About Grace Cote

Gallery Coordinator for Pease, Ross, and BAG Galleries at Central Piedmont Community College.

Matthew Steele: “ONE”

Matthew Steele: “ONE” will open Monday, January 26 in Pease Gallery. Please join us for a reception with the artist on Thursday, February 5 from 5-7 p.m., and a lecture in Pease Auditorium on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Matthew Steele, Monument to Regret, 2014.

Monuments were the first, and are still the most publicly accessible, form of art. With a visual vocabulary that stylistically echoes the commissioner’s culture and time, monuments will typically fall into one of three categories: nationalism, heroism, or tragedy. These celebratory undertones are what separate monuments from public art, which is usually integrated, interpretive, and representative of other ideas.

In this new body of work, Matthew Steele seeks to reclaim the monument from its location specific nationalism. With basic elements like wood and glass, Steele creates models for more universal monuments dedicated to the thing humanity has in common: emotion. Our feelings, our intuitive responses, are what connects us all, pervading the self-imposed separations we adhere to (culture, language, nation, histories, etc.). Fear, joy, futility, vulnerability, indecision, regret, relief; everyone knows those feelings. These monuments represent the human technologies of the self (emotions and responses to those emotions) through architectural vernacular and the aesthetic of function.

Thursday 1/15: A lecture and two receptions

On Thursday, we will host a lecture by Adrian Rhodes in Tate Hall at 4 p.m. She’ll speak about her journey as a printmaker and elaborate on her technique and the experimental approaches she takes.

Following the lecture, we will host two receptions, one for Adrian in Ross Gallery, and the second for New Geographic One, a collaborative Gif exhibition by Dan Romanoski and Eric Hurtgen. Both receptions will take place from 5-7 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Pop-Up Exhibition: New Geographic One

We’re happy to announce our first ever pop-up exhibition, “New Geographic One,” which will take place in Pease Gallery January 14 – 20, with a reception to coincide with the Adrian Rhodes reception in Ross, January 15, 5-7 p.m.

 New Geographic One

Designers Dan Romanoski and Eric Hurtgen explore the intersection of physical and digital space through the medium of animated GIFs. The inherent abstraction of imaging the physical world is accentuated by the action of the endless loop. Mathematically modeled filters systematically destruct these images frame by frame according to preset functions, only to be reconstructed again in a seemingly eternal configuration.

Eric: http://newgeographic.tumblr.com/post/100516115166

Dan: http://newgeographic.tumblr.com/post/102396223486

Coming soon to CPCC Art Galleries – Adrian Rhodes and Matthew Steele

The CPCC Art Galleries are pleased to announce the new exhibitions that will open our 2015 year. Click the exhibition titles below to learn more.

Adrian Rhodes: UNDER MY SKIN

Ross Gallery
January 12 – March 5

January 15
Reception: 5-7 p.m.
Lecture: Tate Hall, 4 p.m.

Matthew Steele: ONE

Pease Gallery
January 26 – March 5

Reception: February 5, 5-7 p.m.
Lecture: Pease Auditorium, February 25, 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Our Friends

CPCC Art Galleries play an important role in the region as one of only a few galleries who exhibit work by emerging and mid-career artists living and working nearby. We are proud that our exhibiting artists show creative diversity and are able to connect well with students through educational programming. We also believe in continuing the support of artists who have shown work in our exhibition spaces, which is why we extend a hearty congratulations to those who recently won 2015 Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council!

Heather Freeman – $2,000
Mecklenburg County
To purchase a fifth generation Makerbot Replicator to 3D print stop-motion puppets for a series of animations called “Terra Firma,” beginning with the short “Artemis.”

Heather showed prints from her multimedia body of work titled, “Denisovan,” Pease Gallery, Fall 2014.

Marek Ranis – $2,000
Mecklenburg County
To cover the cost of studio rental to continue work on an Arctic Utopia project.

Marek exhibited photographs and films in “Kunstwissenschaft,” Ross Gallery, Winter 2012.

Betsy Birkner – $2,000
Mecklenburg County
To purchase a laptop computer.

Betsy showed ceramic pieces from her “I Should…” series in “Artifice,” a two person show with Pamela Winegard, Winter 2014.

Shaun Cassidy – $2,000
York County
To purchase 18 sheets of metal to create a series of new sculptures.

Shaun Cassidy will hold a solo exhibition titled “The Sound of Everything” in Ross Gallery, Spring 2015.

Erika Diamond – $1,600
Mecklenburg County
To purchase a new Bernina 1008 sewing machine.

Erika showed her mixed media and textile works in “Enduring Impermanence,” Ross Gallery, Fall 2011.

Allison Luce – $1,351
Iredell County
To purchase a slab roller for a home studio to create larger and more sophisticated work.

Allison showed ceramic works in “The Serpent Tree,” Ross Gallery, Fall 2014.

Friends & Family Raffle

For the last week of the Friends & Family Market, we are raffling off five pieces of beautiful artwork by the following artists

  • Sharon Dowell
  • Barbara Schreiber
  • Amy Herman
  • Terry McMicking
  • Carolyn Jacobs

Tickets are available in Ross Gallery: $5 for one / $20 for five

Drawing will be held on December 18.

Friends & Family Market Hours:

Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, noon – 6 p.m.
Sunday, closed

Art Gallery Holiday Hours

The CPCC Art Galleries will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 and reopen on Monday, December 1 at 10 a.m. for regular hours.

For the winter holiday, the Galleries will close again at 2 p.m. on December 18 and reopen on January 12  at 10 a.m. when classes resume.

Friends & Family Spotlight: Photography

As we show work in Ross and Pease Galleries through the year, we are always excited about the ways different the different media we show manifest itself. Photography is one such example, where one instrument can create vastly different results. In the Market, we are showcasing wet-plate collodion prints, digital photographs, wood-printed photographs, and even photographs sewn into leaves. Get to know our artists below!

The Market runs through December 18, open weekdays 9-5 p.m. and Saturdays 12-6 p.m.

Aspen Hochhalter
Artist Statement: My work explores the crossover between digital technology and historic photographic process.
Connection to CPCC: Showed in “Objects in Perspective” in Pease Gallery, Fall 2014.
Donation to: Visual Art Club

Matthew Brien
Artist Statement: While photographing in Rome I have explored the power of the moment to shine light into an individual’s life, their connection with the rest of humanity, and the vast unknown that surrounds the billions and billions of people on earth.
Connection to CPCC: Former student and volunteer.
Donation to: Visual Arts Club

Amy Herman
Artist Statement: These images were appropriated from a family album purchased second hand, they follow the adventures of Sigrid, a German exchange student, visiting a Michigan family in the summer of 1970.
Connection to CPCC: Photography Teacher
Donation to: Visual Arts Club

Laurie Schorr
Artist Statement: Having moved to Charlotte from New York, I was inspired by the magnolia leaves, which appeared strong and shaped like a ship to me, and began a series on journeys from homes.
Connection to CPCC:I adore the classes offered and often attend the top notch art exhibitions!
Donation to: Visual Arts Club

Kyle Worthy
Artist Statement: These select printing proofs are from my current project, A Way To Return which is a series about visual memory and the unexpected, inward journey home. 
Connection to CPCC: Solo Exhibition, “Anyone’s Ghost” in Ross Gallery II, Summer 2014
Donation to: Visual Arts Club