701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, announces the 701 CCA Prize, an art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The center’s inaugural installment of the project will take place this year with a juried process resulting in a November – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize by completing and submitting the application package by September 7, 2012.
Application guidelines and package can be downloaded in about a week or so at (www.701cc(a).org).
“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art hopes to add another crucial component to the eco-system and infra-structure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “Our state does not have a platform to highlight some of the extraordinary young talent in South Carolina. We hope that this competition and exhibition will fill part of that void, not unlike last year’s inaugural 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial, which has begun to fill a void with respect to a regular overview of contemporary art in our state.”
The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since January 1, 2010. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They must have or have had a solo exhibition in a museum, art center, commercial gallery or a designated gallery space in a cultural facility between September 1, 2010 – September 1, 2012. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. The application fee is $25.
An independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize. The three finalists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize exhibition from November 1 – December 16, 2012, at 701 CCA. The exhibition’s opening reception will be November 1. The 701 CCA Prize winner will be announced during the 701 CCA Prize Celebration on November 29, 2012.
The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication.
The jurors for the 701 CCA Prize 2012 are Lilly Wei, a New York-based independent curator and critic; artist Paul Bright, the director of the Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Karen Watson, the director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter, S.C. With varying experience and exposure at the state, regional, national and international levels, each juror will bring a different perspective to the selection process.
“The 701 CCA Prize is loosely based on the Turner Prize for artists in the United Kingdom,” board chair Roefs said. “The Turner Prize is one of the most prestigious art awards in the world and generates a lot of exposure for and excitement about the finalists. While the 701 CCA Prize differs in several ways from the Turner Prize, we hope that within a South Carolina context, it will trigger similar interest and excitement.”
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. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5.
For further inquiries, contact by e-mail at (email@example.com) or call Wim Roefs at 803/238-2351 or visit (www.701cca.org).