Images from Denisovan by Heather D. Freeman

8 1/2″ x 11″ prints of each work are available for purchase ($10). Proceeds benefit Art Gallery educational programming.

Kyle Worthy in Charlotte Viewpoint

Kyle Worthy and his solo exhibition “Anyone’s Ghost” (on view in Ross Gallery II through 8/7) were recently featured in Charlotte Viewpoint. The beautifully written article details his process, intent, and themes and gives great insight into the work. Kyle was also filmed for a video interview here in the gallery, in which he speaks openly about his work. Links to the article and video:

Click here to read the article

Click here to watch the video interview

Denisovan Now on View!

It’s always a thrill to open a new show! Denisovan by Heather D. Freeman, Associate Professor of Art at UNC Charlotte, is now on view in Pease Gallery.

The exhibition is a show of prints and text from Denisovan, her interactive artist’s book and smartphone app.

The story is a fictional imagining of a girl who died 40,000 years ago, whose bone fragments were found in a Siberian cave. This exhibition will explore the artist’s interpretation of the child’s relationships and day-to-day existence, explained through the text and images of her original digital book.

To download the mobile app, please visit

In addition to these beautiful large prints, smaller (8.5″ x 11″) prints and printed books will be available for purchase ($10-$15). Proceeds benefit the Art Gallery’s student initiatives and programming.

Please join us for an artist lecture, followed by a closing reception, on August 28 beginning at 4 p.m. in Pease Auditorium.

A Tour of ‘Anyone’s Ghost’

Kyle Worthy’s solo exhibition in Ross Gallery II will be on view through August 7.

Artist Statement:

This abstract body of photographic work explores landscapes of my past. While specific to my personal history, I have removed any location specific context for the viewer, thereby encouraging them to draw from their own experiences when identifying with the images.

The work is created with intentional camera movements and digital manipulations. A selection of this original work is mounted and then undergoes an extensive finishing process that has been developed through experimentation. The technique involves hand applying cold wax medium, texturizing and buffering. The end result is a photographic work that is unique and unable to replicated as a print.

Past Perfect Closing this Weekend

‘Past Perfect’ will be on view through performances of Over the River and Through the Woods this weekend in Pease Auditorium. This musical is one of many produced through CPCC’s Summer Theater program. The show will close on Monday and we’ll have a new exhibition, ‘Denisovan: Heather D. Freeman,’ up by Tuesday night’s performance.

We have loved hosting Past Perfect and can’t believe it’s already time to say goodbye. These paintings will be shipped back to their home in San Francisco next week. Thanks to all of you who came to see the show!

Interacting with BURST

We have loved hosting the site specific installation “BURST” by Andi Steele. Not only is it experiential and invasive, it also has that handmade quality that the artist cherishes from her experience at Penland (she was here on a ladder for three days tying individual knots with help from Gallery staff).

The most interesting thing about “BURST” is that it’s hard to see from outside the gallery. Sometimes people will come in and say “where’s the art?”… then we show them that they are already standing in a site-specific installation. As they begin to walk through it, they feel like they are discovering something very special for the first time.

For those of you that won’t be able to see it, we wanted to share with you what it looks like to interact with the piece. A few days ago, we took pictures of our Gallery Facilitator as she walked through it. Click through the thumbnail gallery below!

Congratulations to Monty Montague

CPCC student and sculptor Monty Montague won 2nd place in the National League for Innovation Art Competition this past week. The League for Innovation is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement, with an annual conference solely for visual arts. Monty was given this award for his piece “Pueblo Series: The Face You See.”

Congratulations, Monty!

Denisovan coming to Pease Gallery

Artist Heather Freeman’s project “Denisovan” is coming to CPCC Pease Gallery from July 14 to September 4, with a closing reception on August 28 from 5-7 p.m.

She will show prints and text from the app she created to illustrate a fictional narrative of the Denisovan child.

About the project

Denisovan is an interactive artist’s book by Heather D. Freeman, Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  This mobile app is neither a game, nor a book, but resides somewhere between the two and is available on iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.

The story is a fictional imagining of a girl who died 40,000 years ago.  It was inspired by the genomic mapping of a contemporary of early humans and Neanderthal: the denisovan hominin.  Bone fragments from a single individual were found in a Siberian cave, and paleogeneticists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology mapped the genome, determining that the fragments belonged to a previously unknown hominid.

The story of human evolution is many things.  One part of this story is the nurturing of children by mothers and fathers, generation after generation.  We know that the denisovan girl had brown hair and eyes, but we can only speculate on her family structure, and how parent-child relationships may have evolved in the last 40,000 years.

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