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

August 22, 2016


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 (

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 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 (

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers “MFA Summer Exhibition”

July 12, 2016


The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, is presenting “MFA Summer Exhibition”, on view in the McMaster Gallery, through July 29, 2016.

The exhibition includes work by Jamie Berry, Jeremy Bickford, Allison Dunavant, Julie Hamer, Josh Knight, Marcella Kuykendall, Chad Penner, Sylvia Ady-Potts, Edmari Hernandez-Silen, John Henry Tecklenburg, and Cody Unkart.


This exhibition is a survey of works by current graduate students entering their 2nd and 3rd year of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design. The wide variety of works include: drawing, installation, painting, sculpture, and video.

McMaster Gallery is 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.

The gallery is free and open to the public and the hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm (closed weekends and all university holidays)

For more information contact: Shannon Rae Lindsey, Gallery Director by e-mail at ( or phone 803/777-5752.

Call for Entries for the 2016 South Carolina State Fair Competitions in Columbia, SC – Deadline Sept. 1, 2016

July 12, 2016

Are You Blue Ribbon Worthy?

The South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC, is excited to announce the official call for entry registrations for the 2016 Competitive Exhibits. A state fair wouldn’t be complete without competition pies, quilts, paintings, giant pumpkins, and everyone’s favorite animals. Every year at the SC State Fair, the community’s gardeners, bakers, farmers and artisans of all ages and types come together to share their talents with half a million Fair-goers. Enter into a competition to win a coveted blue ribbon and part of the $300,000+ offered in premiums and awards.

Competitive Exhibits Include*:
·Fine Art
·Student Art
·Home & Craft Department

* These particular competitions are limited to South Carolina residents and out-of-state students attending a South Carolina school of higher learning.

The Livestock Departments are open to everyone for participation, regardless of place of residency.

Competitive Livestock Exhibits include:
·Dairy Goat
·Youth Horse
·4-H/FFA Meat Goat

All competitions require pre-registration which is open now through Sept. 1, 2016. To complete a registration form, please visit the South Carolina State Fair website at ( If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us by e-mail at (

The 2016 South Carolina State Fair runs from October 12 – 23 at the Fairgrounds on Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Blvd. in Columbia.

The South Carolina State Fair is a self-supported, charitable organization dedicated to educating South Carolina’s young adults, with over $300,000 in scholarships awarded annually. For more information about the South Carolina State Fair, its programs or licensing opportunities, contact Nancy Smith at 803/799-3387 ext. 116 or e-mail to ( or visit (

Midlands Clay Arts Society in Columbia, SC, Invites You to Meet the Locals – June 3 – 5, 2016

May 31, 2016

Enjoy meeting local ceramic artists and potters who will have their work available for sale and will be performing demonstrations and challenges throughout the days from June 3 – 5, 2016, at Southern Pottery, located at 3105 Devine Street in Columbia, SC.

Friday, June 3, 2016, from 4-9pm…opening reception
Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11am-7pm…challenges, demonstrations and artist sale
Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 11am-4pm…artist sale continues

All happening in the upstairs gallery and front parking lot at Southern Pottery.

A fun event designed to bring together artists with their community!

For more information, call 803/251-3001.

City Art in Columbia, SC, will Present a High Noon Event with Amanda Ladymon Stockard – May 21, 2016

May 12, 2016


It’s free at NOON for an hour or less… just don’t be late.

Amanda Ladymon is owner of Ladybug Art Studios, a home-based creative center for art and education, working with local non-profits and the community. Ladymon has been an artist and art educator for 12 years, working with all ages and walks of life within the Columbia community.  She was the recipient of the Artist Ventures Initiative Grant in 2013 from the SC Arts Commission, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Ladymon is an Adjunct Professor teaching Sculpture and art studio courses at Benedict College. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of South Carolina in 2009. She has a wonderful supportive husband, Eric, and two amazing girls, Lily and Mia.


Ladymon’s most recent work deals with family imagery, local history, womanhood and identity, and the concept of motherhood. Her mixed media works involve a circular dialogue, with one part affecting another, creating an endless flow of biomorphic, organic forms and evolving experimentation with materials. Balancing a tension through visual relationships of form and color, her mixed media pieces are the product of a naturally intuitive, self – organizing principle. Using found objects along with drawing and painting methods, Amanda’s work addresses the importance of upcycling while also addressing the symbolism of home and historical ties to her past and present.

City Art is located at 1224 Lincoln St, Columbia SC 29210.

For further info call 803/252-3613 or visit (

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Receives $1.4 Million Donation for Acquisitions and Conservation

April 21, 2016


The South Carolina State Museum Foundation received the largest private monetary donation in its history in the amount of $1,425,000. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has gifted the donation to specifically serve as a tool for the conservation and acquisition of artifacts and objects for the museum’s collection.

