Archive for the ‘Midlands SC Visual Arts’ Category

Arts Council of York County Now Accepting Proposals for Dalton Gallery 2018 in Rock Hill, SC – Deadline is May 1, 2017

February 28, 2017

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The Arts Council of York County is now accepting applications for 2018 gallery exhibitions in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to creating and supporting a thriving arts community in York County, South Carolina. The Dalton Gallery is a professional gallery appropriated for the exhibition of experienced artists and community projects. It is an 1,800-square-foot space, illuminated by adjustable track lighting.

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Work by Chung Chak

Each year the Arts Council presents eight exhibits. Artists wishing to be considered for one of the Arts Council’s 2018 gallery exhibitions, please submit the following to Mike Gentry, Gallery Manager for the Arts Council:

• $20 application fee (non-refundable)
• 10 hi-res jpeg images submitted on CD or DVD (Mac or PC formatted    discs please)
• Inventory lists, with titles, sizes, and mediums
• Artist Resume
• Written proposal for exhibition and/or artist statement

All entries must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday, May 1, 2017. Artists may submit work as a group or individually. The Arts Council’s Gallery Committee will consider all submissions and notification of acceptance will be provided via e-mail. Submission packets will not be returned. Only complete proposals that adhere to the Arts Council’s submission guidelines will be considered. Works that sell while on exhibit at the Center for the Arts are subject to a 40% commission fee by the Arts Council of York County.

*Payments in the form of cash, credit card or check will be accepted. All checks must be payable to the Arts Council of York County.

Mail to:
ACYC Attn: Mike Gentry
PO Box 2797
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Deliver to:
Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, SC’s first state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

The University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design Offer 62nd Annual Art Auction, on Mar. 29, 2017, at McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC

February 28, 2017

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The 62nd Annual Art Auction will be held on Mar. 28, 2017, from 6-9pm at the McMaster Gallery in Columbia, SC. The event will include original artworks of a variety of mediums including: sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, painting and ceramics made by faculty, current students, and alumni of the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design and artists within the community including:

Alfred Birdsey
Jeremy Butler
Jamie Berry
Carl Craighead
Olivia Daouphars
Naomi Falk
Sharon Funderburk
Bonnie Goldberg
Lauren Greenwald
Julie Hamer
Edmari Hernandez-Silen
Mana Hewitt
Howard Hunt
Joshua Jackson
Wesley Nicole Jefferies
Bri Kinard
Marcella Kuykendall
Bobbi Leavens
Alicia Leeke
Shannon Rae Lindsey
Sean McGuinness
Erin Mitchell
Jane Nodine
Carol Pittman
Cameron Porter
Kathleen Robbins
Mary Robinson
Ellie Rose
Sara Schneckloth
Virginia Scotchie
Blue Sky
Greyson Smith
Alexandra Stasko
John Henry Tecklenburg
Olaf Tollefsen
Moses Tsai
Cody Unkart
Noah Valentim
Evelyn Wong

These artworks will go to the highest bidders Wednesday March 29, 2017 from 6-9pm in the McMaster Gallery at the 62nd Annual USC Art Auction. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

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Work by Alicia Leeke

The artwork will be on display for public viewing starting at 1pm on March 29. Anyone who cannot attend the Art Auction event can fill out an Absentee Form to participate. There will be a Preview Party at 6pm followed by the Live Auction at 6:30pm. The Silent Auction will be open at 6pm and close about 30 minutes after the Live Auction ends.

The auction is sponsored by the School of Visual Art and Design in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Proceeds from the auctioned works are divided between the artists and the university’s art scholarship and gallery fund. Credit cards (excluding Discover) and checks will be accepted.

This popular event will be held at McMaster Gallery located in the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, with accessible street parking on Pickens, Senate, and Henderson.

Please see website for additional details and image gallery at (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/art/62nd-annual-art-auction).

For more information, contact Shannon Lindsey, Gallery Director and organizer of this year’s event, at 803/777-5752, 803/777-4236, or e-mail to (slindsey@email.sc.edu).

South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is Accepting Farm Tour Sites for 2017 Tour – Deadline Mar. 15, 2017

February 27, 2017

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is currently seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour to take place in June 2017. This free, self-guided tour is a great way for farms to showcase their operation and expand their exposure to locals and visitors alike.

