SC Arts Commission Press Releases
S.C. Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow to Complete Residency at 701 Center for Contemporary Art
August 4, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. –2009-2010 South Carolina Arts Commission artist fellow Damond Howard will serve as resident artist Aug. 14 – Sept. 24 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The six-week residency will provide Howard space where he can concentrate fully on creating art, and provide community members and visitors a free opportunity to interact with the artist and view his art work in various stages of completion.
“We are excited about Damond Howard's six-week residency at 701 CCA,” said Wim Roefs, 701 CCA Board Chairman. “His work deals with issues of race, including the history of race in America, in a sophisticated manner that nevertheless provides clear entry points for a broad audience.”
Howard, an art professor at Claflin University in Orangeburg, will work in the center’s 1,200-square-foot live/work unit, which is located at 701 CCA on the second floor of 701 Whaley Street in Columbia's historic textile mill village. While there, he plans to create or complete several works-on-paper diptychs, including framing several that are too large to frame in his Orangeburg studio. The public can meet Howard and see his work at no charge Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m.
“I look forward to completing some of my large-scale work,” said Howard, who is primarily working on pieces of art approximately 7 feet long by 4 to 5 feet wide (sample 1, sample 2). He describes these works of art as “social pieces” because they focus on societal issues, and says that he is eager to hear feedback from various visitors given that he normally works behind a closed door.
With a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Florida, Howard has taught art at Columbia’s Benedict College, Kenyon College in Ohio, as well as at University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College, both in Gainesville, Fla. Earlier this year, Howard displayed his exhibition, “Still America’s Greatest Problem,” at the Downtown Gallery of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In 2007, he was recognized by The Center for Excellence in Teaching at Claflin University and was invited to exhibit his artwork at the Hammonds House galleries and Resource Center for African American Art in Atlanta, Ga.
701 CCA 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 arts and other art forms. Gallery hours are Wednesdays: 11a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 11a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, visit www.701cca.org or call (803) 779-4571.
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.