CPCC Art Galleries receives BOB award in Charlotte Magazine!!

Shaun Cassidy's "The Sound of Everything" at CPCC's Ross Gallery
Installation view of Shaun Cassidy’s “The Sound of Everything” at CPCC’s Ross Gallery, on view now through July 16, 2015.

Charlotte Magazine has announced that CPCC Ross and Pease Art Galleries has received a Best of the Best award as the city’s Best Art Gallery!

The galleries at Central Piedmont Community College have always served students and faculty, providing a space for their work and occasionally bringing in outside talent. But recently, the spaces have evolved. The Ross and Pease are now home to emerging and professional talent, from Shaun Cassidy’s The Sound of Everything (which runs through July 14) to a recent exhibition made entirely of animated GIFs, a medium never before presented in Charlotte galleries.

New Geographic One

"New Geographic One", a pop-up exhibition of animated gifs in Pease Gallery January 14-20, 2015

Currently on display in Ross Gallery is Shaun Cassidy’s The Sound of Everything, on view through July 14. Cassidy was also recognized with a BOB award as Best Artist by Charlotte Magazine.

The Annual Student Exhibition is now on display in Pease Gallery, and has been extended through mid-July.

CPCC Art Galleries remains committed to our mission of 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.

Look for more exciting events and artist’s lectures in the coming year!


The Charlotte Observer on “The Sound of Everything” at CPCC’s Ross Gallery


“The Sound of Everything,” currently on view at Ross Gallery
is featured in an article by The Charlotte Observer’s Barbara Schreiber.

Shaun Cassidy, "The Sound of Everything" Ross Gallery CPCC

Shaun Cassidy, "The Sound of Everything" Ross Gallery CPCC

Ms. Schreiber states: “Cassidy’s vivid, powder-coated steel sculptures succeed because they are primal.”

“The Sound of Everything” was inspired by music, and Schreiber writes,  “Although several vaguely resemble actual instruments, some of the best ones – including ‘Violin,’ ‘Fiddle,’ and ‘Snare’ – are sheer explosions of movement and sound.”

Read the article in the Charlotte Observer


Shaun Cassidy’s “The Sound of Everything” opens in Ross Gallery

New work by sculptor Shaun Cassidy is currently on display in
“Shaun Cassidy: The Sound of Everything”
in Ross Gallery through July 16, 2015.

Shaun Cassidy, "The Sound of Everything, Fiddle" 2015

In this new body of work, Shaun Cassidy has created sculptural equivalents of the emotional and associative resonances of specific musical sounds. Each work, through its form, composition, stance and color, captures specific nonverbal feelings. This exhibition consists of eight steel, powder-coated sculptures ranging in size, shape, and color.

British born artist Shaun Cassidy has been making work in the U.S. since 1991. He studied sculpture in England and Canada. He also worked as a studio assistant for Sir Anthony Caro in London. His work spans a diverse range of materials, processes and ideas. He has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Art in America and the Wall Street Journal.

Shaun has been awarded artist residencies at over ten venues including two at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, an Affiliate Artist residency (2001-2002) and a Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) sponsored artist-in-residence (2006).  He has completed several public art projects throughout the region and is currently working on new public art commissions for the CATS Blue Line Extension McCullough Station and the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte.  Shaun is currently on the National Board of Directors of the McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Charlotte and works as a Professor of Fine Art at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Cassidy’s work is represented in Charlotte by the New Gallery of Modern Art.

Boxing Gym Opening Reception

Thanks to all of you who joined us for the opening reception of The Boxing Gym in Ross Gallery. Visitors enjoyed the artwork, which consists of one theme (a boxer before and after a defeat) explored through photographs, film, and poetry. In the first hour, artist de’Angelo Dia sat on a pedestal and listened to music while visitors mingled around him as if her were another art piece. He jumped up right at 6 p.m. to begin a reading of a fictional narrative inspired by the life of hyper successful boxers before transitioning to a riveting reinterpretation of a famous Mike Tyson interview (video of original interview here). After the performance, guests enjoyed a question and answer period.

If you’d like to learn more, please join us for Dia’s lecture on Wednesday, November 19 at 3 p.m. in the Ross Gallery.

The Boxing Gym in Creative Loafing

“The Boxing Gym” was featured in last week’s issue of Creative Loafing Charlotte. In the article,  author Emiene Wright interviews both artists, de’Angelo Dia and Shaun El C. Leonardo, and breaks down the elements of the show.

Excerpt from “The Boxing Gym Is a Shot to the Gut” by Emiene Wright:

Ali. Tyson. Mayweather. If you hold these names in reverence, the artists behind the latest exhibit at CPCC’s Ross Gallery are out to disabuse you of some very dear notions. The Boxing Gym, a multi-media installation by de’Angelo Dia and Shaun El C. Leonardo, uses nine photographs and an accompanying video to deconstruct the myths of masculinity surrounding the brutal ballet. The work pushes viewers to reconsider the violence ascribed to black male bodies, as well as the effect of our collective bloodlust.

Read the full article here.

Don’t forget we’re hosting a reception tonight from 5-7 p.m. in Ross Gallery I, and Dia will perform at 6. Hope to see you there!

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.

Seth Rouser Installed


Coming Soon: Seth Rouser

Seth Rouser: Hands Held to Empyrean

Ross Gallery
August 18- October 9
Reception Thursday September 4, 5-7 p.m.
Lecture: Thursday, September 18, 2 p.m. in  Tate Hall

Seth Rouser will present a series of original paintings depicting cloudscapes overlaid with gestural marks and emotive color. These paintings are a manifestation of the artist’s thoughts on time, change, and the human experience.  Rouser uses his clouds to symbolize and confront existential issues and the significance of being.

Kyle Worthy in Charlotte Viewpoint

Kyle Worthy and his solo exhibition “Anyone’s Ghost” (on view in Ross Gallery II through 8/7) were recently featured in Charlotte Viewpoint. The beautifully written article details his process, intent, and themes and gives great insight into the work. Kyle was also filmed for a video interview here in the gallery, in which he speaks openly about his work. Links to the article and video:

Click here to read the article

Click here to watch the video interview