Jim Arendt, currently Director of the Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University, is an artist and educator working in Conway, SC. He’s also our third winner from the Emerging Carolinas juried exhibit in 2010, and his work is currently up in The Showroom through the end of the month.
His work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows both regionally and abroad. Jim has taught courses at the University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, and Coastal Carolina University on a variety of art forms and techniques. His work explores the shifting paradigms of our connections to work and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture.
You can meet him and his art in person during the show’s reception on Thursday, but you can get to know him a little bit better through our Q&A:
Describe your art in three words.
Hard (to do), Soft (to touch), and MachineWashableCold (technically not one word, please forgive me.)
What led you to art?
A persistent feeling that reality wasn’t good enough.
When people come to your show at The Showroom, what do you hope they take away from your work?
I hope they feel less alone.
What new projects are you working on?
I’ve just started directing the Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University & may have some work going to the SC Biennial at 701 CCA in Columbia next month. (I also have to prep for my drawing class in a few minutes. Does that count?)
If you were to make a loud noise on The Showroom stage, what would it sound like?
Pretty good, I imagine.