Upcoming Exhibitions: Natalie Bork, Foozhan Kashkooli

Natalie Bork: Ripple
August 14–October 4, Ross Gallery

Artist Lecture: Wednesday, September 20, 5–6 PM, Tate Hall
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 20, 6:30–8:30 PM

Natalie Bork’s hollow, cylindrical forms hover above the ground at various levels. Each form hangs plumb from a steel cable which enables it to oscillate left and right with the slightest breeze, draft or passerby. Viewers can walk in between the suspended cylinders watching as the forms slowly begin to spin. The child within may inspire the viewer to lay down on the ground and look up at the brightly colored bottom facets of each cylinder and relax as he or she watches them spin from the airflow. The cylinders react to the energy we give off when we walk or run, creating a ripple effect.


Foozhan Kashkooli: One Thousand Kisses
August 14–October 11, Pease Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 5:30–7:30 PM
Artist Lecture: Wednesday, October 4, 1–2 PM


One Thousand Kisses is a collection of large abstract oil paintings and site-specific installation using recycling materials which highlights concerns around the endemic environmental issues. The visual language changes from one work to the next. Each work is composed of a variety of sculptural relief materials such as: wood, metal, recycling material and other inexpensive items intended for single use. The exhibition is constructed to draw the attention to the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation of nature and environmental issues.

SENSORIA 2017 Event and Exhibition Schedule

Tuesday, April 4, 2017:
Annual Juried Student Show: Awards Ceremony & Reception

Awards Presentation: 5:30–6p.m., Pease Auditorium
Opening Reception: 6–7:30pm, Pease Gallery


Wednesday, April 5, 2017,  5:30- 6:15p.m.
LRC Greenroof  (Outdoor Patio, First Floor)

Matt Horick Sculpture Presentation: Unveiling New Public Art at CPCC


Thursday, April 6, 2017:   We See Heaven Upside Down, Opening Night

6pm- 7:15pm., Tate Hall:  MyLoan Dinh/ Lee Baumgarten Artist Talks and Performance by Moving Poets
7:30-9:30p.m., Ross Galleries:  We See Heaven Upside Down, Opening Reception

We See Heaven Upside Down is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that responds to the challenges concerning mass migration, displacement, and identity in contemporary society. Based on an idea by painter MyLoan Dinh – herself a refugee of the Vietnam War – and a collaboration with artist/educator Lee Baumgarten, the project has since developed into an international  dialogue that seeks to stimulate further discourse and understanding around these issues, inviting collaboration from those with both non-migratory and immigrant or refugee backgrounds.


The Organic Garden: Student Collaborative Sculpture Project
Overcash Atrium:  March 27- April 21, 2017
Lee Baumgarten / Ashley Knight / CPCC Sculpture Students

Over the course of the 2017 Spring semester, more than a hundred CPCC students collaborated with Sensoria artist Lee Baumgarten to create a monumental site-specific installationto be suspended from the ceiling of Overcash Performing Arts building atrium.


Something About a Bunch of Boats:  Painting II Student Response Exhibition
Gallery Reception, April 3- April 10, 2017

Visit https://sensoria.cpcc.edu/ for more information and a full schedule of events.

Volunteer opportunities for CPCC students at McColl Center for Art + Innovation

The McColl Center for Art + Innovation has two volunteer opportunities for students coming up this month:

Community Pie Social, Saturday, February 18th
During this time of community dialogue around our latest exhibition, The World is a Mirror of My Freedom, volunteers are needed to help with setup, breakdown, and serve food. Volunteer shifts will be 4:30pm-7:30pm.  Please see event info here: http://mccollcenter.org/events/community-pie-social/184

Studio Party 17, Saturday, February 25th
Please join us for our biggest party of the year!  Volunteers will serve as gallery assistants who will direct guests and help facilitate art purchases. Volunteers will be needed from 6pm-11pm

Read more about the event here: http://mccollcenter.org/events/studio-party/167

Please contact Erin Taylor to volunteer:  etaylor@mccollcenter.org

CPCC Art Galleries Program is Currently Hiring!

We are currently seeking a Federal Work Study Gallery Assistant:

  • Must be a currently enrolled CPCC student taking at least 6 credits
  • Must be receiving Financial Aid
  • Must be available Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM–2 PM; Some evenings & weekends

Gallery Assistant will greet students and visitors, record daily attendance, assist with installation of exhibits and co-host at gallery opening receptions. Punctuality, an interest in art and galleries, a friendly demeanor, and willingness to learn are all highly desirable qualities.

Apply HERE

Email Gallery Director, Megan Lynch, for more information: megan.lynch@cpcc.edu

Welcome to Spring Semester 2017!

Ross gallery proudly presents . . .

Stacey Davidson & Jason Watson:  Doppelgängers; January 17 – February 28, 2017

Opening Reception: Wed, February 1, 6—8p.m. Ross Gallery (Overcash, 1st Floor)

Artist Lectures:  Wednesday, February 8, 6—7:30p.m., Tate Hall (Overcash, 2nd Floor)

Doppelgänger: A mannequin, a puppet, a porcelain head, a marble bust, a figurine, a doll…

Artists Stacey Davidson and Jason Watson both use these figurative forms to explore themselves and the social worlds they navigate, along distinct, but sometimes parallel, paths.  Davidson’s paintings and drawings begin with keen observation of both live models and the dolls she makes.  Her probing of these real and newly imagined bodies is an ongoing investigation of portraiture and what it reveals to both herself and her viewers.  With painterly grace, she investigates dolls not to dispel their uncanny nature, but instead to enter into its deep mystery.

Jason Watson also draws from found figures, but along with dolls, looks at museum mannequins and portrait busts made from marble, wood, and bronze.  He encounters these heads in museums and sketches them onsite, translating hard materials into lyrical drawn line, and adding to the archive of faces he later pieces together in tangled, cryptic compositions.  Found objects and fractured text animate these works into something caught between narrative suggestion and the absurdity of dreams.

**Ross Gallery is located on the first floor of Overcash Building, adjacent to the Student Commons cafeteria, and is open to students, classes, and the public Monday- Thursday, from 10a.m. to 2p.m. and by special appointment (please email Gallery Director Cassandra.Richardson@cpcc.edu).  CPCC Art Galleries are always FREE to attend.  We look forward to seeing you this semester!

Join us for our third annual Friends & Family Market


Ross Gallery II:  October 24–December 5, 2016
Holiday Reception:  Thursday, October 27, 5–7 PM

Market Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 AM–2 PM
and Saturday, November 5, 12–6 PM

Join us for our third annual Friends & Family Market fundraiser: Alumni, faculty, and student artists offer work for sale for under $50. Commission from works sold will go towards Gallery educational programming and to support the Visual Arts Club, ClayBodies or the Metal Arts Club. This is a wonderful opportunity to collect affordable art by prominent Charlotte artists or to find that perfect, one-of-a-kind holiday gift!