Exhibition Phots from the 2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show

If ever there was an exhibition that deserved a shout out, it is this one. The art drop off day for this show took place just days before the stay at home order went into affect. We were unsure if any of the students would feel comfortable dropping off their artwork in the midst of a pandemic and equally unsure if we would have a show. Nearly every single artist braved the circumstances and the cold weather to bring their work to the Gallery. It did our hearts good to see the dedication and resilience of our student body. Granted, we did not complete the installation of the Student Show until June as Gallery staff worked off site for three months, but it is now completely prepared for viewing. We understand many students and other visitors may not feel ready to visit the gallery yet, so we put together a slideshow featuring the exhibition.

We will be back to a regular Gallery schedule beginning the Fall semester. If you would like to see the show before then we are open for a limited number of visitors at a time. Please email our Gallery Coordinator if you would like to schedule a visit.




Keith Bryant’s Public Art Sculptures

Some of you may remember our Instagram story from last Tuesday when we installed Keith Bryant’s outdoor sculptures. Procession, seen above, features six groupings of poles with colorful adornments on top. Each pole is a different height, offering a staggered look, adding visual interest with varying levels. As the sunlight moves throughout the day, it hits the sculptures at unique angles, creating fluctuating visual effects with the light and color. This group of sculptures is on Central Campus in front of the art wing of Overcash Center.

Journey, stands on Central campus on the lawn in front of the Citizens building. If you drive down Chrarlottetowne Ave toward East 4th street and look to your right, you may catch a glimpse of it. Keith sculpted this piece using metal and bondo, a type of automotive plastic. The title as well as the curved shape is indicative of our own life journey. Certainly, all of us are going through trying times right now and can relate to the the challenges, twists and turns that come our way.

Keith, a ceramics instructor at UNC Charlotte, will also have an exhibition this fall in the Overcash Gallery featuring more of his sculptures. For more information, or to see more of his artwork, please visit his website keithbryantsculpture.com.

Faculty Art Show in August

Central Piedmont Art Galleries are excited to announce that we will be hosting an exhibition featuring our CP Art Faculty! Our students already know that their instructors are talented accomplished artists, but this show will give students and other members of CP staff the opportunity to see our Art Faculty’s accomplishments in a gallery setting. The show will run from the start of the Fall Semester August 10 through October 2.

Fine Art Friday: Meet Vanessa

Earlier this year, Vanessa submitted work to our 2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show. Her work was not only selected for the exhibition, but went on to win First Place! Vanessa’s contribution to the show comes in the form of digital media, a short film she produced. Click on the video below to check it out!

Novant Health Slideshow


Curated and organized by our Visual Art Club students! At the time of installation this building was still under construction and they had to work around construction workers, ladders and many other obstacles. It all came together in the end and is a huge success! Congratulations all and a big thank you to Novant Health!

***This is a large show featuring almost 100 pieces of art. The slideshow above includes a portion of the work on display. 

It is a pleasure to host Alice Ballard’s Harmony With an Edge exhibition in the Overcash Gallery. Her artwork connects us with nature echoing shapes and textures seen outdoors. To many of us, a furry seed pod may go unnoticed, but to Ballard it is a work of art that she recreates in clay. Her use of organic, earth tone colors highlights the beauty of the world around us and encourage us to stop and enjoy it.

Due to the pandemic, we had to close this exhibition to the public. click here to view her virtual exhibition.

Also visit Alice Ballard’s website at AliceBallard.com


CP Student Show at Novant

Back in February, our very own CP Visual Art Club students organized, curated and installed a large exhibition at Novant Health’s new medical center in South Park. This partnership with Novant enabled CP students to discover what it is like to be in charge of an exhibition. The nearly 100 piece show hangs on the first through fourth floors of the building, in busy hallways and clinic spaces. The artwork consists of different mediums ranging from 2D works to 3D ceramics and sculptures. Many of the pieces are available for purchase.

This exhibition is open to the public during business hours. The medical center asks those wishing to visit to kindly wear a mask. Bear in mind that some of the artwork is in clinic spaces. The location is easily accessible and located across the street from South Park Mall 6324 Fairview Road, Charlote, NC.  

Meet Maryam

“I like weird stuff, I’m often motivated to create work based on my own mental state, using art as an outlet. I’m inspired by bright colors and interesting mark making, as well as concepts of self- exploration and dissociation.”

Meet Maryam, one of our student artists in this year’s 2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show. Maryam’s piece “I Don’t Want to Paint Today” illustrates her artistic process. The 24” x 24” oil on canvas painting echoes her words in the bright colors, style and technique. CP’s affordable tuition and wide selection of art classes helps Maryam find her path as an artist. While Maryam enjoys experimenting with a variety of different mediums, she mostly enjoys painting and ceramics.

Maryam von Briesen “I Don’t Want to Paint Today”, 24″ x 24″, Oil on canvas, currently on display in the Ross Gallery.

Maryam is an active member of the Visual Arts Club at CP. Earlier this year, she served as the main curator of an exhibition (organized by the Art Club) at Novant Health South Park featuring CP student and faculty artwork. This large 100-piece exhibition features on four floors of the medical building and will remain on display through Fall 2020.