University of South Carolina
Jim Arendt, Director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery, 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 he grew up in, he 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. He was awarded the Director's Choice from the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Best in Show for the Emerging Carolina at Hubub Gallery, Juror's Choice at the 27th annual South Carolina Artists Exhibition, and won Curator's Choice at the Muskegon Museum of Art.
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 has studied art in England and Spain, and participated in various residency programs, including the Fields Project in Illinois. 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. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina University, Jim worked as Gallery Director at FAB Gallery for SC State, and was an Instructor at the University of South Carolina.