submission and payment must be received by 701 CCA staff no later than September 1, 2018, 11:30 p.m. Incomplete applications will not be accepted into the competition.

Questions: Contact Hannah Shepard at director@701cca.org or (803) 319-9949.