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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Announces Jena Thomas Wins the 701 CCA PRIZE 2018

December 10, 2018

Artist Jena Thomas won the 701 CCA Prize 2018 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Thomas was announced as the winner during the Nov. 28, 2018, 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.


701 CCA Prize 2018 Winner Jena Thomas, photo courtesy of Jamar Riley

“Thomas 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, Carey Morton and Alexander Thierry.” Thomas, who teaches at Converse College in Spartanburg, is a painter. Morton, who creates mixed media sculptures, is a recent graduate of Clemson University and current adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston and artist in residence at the Gibbes Museum, also in Charleston. Thierry, a ceramicist, started teaching at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg in 2017, coming from Kansas.

As the winner, Thomas 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 Osamu Kobayashi, Brooklyn, NY, painter and Columbia, SC, native; Jessica Moss, curator, artist, writer and founder of The Roll Up CLT in Charlotte, NC; and Catherine Walworth, curator of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC.

The 701 CCA Prize 2018 exhibition will remain on view through Dec. 23, 2018. The exhibition catalogue, which also was presented at the 701 CCA Prize Celebration, is available at 701 CCA for $3.00.

Thomas also was a finalist for the 701 CCA Prize 2016. She received her MFA from the University of Miami in Florida and in 2016 joined the art faculty of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Thomas has exhibited extensively in the past decade in Florida and New England. Among her recent solo and two-person exhibitions are those at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford, CT; Contemporary Art Space in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and Green Monkey in Miami. Thomas has been represented at Art Hamptons, Art Palm Beach and the Miami International Art Fair. She has exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Coral Gables Museum, and the South Florida Cultural Center, all in Florida. Her work was selected for New American Painting’s 2014 MFA Edition.

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. “Once again, the number of good, exciting young artists in South Carolina allowed the jury panel to select three outstanding artists as finalists for the 701 CCA Prize 2018,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “The competition was fierce. Thomas also was a finalist in 2016, which makes her the first 701 CCA Prize repeat finalist. Morton is new to the Prize but was selected last year for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial. Thierry is a recent addition to the state’s art scene whose exciting work has not yet been shown much in South Carolina.” This year’s installment was the fourth 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 call Hannah Shepard at 803/319-9949 or e-mail to (director@701cca.org).

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Applications for the 701 CCA Prize – Deadline Sept. 1, 2018

July 29, 2018

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, announces the fourth installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a biennial, juried art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. Share this information with all SC artists who may be eligible. The project takes place this year with a juried process resulting in an November – December exhibition for the competition’s three finalists and an award celebration announcing the winner. This exhibition will then travel to Lake City, SC, for a second January – February exhibition.

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 winner is selected by a panel of three art professionals. The jurors for the 701 CCA Prize 2018 will be announced at a later date. The 701 CCA Prize will be awarded to one young professional South Carolina artist for outstanding art production since Jan. 1, 2019. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines. The application fee is $25.

Eligible artists are invited to apply for the 701 CCA Prize 2019 by completing and submitting the application package by Sept. 1, 2018. The application guidelines can be found at (www.701cca.org/701-cca-prize). You can apply directly through Submittable at this link (https://701centerforcontemporaryart.submittable.com/submit).

The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive:
A six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA;
A solo exhibition at 701 CCA;
An ad in a national art publication concurrent with the solo exhibition.

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).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Applications for 701 CCA Prize 2016 – Deadline Sept. 3, 2016

August 22, 2016

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, announces the third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, a bi-annual art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The project will take place 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. The application guidelines and package can be downloaded at (www.701cc.org).

Crucial dates are as follows:
September 3, 2016: application deadline; applications need to be in 701 CCA’s possession by that date at 5pm;
September 21, 2016: announcement of the three 701 CCA Prize 2016 finalists;
November 3, 2016: opening reception for the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition featuring the three finalists;
December 1, 2016: presentation of the 701 CCA Prize 2016 Winner during the 701 CCA Prize 2016 Celebration;
December 18, 2016: last day of the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition.

With this third installment of the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art has made an important change to the eligibility requirements, dropping the requirement that applicants should have had a solo exhibition in a professional exhibition venue in the past two years. “During the past two installments, we noticed that several serious, talented young artists wouldn’t apply for the 701 CCA Prize because they hadn’t had a solo exhibition in a professional venue in the two previous years,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said. “To open up the competition and exhibition and include all young, major talents in the state, we, therefore, have decided to drop that particular requirement.”

“The 701 CCA Prize continues to add a crucial component to the eco-system and infra-structure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” Roefs said. “The 701 CCA Prize is the most important platform to highlight some of the extraordinary young talent in South Carolina, and as such, this competition and exhibition has come to fill a void, not unlike 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial has with respect to a regular overview of contemporary art in our state for artists of all ages.”

The 701 CCA Prize’s purpose is 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 January 1, 2014. Aside from the age requirement, eligible artists must currently live in South Carolina. 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 at 701 CCA. The three members of the jury panel will be announced later.

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 art publication. The previous two winners were James Busby of Chapin in 2012 and Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia in 2014.

