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Thursday, July 14, 2016

CALL FOR ARTISTS for The 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina Artists 40 Years & Younger

TO SUBMIT, GO TO:…/07/701-cca-prize-2016-call-to-arti…/
DEADLINE: September 3, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., 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 5:00 p.m.;
  • 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.

About 701 Center for Contemporary Art
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

ART JOB: Gallery Director/ Visual Arts Center Facilities Coordinator

Marshall University / College of Arts and Media  / School of Art & Design / Huntington, WV 25701

To apply online:

Job Description:
The successful applicant will be responsible for administering the gallery/exhibition program for the School of Art and Design and for coordinating extra-curricular and public activities in the Visual Arts Center. Two galleries, the Birke Gallery on campus and the new gallery in the Visual Arts Center on 3rd Avenue in downtown Huntington, are the primary venues used for exhibitions of student work and works by professional artists. The gallery director is responsible for working with the faculty in the School of Art and Design to schedule exhibitions, attract professional artists to exhibit in these spaces, support talks and lectures by artists and visiting guests, oversee installation of all exhibitions, and supervise student workers assigned by the School of Art and Design to the gallery program. The gallery director/facilities coordinator has responsibility for the student sales gallery, art lease management, placement of art in campus offices, and occasional off-campus displays of student and/or faculty artwork. Additionally, the gallery director/facilities coordinator serves as building manager for the Visual Arts Center. Other duties may be assigned. The gallery director/facilities coordinator reports to the Director of the School of Art and Design.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in visual arts or related field required. At least two years of experience working in a gallery setting. Excellent communication skills, ability to take projects from conception to completion. Excellent time management, organization, and decision-making skills to prioritize work, meet deadlines for simultaneous projects, and work independently. Experience working with students, staff, faculty, campus and public officials. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a variety of people. Demonstrated abilities to work effectively in a team environment. Ability to be tactful, diplomatic, and attentive in personal contacts with students, faculty, staff, guests, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in visual arts or a related field is required, master's degree in visual arts or related field preferred. At least two years of experience working in a gallery setting.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Documents
  *   Resume.
  *   Cover Letter.
  *   List of three references w/contact information.

The position is open until filled.

To apply online:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Meghan O'Connor, Clemson University MFA Alumna, in Three-Person Exhibit, "Critters," at Riverworks Gallery

Trapped in the surreal, forced to adapt to human-made forces, yet retaining our idealization of cute, maybe even warm and fuzzy, these are the critters created by sculptor Anne Lemanski, printmaker Meghan O'Connor (MFA-Art, printmaking, 2007), and photographer Alice Sebrell. Critters offers fetching, humorous images with a sad and frightening commentary on human power over nature. Each artist questions the relationship of humankind with nature and each demonstrates the possibility of our action and inaction on the future of the natural world. The artists included in Critters have also drawn, photographed, or built appealing, smile-eliciting animals. Their appeal opens our imagination to the artists' cautionary tales and invites us to replace these critters with ourselves, fellow inhabitants of the natural world and also affected by the power of a selfish, short-sighted, consumer culture.

21st Century Super Species: Jack-Dor is a mixed media rabbit stitched by Anne Lemanski to sci-fi dimensions of ten feet. Anne comments: "The 21st Century Super Species is a new breed of animal in reaction to extinction... As consumers, we need to acknowledge the need for balance, and renegotiate our constantly shifting relationship with the natural world." Meghan O'Connor's prints are masterfully drawn, sweet little birds that grab you with an "ahh". You smile as you rush up to admire all that cuteness, then suddenly, you are slammed by the subtle image of the birds tangled in electrical wires or scissoring their own wings.

According to Meghan, "Animals become a stand-in for the human figure and mechanical  forms are metaphor for harmful systems of power. The level of detail within the forms is a representation of control; whereas the embossed layers of loose mark-making symbolize letting go... to evoke empathy toward the human condition and show that outside variables are ultimately out of our control." In contrast to Anne's and Meghan's definable mediums, Alice Sebrell builds sculpture utilizing eerie, grinning taxidermy forms combined with found objects. She then photographs her sculptures creating ghostly, floating images combined with text. Each photograph asks a question, "Where do you hide your affection? Where do you hide your beauty? Where do you hide your innocence?"

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. RIVERWORKS Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC.

Public reception: 6-9 pm, Friday, August 5, 2016.

For more information, contact:
Fleming Markel, Director                   
RIVERWORKS Gallery                         
(864) 271-0679 or email                             
or visit 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Art Studio Space in Upper Manhattan: cornerstone STUDIOS!

cornerstone Studios Limited is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by IRS regulations.

cornerstone STUDIOS is located at Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church in Upper Manhattan.

cornerstone's mission is to create affordable studio space for emerging and career visual artists, especially those living in Washington Heights and Inwood, NYC.

cornerstone STUDIOS Member Artists
cornerstone STUDIOS participates in NoMAA's annual Uptown Arts Stroll.

