Exhibitions January 11 – March 7, 2018

About Face Charlotte
Scott Gardner and Hannah Blanton of Sozo Gallery

Exhibition Dates: January 11 – March 7, 2018

Artist Lecture: January 23, 3:30 – 4:30PM
Opening Reception: January 23, 5:00 – 7:00PM

Ross Gallery, 1st floor of the Overcash Building

About Face Charlotte is a movement dedicated to the cultivation of kindness, compassion and connection through photography, storytelling and community engagement.  By creating campaigns and projects that raise social awareness through art and empathy education, we help people connect to their hearts and provide direct pathways to action.  Our vision is to empower people to make a difference in their community.



Matt Horick: revert and continue

Exhibition Dates: January 11 – March 7, 2018

Artist Lecture: February 7, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Opening Reception: February 7, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Pease Gallery, 1st floor of the Learning Resource Center

Matt Horick’s latest exhibition at CPCC, revert and continue, will expand on the artist’s idea of sculptural editions, featuring a number of distinct works for both the wall and floor. The exhibition will include many of Horick’s signature white abstract forms, situated alongside a new set of sculptures created from found and recycled sheet metal, largely retaining the raw appearance of their original material. Begun while in residence at the McColl Center for Arts + Innovation in Uptown Charlotte, this exhibition serves as a culmination of the artist’s work over the past years.

Upcoming Exhibitions: Natalie Bork, Foozhan Kashkooli

Natalie Bork: Ripple
August 14–October 4, Ross Gallery

Artist Lecture: Wednesday, September 20, 5–6 PM, Tate Hall
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 20, 6:30–8:30 PM

Natalie Bork’s hollow, cylindrical forms hover above the ground at various levels. Each form hangs plumb from a steel cable which enables it to oscillate left and right with the slightest breeze, draft or passerby. Viewers can walk in between the suspended cylinders watching as the forms slowly begin to spin. The child within may inspire the viewer to lay down on the ground and look up at the brightly colored bottom facets of each cylinder and relax as he or she watches them spin from the airflow. The cylinders react to the energy we give off when we walk or run, creating a ripple effect.


Foozhan Kashkooli: One Thousand Kisses
August 14–October 11, Pease Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 5:30–7:30 PM
Artist Lecture: Wednesday, October 4, 1–2 PM


One Thousand Kisses is a collection of large abstract oil paintings and site-specific installation using recycling materials which highlights concerns around the endemic environmental issues. The visual language changes from one work to the next. Each work is composed of a variety of sculptural relief materials such as: wood, metal, recycling material and other inexpensive items intended for single use. The exhibition is constructed to draw the attention to the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation of nature and environmental issues.

SENSORIA 2017 Event and Exhibition Schedule

Tuesday, April 4, 2017:
Annual Juried Student Show: Awards Ceremony & Reception

Awards Presentation: 5:30–6p.m., Pease Auditorium
Opening Reception: 6–7:30pm, Pease Gallery


Wednesday, April 5, 2017,  5:30- 6:15p.m.
LRC Greenroof  (Outdoor Patio, First Floor)

Matt Horick Sculpture Presentation: Unveiling New Public Art at CPCC


Thursday, April 6, 2017:   We See Heaven Upside Down, Opening Night

6pm- 7:15pm., Tate Hall:  MyLoan Dinh/ Lee Baumgarten Artist Talks and Performance by Moving Poets
7:30-9:30p.m., Ross Galleries:  We See Heaven Upside Down, Opening Reception

We See Heaven Upside Down is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that responds to the challenges concerning mass migration, displacement, and identity in contemporary society. Based on an idea by painter MyLoan Dinh – herself a refugee of the Vietnam War – and a collaboration with artist/educator Lee Baumgarten, the project has since developed into an international  dialogue that seeks to stimulate further discourse and understanding around these issues, inviting collaboration from those with both non-migratory and immigrant or refugee backgrounds.


The Organic Garden: Student Collaborative Sculpture Project
Overcash Atrium:  March 27- April 21, 2017
Lee Baumgarten / Ashley Knight / CPCC Sculpture Students

Over the course of the 2017 Spring semester, more than a hundred CPCC students collaborated with Sensoria artist Lee Baumgarten to create a monumental site-specific installationto be suspended from the ceiling of Overcash Performing Arts building atrium.


Something About a Bunch of Boats:  Painting II Student Response Exhibition
Gallery Reception, April 3- April 10, 2017

Visit https://sensoria.cpcc.edu/ for more information and a full schedule of events.

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.