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South Carolina Arts Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration Fellowship Exhibition

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Exhibition Description: In partnership with the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the South Carolina Arts Commission, The Arts Center of Greenwood is hosting a solo exhibit for 2013 - 2014 SCAC artist fellowship recipient, Jim Arendt. The exhibit is one of fifteen exhibitions taking place throughout South Carolina of current and past visual artist fellowship recipients. Influenced by the radical re-shaping of the rural and industrial landscapes in which he was raised, Arendt’s artwork investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. Arendt makes frequent use of fabric, primarily blue-denim material, to reinforce the idea of the “worn-out” laborer in his sculptural forms. REMNANTS features an entirely new body of work including ten life-size sculptures of the human form in repose. Each form is constructed from cardboard, denim and resin and is fashioned as a representation of a young generation facing the residual effects of our nation’s modern economic structures. 

Artist Biography: Jim Arendt's work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. He received his BFA in 2001 from Kendall College of Art and Design and his MFA in 2005 from the University of South Carolina. He currently teaches at Coastal Carolina University. He has participated in residency programs around the country and has been invited to an instructor at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Arendt was short-listed for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and his work was awarded the top prize during the inaugural year of ArtFields. Arendt currently resides in Conway, SC.  

Exhibition Supported By: South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina Arts Foundation and First Citizens Bank 

Exhibition Duration: September 6 - October 28, 2017

Exhibition Admission: OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY | Business Hours: Mon-Fri (10 am-5 pm) / Sat (9:30 am-1:30 pm)

Exhibition Contact: Jennifer A. Smith,, 864.953.2462 or 864.388.7800

Artist Talk + Exhibition Reception: Friday, September 22 - Artist Talk @ 5:00 pm & Exhibit Reception @ 5:30 - 7:00 pm (FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC) - as a nod to the artist’s material of choice, guests of the reception are encouraged to wear their favorite denim fashions! The Arts Center will also be accepting donations of “worn-out” denim and blue jeans at the reception to provide the artist for future projects. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided for the evening! 

S.C. Fellows: The South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship Program was begun in 1976 to recognize outstanding accomplishments by individual South Carolina artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic merit only. Fellows are among the most artistically accomplished artists in the state. CLICK HERE for a full list of fellowship exhibitions and programs being held around the state. 

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