Past Exhibitions

Overcash Gallery

 Faculty Art Show

“The Faculty Art Show” incorporates artwork from multiple disciplines, including drawing, painting, photography and ceramics. While the college’s art instructors excel at helping students succeed in their budding art careers, many of them are accomplished artists as well.

This exhibition not only gives Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery an opportunity to display faculty work, but also affords students the chance to see their instructors’ artwork in a gallery setting. This show is a must-see for anyone on campus and provides an enjoyable diversion. Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery is enthusiastic about the opportunity to kick start the college’s fall semester with this exciting, new exhibition.

Exhibition Dates

August 10 – October 2


Ross Gallery
2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show
Exhibition Dates: March 23 – September 24, 2020 –NEW EXTENDED DATES! 

Each year, Central Piedmont Community College’s Visual Arts Department hosts the Annual Juried Student Art Show recognizing student works in ceramics, 2D and 3D design, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Students who have works featured in the show receive a variety of awards, ranging from the Presidential Purchase Award; Foundation Purchase Award; first, second, and third place awards; along with a variety of others. Each year, select student artwork is showcased in this celebratory exhibition, held during the college’s Sensoria festival.

Christopher Thomas, director of foundations, professor of art in printmaking and drawing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, will jury in this year’s selection of artwork that represents our visual arts students and arts department.

Overcash Gallery
Harmony With an Edge

Alice Ballard

Exhibition Dates: March 23 – July 16, 2020

Alice Ballard is a ceramic artist whose work is deeply connected to nature. Working with clay, Ballard takes her inspiration from close observation and communion with the natural world around her. Pressing the clay into molds, Ballard creates organic shapes in hopes of transcending the divide between art and the outside world. With a great concern for the environment and conservation, Ballard hopes that, through her art, others will be inspired to forge their own connection with nature.

“Harmony With an Edge” will include work consisting of tree totems, wall hanging pods, and a variety of white earthenware pieces. Ballard’s solo exhibition will be represented during this year’s Sensoria Festival in Overcash Center’s latest gallery addition, Overcash Gallery. Ballard will be hosting two free workshops during Sensoria including an artist lecture and opening reception.


Ross Gallery
Triptych (Desk Drawer) by Allison Tierney

I Am My Things and My Things Are Me

Artist Allison Tierney


Exhibition Dates: January 13 – March 12, 2020

Artist Lecture 

Wednesday, February 5, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall

Opening Reception 

Wednesday, February 5, 5:00 p.m. – Ross Gallery


“My work relies heavily on painting and a decorative aesthetic to discover personal identity, comment on consumerism, and investigate the divide between craft and art.

I utilize interpretations of the home and interior design approaches as a means to explore identity. I’m interested in people’s relationships to the objects they put on display and how a sense of self is curated and refined through both the things we keep and those we let go of. As someone who finds comfort in my possessions I value the variety that mass-production affords me while at the same time feel great conflict in my role in consumer culture and its effect on the environment.

Repurposing is a consistent thread found throughout my work. It allows me a way to sort through the guilt I feel when an object is to be thrown away, whether by being rendered obsolete or simply being unwanted. I feel sympathy for these objects and a responsibility to be conscious about their disposal regardless of whether or not they were originally mine. The making of these pieces offer objects a second chance and a sense of being while acknowledging the contradictory role I play as a consumer and a maker. Through their creation, I enact control over common household objects and force them to transform and meld into colorful, encouraging, and optimistic works of art.

My work is an act of rebellion, albeit a personal one, to our mass-produced world. It’s a way to value the value-less.” – Allison Tierney


Allison Tierney (b. 1987, Charleston SC) is a visual artist living and
working in Chapel Hill, NC. She received her BFA from Winthrop University and
her MFA from UNC Chapel Hill where she won the Top Prize for Outstanding
MFA Work. She is one of six founding members of Subverbal Art Collective and
has exhibited work throughout the southeast. Her work can be viewed as two
distinct but closely related bodies. One body relying heavily on painting and the
history of abstraction to respond to found objects while the other employs the
techniques of various crafts as a means to discover personal identity, to
comment on consumerism, and to investigate the divide between craft and art.