Tour stops include family farms that produce food (produce or proteins), fiber or timber, or add value to traditional agricultural products (on-farm breweries, cideries, cheesemakers, etc.), or are other farm-based activities, such as farmer’s markets & roadside stands.

A special feature of this tour is an art component, as local artisans will be assigned to participating farm sites during the tour weekends. These artisans will be showcasing (and selling) their work, creating a unique blended visitor experience of both agriculture and art!

The 2017 tour will include 11 South Carolina counties with different counties participating each weekend in June (see schedule below). The tour will run Saturdays from 9am- 5pm and Sundays from 1- 5pm each weekend.  Farms are encouraged to participate both days of their assigned weekend.

Weekend Participating Counties:

June 3 – 4, 2017 – Chesterfield County, Darlington County, Florence County, and Horry County

June 10 – 11, 2017 – Chester County and York County

June 17 – 18, 2017 – Kershaw County and Lancaster County

June 24 – 25, 2017 – Fairfield County, Newberry County, and Union County

Interested farms can visit our farm recruitment website at (www.agandarttour.com/farms) to learn more and apply.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017.

Contact for Ag +Art Tour of Lancaster County is Cherry Doster at 803/289-1492 or by e-mail at (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC Enters Renovation Project

February 27, 2017

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As has been announced, the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is embarking on major renovations to create more galleries, studios, and spaces for programs and events. The first step in the schedule to directly impact the public will be the closing of the CMA collection galleries on Monday, Mar. 13, 2017, so that construction on the second floor can begin. Throughout renovations, the CMA will continue its full exhibition schedule with related programs, ensuring that there is always art on view.

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Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection: March 2, at 5:30pm and Sundays, March 5 and 12, at 2pm and 3pm.

Visitors are invited to learn more about the museum’s exciting collection in the final public tours before gallery renovations begin. A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, and the American galleries. Free.

Passport to Art: Hit the Highlights: March 12, noon – 3pm.

This year-round program for families features a different theme and hands-on art project each month. This time, Passport to Art takes a look at some museum favorites on the last day the collection is on view before renovations begin. Participants can get inspired at 1pm, with a “so long” (but not farewell!) tour of the galleries and create their own masterpieces in the studio. Free.

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides

Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a picture book, games, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. They can be checked out free of charge at the visitor services desk.

Gallery guides include insider information about some of the works on view and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.

Multimedia TAP tours of the CMA collection and exhibitions provide supplemental information on certain pieces through text, audio, and video. They are available free online and designed specifically for functionality with mobile devices. For those without smart devices or headphones, iPads and headphones are provided free of charge at the visitor services desk.

For more information on renovations, visit (columbiamuseum.org/about/cma-capital-campaign). For more information on programs, visit (columbiamuseum.org/happenings). To access TAP tours, visit (columbiamuseum.org/learn/multimedia-tours).

Lancaster, SC, Artist Bob Doster Shares His Love of the Arts

February 27, 2017

The 2016-2017 school year has been a busy one for Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster. In January and February, Lancaster County School District students have been converging on his studio to paint banners that will be exhibited from March – October in the Red Rose City’s Cultural Arts District. Other South Carolina schools to host artist residencies included Hunter Street Elementary and Larne Elementary in York County, Westwood High in Blythewood, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary in Campobello, Dorchester County School District, and Indian Land’s Harrisburg Elementary. In Apex, North Carolina, West Lake Elementary School joined the ranks of the hundreds of campuses to add student-designed sculptural works to the landscape.

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Doster’s thought-provoking “Southern Crosses” has been accepted by the Artfields Competition and will be exhibited in Lake City, SC, in March and April, 2017.  Artfields is a diverse competition, exhibiting approximately 400 works selected from submissions from across the Southeast and artists compete for over $120,000 in prize money.  Doster’s “Southern Crosses” represent the artist’s seventeen-year journey of personal redemption.  The first, created in 1999, was in reaction to controversy over the Confederate flag and why it was a symbol of hate.  Believing it to be a result of the KKK and other “hate” groups having used the battle flag as a symbol of power, Doster was moved to create a mild steel cross addressing violence that people heap upon fellow man, sometimes in the name of religion. Flames rising from the cross are consuming practitioners of hate.  The second cross, of stainless steel represents greed and hate preached by false prophets. The final, most recent stainless steel cross represents the purity of faith and redemption, inspired by the forgiveness shown by families of victims of Emanuel African Methodist Church. Doster states, “Their forgiveness has strengthened my faith in my loving God.” Visitors can vote for their favorites online or during the Artfields celebration, set for April 21-29.

