The 2022 701 CCA Prize winner is announced

November 21, 2022

Artist Jordan Sheridan, of Columbia, has been selected as the winner of this year’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art Prize competition. The honor was announced on Tuesday evening, November 15, during a reception to share gratitude for Center donors and the exhibition’s artists.

The 701 CCA Prize was initiated by the organization in 2012 as a way of recognizing younger artists in South Carolina, and providing them with career support. It is awarded every other year through a competitive process involving entries by artists under the age of 40, and a review by three jurors.

Sheridan is the sixth winner of the bi-annual competition and resulting exhibition. She will receive a six-week paid art residency at 701 CCA with a solo exhibition, and publicity in a national publication.

The 701 CCA Prize Exhibition, featuring the work of the three finalists will remain on view through January 15, 2023.

“I was taken aback on hearing my name called as the 701 CCA Prize winner,” Sheridan said, “The artists I competed with were fierce, and I am so proud to have exhibited in the 701 CCA gallery with them. I am thrilled by this award; I have dreamt of a residency at 701 CCA and filling the entire gallery space with my work. I will turn the area into a massive installation with woven womb rooms filled with sculptures and experimental paintings. I am working with light technicians to develop lights specifically for my work and plan to design sculptures experimenting with 3D printers and welding.”

Jordan Sheridan was born in Southeastern Arkansas in 1989. She gave birth to her son, Samuel, in 2017 while attending graduate school at the University of South Carolina. As a mother pursuing an MFA degree, Sheridan’s work organically shifted to include her understanding of motherhood. This change in research pushed her from working primarily in 2-D painting to large-scale textile installations.

Sheridan is currently a full-time faculty instructor at the University of South Carolina, teaching courses in painting. Her installation, THE MOTHER, was featured in the 701 CCA Biennial of 2021 and at the 2022 ArtFields Competition where she was awarded a summer residency at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. Sheridan has also received a residency through Stormwater Studios in Columbia, SC and an Emerging Artist Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission. She will be next exhibiting in a solo show at the Redux Contemporary Arts Center in Charleston, SC.

The three finalists, including the 701 CCA Prize winner, were selected by an independent jury panel consisting of three curatorial professionals. The other finalists were Kate Hooray Osmond of Charleston, and Brittany Watkins of Columbia.

The independent jury panel consisted of Karen Comer Lowe, Curator in Residence at Spelman College, Shannon Lindsey, Gallery Director of the University of Central Florida and former 701 CCA prize winner and Michael Neumiester, Curator of the Columbia Museum of Art.

Juror Karen Comer Lowe states in her essay on the work submitted by Sheridan for review by the panel, “The Mother: Entanglement is a visually exciting installation that encompasses space through color and form. These contrasts and tensions play out along the draped, crochet paintings. The artists added the tension between sculptural and pictorial qualities to the familiar “push and pull” of color that is usually present in traditional painting.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 1pm- 5pm and will be on view through January 15th, 2023. For further questions, please contact Caitlin Bright at [email protected]