(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – The roster of 41 participating visual artists, including 7 newcomers, has been released for Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The free, self-led driving tour of artists’ studios will take place April 11 and 12, 2015 across Richland and Lexington Counties.
Now in its fifth year as a signature event presented by 701 CCA, the popular, self-guided tour opens the doors of visual artists’ working studios across the Midlands. Thanks to major support from the City of Columbia and Richland County and other sponsors, visitors enjoy free admission to all studios, and artists keep 100% of artwork sales.
701 CCA will host a #ColaOpenStudios tour stop as well. Polymedia artist Eto Otitigbe will appear live while creating new work throughout the weekend in the 701 CCA gallery at 701 Whaley. Otitigbe is a multi-media artist based in Brooklyn, NY, and Austin, TX, whose sculpture, performance and installation work investigates issues of race, technology, politics and human interaction.
701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2015 Participating Artists. The 7 artists who are new to the tour are marked in bold italics. The 4 artists who are returning after a two-year or longer hiatus are marked in italics. (41 total.)
Mary Ann Haven
Judy Bolton Jarrett
One Eared Cow Glass
Carolyn F. Ramsey
John & Venetia Sharpe
Kelly and J. Spencer Shull
Kathryn Van Aernum
Ellen Emerson Yaghjian
Details and full guide will be available at http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org.
701 Center for Contemporary Art will host a Preview Party for Columbia Open Studios on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the second floor of historic 701 Whaley, next to the 701 CCA gallery. DJ Irv of Art Bar Fridays fame will spin, and guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.