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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Sets April 11-12, 2015, as Dates for Free Columbia Open Studios Tour

October 12, 2014


The date has been set for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2015, a free, weekend-long tour of artists’ studios across Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties that will take place Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 2015.

A Weekend of Art Studio visits!
Join thousands of art lovers for the opportunity to visit with individual artists in their private, working studios, and to learn about their cultural backgrounds, their tools and techniques and how their personal stories impact their art.

During the 2014 event weekend, participating studios received approximately 9,000 visits, 50% of which came from outside of Columbia city limits, and artists sold over $30,000 in artwork. 701 CCA does not take a commission on artists’ sales.

A Hallway Exhibition of Columbia Open Studios participating artists will take place, March 30 – April 12, 2015, at 701 Whaley on the 1st floor. A Preview Party will be held in the Olympia Room at 701 Whaley Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m. as a kickoff for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios.

Columbia, SC: Supporting Our State’s Arts Economy
In presenting Columbia Open Studios, 701 Center for Contemporary Art seeks to provide easy access to the wealth of fine artists in Columbia, Richland and Lexington counties; generate excitement about area artists from first-time buyers and seasoned collectors alike and further establish Columbia, S.C., as a regional cultural tourism destination.

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For questions about registering as a participating artist for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, contact Sheldon Paschal at ( or 803/319-9949.

About 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, April 11-12, 2015

Saturday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 12: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This free, self-led driving tour of fine artists’ studios throughout Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties showcases the Midlands’ talented visual art community. Artists will open their studios and be on hand to share their personal stories, backgrounds and share their tools and techniques. Artists’ work will be available for purchase at zero markup. Visit Columbia Open Studios for more information on participating artists and to map out your Columbia Open Studios tour.

About 701 CCA
701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community via its gallery & artist-in-residence program at historic 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. Admission to all exhibitions is free. 701 CCA also encourages interaction between visual arts 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.

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South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Announces Second Shift Twosdays

October 8, 2014


The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is staying open late every Tuesday until 8pm for Second Shift Twosdays offering guests more time to experience the museum. The museum is calling their weekly extended hours “Second Shift Twosdays” to celebrate the history of its building and the mill workers who decades ago came in during the evenings to work the second shift. The museum is also incorporating the number “two” during Second Shift Twosdays through special offerings and savings.

Every Tuesday evening, the museum will feature something different, which may include programs, planetarium shows, 4D movies, lunar observing, exhibit previews, food and beverage events, discounts and more. In addition to special features, the entire museum will stay open during Second Shift Twosdays.

Photo by Thomas Hammond

During these evening openings, guests can sit back and watch a planetarium show, experience movies like never before in the 4D theater and explore the museum’s four floors of art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology, including the newly reopened Lipscomb Gallery and the current blockbuster exhibit “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time”. Guests can also tour the new fourth floor observatory and telescope gallery. Night observing from the observatory will begin as soon as it is dark enough outside.  Please note: Observing can be done only if the sky is clear and may be canceled if the weather does not permit.

“Second Shift Twosdays are great for people who can’t make it to the museum during normal work hours or for those who are looking for something fun and different to do on Tuesday evenings,” said Merritt McHaffie, director of marketing, SC State Museum. “We decided to call these hours our ‘second shift’ to honor our largest artifact – our building, which was the first fully electric powered mill in the country.”

During the month of October, Second Shift Twosdays will be held on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 and will feature two Halloween-themed laser light shows in the planetarium.

At 6pm, enjoy HalloScream Laser Lights, a thrilling family-fun laser show featuring Halloween music favorites, including “Thriller,” “Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters.”

At 7pm, experience Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, an entrancing laser light show set to one of rock and roll’s most influential and bestselling albums, Pink Floyd’s 1973 “Dark Side of the Moon”.  Laser Floyd will only be available during Second Shift Twosdays and during Growl at the Moon on Oct. 30. Please note: Laser Floyd contains loud music and language that may not be appropriate for children.  Laser Floyd is appropriate for ages 17+.

Be sure to check out the museum’s new 4D theater during Second Shift Twosdays. In October, “Planet Earth: From Pole to Pole” will play at 5:30pm and “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs” will play at 6:30pm.  Visit ( for more information about Second Shift Twosdays and for ticket prices.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory.  These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

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One Columbia Unveils New Public Art Piece on Main Street, Columbia, SC

September 30, 2014

One Columbia for Arts and History and the City of Columbia are pleased to announce the installation and unveiling of the first sculpture resulting from the public art pilot program, in Columbia, SC.

Commissioned with a generous donation from Sean McCrossin, owner of Drip coffee shops and Scoopy Doo gelato shop, 1400 Block of Main, the piece entitled “Hanging” was created by local artists Eileen Blyth and Mark Finley. As Blyth explains, “This sculpture is an invitation to play…to stop and sit and play, or just listen. One Columbia is the force behind the Main Street public art initiative. And without the city’s support, this sculpture and many more to come would not happen. It is very exciting to be a part of.”914one-columbia-eileen-blyth|
“Hanging” was created by local artists Eileen Blyth and Mark Finley

“I am very happy to be a part and help One Columbia, the City of Columbia and the Mayor in their endeavor to fill the streets with creative, inspired and inspiring art that will hopefully remind us of this colorful city in which we live.” says McCrossin.

The sculpture consists of five tank drums (also known as hank drums) fabricated from propane tanks mounted to painted seats. Each drum is tuned differently to allow for unique harmonies to be played. The piece is installed in front of 1441 Main Street.

“Public art is inspirational, thought provoking and even more so when it’s interactive. ‘Hanging’ will give the public the opportunity not just to observe but to participate.” says Karel Givens, Vice President of City Center Partnership, the organization that manages the downtown Business Improvement District (BID).

“From increasing funding to our arts and cultural organizations to displaying local artists’ work in City Hall, we have taken several important steps this year toward realizing our vision of Columbia as a true City of Creativity,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “This sculpture and the new public art program it represents is a giant leap forward and I couldn’t be more proud.”

The public art program administered by One Columbia for Arts and History represents the joint efforts of multiple departments of the City of Columbia, the City Center Partnership, and the Community Relations Council who all contributed to make the process a success. The framework established by these partners will carry over to the creation of future pieces throughout the City of Columbia.

Lee Snelgrove, Executive Director of One Columbia for Arts and History explains, “Public art can define a place and give it a distinctive and inviting personality. Because of the relationships that have been made in establishing this formal process for commissioning public art, we’ll be able to continue bringing work to Columbia that will demonstrate the level of creativity and talent in this city.”

Artists interested in submitting their qualifications for consideration for future projects can find the call for artists on the One Columbia for Arts and History website at (

One Columbia for Arts and History is a non-profit corporation that works to promote collaboration among citizens, the cultural community, and city government through celebrations of Columbia’s arts and historic treasures. Its goal is to enhance the quality of life for our residents, attract tourist dollars to our city, and further build our vibrant community. In short, it serves as the promotional arm of the City for Columbia’s cultural community.

Visit the One Columbia website ( for a continuously updated master list of art and cultural activities occurring throughout the city.

701 Center for Contemporary Art, in Columbia, SC, Presents “JAMES BUSBY: A Conversation with Wim Roefs” – Oct. 1, 2014

September 30, 2014


701 Center for Contemporary Art, in Columbia, SC, will present “JAMES BUSBY: A Conversation with Wim Roefs”, on Oct. 1, 2014, at 7:30pm. Admission is free and the public is welcomed.

James Busby will talk to 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs about the essence of sanding all day long, making people scratch their head, John Cage’s sound advice, Morandi’s tips for better seeing, and string theory of the Sandback variety. He will trace his amazing ten-year trajectory from a garage in Chapin, SC, to big galleries and critical acclaim in Stockholm, London, Paris, Washington, DC, and New York City. Refreshments will be served.

Busby is among the state’s most successful artists, regularly selling out shows in New York and elsewhere. His superbly crafted, material-based, non-objective works of art are paintings and three-dimensional objects all at once. The Chapin artist and Rock Hill native sands layers of gesso to create refined, smooth surfaces, then applies graphite, acrylics and oils. The paintings play with viewers’ perceptions as they are solid but precious; appear hard but are soft; seem heavy but are light; contain relief while looking flat; combine geometric and organic shapes; and at once are tactile and smooth.