For updates on vacancies, open studios, and other events at cornerstone STUDIOS, please like our Facebook page at

cornerstone STUDIOS' President, Founder & Director is Jeff Hoppa. [NOTE: A really great guy!]

Application Process

cornerstone STUDIOS is accepting applications for summer sublets! Studios B-1 and D are available, for July/August and June/July, respectively. ​Email for more information.

Studios have wood floors, shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, air conditioning, WiFi and storage closets. All studios have windows with either western or eastern exposures.

For photos of studios click here.

"I could tell you everything you need to know...," or We All Stand on the Shoulders of Others, but On Our Own Two Feet

I just opened up a copy of Stuart Horodner's The Art Life: On Creativity and Career to a random page to find this:

"I sometimes say to students, 'You know, I could tell you everything I know, everything I could think of saying, in a day or two. But it wouldn't make any difference because you'd understand all the words, you'd write it all down, it would all make sense, and it would all be absolutely useless to you.  The thing you have to do is act it out.  I say the things, you act the things out. Over two or three, four years you say, 'Ah, now I know what you meant.'"

~ Michael Craig-Martin, p. 42 

Craig-Martin's words were reminiscent of something my major professor / mentor / colleague / friend, Larry Millard once told me: "Ya know, bud, I could tell you nearly every mistake you'd ever make teaching.  The problem is, you'd never see them coming.  You'd only recognize them in the rear-view mirror. You have to make them for yourself.  " 

I tell myself I knew what he meant.  Maybe I even did.  Years later, I really know what he meant...

That also reminded me of something my hugely influential and important undergraduate professor from East Carolina University, Normal Keller, said me when I got my first teaching job at the University of Mississippi.  I had to teach beginning sculpture, and, sure, I had the degrees, but I quickly realized that learning the content was way different from learning how to convey the content. So I called Norman to see if he had any of his old assignments he would share.  He said something to the effect of, "I thought you might call." 

Indeed, sir!  And share he did. [Thank you Norman!]

Lastly, this made me think of David Smith's "Questions to Students" from an undated typescript among the David Smith Papers that was probably written about 1953-54.  #15 has always stayed with me: "Do you think you owe your teachers anything, or Picasso or Matisse or Brancusi or Mondrian or Kandinsky?"

Number 18's pretty good to: "Do you think that your own time and now is the greatest in the history of art, or do you excuse your own lack of full devotion with the half belief that some other time would have been better for you to make art?"

Anyhow, just some thoughts brought about by Horodner's book.  If you want a copy of your own, you can get it directly from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for only $25.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Keep that Art Career Mooooooving!!! Clemson University's Gunnin Library Art & Art History: Professional Resources Page!

Check our Clemson University's Gunnin Library's Art & Art History: Professional Resources Page!

Art & Life


Art Career & Marketing Guides

All of this is thanks to:

Your Librarian

Kathy Edwards 

Emery A. Gunnin Architecture Library
2-112 Lee Hall



Monday, June 20, 2016

Carey Morton Floats! How a Clemson University Art Department MFA Candidate Spent Two Weeks of His Summer at the Penland School of Crafts Building a Wooden Canoe.

Carey Morton, CU MFA in Art (sculpture emphasis) candidate, in Penland's woodworking studio.

Clemson University MFA in Art candidate, Carey Morton (sculpture emphasis) spent the first two weeks of June at the Penland School of Crafts in the North Carolina mountains in Bill Thomas's
Building the Fox Canoe workshop making a wooden boat.   As the course desription states, the "Fox is a decked, double-paddle canoe, a boat intended for protected waters and lakes. Fox boasts two water-tight compartments for storage and flotation and a comfortable seatback and caned seat. She is 14-foot 7-inches long with a beam of 30 inches and a finished weight of just over 40 pounds."

Carey Morton, CU MFA in Art (sculpture emphasis) candidate, sizes up his boat.
Bill Thomas is Studio artist and small boat designer who has taught at the WoodenBoat School, and Chewonkiin Maine, as well as Lowell’s Boat Shop in Massachusettes.  He is an online course instructor at Craftsy and Off Center Harbor, in addition to being a registered Maine Guide and leader of kayaking and sailing classes.
Carey Morton will begin his second year of Clemson University's MFA in Art program, where he is completing classes in order to obtain the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Art with an emphasis in sculpture.  He also holds a BFA in Art (sculpture emphasis) from Winthrop University.

Carey attended Penland with funding from the 
Clemson University Art Department and Center for Visual Arts Scholarship Award fund.  For more about the Penland School of Crafts, go to: