Jim Arendt, Associate Professor and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, 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 which he was raised, he investigates how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. His work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently, Arendt was short-listed for The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship. His work was awarded the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields, Best in Show at Hub-Bub Gallery’s Emerging Carolina and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts 701 CCA Prize 2012. He was awarded Best in Show during Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, included in Fiberarts International 2013 & 2016 and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands.
Jim received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He participated in residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and has been invited instructor at Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Assistant Gallery Director
Scott Dean ’06, Adjunct Instructor of Photography and Assistant Gallery Director, graduated with a BA in Dramatic Arts and worked as a photographer for 803 Labs and The Sun News after Coastal. He traveled with his wife to Lincoln, England to obtain an MA in photography and digital imaging at the University of Lincoln shooting for the Luis Palau association, Lincolnshire Life Magazine, and others during his year abroad.
After returning to the US Scott worked as gallery director for the Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College in Young Harris, GA. While on the staff at YHC he also taught photography, served as the staff photographer for the college, worked as an athletics mentor and advised the photography club and student yearbook.
Scott moved back to Conway in 2015 with his wife and two kids to continue his love for the arts, photography and teaching at his alma mater.