Overcash Gallery
Red Pendant by Richard Elaver

Structure and Void

Artist Richard Elaver
Exhibition Dates: January 13 – March 12, 2020

Artist Lecture 

 Thursday, January 30, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall

Opening Reception

 Thursday, January 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Overcash Gallery


 “Structure and Void” is an investigation into surface, structure, and systematized randomness. The work re-presents patterns from nature in organic forms and fluid surfaces. Those forms are deconstructed into cellular elements, and reconstructed in a variety of materials using generative software and digital fabrication techniques.” – Richard Elaver

“Writing code to grow objects.
My work is inspired by forms in nature and developed through digital fabrication. It brings together my past professional experiences in jewelry-making and product-design, combining elements of handcraft, design, and architecture to create sculptural forms. Those forms are sometimes purely aesthetic, sometimes wearable, and sometimes functional.

The Wripple series, in particular, is an investigation into surface and structure, randomness supported by logic. The outward surface ripples like water, composed of a collection of unique shapes that resemble tissue cells, all supported by analytical armatures made from straight lines and acute angles. The materials and construction suggest architectural models, just as the cellular pattern and wavy surface hint at the natural world. It is really the pairing of those two worlds that keeps things interesting, vascilating between rational and irrational.

Similarly, the vase series, ‘Dissolving Tiffany’, is also a mixing of two worlds: one historical and handmade, the other contemporary and digitally assisted. Beginning with the forms of handmade historical Tiffany vases, those forms are deconstructed into cellular patterns using generative software. The final objects are created with a combination of handcraft and digital fabrication techniques. The exterior form adheres to history, supported by a random angular composition of hollow cells.” – Richard Elaver

Richard Elaver is a designer and metalsmith working in the overlapping spheres
of art, design, and technology. In his work, Elaver integrates the tools of
industrial design with the craft of metalsmithing. He develops computer
simulations of biological phenomena, and uses them to create design objects.
Elaver received his Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin at
Madison, and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2006, he
completed a Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands where he worked with
Droog Design. Following several years of professional experience both as a
jeweler and industrial designer, he is now an Assistant Professor of Industrial
Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.


Ross Gallery

Photo Credit: Chris Henderson, Portrait of Melissa Alexander

Blur: A Community Portrait Project

Artist Melissa Alexander
Guest Curator Jonell Logan

Artist Lecture with Melissa Alexander

Thursday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Bryant Hall,

1st floor Sloan Morgan, Central Campus

Opening Reception

Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ross Gallery

Moments from our lives pass in a blur and tend to be forgotten. We are constantly moving, talking, watching, sending, and working – so much so that losing sight of ourselves is a shared reality. What happens, however when we slow down? When we sit? When those moments are stilled and remembered in a photograph?

Atlanta-based photographer Melissa Alexander uses her camera to create a space of respite and self-rediscovery. Join her at Central Piedmont Community College’s Ross Art Gallery on August 26th and 27th from 3:00 -7:00 p.m. for Blur: a special community portrait project that reclaims not only our time, but ourselves. Participate in a fun and affirming photo session where your self will be uncovered, your bravery rewarded, and your vulnerability empowered.

Photographs completed during these portrait sessions will be exhibited at the Ross Art Gallery, October 16 – December 12, 2019


