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SC Arts Commission 2014 Visual Arts Fellow

James Arendt

 

photo of James Arendt, winner of the South Carolina Arts Commission's 2014 visual arts fellowshipJames Arendt is director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. Arendt’s work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes he grew up in, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures.

 

His work was awarded the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields in Lake City, S.C, Best in Show at Spartanburg’s Hub-Bub Gallery’s Emerging Carolina, Best in Show at Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts 701 CCA Prize 2012. His work has been exhibited regionally and internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, the Sumter County Gallery of Art, Fiberarts International 2013 in Pittsburgh and the upcoming Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands.

 

Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. He has studied art in England and Spain and participated in residency programs, including The Fields Project in Illinois. He has taught numerous courses in design theory, color, drawing, illustration, animation, graphic design and printmaking. He currently prepares students for practice in The Artist as Professional course. Prior to joining CCU, he was gallery director at FAB Gallery for S.C. State and an instructor at USC.