Here is a very lifelike representation of koi fish swimming in a pond. Brought to us by Mary Hills Powell, she has expertly captured the swirling movement not just of the fish, but also of the water. Oil paints are responsible for the brightly pigmented colors. This coupled with the phenomenal composition makes this piece a recurring favorite for our gallery visitors. When viewed in person, it almost seems as is the fish are ready to jump out of the painting. Come see us in the Ross Gallery to fully appreciate Mary’s work.


You may have heard it said that drawing is the foundation of art. Many artists will say that they never truly see something until they take the time to draw it. We have two drawings by Alex Stamouli hanging in the gallery. One is a charcoal drawing and the other is done in pen and ink. When viewed in person, the lines and contours really stand out. Both are beautifully done, classic examples of the art of drawing.


Random Perfection

If you have visited the Ross Gallery lately, you may have been impressed with the significant number of photography on display this year for the Annual Juried Student Art Show. This photograph “Hairland” by photographer Chris Carelock draws nearly every visitor’s eye sooner or later. Described as a “random moment” by Chris, he managed to capture contrast of light and shadows, perfectly illuminating the lovely young woman in the photograph. As big believers that art is best viewed in person, be sure to stop by and see Chris’s photography and other works done by our talented student artists!

A Walk Through Nature

Hedgehogs and Blue birds are a delight to the eye for most people lucky enough to sight them in nature. Fortunately, for us at the Gallery, we get to see these charming little critters everyday when we come into work . Currently on display now in the Ross Gallery are “Hedgie in a Tree” and “Bird’s Nest” created here on Central Campus by the talented Erin Vice. Be sure to stop by and check out her work as well as the work of other talented student artists!

Join Us Tomorrow, Thursday April 11th for a Day Full of Sensoria Arts Events!

We hope your calendar is clear tomorrow for all the amazing Sensoria programming we have planned!

11 a.m. in Tate Hall, poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib  will present poetry and prose, including work from his new chronicle Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest.

12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall, Interdisciplinary artist Andrea Vail will present her artist lecture about Bridging, her collaborative, multi-campus textile work, created with CPCC student-sourced imagery and installed in Overcash Lobby.

5:30 p.m. in Tate Hall, we will host the awards presentation ceremony for CPCC’s Annual Juried Student Art Show, which recognizes outstanding student works in painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture. Awards will include first, second, and third place prizes, Arzberger Purchase Awards, Presidential Purchase Award, Foundation Purchase Award, John White Photo Award,  Central Campus Purchase Awards, and the Kappy McClenahan Drawing Award.

7:00 p.m. in Overcash lobby, we will have a joint reception for both Andrea Vail’s piece Bridging, and the 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show. Please join us for light refreshments as we celebrate the wonderful art on campus!

7:30 p.m. leaving from Overcash Lobby, we will have studio tours to help the public get acquainted with the facilities we have to offer students. Tours will go through the art wing of Overcash Building and on to the AU Building. Visitors will get the opportunity to see the painting, drawing, design, ceramics, photography, sculpture, printmaking, and jewelry studios and see where the amazing work in the student show was made!

Student Success Story: Amelia Zytka

Ameilia Zytka; February 18th, 2019                          Photo credit Darnell Vennie


Our very own, Amelia Zytka being recognized for her amazing accomplishments here at CP!




Check us out this Thursday, 4/11/19

Andrea Vail’s artist lecture at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th in Tate Hall, 2nd floor Overcash Building, Central Campus. Come hear from Vail on her artistic practice and her project in collaboration with CPCC students, Bridging.

Bridging on view in Overcash Lobby through May 2nd.

2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th in Tate Hall, 2nd floor Overcash Building, Central Campus. Reception to follow in Overcash Lobby.

2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show on view in Ross Gallery through June 3rd.



Charlotte Magazine always showing some love during Sensoria!!

What to see at cpcc’s 2019 sensoria Literature and arts festival

Visual Art: Andrea Vail, CPCC Visual Arts instructor and Interdisciplinary Artist

Not only is CPCC one of the Carolinas largest community colleges, but the diversity that encompasses each of the six campuses is unmistakable. “Bridging,” Vail’s “collaborative, multi-campus textile work,” serves as an illustration of the community college’s varying demographics. Some of Vail’s other projects include “Signaling Hello,” an initiative that aims to communicate sincere encounters with pedestrians; and “DancePartyPotty,” an installation at the McColl Center in response to the 2017 “HB2” law. Vail received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

And we can’t forget the remarkable 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show! Juried by professional artist and Northwest School Of The Arts, Byran Wilson. On view through June 3rd in Ross Gallery, Overcash Building, Central Campus!


Ross Gallery Presents: The 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show!

We are so excited to welcome the work of students from CPCC’s Visual Arts department to the walls of Ross Gallery! 90 pieces were hand selected by this year’s juror Bryan Wilson, professional artist and art instructor at Northwest School of the Arts. We invite you to come see the show for yourself and marvel at the amazing work students representing the departments Ceramics, Computer Art, Design, Drawing, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking.

The show will run from March 27 to June 3, 2019 with the awards ceremony on April 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in Tate Hall of Overcash Building.  The reception will follow in Overcash lobby from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Gallery is open to the public from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Hours extended through Sensoria during events.

ABOUT: 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show Juror, Bryan Wilson

We hope all CPCC students are preparing their submissions for this year’s 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show! Submissions reminder: drop off your USB or CD with images of your work, $5.00 for first 3 entries, cash or check only. Two additional entries for $5.00 each, 5 entries total for each artist, to Ross Gallery by Thursday, February 28th.

This year’s Juror is the talented professional artist and instructor, Bryan Wilson.

Bryan Wilson grew up between New Jersey and Georgia. It was in Georgia, at the age of 16, that he began his artistic career. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Studio Art with a Minor in Graphic Design from Morris Brown College.


After graduating college, he became an in-house Graphic Designer for Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. After a couple years, and getting married, he and his wife relocated to Charlotte, NC, where he began teaching art at a public school and obtained his teaching credentials at University of North Carolina-Charlotte.


It was in 2012 that Bryan decided to take his painting, and picture making, ability to another level by pursuing his MFA in Drawing/Painting at the Academy of Art University where he graduated in 2015. He is now exhibiting throughout the Southeast alongside other distinguished artists. 


He is currently showing work at Foster’s Frame and Art in Huntersville, NC and Coffey and Thompson Gallery in Charlotte, NC.