Competition runs high for the 701 CCA Prize, an art competition and exhibition for professional South Carolina artists who are 40 years of age and younger. The project’s purpose is to identify and recognize young artists whose work is exemplary in its originality and shows awareness of artistic developments with high artistic merit.
Artists must have or have had a solo exhibition in a museum, art center, commercial gallery or a designated gallery space in a cultural facility between Sept. 1, 2010 and Sept. 1, 2012. They also must fulfill several practical requirements outlined in the application guidelines.
“With the 701 CCA Prize, 701 Center for Contemporary Art hopes to add another crucial component to the eco-system and infrastructure for artists and the visual arts in South Carolina,” says 701 CCA board chair Wim Roefs. “Our state does not have a platform to highlight some of the extraordinary young talent in South Carolina. We hope that this competition and exhibition will fill part of that void.”
As part of the competition, an independent jury of three art professionals will select three finalists for the prize. These lucky artists will be included in the 701 CCA Prize Exhibition. The 701 CCA Prize will then be awarded to one finalist, who will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication. The winner will be announced during the 701 CCA Prize Celebration on Nov. 29.
Eligible artists should submit their application packets and $25 entry fee by Sept. 7, 2012. Guidelines and instructions on how to apply can be found at www.701cca.org/the-701-cca-prize.