This donation will ensure that the museum’s acquisition program remains active, providing funds so that the museum is able to continue to acquire and preserve important artifacts. These artifacts provide a tangible connection to the stories told through the museum’s exhibitions.

“The South Carolina State Museum collection helps tell the stories of our state,” says Paul Matheny, Director of Collections for the State Museum. “The museum preserves artifacts and objects from the past so that we can tell these stories in the future.”

The funds used in this acquisition process will help the museum close gaps within the museum’s collection. A procedure that is very specific, requires objects to be presented by curators to the museum’s acquisition committee for consent and approval. Selections are based on curator’s knowledge of need within their respective collections of natural history, art, cultural history and science and technology.

“We are so appreciative of this generous donation which will be essential in providing the necessary funding to continue our mission of collecting and preserving artifacts representing South Carolina’s wonderful history” said Willie Calloway, executive director. “These objects will be used to provide educational environments that entertain, inspire imagination and creativity, and enrich the lives of our visitors”

Founded in 1980, the State Museum Foundation was established as a non-profit ((501(c)(3)) organization to support the mission of the South Carolina State Museum. The foundations helps promote the programs and welfare of the museum, sound educational programs and exhibits, and give the public an opportunity to become involved in the educational efforts, history, natural history, science and technology, and art of South Carolina.

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.

For further information visit (

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

April 6, 2016


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.

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 (

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers Exhibit of Exploring the Anatomical Body Through Apr. 1, 2016

March 21, 2016


The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, is presenting “Arte Corporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body,” featuring a group exhibition including works by Melissa Gwyn, Dawn Hunter, Lisa Temple-Cox, and Mallory Wetherell, on view in the McMaster Gallery, through Apr. 1, 2016.

Please join us for the Closing Exhibition Reception Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016, from 5:30-7:30pm.

The “Arte Corporis: Exploring the Anatomical Body” exhibition showcases anatomically and medically inspired contemporary art including drawing, painting, and ceramics. The artists in the exhibition employ their own connection to the study of medicine and/or anatomy through a wide range of applications and approaches.

This visual art exhibition will coincide with the two-day symposium “Art, Anatomy, and Medicine since 1700”. The symposium is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Provost’s Office and the School of Visual Art and Design, in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. The related symposium will showcase scholarly papers that address visual, theoretical, cultural, historical and/or contemporary connections, relationships, conflicts and/or collaborations among the visual arts, anatomy/dissection, and medicine from the eighteenth century to the present.

The symposium will be held at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC, Mar. 31 – Apr., 1, 2016.

McMaster Gallery is 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. The gallery is free and open to the public and the hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm (closed weekends and all university holidays).

For more information contact: Shannon Rae Lindsey, Gallery Director by e-mail at ( or call 803/777-5752

A Trip to a Birthday Party in Columbia, SC, for Laura Spong

February 21, 2016

Like I’ve said in the past, every once in a while the planets alien and a window opens where both Linda, my better half, and I can attend an art event together. The Birthday Party celebration that if ART Gallery and Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 in Columbia, SC, were having for Laura Spong, on Feb. 18, 2016, was one of these occasions. Both galleries are presenting the exhibit, “LAURA SPONG AT 90: Six Decades In Painting,” on view from Feb. 4 – 29, 2016.

These exhibitions celebrate the career of one of South Carolina’s most prominent painters, Columbia artist Laura Spong. Spong turned 90 in February. The exhibitions present some 120 paintings from six decades of Spong’s production, from the mid-1950s until 2016. You can read about the exhibits and a few essays about Laura Spong on Pages 15 & 16 of our Feb. 2016 issue of “Carolina Arts”, which can be downloaded at (

The Birthday Gal

It also happens to be 3rd Thursday in the Vista where galleries will be open and showing lots of fine art. But our main reason for going was to pay our respects to Laura Spong.

Back in the day when I was delivering copies of a printed version of “South Carolina Arts”, our publication before our current version, “Carolina Arts”, when I usually got to Vista Studios in Columbia – if the studios were open, most likely the only person there early in the morning would be Laura Spong working in her studio. So, once a month we would have a little conversation about what was going on in Columbia and other aspects of the visual arts. Now that I’m not traveling every month I really miss those talks.

Both shows are full of amazing work. The Birthday gal doesn’t look a day over 60, but the work is the proof of those 60 years of painting. She’s the best looking 90 year old I know. And, at that age, Spong is not slowing down – just check out all the work she did just last year at ifART Gallery. It’s all there until the end of the month. If you’re a 30 year old budding artists, go take a look and see what your career “could” look like – if you keep at it that long.




I’m working against the clock here, so I’m making this short and you need to get on the stick and go see these shows. Both galleries will always have works of her’s to see, but not like this collection of so many showing her work over 60 years.

I took some photos of some works I would have liked to take home, but after all I own an arts publication. But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream. I also took some photos of the way the gallery looked and the crowd there that evening.