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“Fall Wind”, a sculpture that appears to be gracefully flowing, was one of three chosen for public exhibition until Fall, 2017 at Radford Cultural Heritage Park, located on the grounds of Glencoe Museum and Gallery in Radford, VA. The juried competition coincides with the dedication of a statue honoring Mary Draper Ingles, colonial heroine whose story of escape from captivity by the Shawnees has been retold in many ways since 1755. The competition theme centered around the epic journey to honor Mary’s heroic return over hundreds of miles back to the New River Valley. The competition is made possible through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Radford.

Doster’s “Fall Leaves”, another organically-inspired sculpture was one of eleven chosen through competition to be exhibited in downtown Fayetteville, NC’s “Work In Progress”. The public art progress exhibition is gifted to the Fayetteville community through private donors matched with funding by Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. Visitors will find “Fall Leaves” at 106 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, until October 2017.

Two sculptures from Doster’s “Wind and Waves” series, “Summer Wind” and “November Wind”, are two of fifteen sculptures selected for exhibit on the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences’ grounds until September, 2017.  They were chosen for the annual “Sculpture Salmagundi Exhibition” at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in Rocky Mount, NC. The exhibition attracts sculptors from across the United States and represents emerging and internationally acclaimed sculptors working in many different media, scale, and concepts.

Other sculptural works by Doster will presently be found in public art installations that include NC cities of Boone, Raleigh, Cary, Pinehurst; GA cities of Dahlonega, Cummings; SC cities of Greenville, North Charleston, Lancaster, Columbia, Florence, Fort Mill, Orangeburg, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Chester, Rock Hill, York, Clinton, Laurens, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Clemson, and Anderson. In addition, commissioned works by the artist dot the corporate landscape throughout the Southeast and can be found in galleries, museums, and private collections worldwide.  Doster’s unique galleries and garden at Backstreet Studio have a large selection of his artwork and also are available for special event rentals.

Doster first began making art when he was eleven years old and has been a teaching artist listed on the SC Arts Commission for more than thirty years. One-day metal sculpture and bottle tree workshops are hosted at his studio, located 217 East Gay Street, Lancaster, SC, since the 1970’s. Workshops are scheduled for March 4, April 1 and 22, May 20 from 8am-4pm. Students draw, cut, weld, and polish works of their own design and all supplies are included in the $100 per person fee.

To find more information, visit (www.bobdoster.com) or (www.facebook.com/backstreetstudio). To contact Bob Doster, call 803/285-9190 or e-mail at (rcdoster@comporium.net).

SPRING 2017 – CALL FOR ENTRIES FROM WINTHROP CVPA GRADUATES – Deadline Feb. 28, 2017

February 14, 2017

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LOOM Coworking is a dynamic work environment in downtown Fort Mill that is filled with
entrepreneurs and independent creatives from across York County and south Charlotte. It includes a
brand new substantial exhibit space for local artists called GALLERY@LOOM. Our current professional
exhibit is from Marge Loudon Moody, internationally shown artist and Winthrop professor. The
Gallery@LOOM is free and accessible to the public 8am-4pm Monday through Friday, after hours and on
weekends during public and private events, and by appointment. See our website for a virtual tour of
the gallery, more details related to this call for entries, and information regarding the closing reception
for this exhibit (http://loomcoworking.com/artists-and-students/)

Call for Entries – The March-June 2017 Gallery@LOOM juried show will highlight Winthrop University
CVPA graduates and encourage graduates to explore alternative venues, creative display opportunities
and publicly accessible spaces to exhibit their work to the greater community.

The artists:
Winthrop University, College of Visual and Performing Arts Graduates (undergrad or graduate degrees)
from 2007 through 2016. 2D (and specific 3D) works from graduates from ANY program housed within
any CVPA academic department are welcome. Works do not have to represent that graduate’s particular
degree or concentration media. Priority given toward those who are currently actively working as
practicing artists and designers as well as those still living in the Carolinas.

The art:
• 2D work appropriate to be hung in a corporate environment / public events venue • Due to the scale of the venue,
priority given to larger works or multiple related pieces • 3D work that is wall mounted (low-relief) or ceiling mounted may
be accepted, based on space availability. Small 3D work will be shown at pop-up exhibit at reception
• Able to have work on exhibit until late June, 2017
• Potential opportunity for public site sculpture (contact Programming Coordinator to discuss)

Entry Requirements –
Digital images (JPEG) approx. 10” x 8” 72dpi (no more than 2MB each to ensure transmission) of up to
eight (8) works submitted via email to jbelk@loomcoworking.com no later than midnight Sunday, Feb
26th
. File names to include artist/piece (ex: jbelk_stilllife.jpg, jbelk_collage.jpg, etc.). Email must include: • All digital
submission images, correctly named
• Artist bio (3-4 sentences regarding background, education, interests) • Artist email address, mailing address, phone
number, degree and year of graduation, website
• For each piece (Title, Artist Statement, Media used, Sales price, Size of piece, Any installation
requirements or instructions

Notification to artists: March 3rd Accepted Entries Due Date/Delivery: March 6th or March 7th

Installation: March 10th and 11th

Gallery events and artist promotion:
A reception will be held for the exhibit mid-way through the show and artists are encouraged to provide
cards, pamphlets or other promotional information to be kept on site. LOOM will promote works,
exhibit, artists and reception on multiple social media outlets.

We would love to know if you are intending
to submit. To let us know or to ask questions,
please contact:
Jennifer Blanchard Belk
Director/Programming Coordinator
jbelk@loomcoworking.com; 803-548-LOOM

Olive’s in Fort Mill, SC, Calls for Entries for “All About Bikes” Exhibit – Deadline is May 15, 2017

February 8, 2017

We are having a call for entries at Olive’s in Fort Mill, SC. It will include any medium and will be displayed during the BMX World Championship, the month of July and the month of August.

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The subject is “All About Bikes”. There will be a cash prize for First, Second and Third place. The subject matter must be bike related and is due by 5pm, May 15, 2017. The size of your piece shall be no bigger than 3ft x 3ft.

Deadline May 15, 2017

$25 entry fee for up to two entries.

All other information is at (http://www.olivesmudpuddle.com/competition-information.html).

Olive’s is located at 229 Maun Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715

For further information call Debbie Whitsett at 704/301-2619 or visit (www.olivesmudpuddle.com).

Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, Features Works by Ralph Pàquin

February 8, 2017

Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, is presenting “RALPH PÀQUIN : Evolution: Of Origin & Form,” on view in the Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery in the Harper Center for the Arts, through Feb. 25, 2017.

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Ralph Pàquin was born in Newport, RI. During his adolescence, he studied with craftsmen and artists in California, Nebraska, Virginia, Florida and Rhode Island. He received a BFA in Sculpture at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and his MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

After graduate school, Pàquin shifted into large-scale artworks conceptually based upon the “human condition.” In the following years, Pàquin has held teaching positions at Ohio State University, Furman University, and Presbyterian College, where he joined faculty full time in 1998 and is currently a tenured Professor of Studio Art.

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Pàquin’s work has evolved over forty years in a natural progression, leading to the present concise and refined configuration while still retaining the muscular volume of his French and German heritage. Inspired by such artists as Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore, life’s rencounters, and the renewal and reflection of teaching, Pàquin most recently has mastered the challenge and economy of mold making, creating counterparts that can be recreated into varied sculptures. Works in this exhibit include both ceramic and fiberglass sculptures and works on paper.

Pàquin states, “My current series consists of meticulously fabricated organomorphic shapes that are a result of pausing to consider the interior of the human body and its connections to primordial forms of life.”

The Harper Center Gallery is host to four exhibitions annually—two exhibitions of work from nationally/internationally recognized artists, the Senior Art Major Exhibition, and the Annual Student Exhibition. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon–5pm; admission to the gallery is free.

Presbyterian College is located on a striking 240-acre campus between Columbia and Greenville, SC. Offering challenging academics and a culture of honor and ethics that prepares students to be leaders in their communities, PC students benefit from an exceptional faculty who take an individual interest in their students’ well-being, both personally and in the classroom. The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy opened in 2010 and is dedicated to the ideals of leadership, honor to the profession, and service to the community.

