Congratulations to Adrian Rhodes, printmaking instructor in the School of Visual Art and Design, for winning the 2020 701 Center for Contemporary Art Prize! The 701 CCA Prize is a biennial art competition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. As part of the prize, Rhodes will have a solo exhibition and artist residency with the center in 2021.
Adrian Rhodes is a printmaker, installation artist, painter, drawer, and collagist from Hartsville, South Carolina. She recieved her BFA in General Studio with emphasis in Drawing and Painting from Winthrop University in 2005, and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Winthrop University in 2011. In her artist statement, she writes, “I inhabit a space between site-specific installation and a traditional understanding of individual pieces in a gallery setting. Each piece is a statement within a larger conversation, isolating an aspect of the dialogue, examining it, and placing it within the context of other work in the space. As a medium based in creation of the multiple, print becomes a method for creating structure. This framework, indulging a desire for order, creates space for disruptions. 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.”
Rhodes was also recently awarded the South Carolina Arts Commission’s 2020 Individual Artist’s Fellowship and the 2019 SECAC Artist’s Fellowship. Read her recent interview with Kerr Houston in Art Inquiries.