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.
Ross Gallery is located on the first floor of Overcash Building on Central Campus (at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue & S. Kings Drive), adjacent to Halton Theatre. The gallery, named for long-time instructor Elizabeth Ross, features two intimate spaces, Ross Gallery I and Ross Gallery II. (704) 330-6211
Pease Gallery is located on the first floor of the Learning Resources Center (LRC), across the hall from Pease Auditorium. The LRC or Library can be found by turning onto Pease Lane from Elizabeth Avenue; it is the white building recessed approximately 50 yards from the street. (704) 330-3211
The CPCC Galleries Program encompasses Ross and Pease Galleries on Central Campus, as well as the Patty and Bill Gorelick Galleries on Levine, Harris, and Cato. Additionally, our Art Galleries Program manages CPCC’s permanent art collection, curates public art installed on our six campuses, and oversees the student-run Balance Art Gallery (4th Floor, LRC, Central campus).
Hours: 10:00am- 2:00pm Monday-Thursday, and by appointment. *Both galleries are also open one hour before performances in Halton Theater or Pease Auditorium and during intermission.
Cassandra Richardson, Art Galleries Program Director
Cassandra has spent the better part of the last decade as a Gallery Director in San Francisco and as an Art Adviser on private yachts and luxury cruise ships worldwide. She has curated regional, national, and international exhibitions from progressive West Coast contemporary to the Great Masters: Picasso, Dali, Rembrandt, Erte, and the like. With a background in non-profit art-centric fundraising, she has curated art gala events for Tipi Hedren, Bill Clinton’s Millenium Foundation, and George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch. Originally from Charlotte, Cassandra was a Country Day ‘lifer’ and graduated suma cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a triplicate degree in Art History, Contemporary Art Theory, and Fine Arts (concentration in ceramic handbuilding). She is elated to be back in her hometown ‘Queen City’ and to contribute to Charlotte’s cultural landscape in a meaningful way.
Heather Felts, Gallery Coordinator
Our talented installation expert, Heather Felts, was promoted from Gallery Assistant to Gallery Coordinator while working as a student at CPCC, and pursuing her Fine Arts General Studio degree. She then graduated with a BFA from Winthrop University with concentrations in Jewelry and Drawing. Heather is intrinsically involved in the curitorial layout of each exhibition and the day-to-day operations of both Ross and Pease Galleries, and had the great pleasure to install and curate such high-profile exhibitions as The Original Odyssey by Romare Bearden, which featured rarely seen original works by the native Charlottean.
Alan Huck, Gallery Facilitator
Alan Huck serves as a Gallery Facilitator at Central Piedmont Community College. He holds a BFA from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts and is currently an MFA candidate through the University of Hartford’s limited residency program in photography. He previously lived and worked in Los Angeles and New Haven, Connecticut before relocating to Charlotte in early 2016. As Gallery Facilitator, Alan contributes to the design and layout of exhibitions and is responsible for social media outreach, marketing, and website development.
Ebonee’ Wade, Gallery Assistant
Originally from Charlotte, Ebonee’ Wade is currently a student at CPCC working towards her Associate’s in Fine Arts degree. Her special talents are working behind the camera, and getting her fingers messy in clay. In 2013, while still in high school, Ebonee’ had two original works of art submitted for prizes and also exhibited at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. She is passionate about the Arts and inspires to start her own business, as well as pursue a career in professional photography/videography. Ebonee’ enjoys painting and sculpting, and in the near future she will be taking up portrait painting classes to perfect her painting skills.
Free parking is available in the Theater Parking/ Faculty/Event lot behind the Overcash building on 4th Street.
Secondary parking can be found off Pease Lane in the Visitor’s Lot. The visitor’s parking lot is gated and requires $3.00 to exit. It is also accessible via Kings Drive.
Question, comments, and creativity are always welcome; please contact Cassandra Richardson, Gallery Director, at email@example.com