2015 Friends and Family Market – Call for Art !

Calling all Faculty, Staff, and CPCC Alumni Artists…

          It’s that time again to submit artworks for the 2015 Friends and Family Market, known as one of our most popular and well-attended, and salable exhibitions!   Artists receive 50% commission, with 40% going to support CPCC Art Galleries educational programming and 10% donated to the artist’s choice of club on campus (the Visual Arts Club, Metals, or Clay Bodies).

DETAILS:                                                                                                                                  * 2015 Friends and Family Market will be located in Ross Gallery II from Oct. 14- Dec 18th

* Artists may submit between 5 – 25 individual pieces, priced at $50.00 or less.

* Due to the high volume of sales, Artists will be individually paid for all sold work in ONE CHECK, which will arrive after the holiday season in the second week of 2016.


Monday, October 5 – Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Ross Gallery                                     10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

2015 FRIENDS AND FAMILY MARKET  WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:                    Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                                           Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                                                                 Saturday, October 17,  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.                                                                        Halloween / Holiday Reception: Thursday, October 29th  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with CPCC Friends and Family, and the extraordinary artworks you create!

Welcome brand new Visual Arts Instructor, Andrea Vail, featured in this year’s CPCC Faculty Exhibition, Opening Reception THIS Thurs 9/24 4-6:30pm!

Andrea Vail creates collaborative exchange through an investigation of contemporary American society and its objects.  She earned an MFA from the Craft/Material Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2003).

Her recent projects include Woven Community, a citywide event supported by Culture Works Arts and Cultural District Grant Program in Richmond, VA; Gathering Clouds: A Quilting Bee with Andrea Vail at the VCU Anderson Gallery; Two Plus One: A 5 Hour Creative Interaction (co-organized with Rachel Emily Simpson) at McColl Center for Art + Innovation; and ONE HUNDRED CIRCLES with Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School; and Creating: Conversation & Community at the forthcoming Surface Design Association 2015 Conference – Made/Aware: Socially Engaged Practices.

Featured Faculty

 In this mesmerizing work by Carolyn Jacobs, part of The Missing Mountains series, the artist explores the relationship between beauty and destruction.  Growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky was to bear witness to both on a daily basis.   In works like Hazard, Kentucky, she utilizes coal, oil, wax and reductive techniques to create aerial landscapes that hint at the destruction left by strip mining.

 Carolyn Jacobs has been a beloved Studio Art Instructor for 18 years at CPCC, who teaches Drawing I and II, Figure Drawing I and II, Design I, Watercolor, Art Appreciation, Painting I and II, and Portrait Painting.  Her impressive accolades include an MFA in Drawing from the University of Tennessee, and a BFA in Painting from Eastern Kentucky University.  She is on the National Steering Committee for the League for Innovation Art Competition; in 2007 Carolyn received a Parr Fellows Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising, and in 2014, she was awarded Instructor of the Year.

 The timeless magic of symmetry, mystical creatures from Russian folk tales and a fascination with nature all combine to inspire artist, Advertising & Graphic Design Instructor, Nelli Levental, in her new series, Symmersion (Immersion in Symmetry).

Nelli’s process begins with captured photographs of “insignificant” moments she experiences during nature walks. These walks are a treasure hunt for Levental, and she can barely stand the anticipation of viewing these shots on the large screen.  As Nelli states, “every shot that I kept was telling some story, but the story was not loud enough for the world to hear.  Until one day, I decided to duplicate and flip… the outcome was totally unpredicted!    My “insignificant” findings turned into the gates into the mystical world of Imagination.”

With over twenty years professional experience in the design sector, Nelli holds an MFA from DMAC in Graphic Design, Arts and Design, and an MFA from Art Moscow Academy of Printing Arts in Fine Art, Graphic Design, and  Digital Media Art.

 Photography Instructor James Spence’s chillingly beautiful Sarah is a cyanotype, an early form of light sensitive printing from the 1840’s.   James brushes a mixture of light sensitive potassium ferracyanide and ferric ammonium citrate onto watercolor paper.   He then places an eight by ten inch black and white negative in contact with the sensitized paper, and it is left under glass out in bright sunlight for fifteen minutes.  Spence rinses away the unexposed material and tones the image in a tannic acid solution this gives it a rich brown tone.

