June 12 – August 3, 2014
Herb Parker: Olympia Dialogue
June 12, 2014 – TBA
Opening Reception for both exhibitions:
Thursday, June 12, 7 – 9 pm
Reception Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation
701 Whaley St., second floor
Columbia, SC 29201
For its summer 2014 exhibitions, 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents an exhibition by nationally renowned American realist painter Bo Bartlett and an outdoor, architectural installation by Charleston artist Herb Parker. Both exhibitions will open with a reception on Thursday, June 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission to the reception is free to 701 CCA members; for non-members, the suggested donation is $5.
Parker will be present at the opening. Bo Bartlett’s presence at the opening has not yet been confirmed. Former South Carolina Arts Commission director for visual arts David Houston, now director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga., will present a talk about Bartlett’s work during the reception. Houston previously was the curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, and the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans.
Barlett’s exhibition, which includes many very large paintings, will be in the 701 CCA gallery. Parker’s installation is on the west side of the 701 Whaley building, where 701 CCA is located, along Wayne Street. His architectural structure, Olympia Dialogue, is 10 feet tall, 34 feet long and 18 feet wide and made of rebar, oat straw, jute, bamboo, reed and mulch. Parker created the work during his May residency at 701 CCA with several volunteer assistants. Olympia Dialogue is 701 CCA’s first commissioned public art work.