Busby (b. 1973, Rock Hill, SC) is an artist and art educator. His recent solo exhibitions include those at the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA; Stux Gallery in New York, NY; and the New Gallery/Thom Andriola in Houston, TX. Group exhibition include shows at Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard in Paris, France. Since 1999, Busby has participated in more than 30 group exhibitions in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, including a 2007 exhibition organized by the University of Richmond Museum, which traveled to seven cities across the Unites States. Busby holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. He has taught and lectured at Pennsylvania State University, University Park; the University of South Carolina, Columbia; Benedict College, Columbia, SC; and Virginia Commonwealth University. Busby lives in Chapin, SC, and as the winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2012 – was recognized as the state’s most talented artist 40 years of age or younger. Busby was selected from two dozen applicants.

Please submit further inquiries by e-mail to ( or call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949.

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; Thur.-Fri., 11-5; Sat., 9-5; Sun., 1-5.

For more information, visit (

A Recent Trip to Columbia, SC, To See Exhibits by Some of SC’s Most Talented Female Artists

September 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: Sorry there is hardly any notice of the Vista Studios show, we just ran out of time and had to work on the Oct. issue. It was in our Sept. issue and I made several social media posts.

I made a quick trip to Columbia, SC, about a week ago to see some fantastic works by six talented woman before it was too late. Like the white rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland” – I’m always running late, but here’s a warning so you won’t miss out. Go see these shows – some right away before they end. (Offered in order of time running out.) Vista Studios, in Columbia’s Vista area is presenting “Operatic Threads”, a group exhibition, including paintings by Tish Lowe in the Main Gallery and “Threads: Gathering My Thoughts”, a collaborative installation by fiber artist Susan Lenz and graffiti artist Michael Krajewski, on view in the Atrium. Both exhibits will be on view through Sept. 30, 2014.


In the main gallery at Vista Studios was an exhibit of classical oil paintings by Tish Lowe (classical Italian style). When I see paintings like this it always reminds me of trips to major Midwestern art museums. Except for the setting, you feel like your looking at works by old masters. I’m sure to a lot of younger folks they feel this style is “oh so old”, but there is life in these works that you don’t often see in more contemporary works. And by contemporary I mean works being made by younger artists filtered through today’s art departments at universities and colleges around the country.


I’ve included an image of some nude studies for the folks in Greenvillle, SC, so they can get a chance to see one of the art world’s classic subjects – people who are not wearing anything. You’ll have to search very hard to find any nudes in that city. Some museums there paint over certain parts of classic nude works.

Good thing there are a lot of reflections from the glass

The atrium at Vista Studios is showcasing a collaborative installation by fiber artist Susan Lenz and graffiti artist Michael Krajewski. Again, this trip was about seeing works by some of Columbia’s best female artists. I’m not much into graffiti of any kind, and although I’m old enough to have seen many a cave drawing – it’s just not my cup of tea. Like the great break-up line – It’s not you – it’s me.

The installation by Susan Lenz is a wonder to behold – hard to photograph and hard to describe – you just have to see it for yourself. And to do that you’re going to have to hurry, as it is scheduled to come down Sept. 30, 2014 or the day after. Lenz has been making fantastic art out of collected materials for years now – where she got all that thread is mind boggling.


I asked her if some the baskets had false bottoms and she said no. This is the second version of this piece, and I hope we see it again somewhere, but I imagine storage is a problem. Perhaps some company involved in fabric will purchase it for their lobby.


One of the great things about the work is that Lenz designed it so people could walk through it and get up close and personal with the work. That way you can discover all the different color combinations and how the light hits it in different spots to make highlights that catch your eye.


And, do make sure they have the lights on when you go see it. When I first got there I checked out Tish Lowe’s works first, then ran into Susan Lenz and started talking with her about the installation. I keep saying that things didn’t look the same as photos I’ve seen on Facebook and about 15 minutes into our conversation she realized that the lights were not on yet in the atrium. And, pop – there it was – the sparkling piece I’d seen pictures of. That’s what happens when you get talking – details get left out.

So quick run and go see this exhibit.

The City Art Gallery in Columbia’s Vista area is presenting “The Art of Kirkland Smith”, on view through Oct. 11, 2014. Smith is a classical painter who began creating contemporary assemblages using post-consumer materials as an evocative way to drive home the message of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. The only classic thing here will be toys you haven’t seen in years because you chucked yours in the trash.


Smith’s assemblages have become a familiar item in SC’s art scene. Her work of Steve Jobs won the first People’s Choice Award at the first ArtFields® event in Lake City, SC, and some of her works are on view at the SC State Museum in Columbia in the exhibit, “Building a Universe,” on view through Mar. 16, 2015, which features creations by artists whose work deals with space and the universe, either directly or conceptually.

“The Tree of Life”

When you get up close to Smith’s works, you’re amazed at the items that make the work – items we all know from daily life or our childhood. I’ve included a self-portrait of Smith and then a close up of one of her eyes. It’s a heck of a way to “paint”, but she pulls it off very well. Once you realize that the items only have to represent a certain “color” you get how it works, but when you see the objects used – it really makes you think. Like a little green Army soldier holding a bazooka – making up part of an eye. That’s strange.

A self-portrait

Just the eye – close up

And, the point is – all these items are better off in a work of art than filling our landfills. These plastics will never go away in our lifetime.

An abstract work by Kathy Casey

Of course when I’m at City Art Gallery there is always much more to look at upstairs and downstairs besides the main exhibit. Here’s a work I would have liked to take home with me. But, alas I’m just a poor editor/publisher of an arts newspaper. Look – don’t touch – don’t buy.

The Goodall Gallery in the Spears Music/Art Center, at Columbia College, in Columbia is presenting “The Big Paint: New Works by Eileen Blyth and Laura Spong,” on view through Oct. 13, 2014. These are BIG, wonderful, abstract paintings.

“The Big Red” by Laura Spong – a little washed out

Detail of The Big Red – again a little washed out

This is the show that had me itching to get to Columbia. BIG abstract paintings by two of my favorite abstract painters in Columbia. And, I wasn’t disappointed. Just sitting in a pretty good sized exhibit space looking at works that were as big as 8 ft. x 16 ft. made me feel like I was a Texan – where everything is BIG. I mean it’s not often you see an exhibit where there are only six works and they fill the space. The smallest work in the exhibit is big – for normal paintings, but then we have Big paintings and Jumbo paintings.

“First Black Line” by Eileen Blyth

Detail of “First Black Line” – close up

When works are this big it’s not only good to enjoy the size itself, but to explore the details of different sections of the work – up close – like you would look at a normal painting. I could have cut sections of these works out and been happy to have a wonderful single work.

A view of all but one painting

A quick grab shot of people to show the scale of the works

My favorite was “The Big Red”, by Laura Spong. I really like seeing red in abstracts, but I also liked the “First Black Line”, by Eileen Blyth for its big open spaces and light shades with hints of strong color. I can only dream of having a home so large that I could have both on display side by side, while I just gazed at them both as I made out my bank deposits from my big Texas oil wells.

If you’re someone who likes abstract paintings – you need to go see this show.

The Richland County Public Library’s Gallery in its main branch on Assembly Street in Columbia is presenting “All the In Between – My Story of Agnes,” by Laurie B. McIntosh. An exhibition of paintings telling the cradle to grave story of a life well lived. It’s on view through Jan. 5, 2015. It’s an interesting tribute from a daughter to a mother. You might have seen these works at the first ArtFields®.


I used to get to see the exhibits at this library space on a regular basis when I was delivering papers, but since I stopped that, I haven’t been hearing about their exhibits to put them in the paper each month. As I was telling some of the artists I met that day during my trip to Columbia – Columbia is not the best at communicating what’s on exhibit there – outside of Columbia.



This show is one of the biggest I’ve seen in that library space by one artist. McIntosh’s exhibit will make you feel like – “Gee, what have I done to honor my mother?”. My mother was a bookkeeper and she wanted me to become an accountant. That didn’t happen, but I think she liked the fact that I chose the arts to do my work. Something very unexpected in my family.


The paintings are simple, but tell the different chapters in McIntosh’s mother’s life. At the very end, she has a work for the date of her mother’s death and then one last work, a few months later when the remaining family members took the ashes of both mother and father to a college campus where the two met and spread them around. Now that’s a storybook ending.

Go see these exhibits, if you hurry you can see them all – they’re not too far apart, three within a few blocks of each other.

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Two Weeks of Free Admission – Sept. 23 – Oct. 3, 2014

September 19, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, opens its galleries for free admission beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, for “Free Days at the CMA.” During the 2-week period, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions featuring hundreds of artworks to explore–from ancient to modern. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, and gallery guides are free for families to have fun in the galleries with activities.

Also FREE on view:

French Masters: Henri Fantin-Latour’s Jonquils and Narcissus (1885), Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Two Girls Wearing Hats (1890), and Georges Braque’s Still Life with Oysters (1938), all generously on loan from a private collection, are on view through the end of the year in the Andrew Kerns Gallery.