James states, “I like the process because the contact printing creates excellent resolution, and the brushing, exposing, and toning create a one-of-kind quality often absent in photography.”   A crowd favorite, this exemplary work simply must be studied ‘in the real’ to absorb its dramatic depth and haunting intonation.

Featured artist Felicia Van Bork, whose works are exhibited courtesy of Jerald Melberg Gallery, presents several examples from her recent series:  collage assemblages composed from sections of her monotype prints.  Gentle hues abound in Van Bork’s work, with subtle references to undulating landscapes, far-flung natural vistas, and shadowed forest glens.

Felicia’s impressive artistic pedigree includes an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, as well as residencies at Byrdcliffe, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and at the McColl Center for Visual Art.   She has taught art at Davidson College in Davidson, NC; the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and Penn State University the Behrend College in Erie, PA, and some lucky students at CPCC are fortunate to have her currently as their Painting or Art Appreciation Instructor..

Ashley Knight is a sculpture and three-dimensional design instructor at CPCC, who received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from UNCG.  Ashley has always been inspired by the capability and expressiveness of the human body, and finds his deepest meditative moments are within strenuous physical activities like running, hiking, and yoga.   This composition is based on a yoga movement called ‘side crane,’ which strengthens the core of the body and relieves tension.

Holding the World in Balance not only represents a moment of energy release, but also a heightened state of sensory awareness.   His latest monumental work from this series, Movements that Transform, was recently installed in the lauded 27th Annual Sculpture in the Garden at UNC Chapel Hill.

2015 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

Now – October 29 in Pease Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24, 4 – 6:30 pm

A tradition that spans decades, the CPCC Faculty Exhibition celebrates the art and educators whose original and innovative works influence the artists of tomorrow.   Contemporary works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and ceramics will be shown, and represents the fascinating and varied vision of more than 20 instructors at CPCC.

Register Now for the Fall Semester









The Visual Arts Department is offering studio classes in Ceramics (Art 283), Photography Art (260),  Painting (Art 240 and Art 241),  Sculpture (Art 282) and Drawing (Art 131).   We are also offering classes in Art History, both European (Art 114 and Art 115) and Non Western (Art 117: that includes China and Japan). Many of these courses are offered both during the day and at night to accommodate work schedules.  The semester begins August 17th and ends December 11th and you can register until August 16th.   Please go to  CPCC.edu and click on ‘schedule builder’ and then enter the course prefix and number to find out when these classes are offered.   We look forward to seeing you in class!

CPCC Art Galleries receives BOB award in Charlotte Magazine!!

Shaun Cassidy's "The Sound of Everything" at CPCC's Ross Gallery
Installation view of Shaun Cassidy’s “The Sound of Everything” at CPCC’s Ross Gallery, on view now through July 16, 2015.

Charlotte Magazine has announced that CPCC Ross and Pease Art Galleries has received a Best of the Best award as the city’s Best Art Gallery!

The galleries at Central Piedmont Community College have always served students and faculty, providing a space for their work and occasionally bringing in outside talent. But recently, the spaces have evolved. The Ross and Pease are now home to emerging and professional talent, from Shaun Cassidy’s The Sound of Everything (which runs through July 14) to a recent exhibition made entirely of animated GIFs, a medium never before presented in Charlotte galleries.

New Geographic One

"New Geographic One", a pop-up exhibition of animated gifs in Pease Gallery January 14-20, 2015

Currently on display in Ross Gallery is Shaun Cassidy’s The Sound of Everything, on view through July 14. Cassidy was also recognized with a BOB award as Best Artist by Charlotte Magazine.

The Annual Student Exhibition is now on display in Pease Gallery, and has been extended through mid-July.

CPCC Art Galleries remains committed to our mission of inspiring, educating, and engaging students, faculty, and community members through access to exceptional visual art in all media. The Galleries constantly support the teaching mission of the college by serving as a lab for the visual arts curricula and enhancing a variety of other subjects. Additional educational programming celebrates artistic achievement and cross-discipline collaboration.

Look for more exciting events and artist’s lectures in the coming year!