For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Wim Roefs at (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, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 11-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit (www.701cca.org).

South Carolina Arts Commission in Columbia, SC, Present 2016 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards – May 11, 2016

April 6, 2016

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McKissick Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission announce the 2016 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients: Bill Harris, for Catawba pottery, and Harold Clayton, a posthumous award for bluegrass advocacy. The awards will be presented May 11, 2016, during a ceremony at the Statehouse. The 11am ceremony is free and open to the public.

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Bill Harris

Currently the Chief of the Catawba Nation, Bill Harris of Rock Hill, SC, began learning traditional Catawba pottery at age 18 from his grandmother, Georgia Harris, a recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since the 1970s, Harris has cultivated his knowledge by learning aspects of the art from other Catawba potters. His work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the region, and the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project has named him a Master Potter, an honor only given to those who have been recognized by their peers as outstanding practitioners of the tradition.

Harold Clayton was a native of the Warrior Creek community near Gray Court. He played the upright bass and guitar, but his true passion was in providing a venue for music to be presented, taught, and appreciated. In 2006, Clayton, with the help of friends, remodeled and opened the Owings Music Hall. Now musicians from across the region show up every Friday and Saturday night to play for crowds of young and old and offer lessons. Clayton also made a conscious effort to share his love of music with his family – both his son and grandson learned from him and are accomplished musicians today. Clayton passed away in April 2015, but his family and the music community continue to carry on his legacy.

Also on May 11, the award recipients will be honored by McKissick Museum during a ticketed luncheon at Michael’s Café, 1620 Main St.  Lunch begins at noon; tickets are $20 per person.

For more information about the luncheon and buying tickets, contact Jane Przybysz at McKissick Museum, 803/777-7251.

Recipients also will be honored by the SC Arts Foundation during the South Carolina Arts Gala, a fundraiser supporting the programs of the SC Arts Commission. The gala begins at 7:15pm in the Grand Hall, 701 Whaley St.; tickets are $75 per person. For more information about the gala, visit (www.SouthCarolinaArts.com).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Aldwyth

January 31, 2016

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, is presenting two large, mural-size collages by the center’s current artist in residence, Aldwyth. The artist created the works during her current, January 2016, residency at 701 CCA. The collage installation subsequently will be open to the public during regular hours until Feb. 28, 2016, along with 701 CCA’s current gallery exhibition, “Bound”, by artist Kristy Bishop.

Aldwyth is creating the collages as part of 701 CCA’s Dada Days, with which the center marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Cabaret Voltaire on Feb. 5, 1916, in Zurich, Switzerland. The Cabaret Voltaire is typically seen as the first organized manifestation of Dada. That art movement was the impetus for and deciding influence on most contemporary art as we know it today.

“As a contemporary art center, we thought we should mark the moment,” 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs said.

For Dada Days, 701 CCA is turning its artist loft into a makeshift performance space for which Aldwyth’s collage installation will provide the backdrop. In the space, actors, poets, musicians and other performers who work in the Dada spirit will present performances throughout February and March, 2016. A full schedule of those performance and other Dada Days activities will follow in a future press release.

Hilton Head resident Aldwyth (b. 1935, Pomona, CA) was represented in the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial” 2011, 2013 and 2015. Her work was in the “South Carolina TRIENNIAL” 1995 and 2001 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia and TRIENNIAL Revisited in 2011 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. Her 2009 retrospective, “Aldwyth: work v./work n.: Collage and Assemblage 1991 – 2009”, was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, and traveled to the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, GA. Aldwyth’s work is represented in the Ackland and Telfair Museums as well as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, the SC State Museum and the South Carolina State Art Collection, managed by the SC Arts Commission. The Oxford American magazine listed her as one the Superstars of Southern Art in 2012. Her residencies include those at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Kohler Arts and Industry in Kohler, WI.

Known for her amazingly complex collages and assemblages, Aldwyth typically utilizes the history of art, ideas and technology as both catalyst and source material for her often epic-scaled works.

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, 11–5; Thu-Fri, 10-5; Sat, 1-5; Sun, 1-5.

For more information call 803/319-9949 or visit (www.701cca.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Talk by New York City Art Critic Peter Plagens – July 19, 2015

July 14, 2015

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, will present a lecture by prominent New York City art critic and artist Peter Plagens on Sunday, July 19, at 1pm entitled, “Thoughts on Contemporary Art, Especially Painting”.

Admission is free.

Plagens will be in town to serve as the national juror on the jury panel for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015”. The panel will take place on July 18; the Biennial will be shown in two parts from September – December, 2015.

701 Center for Contemporary Art is currently showing the exhibit “Tyrone Geter: BLACK!,” curated by Edmund Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts both in Boston. The exhibit presents recent works by the artist who, after extensive travel, work and study in Africa, made South Carolina his home. The exhibition is on view in the Main Gallery through Aug. 23, 2015.

701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a 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. The center also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms.

For further info call 803/779-4571 or visit (www.701cca.org)

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Artist Submissions for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015” – Deadline June 29, 2015

May 10, 2015

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, seeks submissions for the “701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015”, a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition will be held at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The “701 CCA SC Biennial 2015” will be presented in two parts with openings in September and November.

