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April Issue 2010

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Works by Michael Nye

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is presenting the exhibit, Fine Line: Mental Health & Mental Illness, featuring photography by Michael Nye, on view through Apr. 25, 2010.

Nye spent four years photographing and recording stories of everyday people who live with disorders ranging from schizophrenia, depression and obsessive-compulsion to anxiety and bi-polar disorders. The exhibit offers a powerful collection of black-and-white portrait photography and recorded stories of the subjects.

Nye says of Fine Line, "I ask each person coming into the gallery to listen carefully. Throw away your old definitions of mental illness and start over. Listen to each story as if it could be you or your child or your friend or some stranger you will meet tomorrow." The traveling exhibition's name refers to the space or transition between mental health and mental illness - one that is often extremely subtle, if in existence at all. Fine Line, Mental Health/Mental Illness was completed in 2003/2004 and had its debut opening at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX. Since then it has traveled to over 30 cities in the United States.

Nye practiced law for 10 years before pursuing photography full time. He has had over 70 one-person exhibits in museums and universities around the country. He has been a recipient of a Mid-America National Endowment for the Arts grant in photography, Kronkosky Foundation grant. He was also a participant in two Arts America tours, a performing and fine arts cultural exchange program administered by the United States Information Agency (USIA), in the Middle East and Asia. Nye has lectured widely in the US, Morocco, India and various museums and universities. His projects include coverage in countries such as Russian Siberia, Iraq in the first Gulf War, China and Labrador. His first audio and photographic exhibition, Children of Children, documenting teenage pregnancy, is also touring the United States.

701 Center for Contemporary Art will be offering a Fine Line Speaker Series throughout the duration of the exhibit. Call the Center for further details.

Headquartered in Columbia, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is a private, not-for-profit organization made up of nearly 100 hospitals and health systems and some 900 individual members. An advocate of healthcare issues affecting South Carolinians, SCHA supports its members through advocacy, education, networking and regulatory assistance. For more information, visit (www.scha.org).

701 Center for Contemporary Art is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

The exhibition is sponsored by Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and South Carolina PSI Facilities.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 803/238-2351 or visit (www.701cca.org).

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