Announcing the new Artist in Residency

April 21, 2022

We are excited to announce that Adrian Rhodes is our new Artist in Residence.

The 701 CCA Prize 2020 winner received a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; and a solo exhibition at 701 CCA following the residency.

Adrian Rhodes

701 CCA provides the time and place for conversations and reflection. The 701 CCA Prize, organized by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is an art competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years old and younger. The project identifies and recognizes young professional South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. As the 701 CCA Prize 2020 winner, Rhodes received a six-week paid residency and will have a solo exhibition at 701 CCA. This exhibition will feature work created during her residency.

Rhodes, 38, is the relative veteran of the 701 CCA Prize, having submitted to all four previous Prize competitions. Also in age and career, Rhodes was the veteran among the three finalists. The printmaker and mixed media an installation artist holds both an BFA and MFA from Rock Hill’s Winthrop University and has exhibited widely and often throughout the Carolinas and beyond. She was selected for the 2019 and 2021 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and the recent region-wide exhibition Coined In The South at The Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.

“My work is about relationships, and the complexity of closeness- the simultaneous struggle to separate from your past and return to it in the same breath.

As a medium based in the creation of multiples, printmaking becomes a method for creating structure. This framework, indulging a desire for order, creates space for disruption. Using prints as modular components allows the work to inherit visual information across pieces. I am interested in how this repetition of imagery and motif reflects recurring thought patterns.

Tedious handwork is an anxiety response, reflecting an obsessive desire for control, which is undone through woundings within the work. In a world of instant gratification, the act of sitting with heavy thoughts and repetitive processes for an extended time becomes a statement in itself, bringing that act to the content and context of the work.”