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.
Charles Williams: Continuum I Night
Ross Gallery: March 4 – June 30, 2016
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