Renaissance artists were forced to depict their benefactors positively, which explains why kings are shown with flowing blonde hair, six-pack abs, and having just lifted a car off a trapped grandmother. Support a freer model of artistic expression with today's Groupon, which gets you a one-year membership to 701 Center for Contemporary Art, located on Whaley Street. Choose between the following membership options:
- For $12, you get an individual membership (a $25 value).
- For $20, you get a family membership (a $50 value).
Free Times' choice for Best Columbia Art Gallery 2010, 701 Center for Contemporary Art breathes life into the local arts scene with its packed calendar of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, concerts, and more. Local, national, and international artists tack their work to the prestigious refrigerator that is the Center's 2,500-square-foot gallery. Past exhibitions include the nature-influenced wood-based art of Mike Levine, as well as two different contemporary art presentations of the South Carolina Arts Commission's collection. Admission is by donation, but members receive discounts or free admission to special events, such as artists' receptions, lectures, and art shows in the back of a spinning monster truck. With membership, you can also save on tickets to the Center's eclectic lineup of concerts, which placed four times on The State's list of Best Shows of 2009, and attend studio hours and cocktail receptions with the artists of the Center's artist-in-residence program.
Aspiring artists can sign up for one of 701 CCA's workshops, with past classes covering topics including ceramics, digital photography, animation, and bookmaking. Members also receive 10% discounts on workshop fees and on 701 CCA publications and merchandise. The Center keeps members in the know with mailings, email announcements, and singing telegrams about events and performances, and it publicly recognizes members in its annual report.
- …The 701 Center has quickly established itself as a go-to spot for Columbia’s contemporary-art enthusiasts. Recent shows by sculptor Bob Trotman and photographer Jan Banning show 701 branching out and taking chances — exactly what savvy arts audiences want. A slew of world-class jazz and experimental music shows has only added to 701’s momentum. What makes it all the more impressive is that the organization is run entirely by volunteers. – Free Times
701 Whaley St.
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