701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition by Mana Hewitt


Mana Hewitt: Persistence


Exhibition: July 25 - September 8, 2019

Artist Talk: Thursday, July 25, 6:30 pm

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25, 7 - 8:30 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’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Mana Hewitt.  This exhibition, tilted Persistence, presents over fifty commemorative medals that recognize the courage and perseverance of women who have challenged societal perceptions and worked to improve conditions for all. Hewitt created the series to “familiarize and instruct, lest we forget the women that have forged a path to give us voice today.”

            Persistence runs from July 25th to September 8th. The exhibition will open with an artist talk at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 25th, directly followed by an opening reception from 7-8:30 pm. The reception is free for 701 CCA members: there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members. In conjunction with the exhibition, a Women’s History Trivia Night will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 7:30 pm at 701 CCA.

 In this solo exhibition, the artist addresses the challenges women have faced and overcome throughout history. Each medal is unique and reflects some aspect of the individual portrayed, whether that be through portraiture, quotes or biographies. Made of etched brass, copper, sterling silver and enamel, they are presented in either a glass domed vitrine or a framed shadow box. As a medal is meant to be worn, every piece includes a clasp, so that they may be fastened or hung. In addition, the exhibition will include banners with related inspirational quotes.

 “I wanted to recognize women and their struggle to be heard. Historically men have received medals for service and bravery,” says Hewitt.

Mana Hewitt is on the faculty of the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design, where she teaches jewelry-making.  She holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of South Carolina. Although her studio practice is rooted in jewelry and metalsmithing, her work varies in media, scale and execution – ranging from jewelry to sculpture to painting.

Her work is included in numerous collections including the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Arkansas Arts Center, the SCANA Corporation, First Citizens Bank Headquarters, the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, and the Federal Reserve. Among numerous awards, she received the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowship in Crafts, was named a Southern Arts Foundation Artist, and was included in 100 Southern Artists and 2017/8 JAMS.


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 www.701cca.org.

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