SC State’s Fine Arts Gallery Director Wins “Best in Show” Award for Art Exhibition

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jim Arendt, Fine Arts Building (FAB) gallery manager for SC State’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, has been awarded “Best in Show”at HUB-BUB Gallery’s “Emerging Carolina Juried Art Exhibit.”

The exhibit features the work of young, contemporary artists between the ages of two and 35 who currently reside in N.C. or S.C., or attend a higher education institution within N.C. or S.C.  The exhibit will be featured through Nov. 4, 2010 in the HUB-BUB showroom gallery in downtown Spartanburg, S.C.

The selection of exhibits was a very competitive process with close to 60 artistic applicants. The entries were collected online and viewed remotely by juror William Dunlap, who has distinguished himself as an artist, arts commentator and educator during a career that has spanned more than three decades. Applicants were allowed to submit up to three works of art to be considered for the show. Arendt was one of 24 artists selected by Dunlap to have his work displayed in the gallery.  “I was surprised and humbled to have my work receive this honor. The recognition makes it possible for me to continue to make and share the work that I find compelling and important,” says Arendt.

Arendt received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C. Prior to joining SC State University, he taught a variety of art courses at USC.  His work explores our relationship to work and seeks to make sense of the shifting landscape of the tasks we engage in.

For more information, visit the HUB-BUB website at, or artist Jim Arendt’s website at