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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Clemson University Art Department Well Represented in The South Carolina Biennial 2013, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC

The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial is a cousin of TRIENNIAL, an exhibition that used to take place every three years as a survey of contemporary art in South Carolina. TRIENNIAL, a project of the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission, began in 1992 and continued until 2004. Both institutions suspended the program prior to the next scheduled TRIENNIAL in 2007, which left a need in the state for this type of prestigious contemporary art survey, a void now filled by the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial.

Valerie Zimany, Fever Face, 2013, porcelain with original silkscreened and vintage over glaze decals & Kutani raised
enamels, 13” x 9” x 4”

The South Carolina Biennial 2013 format includes a jurying and curatorial component. A panel of three jurors representing local, regional and national perspectives reviewed all 123 submissions. The panel convened as a group in Columbia to review, discuss and select artists for inclusion in the exhibition. The actual art works to be included in the exhibition are selected by the curatorial staff of 701 CCA with input from the panel of jurors.

The jury panel for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 consisted of David Furchgott of Washington, DC, Cecelia “Ce” Scott of Charlotte, NC, and Frank McCauley of Sumter, SC.
Jeanet Dreskin, Sere: Mini VIII, 2011, gouache, ink, acrylic & collage, 18” x 18”

Due to the large size of the exhibition, the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 will be presented in two parts. Part I will kick off the fall 2013 season followed by Part II, which also aligns with 701 CCA’s 5th Anniversary:
  • S.C. Biennial 2013 – Part I, September 5 – October 20, 2013.
    S.C. Biennial 2013 – Part II, November 7 – December 22, 2013.
Exhibition Artists

Part I
  • Jim Boden, Hartsville, is on the faculty of the Coker College art department.
  • Jeanet Dreskin, Greenville, has been a staple of the Greenville and South Carolina art scene for more than five decades. [CU MFA, Art, 1973]
  • Barbara Duval, Charleston, is on the faculty of the College of Charleston art department.
  • Jean Grosser, Hartsville, is on the faculty of the Coker College art department.
  • Peter Lenzo, Columbia, is a former faculty member at the University of South Carolina art department and has a national reputation as a ceramic artist.
  • Robert Lyon, Columbia, is the former chair of the University of South Carolina art department, where he teaches.
  • Katy Mixon, Orangeburg, holds an BFA from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C.
  • Mary Robinson, Columbia, is on the University of South Carolina art department faculty.
  • Caroline Rust, Rock Hill, earned an MFA from Winthrop University, where she is an adjunct faculty member.
  • Tom Stanley, Rock Hill, is the chair of the Winthrop University art department.
  • Todd Stewart, Liberty, holds an MFA from Clemson University and a BFA from Winthrop University and works at the Culture and Heritage Museum of York County. [CU MFA, Art, 2011]
  • David Yaghjian, Columbia, comes from one of the city’s most prominent family of artists and is one of Columbia’s premier painters.
  • Valerie Zimany, Central, is on the faculty of Clemson University.
Nina Kawar, Order I, 2013, ceramic and steel, 9” x 9”x 11”

Part II
  • Aldwyth, Hilton Head, earned a BFA from the University of South Carolina and is one of South Carolina’s oldest and most prominent contemporary artists.
  • Michaela Pilar Brown, Columbia, studied at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and works at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum.
  • Jim Connell, Rock Hill, is on the faculty of the Winthrop University art department.
  • Jim Creal, Spartanburg, until recently worked at the Spartanburg Art Museum.
  • Diana Farfán, Greenville, is a native of Colombia, South America, and holds an MFA from the University of South Carolina.
  • Donna Cooper Hurt, Charleston, earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Nina Kawar, Clemson, is an MFA student at Clemson University. [CU MFA candidate, Art]
  • Susan Lenz, Columbia, is among South Carolina’s most prominent textile artists.
  • Doug McAbee, Laurens, teaches at Lander University in Greenwood and holds a BFA and MFA from Winthrop University in Rock Hill.
  • Dorothy Netherland, Charleston, earned a BFA from the College of Charleston.
  • Clffton Peacock, Charleston, is on the faculty of the College of Charleston art department.
  • Sara Schneckloth, Columbia, is on the faculty of the University of South Carolina art department.
Todd Stewart, Upsa-Daisical Core Hoist, 2012, steel, wood, fiberglass, flexible urethane foam & silicone, 4’ x 3’ x 8’

Board Members
  • Wim Roefs – Chair, if ART Gallery
  • Lynn Robertson – Secretary, Art Consultant
  • Lyssa Harvey, Art & Play Therapy Center of South Carolina
  • Marc Hutchinson, Wells Fargo
  • Stephanie Lombardo, Lourie Center
  • Steve Morrison, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough
  • Doug Quackenbush, Quackenbush Architects and Planners
  • Anne Sinclair, Resource Associates, Inc.
  • Boyd Summers, South Carolina Research Authority (Columbia Innovation Center)
The 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA), a non-profit art center consisting of an art gallery and livework space for an Artist in Residence (AIR) program, opened in 2008. The center is located at 701 Whaley Street in Columbia, SC, in the Olympia neighborhood, an old mill village, in the former, historic Pacific Mills Community Center. The location is minutes from the city center and the University of South Carolina campus. The former community center has undergone major renovation, and 701 CCA occupies part of the building’s second floor.

As the anchor tenant of 701 Whaley, the center is part of the Olympia community’s residential, economic, academic and cultural renaissance. 701 CCA has involved Olympia mill village residents as a cultural resource and offers programs to the Columbia community. The center’s programs compliment the offerings of the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina State Museum and McKissick Museums. 701 CCA is the largest space in South Carolina for continuous contemporary art exhibitions.

701 CCA advances through education and programming the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and art’s and artists’ role in the community. The center allows artists to develop, create and exhibit contemporary art by making available a studio for artists in residence and exhibition space as part of a creative environment in which artists can concentrate on their art for a sustained time and with adequate resources. The center encourages interaction between the visual arts and performing, literary and media arts.  701 CCA hired its first executive director in 2013. Core board members and volunteers continue to provide day to day operational support to the executive director. The center is supported through contributions from businesses, government agencies, private individuals and through individual and corporate memberships and admissions.

701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201 | PO Box 12822, Columbia, SC 29211 | 803.779.4571 | |

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