For more information about Presbyterian College, contact Ann Stoddard, College Curator, by e-mail at (astoddar@presby.edu) or visit (www.presby.edu).

Lynn Robertson Appointed as Interim Director of Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC

December 30, 2016

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Lynn Robertson, former executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, has been appointed as the interim executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art as a search is conducted for a permanent, full-time replacement.

Robertson will join the CMA in mid-January and will support museum operations, events, and planning through July 31, when a permanent executive director is expected to be named.

Robertson has an extensive background in museum management and has been engaged extensively with the Museum Management Program at USC. She served in various capacities at the McKissick Museum from 1988 – 2011 and continues to operate a consulting service for cultural institutions.

“We couldn’t be happier to be able to bring in Lynn during this important interim period to keep the momentum going at the Columbia Museum of Art as we search for Karen Brosius’ replacement,” says Scott McClelland, chairman of the board for the CMA.  “Lynn has vast experience in museum management, as well as great relationships throughout the community. She’ll be a natural fit and is eager to help us through this transition period.”

“I’m honored to be part of such an important institution in our state. The Columbia Museum of Art has consistently played an important role in our community’s intellectual and economic well being – not to mention its leadership in demonstrating the essential role of the arts in education.” says Robertson.

Executive Director Karen Brosius informed board members and staff in November of her acceptance of the president position with Careers through Culinary Arts Program based in New York starting early February 2017.

“Lynn and I have been friends for a long time, and she was my top recommendation to the board to take on this role. I feel really good leaving the talented staff of the CMA in Lynn’s hands,” says Brosius. “She has as much love for this community as I do and has been so gracious in talking with us and agreeing to help the board throughout our recruitment and hiring process.”

On Jan. 2, 2017, the board of the CMA will issue an RFP for a recruitment firm with arts expertise and anticipates making a selection by mid-February.

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC, the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

To learn more, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces: Yvette L. Cummings WINS the 701 CCA PRIZE 2016

December 5, 2016

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Conway, SC, artist Yvette L. Cummings won the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Cummings was announced as the winner during the Dec. 1, 2016, 701 CCA Prize Celebration at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The winner was announced by Tristan Weinkle and Corinne Goldberg of exhibition sponsor South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care in front of an audience of some 150 people.

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Yvette L. Cummings

“Cummings is an outstanding winner of this year’s Prize,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “She won in a highly competitive field of contestants that included two other excellent finalists, Colleen Critcher and Jena Thomas.” Critcher is from Hartsville and was, like Cummings, selected for last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thomas is from Spartanburg, where she arrived from Florida earlier this year to teach at Converse College.

As the winner, Cummings will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national art magazine.

The finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Jonell Logan, independent curator and founder of 300 Arts Project LLC in Belmont, NC; and Jennifer Smith, gallery & marketing director of The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC.

The 701 CCA Prize 2016 exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 18, 2016. The exhibition catalogue, which also was presented during last night’s 701 CCA Prize Celebration, is available at 701 CCA for $5.00.

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Yvette L. Cummings, Voyeur Series, 2015–16, acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 15 panels, 14” x 14” each.

Cummings in 2015 was selected for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and for Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. Also in 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Black Creek Arts Gallery in Hartsville, SC. Other solo shows were at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, and City Art Gallery in Columbia, SC. Her work has been in some 30 group exhibitions, mostly in the South and Midwest. Among the venues where Cummings has shown are Women Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and Kendall College of Art & Design, both in Grand Rapids, MI, the Florence County (SC) Museum, the Pickens County (SC) Museum of Art and History, the Anderson (SC) Arts Center and the Durham (NC) Art Guild. Cummings holds an MFA and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a BFA from Kendal College. She also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.

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Yvette L. Cummings, A Myriad Of Moments, 2016, acrylic on canvas,71” x 77”.

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. “All three finalists easily matched the criteria,” board chair Roefs said, “as did many of the artists who submitted a portfolio for the judge’s consideration but didn’t make it to the finals.” This year’s installment was the third 701 CCA Prize event.

“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has added a crucial component to the eco-system for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “Prior to this 701 CCA initiative, the state did not have a prominent event to highlight the best young talent in South Carolina.”

For further inquiries, contact Wim Roefs by e-mail at (wroefs@sc.rr.com) or call 803/238-2351.

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., 11am–8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. For more information, visit (www.701cca.org).