South Arts 2019 Southern Prize and State Fellows Opening Reception and Exhibition

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For Immediate Release                                                                                March 12, 2019


701 Center for Contemporary Art Presents:


South Arts 2019

Southern Prize and State Fellows

Opening Reception and Exhibition 


Exhibition: March 21 – May 5, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21, 7 – 9 pm

Reception Admission: $5 suggested donation for non-members


Contact: Hannah Shepard

701 Center for Contemporary Art

701 Whaley St., 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 319–9949


(Columbia, SC) – Launched in 2017, the South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships celebrate and support the highest quality art being created in the American South. For the first time, South Arts will present a public exhibition, bringing together work from the nine State Fellowship recipients - one from each state within the South Arts region. The South Arts 2019 Southern Prize and State Fellows will open to the public with a reception on Thursday, March 21, 7-9 pm. The reception is free for 701 CCA members; there’s a suggested $5 donation for non-members.

The 2019 State Fellowship award recipients are: Jamey Grimes (Alabama), Amy Gross (Florida), Bo Bartlett (Georgia), Lori Larusso (Kentucky), Stephanie Patton (Louisiana), Rory Doyle (Mississippi), Andrew Hayes (North Carolina), Viriginia Scotchie (South Carolina), Andrew Scott Ross (Tennessee).

An independent jury panel selected the nine state fellows from more than 800 applicants based solely on artistic excellence. Each artist will receive a $5,000 award. A second jury panel will select two finalists for the Southern Prize. One will receive an additional prize of $10,000, and the other, the $25,000 Southern Prize and a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Ga.

“Creativity is thriving throughout the South,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “The 2019 State Fellows’ work has such varied subject matter as the African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta, the forms and forces of nature, and the impact of ‘perfect’ images of life and home inundating us through digital media. They each come from different backgrounds, viewpoints, and styles, yet each are masterful representations of their respective artform. We are very proud to support them as we work toward our mission of advancing Southern vitality through the arts, and helping working artists more able to survive and succeed while living in the South.”

The State Fellowship juror panel consisted of Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University; Katherine Jentleson, the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; Radhika Subramaniam, associate professor at the Parsons School of Design in New York; Ben Thompson, deputy director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville in Florida; and Joey Yates, curator at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. The Southern Prize jury panel consists of Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Mo.; René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; and Leslie Umberger, Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.


The exhibition at 701 CCA, on view from March 21 through May 5, will be the only opportunity to see the work of all fellowship winners together. The winner of the Southern Prize and a $10,000 Finalist award will be announced at South Arts’ annual meeting during a ceremony for the artists, South Arts board members, sponsors and invited guests celebrating the State Fellows on April 15 at 701 CCA.


701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201.  During exhibitions, hours are Wed-Sat 11–5; Sun 1-5. For more information, visit


For further inquiries or high-resolution images, contact or call (803) 319-9949. Please check the 701 CCA website for additional information on the exhibition and associated events.