There was also a nice exhibition catalog produced by Wim Roefs of ifART Gallery, with essays by Mark Flowers and Wim Roefs, including lots of color images of Larua Spong’s works.

“Never, Never”, by Laura Spong, 2012-15, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in. on view at Vista Studios

“SR III”, by Laura Spong, 2015, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in. on view at Vista Studios

“If You Don’t Know What You’re Looking For, You Can’t Find It”, by Laura Spong, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. on view at ifART Gallery

“Explosive Reds”, by Laura Spong, 2015, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in. on view at ifART Gallery



As I mentioned, Feb. 18, was the 3rd Thursday of the month, which means it’s also Third Thursday in the Vista, where galleries and art spaces stay open later to show off art for people who can’t come by during regular hours.

We started at Vista Studios and then went over to ifART Gallery to see the other half of Laura Spong’s show, but we had the gallery to ourselves while we were there. There were lots of folks walking around the Vista, but it seemed not many knew about the art walk or they weren’t interested. We went over to City Art Gallery and as we got to the door Randy Hannah was just closing up. They had already had a big reception for their current show. Hannah let me in for a quick look – a private viewing. While he was locking the door another couple came to see the exhibit. As we were walking off it looked as if he was going to let them in too. For all I know that routine might have gone on all night.

We returned to Vista Studios to say our good-byes and asked a few folks there how Third Thursday in the Vista was going and it seemed not well. We were there for Laura Spong, so I didn’t notice at first that not many of Vista Studio’s artists were there with open studios. It’s going to be hard to sustain a monthly event if people are not following through. But, then I don’t blame folks who have worked all day for going home when the public doesn’t show up. But, all those who show up to a closed door, don’t have much reason to come back. I also have to add that the Vista Guild, an organization whose mission is to promote the Vista does a poor job on promotion. Galleries are paying dues and public funding is going to the group, but not much results can be claimed except that all the development in the Vista is bringing in folks naturally.

On the way out of town we stopped by One Eared Cow Glass. If we’re in Columbia, unless they are closed – we stop by One Eared Cow Glass. There were a good number of cars there and cars at Lewis + Clark, but when we walked into the gallery, no one was there – it was no surprise that everyone was back in the studio watching the Cowboys work – that’s Tom Lockart and Mark Woodham. But to our surprise something different was going on this evening. The Cowboys figured it was better to teach a glassblowing class during 3rd Thursday in the Vista – instead of waiting for folks to stroll in. And, sure enough, all while we were there watching this class – no one else came in for 3rd Thursday in the Vista.




I was very jealous of these folks getting a shot at doing the glassblowing dance. They were making their own glass balls – from start to finish. If like me you’re thinking – I wanna do that – get in line. There is a waiting list to get in one of these classes.

But, if you’re going to participate in 3rd Thursday in the Vista and don’t want to sit around waiting for folks to show up – why not teach a class and people if they show up can still have access to the gallery and watch glass objects made right before their eyes. Smart – very smart.

Frankly, I think the visual art community has gone a little too far when it comes to art walks, art strolls, or art whatever. The Vista used to have just two art walks during the year, which saw huge crowds attend, but now that several are going on every month – they’re not so special anymore. And, I’m not sure gallery owners need more reasons to provide the public with food, drink, and entertainment in the hopes that someone will buy some art.

Folks – art walks are for looking at art – not for free wine and food. Go see Laura Spong’s exhibits – she’s been waiting 60 years for you to come see her work and take one home to enjoy for another 60 years.

P.S. I want to mention that on the drive up and back to Bonneau on the Lake, we listened to Don Henley’s CD “Cass County” – which I recommend to anyone. At some point Linda said it was kind of country sounding and I explained that Henley was a good old boy from Texas and the Eagles were known for county rock. So what you get with “Cass County” is a country sound (a little slower than the Eagles’ sound) but still the cutting words you’ve come to know from Don Henley. And with the help of a lot of other country stars like Mick Jagger and Stevie Nicks. Of course there’s your Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and more.

It was two hours to Columbia, three hours there, and two hours back home. What better way to spend seven hours – while a lot of folks just watched TV.

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Offers 61st ANNUAL ART AUCTION – Mar. 2, 2016

February 10, 2016


USC’s 61st Annual Art Auction will include original artworks of a variety of mediums including: sculpture, printmaking, photography, paintings and ceramics made by faculty, current students, and alumni of the University of South Carolina’s School of Visual Art and Design.

These artworks will go to the highest bidders Wednesday Mar. 2, 2016, from 6-9pm in the McMaster Gallery, at the School of Visual Art and Design, located at 1615 Senate Street. Columbia, SC, at the 61st Annual USC Art Auction.


This popular event will be held at McMaster Gallery, in the School of Visual Art and Design on the corner of Pickens and Senate Streets. There will be a preview party at 6pm followed by the live auction at 6:30pm. The art will be on display beginning at 1pm that day for public viewing. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

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.

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 (


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