The goals of the “Biennial” exhibition are to provide a venue to showcase recent work reflecting local, regional and national trends and issues influencing contemporary artists living and working in South Carolina and to increase awareness and appreciation of the artistic contributions and accomplishments of the state’s visual artists. The exhibition draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years. The “701 CCA SC Biennial 2015” is the third installment of the exhibition at 701 CCA.

Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply in order to reflect the stylistic and cultural diversity of art produced in the state. Artists must be a current resident of South Carolina.

An exhibition catalogue will be produced to document the exhibition.

Exhibition Dates:
“Biennial Part I”, Sept. 10 – Oct. 25, 2015
“Biennial Part II”, Nov. 5 – Dec. 20, 2015

Selection Process: A jury panel of three curators/critics representing local, regional and national perspectives will review submitted materials and select artists for inclusion in the exhibition. A 701 CCA curatorial team will select works for the exhibition through studio visits or from submitted images. The jurors will be announced at a later date.

Submission Materials, all to be submitted on a CD/DVD:
* Ten images of available work produced in the last two years. Images should be in a jpeg format with a minimum size of 1024 wide x 768 high ppi (pixels per inch) at 300 dpi resolution and formatted for presentation on a PC-based platform.
* Artists should also include in a text-based format (e.g. Microsoft word):
* Checklist that includes title, date, medium, size
* Brief statement about the work that addresses the artist’s intent (not to exceed 200 words)
* Resume and biographical sketch
Also, include:
* Self-addressed stamped envelope (for return of submitted materials).

Fees: $25.00 per artist. Revenues generated through entry fees will be used to offset the cost of producing a full color catalogue. Checks can be made payable to 701 CCA.

Submission Deadline: All materials should be submitted by June 29, 2015, at 5pm.

Notification: Artists will be notified of the results of the selection process by July 20, 2015.

Submit Materials To:

“701 CCA SC Biennial 2015”, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, PO Box 12822, Columbia, SC 29211

Please submit further inquiries by e-mail to (director@701cca.org) 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., 11am–8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; and Sun., 1-5pm.

For more information visit (www.701cca.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Features Works by Frank McCauley

May 8, 2015

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, and its May 2015 Artist in Residence, Frank McCauley, present “The Frank McCauley New Media Festival” in the center’s artist’s loft. The Sumter, SC, artist and curator will show a different new media production by different artists on four consecutive Sundays – May 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2015. McCauley will introduce each production during its Sunday matinee premiere with talk at 2pm. Each production will run continuously during regular opening hours at 701 CCA along with the exhibition “Shannon Rae Lindsey: Entropic Perceptions”, which is in the center’s gallery.

McCauley’s first presentation will be Canadian artist’s Jillian McDonald’s monumental three-channel video “Valley of the Deer”. Filmed in Scotland, characters in the production wear traditional Highland dress along with unsettling animal masks created by McDonald. The video is part of the artist’s exploration of Hollywood genres and archetypes such as horror and romance and their effect on the viewing audience. For more information, go to (www.701cca.org).

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A still image from Jillian McDonald’s “Valley of the Deer”

The second, third and fourth installment of the Frank McCauley New Media Festival will be announced later.

McCauley also will conduct a two-part workshop teaching participants how to shoot and edit their own films on an iPhone or iPod Touch. The workshops will take place Sunday, May 24 & 31 at 3:30pm at 701 CCA. For more information, go to (www.701cca.org).

Frank McCauley in 2012 was 701 CCA’s guest curator for Faster Forward, a gallery-wide, international new media exhibition that drew large and enthusiastic audiences. He has organized several exhibitions in the new media genre including “The Big Switch” at Sumter County Gallery of Art as well as “Channeling and Art & Television” as part of the Accessibility project in downtown Sumter. He is currently the assistant director and chief curator of the Sumter County Gallery of Art as well as a painter, mixed media artist and new media artist.

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 Sheldon Paschal by e-mail at (info@701cca.org), call 803/319-9949 or visit (www.701cca.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents “Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence” – Reception Mar. 5, 2015

March 5, 2015

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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents a solo exhibition, “Ruptured Silence”, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. “Ruptured Silence” is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt “Ruptured Silence” as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects.

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“Passing Point” by Eto Otitigbe

The exhibit is on view from Mar. 5 through  Apr. 19, 2015. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Thursday, Mar, 5, 2015, from 7-9pm. Reception admission free to 701 CCA Members; $5 suggested donation for non-members.

While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop “Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs”, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. “Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs” will be performed Mar. 27 and 28, 2015, at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on Mar. 19, 1-5pm.

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“Spray” by Eto Otitigbe

During his residency, which ends Mar. 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, “Passing Point”, for outside on the Wayne Street side of 701 Whaley. “Passing Point”, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on “Passing Point”, Sunday, Mar. 15, 3pm.

Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few.

Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003).  He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012).

701 Center for Contemporary Art is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor in Columbia, SC 29201

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.

For further inquiries, contact by e-mail at (info@701cca.org), call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949 or visit (www.701cca.org).