Fine Art Friday: Meet Vanessa

Earlier this year, Vanessa submitted work to our 2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show. Her work was not only selected for the exhibition, but went on to win First Place! Vanessa’s contribution to the show comes in the form of digital media, a short film she produced. Click on the video below to check it out!

Novant Health Slideshow


Curated and organized by our Visual Art Club students! At the time of installation this building was still under construction and they had to work around construction workers, ladders and many other obstacles. It all came together in the end and is a huge success! Congratulations all and a big thank you to Novant Health!

***This is a large show featuring almost 100 pieces of art. The slideshow above includes a portion of the work on display. 

It is a pleasure to host Alice Ballard’s Harmony With an Edge exhibition in the Overcash Gallery. Her artwork connects us with nature echoing shapes and textures seen outdoors. To many of us, a furry seed pod may go unnoticed, but to Ballard it is a work of art that she recreates in clay. Her use of organic, earth tone colors highlights the beauty of the world around us and encourage us to stop and enjoy it.

Due to the pandemic, we had to close this exhibition to the public. click here to view her virtual exhibition.

Also visit Alice Ballard’s website at


CP Student Show at Novant

Back in February, our very own CP Visual Art Club students organized, curated and installed a large exhibition at Novant Health’s new medical center in South Park. This partnership with Novant enabled CP students to discover what it is like to be in charge of an exhibition. The nearly 100 piece show hangs on the first through fourth floors of the building, in busy hallways and clinic spaces. The artwork consists of different mediums ranging from 2D works to 3D ceramics and sculptures. Many of the pieces are available for purchase.

This exhibition is open to the public during business hours. The medical center asks those wishing to visit to kindly wear a mask. Bear in mind that some of the artwork is in clinic spaces. The location is easily accessible and located across the street from South Park Mall 6324 Fairview Road, Charlote, NC.  

Meet Maryam

“I like weird stuff, I’m often motivated to create work based on my own mental state, using art as an outlet. I’m inspired by bright colors and interesting mark making, as well as concepts of self- exploration and dissociation.”

Meet Maryam, one of our student artists in this year’s 2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show. Maryam’s piece “I Don’t Want to Paint Today” illustrates her artistic process. The 24” x 24” oil on canvas painting echoes her words in the bright colors, style and technique. CP’s affordable tuition and wide selection of art classes helps Maryam find her path as an artist. While Maryam enjoys experimenting with a variety of different mediums, she mostly enjoys painting and ceramics.

Maryam von Briesen “I Don’t Want to Paint Today”, 24″ x 24″, Oil on canvas, currently on display in the Ross Gallery.

Maryam is an active member of the Visual Arts Club at CP. Earlier this year, she served as the main curator of an exhibition (organized by the Art Club) at Novant Health South Park featuring CP student and faculty artwork. This large 100-piece exhibition features on four floors of the medical building and will remain on display through Fall 2020.


Extended Exhibition Schedule!

The Art Galleries are pleased to announce that we have extended our current exhibitions!

Harmony With an Edge, by Alice Ballard will be on display from now until July 16th. Alice will also be hosting a video lecture to be released in June.

2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show has been extended until September 24. There will be an Awards Reception scheduled early in the Fall semester.

We update the blog weekly so check back soon for more updates!


Photography From This Year’s Student Show

Today, we are highlighting our photography students from the Student Show. Central Piedmont Community College is proud to offer a diverse art curriculum both degree and non-degree seeking. Every year, photography students submit their work to the Annual Juried Student Art Show. Photographic contributions for this years show include digital photography, computer art as well as dark room photography. Check out the links below for more information on our photography courses and our virtual exhibition!

Photography Programs 

2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show


Alice Ballard’s Studio

Here are a few behind the scenes shots of Alice Ballard’s beautiful studio. It is a space filled with natural light, illuminating finished projects and works in progress. Floor to ceiling windows minimize the divide between the indoors and outdoors contributing to a sense of peace and calmness that is a major part of Ballard’s work.

Instagram @aliceballard64