John Singer Sargent: Sargent’s Portrait of Mrs. Theodore Frothingham, Jr., a beautiful charcoal portrait by the famous artist on loan from John and Kay Bachmann, is on view in the “Portraits on Paper” exhibition in the BB&T Gallery.

“¡FUERZA! Artistas Latin@s in South Carolina”
On View in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery September 23 through November 30, 2014. ¡FUERZA! visually explores the connections between domestic violence and the underrepresented minorities in the United States through the lenses of a cadre of Latin@ artists based in South Carolina.

CMA hosts an Opening Celebration of the new exhibition, “¡FUERZA!,” with live music by DJ Alejandro, tango, and cash bar at the Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6-9pm. The event is free to the public.

“Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection”
On View in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through January 4, 2015. This intimate and colorful exhibition uses 24 still life paintings from the CMA collection, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Julie Heffernan, and Lionel Gilbert, to tell the story of American art.

“Main Street, South Carolina”
On View in the Wells Fargo Education Gallery through September 30, 2014. Main Street, South Carolina is an exhibition of South Carolina student photography capturing “main drag” streetscapes in counties across the state.

Free days are offered in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA and are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

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University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, has Confirmed Jurors for “Crafting Civil (War) Conversations” Exhibition

September 16, 2014


The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, recently identified five distinguished museum professionals and academics with expertise in the craft-based media of ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, and wood to serve as jurors for “Crafting Civil (War) Conversations”, on display Feb. 2 – May 30, 2015. This major exhibition invites artists who work in these various media to create artworks that imagine a scene of reconciliation between the descendants of enslaved people and the descendants of slave owners, all as a means to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War.

The jurors include:
•           Carla Funk, Director & Chief Curator, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, The Foosaner
Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

•           Anne C. Currier, Professor of Ceramics, Division of Ceramic Art, Alfred University,
Alfred, NY

•           Albert LeCoff, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Center for Wood Art,
Philadelphia, PA

•           Jim Masterson, Shop Forman, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN

•           Diane C. Wright, Barry Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Our hope is that this roster of jurors—including people with national and international perspectives on ceramic, textile, glass, metal and wood arts—will inspire even greater participation on the part of artists throughout the Southeast.  McKissick Museum will present $25,000 in purchase awards to prize-winning artists and/or artist collaboratives.

For more information, visit ( or call Edward Puchner at 803/777-2515 or Ja-Nae Epps at 803/777-2876.

5th Annual Oktoberfest Presented by Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries in Columbia, SC – Sept. 18, 2014

September 10, 2014


The Contemporaries, a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group dedicated to engaging young professionals in the arts and philanthropy, will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, from 5:30 until 8:30pm at Boyd Plaza in front of the Museum in Columbia, SC. This will be the Contemporaries’ membership appreciation event and will also serve to raise awareness for the group and its benefits.

The fun-filled event will feature live music from the Kenny George Band, a Budweiser beer wagon, and traditional bratwursts. Last year’s event attracted over 300 attendees to Columbia’s revitalized Main Street.

Oktoberfest is one of several events Contemporaries host throughout the year to encourage the young and the young at heart to become involved in supporting the Columbia Museum of Art. “The CMA is a premiere art institution and our goal is to excite and empower young community members to further its growth,” said Contemporaries’ President, Haskell Kibler. The Contemporaries have been integral to several art acquisitions for the museum, including its iconic Chihuly Chandelier.


Tickets are free for members of the Contemporaries and $15 for non-members. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, including volunteering and sponsorship opportunities, please visit ( or contact Thomas Brantley by e-mail at (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Lecture by Barry Gaither, National Juror for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 – Sept. 18, 2014

September 10, 2014


701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, on Sept. 18, 2014, will present a lecture by Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) in Boston, MA. The lecture, “You Gotta Make Some Place To Be Somebody!: The Birth And Rebirth Of A Museum”, is free of charge and open to the public. It will take place at 7:30pm at 701 CCA.

In his lecture, Gaither, a native of Great Falls, SC, will discuss the birth and rebirth of the Museum of the NCAAA, which was founded in 1968 and of which he has been the director and curator since 1969. Within the context of how museums generally serve or should serve artists and communities, Gaither will discuss his museum’s current development project that aims to secure its future.

