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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).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Celebrates Native American History Month with Catawba Heritage Lecture – Nov. 8, 2016

October 28, 2016

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In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Columbia Museum of Art presents a discussion of the Catawba Nation and their pottery tradition with Brent Burgin, director of the archives at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies Archive. Indigenous to the Carolinas, the Catawba Nation is the only federally recognized tribe in the state of South Carolina. Their pottery tradition has been practiced continuously for 6,000 years.

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ArtBreak is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. The morning begins in the lobby on Nov. 8, 2016, at 10:30am with pastries and coffee sold at The Wired Goat pop-up café, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the educational initiatives at the museum. Program starts at 11:00 a.m. Sponsored in part through Leslie’s Legacy Fund.

Free with membership or admission.

The Columbia Museum of Art is located at 1515 Main Street in downtown Columbia, SC.

For more information, visit (columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Design League Invites You to a Free Lecture at University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design in Columbia, SC – Oct. 3, 2016

September 30, 2016

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The Columbia Design League has partnered with the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design in Columbia, SC, to offer a free lecture on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, featuring noted design historian Carma Gorman, PhD. The lecture will begin at 6pm in McMaster College, Room 214 with a reception to follow in McMaster Gallery.

Gorman is associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Art and Art History (Design Division) at the University of Texas at Austin. An associate editor of the journal Design and Culture and a past president of the Design Studies Forum, she is the author of The Industrial Design Reader, a highly regarded anthology of texts about industrial design. Her book is among those recommended by top design schools in Fastco Design’s “35 Books Every Designer Should Read”.

As part of her discussion, Gorman proposes a new way of defining “American design,” identifies some of its distinctive traits, and argues that the national peculiarities of U.S. design are in many cases direct responses to the globally anomalous characteristics of US laws and standards.

Immediately following the lecture, a reception will be held in McMaster Gallery. The gallery currently features Fingerreisen, an exhibition by Elisabeth Pellathy and Lee Somers. Fingerreisen — a German term for imaginary journeys of the hand and mind — comes to life in their multimedia, map-intensive show.

McMaster College is located at 1615 Senate Street in Columbia, at the corner of Pickens and Senate. Street parking is available around McMaster College on Pickens, Senate and Henderson streets or in the Pendleton Street Garage at visitor meters located on levels 1a, 1b, and 2a at the Pickens Street entrance.

“What’s American about American Design?” is a free lecture and part of the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design’s 2016-17 Visiting Artist/Scholar Series.

Columbia Design League president Wade Sellers believes that the Columbia Design League is more than a leading voice for design in Columbia. “Partnering with the College of Visual Art and Design to host Carma Gorman is part of our continuing mission to bring the best and brightest design voices to Columbia,” he says. “We’re committed to hosting events that bring national design education out of books and magazine articles to our community where members can listen, experience and walk away more informed about design.”

The Columbia Design League is an affiliate group of the Columbia Museum of Art. The group works to educate others about design excellence, emphasize the importance of great design, and to broaden understanding of how good design affects nearly every facet of life. The Design League gathers its membership for an annual series of meetings and welcomes guests and nonmembers with an interest in design. For details, visit (www.columbiadesignleague.org) or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The School of Visual Art and Design is within the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Carolina. The school encompasses four major areas of study and research: art education, art history, media arts and studio art in programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. For details and events, visit the school on Facebook.

For further information contact Julie Smith Turner, Columbia Design League Board Member, Communications Chair, by e-mail at (juliesmithturner@me.com) or call 803/422-7741.

SC State Museum in Columbia, SC, Hosts Annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party – Sept. 24, 2016

September 8, 2016

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The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, is kicking off the fall season with its annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party from 10am-5pm, on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The festival presents a mixture of opportunities for guests to enjoy South Carolina barbeque and food, craft beer, live bluegrass music, artist demonstrations, kid friendly activities and more outside and inside the museum.

The festival will feature a variety of barbeque made by award-winning South Carolina pit masters cooked on-site at the event including mustard-based sauce by Jim Hayes of West Columbia, light tomato sauce by Buddy Rogers of Marion, and vinegar and pepper sauce by David Elliott of Hemingway. In addition, chicken bog, delicious sides and local craft beer will be available for guests.

Throughout the day, there will be live music from a variety of bluegrass bands performing, including Steam Drill, Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass and Blue Iguanas. The SC Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association will also be on hand at the festival.

A number of accomplished artists and craftspeople from across the state will be demonstrating and discussing their techniques, including folk artist Herman Thompson, blacksmith Heyward Haltiwanger, woodcarver Joda Snipes, lotion and soap maker Polly Fitzgibbon, painter Rick Wells, Sweetgrass basket maker Jennifaye Singleton, black folk artist Geraldine Smith, decoy artist Tom Boozer and luthier/guitar maker Jack Bouknight and more.

“Fall Festival is great opportunity to experience some of the reasons why South Carolina is incredibly unique, from foodways to music to art,” said Celeste Wszola, programs manager at the State Museum. “It’s an event for people of all ages to not only learn about the trades of the artists, but also purchase some one-of-a-kind handmade objects.”

The museum will also conduct a “Bed Turning,” presenting quilts as they were meant to be seen. Textile historian and restorer Maree Dowdey and State Museum registrar Robyn Adams will showcase quilts from the State Museum’s collection, revealing their history, pattern, significance and backing.

There will be a children’s area with a variety of activities and hands-on crafts. Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party will take place in front of the museum, as well in the lobby and in areas throughout the museum. Guests are welcome to bring their own chair or blanket to enjoy some of the bands playing outside. All Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party activities are included with museum general admission or membership, except for food, beverages and art 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.

For further information visit (www.scmuseum.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).

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

July 12, 2016

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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.

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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 (slindsey@email.sc.edu) 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
·Agriculture
·Flowers
·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:
·Cattle
·Dairy Goat
·Sheep
·Smallstock
·Swine
·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 (www.scstatefair.org). If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us by e-mail at (geninfo@scstatefair.org).

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 (nancys@scstatefair.org) or visit (www.SCStateFair.org).

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

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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.

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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 (www.cityartonline.com).

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

April 21, 2016

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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 (www.scmuseum.org).