Jim Arendt is an artist whose work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes in which he grew up, Jim investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures.
His work has been exhibited regionally and abroad in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Jim’s work was awarded Best in Show at Hub-Bub Gallery’s Emerging Carolina and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts South Carolina Biennial and the 701 CCA Prize 2012. In 2012, he had a solo exhibition at Picken’s County Museum of Art and History and was awarded Best in Show during Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY. His work was included in Fiberarts International 2013 in Pittsburgh, the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands, and he won the Top Prize at ArtFields 2013.
Jim received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. He studied art in England and Spain and participated in residency programs, including The Fields Project in Illinois.
Jim previously worked as Gallery Director at FAB Gallery for SC State, and was an Instructor at the University of South Carolina. He has taught numerous courses in design theory, color, drawing, illustration, anatomy, animation, graphic design, printmaking and, from time to time, leads demonstrations in less well-known forms of image making such as letterpress and encaustic painting. Jim is currently the Director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University.
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