Gaither is the national juror for the 701 CCA Prize 2014, the center’s second installment of this competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Aside from his duties at the Museum of the NCAAA, Gaither is a special consultant at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts MFA, where he has served as curator for eight exhibitions. Gaither has served on many prominent committees and commissions in the museum field and has published and lectured widely. He has taught courses in African-American art at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Spelman College, Boston University and elsewhere.

Gaither will serve on the jury panel for the 701 CCA Prize 2014 that will convene at 701 CCA on Sept. 17, 2014, to select the three finalists for the Prize. Joining him will be regional juror Brad Thomas and statewide juror Hannah Davis.

Brad Thomas is the director of residencies and exhibitions at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. Prior to that, Thomas was the curator of modern and contemporary art at Charlotte’s Mint Museum and director and curator of the galleries at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

Hanna Davis is the gallery and exhibitions manager at Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC, where she also is involved with the annual ArtFields© art competition and festival.

The jurors will select three finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2014. The finalists will take part in 701 CCA Prize 2014 Exhibition, which will open with a reception on Oct. 30 and run through Dec. 21. The winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014 will be announced on Dec. 3 at the 701 CCA Prize Celebration & Announcement of the Winner event.

The 701 CCA Prize is a biennial art competition and exhibition that aims to identify and recognize artists 40 years and younger whose work is exemplary in it 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 Jan. 1, 2012. The 701 CCA Prize Winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication.

701 Center for Contemporary Art 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., 11am–8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; and Sun., 1-5pm.

For further inquiries, contact Sheldon Paschal by e-mail at (, call at 803/319-9949 or visit (

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Kicks Off the Fall Season with the Museum’s Annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party – Sept. 20, 2014

September 6, 2014


The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is kicking off the fall season with a festive day packed full of barbecue, craft beer, live music and folk art at its annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

There will be a variety of award-winning barbecue from across South Carolina cooked onsite, including mustard-based, tomato-based and vinegar and pepper sauce. Guests can also enjoy local craft beer from Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, Columbia’s third and largest microbrewery.

“This will be a great day for people of all ages to come out and enjoy live music, art and a variety of delicious barbecue cooked by pit masters from across the state,” said Paul Matheny, chief curator of collections, South Carolina State Museum. “This annual event is a wonderful way to kick off the fall season and celebrate South Carolina culture.”

The festival will feature live music from a variety of bands representing several genres and locations across South Carolina, including folk rock from The Bent Strings, bluegrass from Conservation Theory and Dunder Chiefs, harmony-driven folk rock from Stillhouse and R&B and funk from The Real Del Murphy Band.

Conservation Theory is one of several bands performing at the South Carolina State Museum’s annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party on Sept. 20, 2014.

A number of accomplished artists and craftsmen will display their skills and wares for the public to observe, discuss with the artists and purchase. Some of the artists and craftsmen include metal sculptor Herman Thompson, potter Paul Moore, mandolin maker Frank Sox and painters Geraldine Smith and Marius Valdes. Booths of South Carolina crafts will line the newly-renovated entrance and plaza outside the museum’s new planetarium.

There will be a special visit from Dan “The Pig Man” Huntley, who will both supply his special brand of tomato-based barbecue sauce and present a program on professional barbecuing, which includes cooking pigs on a spit. The National Wild Turkey Federation will also be onsite doing turkey call demonstrations. In addition, there will be a cornhole tournament, face painting and a children’s tent featuring a variety of activities and crafts.

The museum will conduct its very first “Bed Turning,” presenting quilts as they were meant to be seen – on a bed.  The museum will peel back each quilt to reveal the history, pattern, significance and backing of several quilts from the museum’s permanent collection. The day will also feature the viewing of a new contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe”, which showcases original artwork from 16 South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The excitement does not end with the festival. This is a great opportunity for guests to experience the museum’s brand new planetarium, 4D theater, observatory and historic telescope collection. Visit ( to learn more about show times and tickets prices.

Fall Festival will take place in front of the museum and in the museum’s newly renovated lobby. All outdoor and lobby activities are free to the public, except for food, beverages and craft purchases.

As the state’s largest and most comprehensive museum, the South Carolina State Museum, offers a unique, entertaining and educational experience to visitors throughout its 225,000 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The State Museum is housed in one of its greatest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm.  In addition to beautiful meeting spaces throughout the facility, guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. These exciting opportunities are all in addition to the four floors of South Carolina art, cultural history, natural history and science/technology that guests can experience.

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