Panel Discussion: "Football, Head Trauma & Art"

For Immediate Release                                                                    June 14, 2019


701 Center for Contemporary Art Presents


Panel Discussion: "Football, Head Trauma & Art"
Jason Kendall
– Artist and former college football player
Garrison Gist
– Artist and former college football player
Dr. Ashley Harbin
– Psychologist, Lake Psychological Services, LLC
Dr. Davis Moore
– Professor, Arnold School of Public Health, UofSC

Katie Zenger – Program Coordinator, Brain Injury Association of SC
Moderator: Chris White
– Film Producer, Director, Screenwriter

Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m.
701 CCA Gallery
Panel Admission: Free



701 Center for Contemporary Art

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


Contact: Hannah Shepard

(803) 319–9949


In conjunction with its current exhibition, HEAD TRAUMA: From the Outer Rim, by Jason Kendall (kendallprojects), 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a panel discussion in Columbia, SC, on Wednesday, June 26, at 6 p.m.

In HEAD TRAUMA: From the Outer Rim, on view at 701 CCA through July 7, kendallprojects reflects on his personal experience as a former football player, addressing important themes that are often neglected in American football culture, such as identity construction, masculinity, violence in sports, and conditional self-worth based on physical performance. The exhibition provides an opportunity to not only bridge the gap between football and art, but also to discuss the physical and psychological effects of the sport.

The panel will focus on the dangers of head trauma in American football, the self-destructive nature exhibited by many athletes, as well as arts ability to raise awareness of these issues. How has American football culture addressed the risk of brain injury and the heavy toll of the sport on the minds of athletes? And how has football culture been reflected in the arts?

The panel will feature five prominent figures in the arts, sports, medical and scholarly communities of Columbia, SC, namely Jason Kendall, Garrison Gist, Dr. Ashley Bryant Harbin, Dr. Davis Moore, and Katie Zenger, moderated by Chris White.

Kendall was born and raised in Columbia, SC, where he briefly majored in Studio Art while playing football at the University of South Carolina and North Greenville College from 1994-1998. He quit to escape the negative physical and psychological aspects of the sport and to pursue a career as an artist. Kendall received his B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida, and his M.F.A from New York University.

Garrison Gist is an artist and former University of South Carolina football player who graduated with a Studio Art degree. Gist uses themes of pop culture to create work through a variety of mediums. He completed an internship at 701 CCA in 2016.

Dr. Ashley Harbin earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Medical Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Harbin previously served on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of SC (BIASC) and is currently on the SC Brain Injury Leadership Council. Additionally, she co-leads a task force for the BIASC to bring return-to-learn resources to the state of SC. She also presents at local and national conferences on the psychological and neuropsychological sequelae of brain injury and concussion.

Dr. Davis Moore, MS, Ph.D., is the Director of the Concussion & Health Neuroscience Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina. He is interested in determining the functional outcomes of concussive injuries and the factors that moderate injury outcomes and the active rehabilitation of post-concussion syndrome.

Katie Zenger has a Master’s in Public Health from the Arnold School at University of South Carolina and is the Brain Injury Safety Net Coordinator at the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. Zenger is also a freelance consultant, as well as a Senior Associate at The Weathers Group, located in Columbia, SC. She has over seven years of professional public health experience.

Chris White is a film producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. His most recent feature films, the award-winning showbiz comedy Cinema Purgatorio and the southern gothic comedy anthology Unbecoming, were filmed almost entirely in South Carolina using locally sourced cast and crew. Chris has written about film and television for Paste Magazine, The Curator, and Undefined Magazine. He is also an advisor to Greenville's Reedy Reels Film Festival and Greer's premier live music and theatre venue, The Spinning Jenny.


701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art in Columbia, SC, as well as of 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.