Wet Plate Collodion Prints by Aspen Hochhalter

In a new effort to raise funds for educational programming for the galleries, we now encourage our exhibiting artists to bring in small art pieces to sell during their shows

Aspen Hochhalter is showing smaller prints of her huge photographs on view, and selling them for $25.These were made with an antique technique called Wet Plate Collodion, which involved priming a glass plate with a chemical solution and capturing an image of a subject by exposing the plate to light, thereby creating an “ambrotype.” Aspen’s ambrotypes of these and the larger images are also on view in the exhibition. They capture minute details in Natalie Abrams’ encaustic wax sculptures, also on view.

(these, as well as small encaustic sculptures by Natalie Abrams, will also be available during our Friends & Family Market!)

Take a look:

Shaun Cassidy in Ross Gallery during Sensoria 2015

The Art Galleries are pleased to announce that Shaun Cassidy will be featured in a solo exhibition in Ross Gallery during Sensoria 2015.

The Sound of Everything, Violin, 2014.

His show, “The Sound of Everything,” will be on view from March 14 – July 15, 2014, with an opening reception scheduled for March 26. He will debut new work in this exhibition, filling both rooms of Ross Gallery.

Gorelick Gallery at Levine Shows Richard Siegel

Exhibition of Works by Richard Siegel
Gorelick Gallery at Levine Campus
2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews, NC
July 15 – November 15, 2014
Reception: Friday, September 26, 7-8pm
RSVP: ellen.dale@cpcc.edu

Charlotte-based artist and craftsman, Richard Siegel enjoys working with different types of wood, turning bowls and building furniture, but his first love is watercolor painting. This exhibit features watercolor paintings and turned wood pieces.


‘Objects in Perspective’ Now on View

“Objects in Perspective: Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams” is now on view in Pease Gallery.

September 15 – November 6
Reception October 2, 5-7 pm
Hochhalter Lecture – Thursday, October 9, 3:00 p.m. in Pease Auditorium
Abrams Lecture – Wednesday, October 22, 3:00 p.m. in Pease Auditorium


The sense of history and landscape is almost palpable where Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams grew up, in the areas surrounding Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dusty red mesas and lined strata broken by pine forest and electric red scrub oak where one periodically finds fields of scorched and carbonized earth. Kitsch curio shops filled with rusty antiques and photo studios where people dress in period clothing to pose before a bellows camera where you too can look like the sheriff, a proper lady, or a not- so-proper lady.

This collaboration explores the transformation of form into space by the manipulation of perspective and scale through the photographic lens. As these elements shift in relation to each other our sense of scale is lost and the photographs cease to present merely form, but coalesce into ambiguous “scapes” that exude a sense of place, landscape and history. During the nineteenth century, wet plate collodion—one of the earliest photographic techniques—was used to document the exploration of the new frontiers in the American west; exotic, surreal landscapes emerged that challenged and expanded our experience of space and land. In this joint project, Hochhalter uses the wet plate collodion photo process to photograph Abrams’ sculptural works, at times drawing out the very grains of ochre pigment suspended in a wax based medium.The imperfections of voids and brush lines add to the sense of time. The monolithic presentation of these images enhance the connotations of ambiguous landscape that not only reference the cliff faces, monuments, mountains and river beds of the west, but also the bluffs and valley floors of the unexplored ocean floor.

Aspen Hochhalter attempts to see beyond the surface of an object, distorting the original and definitive reference. The use of antique photo processes, adding to the imperfections or details, further manipulates perspective and scale as seen through her photographic lens.

Natalie Abrams’ work examines suspended moments in time; the physical and textural experience of those moments, the delicate beauty of our surroundings and the difficulty of preserving the present. An environmentalist, Abrams has created a unique method of manipulating wax medium and other natural materials to create her highly sculptural works referencing natural habitats and landscape.

This exhibition will display a series of large scale (44” x 90”) images taken by Hochhalter as well as original sculptural works by Abrams. The photographs will be wall hung alongside their original glass negative plates, whereas the sculptural works will take the form of freestanding long, thin slices of landscapes installed flat on low height plinths, where the viewer is looking down on the object as one would upon an architectural model. The juxtaposition of the placement, as well as of the intricate, at times vibrant wax sculptures in front of the large scale, monochromatic photographs, while referencing each other will also create a dynamic contrast.

Seth Rouser Installed


Mission Statement

The CPCC Art Galleries are pleased to announce our new mission statement. We look forward to using it as a tool to guide our programming and educational efforts in the future.


CPCC Galleries are committed to 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. 



Heather Freeman Reception

Thanks for joining us at Heather Freeman’s closing reception, which followed her lecture last Thursday (8/28). We are sad to see this show go!

Stop-Action with Heather Freeman

Last week, CPCC Art Galleries partnered with Center City Partners to bring Heather Freeman to the Pocket Park at 6th & Tryon in Uptown Charlotte for some lunchtime fun. Heather brought a huge bucket of legos, set up a camera, and encouraged passerby to come move them one at a time, capturing every change with her lens. The result is a great example of what happens when technology and imagination meet.

Click here to watch the full video.

Heather Freeman’s exhibition ‘Denisovan’ is on view through Thursday 9/4.