Current Exhibitions

Ross Gallery

When Worlds Collide: The Interaction of Art and Chemistry

A collection of works from Nancy O. Albert, Meg Green Malvasi, and Leigh B. Williams

On view January 10 – March 14, 2019

At first glance, it may seem that the relationship of chemistry to art could not be further apart. But in art, chemistry is desired, even necessary, for creation and expression. While not all chemists are artists, it can be said that all artists are chemists in their pursuit through experimentation and study of various materials—whether paint, photographic film, metal, glass, or clay.

Three artists—photographers Nancy O. Albert and Meg Greene Malvasi, and painter Leigh B. Williams—employing different approaches, address the idea of chemistry and art.

Each artist explores the idea of chemistry as both a literal and symbolic process in her body of work. Nancy O. Albert’s digital photographic images focus on the interaction of nature’s processes with urban and industrial structures. Meg Greene Malvasi submerges Polaroid images into tubs of water and other chemicals, to create corroded-like images rearranging color, light, and shapes. Leigh B. Williams’ works draw on the interaction of alcohol inks and acrylics with a variety of substrates.  Active experimentation, resulting reactions, and creative controls all contribute to each artist’s process.

Personal chemistry too, plays a role. Working with each other, the artists combine their own energies and vision to the idea of chemistry and art. The end result is a collection of work showcasing how chemical compositions, creative processes, and the interactions of people come together to create art.


FREE Workshops offered during this exhibition

Photography in the Urban Landscape

Instructor: Nancy O. Albert

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.

Maximum number of Students: 10

Location: James Spence Digital Photography Lab – AU Building, Central Campus

Materials provided by students: No DSLR’s needed. iPhones or Smartphones are fine.

Description: A visit to Ross Gallery, Nancy will explain the group exhibition “When Worlds Collide” and discuss her work and process. Nancy will then guide the group around a nearby area, preferably something gritty and industrial. The group would take photographs in our urban landscape for one hour, then head back to the classroom to critique and discuss their work. Nancy will encourage the group to look at what is around them and concentrate on detail and composition.

Alcohol Ink Workshop

Instructor: Leigh B. Williams

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Maximum number of Students: 25

Location: Ross Art Gallery, Overcash Building, Central Campus

Materials provided by students: All materials provided by Ross Art Gallery

Description: Artist, Leigh B. Williams, will conduct a two-hour workshop introducing students to the exciting properties of the fairly new medium of Alcohol Ink. Leigh will provide a short introduction on the distinctive qualities of Alcohol Ink and reinforce the elements and principles of design, focusing on color properties. She will offer several demonstrations of various techniques used in painting with this vibrant and fluid medium. The students will be able to experiment and find out first-hand what makes Alcohol Inks so unique. They will create their own original works of art on sheets of 5” x 7” Yupo paper.

Space limited so sign up fast! Email Gallery Director, to save your spot.



January – May 2019

Andrea Vail will be the featured visual artist for Sensoria 2019!

Throughout Spring 2019, Vail will facilitate Bridging, a multi-campus, collaborative, and large-scale fabric project culminating in its installation in the Overcash Lobby for Sensoria. Bridging will be a tangible representation of CPCC’s diverse community: coming from unique experiences, converging at Central Piedmont Community College, then venturing onward. Rooted in the intercultural and generational traditions of patterned textiles, this work, embellished with palm-sized tassels and printed with student-sourced imagery, is both inclusive of individual identities and realized as one unified fabric.

Upcoming Workshops!

Tuesday, February 5, 1 – 3 p.m. – Harris Campus, Building I, Student Life

Tuesday, February 12, 1 – 3 p.m. – Cato Campus, Cato III, Student Life

Wednesday, February 13, 12 – 1:15 p.m. – Central Campus, Health Careers Belk Building Room 1116

Thursday, February 14, 11 – 1 p.m. – Merancas Campus, Criminal Justice Building, Hallway I by Criminal Justice Court Room

Wednesday, Febuary 20, 12 – 2 p.m. – Levine Campus, Levine Building II, LV 1414

Artist Lecture: Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall, Central Campus

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Overcash Lobby, Central Campus


Art Around Campuses

Painterly Moments Not Forgotten

by Nancy Nieves

January 7 – May 10, 2019

Artist Lecture: April 16th at 12:30 p.m. in Criminal Justice Room 131

Belk Center for Justice Building, Merancas Campus,

11930 Verhoeff Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078

Nancy Nieves is an abstract landscape painter inspired by nature. Nieves’ installation on Merancas campus celebrates a collection of her favorite works. Her compositions are bold and energetic with blended colors becoming atmospheric, creating movement and depth. Nature is pure and raw; it lives and overcomes us with love and harmony. It welcomes us with open branches and accepts us with its precious truth. Nieves’ wants her viewers to mentally interact with my paintings, escaping their world into mine, even if it’s just for a moment in time.


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