Current Exhibitions

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Cara Truitt:  In Flight

Pease Gallery: July 28 – August 31, 2016

     Make-up artist Cara Truitt brings her illustrative vision to-light in this inaugural exhibition with photographer Colleen McFiggins, and installation artist Chris Kollman.  An invitational to CPCC’s Cosmetology School, the exhibition teaches the importance of collaboration and the possibilities of a career trajectory within creative fields.

In Flight is a metaphoric invocation to rise up to our own authenticity.  Women of varied nationalities are transformed into winged creatures, heralding fearlessness, creativity, and free expression before the lensUsing the human face and form as her palette, Truitt seeks to empower each young woman to adopt her own feathered alter-ego, begging the question:  Can a temporary transformation inspire strength for lasting change?

Artist Lecture, Tate Hall (2nd Floor, Overcash Building)

Wednesday, August 24

10:30 – 11:15 am

Gallery Reception, Pease Gallery

Wednesday, August 24

5:00 – 7:00 pm

*Pease Gallery is located on the first floor of the LRC building (or Library) at the corner of Elizabeth Ave and Pease Lane.

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RECENT EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Student Juried Exhibition

Pease Gallery:  April 4 – July 14, 2016

The 2016 Annual Juried Student Show presents the finest CPCC student visual artists and their works in painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture.   A variety of awards are presented, including the Presidential and CPCC Foundation Purchase Awards,  in this festive and celebratory event for students, faculty and guests.    Our honored juror this year is Dr. Jennifer Sudul Edwards, Curator of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

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Charles Williams: Continuum I Night

Ross Gallery: March 4 – June 30, 2016

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Lost and Found #2, 2014, Oil on canvas, 6’ x 8’

Lost and Found #2, 2014, Oil on canvas, 6’ x 8’

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See No Evil, Oil on panel, 12″ x 12″

Continuum:  A sequence of events that allows us to move forward on our lives, from fear to freedom.

The story of our keynote Sensoria Visual Artist, Charles Williams, is fraught with challenge, beauty, and triumph— a potent illustration of success and tenacity in the face of life’s myriad challenges.  Growing up as a young African American male in rural Georgetown, SC, Charles suffered three near-fatal drowning accidents.  These traumatic experiences not only shaped his aquaphobia, but highlighted deeply-felt racial stereotypes throughout his adult life.   Rather than shy away from the subject matter which almost killed him, Williams has dedicated his life’s work to tackling the nature of fear itself,  breaking down barriers of regionalist racial stereotypes in his wake.

In his solo exhibition, Continuum, Williams will elucidate his personal journey in facing his fear through artistic practice.  Ross Galleries will be turned into a dramatic, multi-media experience evincing the ocean at night.   Artworks will each have a unique QR code, preloaded with poetic passages from Williams’ sketchbooks.  Students and our community guests will be encouraged to write, draw, or paint on the walls of Ross Gallery II, under the vinyl lettered question, “What is your greatest fear?”    Thus the Continuum exhibition will be a living, breathing, ever-evolving community piece as we share our deepest fears, connecting at the very nexus of what defines our collaborative humanity.    As a greater articulation of the nature of fear itself, Continuum is a metaphor for life’s turbulent challenges, and how to face fear with buoyancy and grace.

Artist Lecture: Thursday, April 14

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m., Tate Hall (second floor Overcash)

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Ross Gallery

1206 Elizabeth Avenue

Charlotte, NC 28204

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