Overcash Gallery

Curated Holiday Art Market 2019

Join us for our sixth annual Holiday Art Market in our new location, Overcash Gallery. The Holiday Art Market includes our students, alumni, and faculty artists to offer their artwork for sale. Promoting affordable art for under $50.
October 16 – December 5, 2019
Holiday Reception: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Overcash Gallery, 1st floor Overcash Center, Central Campus
Market Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday Hours 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. on 10/25, 11/1, 11/22
Saturday Hours 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. on 10/26, 11/2, 11/23
Sunday Hours 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. on 10/27,  11/3, 11/24
Participating student, alumni, and faculty artists:
Abena-Adora Gwin, Alvaro Torres, Ally Whitman, Ayah Hajjar, Becki Vaughn, Carlos Anzola, Carolyn Jacobs, David Clark, E’Ne’Chie Otis, Erick Ramirez, Evan Friday, Felicia van Bork, Gary Rubin, Jennifer Bready, Ju-Ian Shen, Kathleen McNamara, Khrystyna Yurchenko, Mary Hills Powell, Michael Kiwanuka, Morgan Madaffari, Mudit Mehta, Myesha Winston, Nancy Nieves Dreith, Olivia Scarborough, Paige Reitterer, Patty Campbell, Paula Smith, Phil Sciabarrasi, Rebecca Buchanan, Stephen Homer, Tate Viviano, Terry Galante, Thomas Buchanan, Vincent J. Ligas


Ross and Overcash Galleries


Featuring artists Reuben Bloom, Amanda Foshag and Heather Lewis

August 12 – October 3, 2019

Opening Reception

Thursday, August 29th 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Reuben Bloom

Amanda Foshag

Heather Lewis

“Shift” explores the idea of assigning value to the invaluable. Unifying found, recycled, and uncommon objects, Bloom, Foshag, and Lewis use these materials to create their art. All three artists work in various types of media, constructing their creations out of chaos. Each one strives to find beauty in the dramatic shifts of life through deconstruction, rebirth, and growth.

Artist Lectures

Reuben Bloom: Date: Thursday, September 19, at 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall

Heather Lewis: Date: Thursday, September 26 at 10 a.m. in Tate Hall

Amanda Foshag: Date: Monday, September 30, at 3:00 p.m. in Tate Hall



 The Invisible Landscape by Orr Ambrose

June 10 – August 1, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Ross Gallery, 1st floor, Overcash Center, Central Campus

Artist Lecture: June 17, 10:00 a.m. Tate Hall

“The Invisible Landscape — So much of the universe is invisible to us, either because it is too small to see, too far away to see, or outside of our limited visual color spectrum. With this exhibit, I explore how these invisible spaces might appear and attempt to give substance and form to worlds unseen.”  —  Orr Ambrose

More on Orr Ambrose




Our Stories:

A retrospective of Central Piedmont student success stories and the evolution of our Central Piedmont Logo.

June 10 – August 1, 2019

Overcash Gallery, 1st floor, Overcash Center, Central Campus

Since 1963, Central Piedmont has been an innovative national leader among two-year institutions. College alumni include a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Metropolitan Opera star, an Olympic gold medalist, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner, a television actress and a pro football player. Countless others – chefs, healthcare providers, technicians, real estate brokers, paralegals, firefighters, teachers, law enforcement officers, trades people, engineers, artists and others who serve our community – share Central Piedmont’s proud tradition.

On display, visitors will have the opportunity to see how our logo has changed over the years and learn about the stories of our students over nearly a 60 year time span. This exhibition is dedicated to the past, present, and future students of Central Piedmont – where possibility powers everything!

Thank you to the following Central Piedmont Community College departments for supporting the vision of this project:

Central Piedmont Visual Arts and Galleries

Central Piedmont Library & Archives

College Marketing and Public Relations

Central Piedmont Digital Media Services

Central Piedmont Student Life


2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show

On view March 27 – June 3, 2019

Awards Ceremony: April 11th 5:30 p.m. in Tate Hall, 2nd floor Overcash Building

Reception: April 11th 7:00 p.m. in Overcash Lobby

Central Piedmont’s Visual Art Department presents the 2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show representing artwork in all medias including painting, drawing, photography, screen printing, ceramics, sculpture, 2-D and 3-D designs. Come check out the amazing artwork and student artists who have been inspired by the creativity learned from their Visual Arts Instructors in their arts classes here at CP!

2019 Annual Juried Student Art Show Awards –  announced Thursday, April 11!

First Place

Jesse Watts “Iguana”

Second Place

Marguerite Lamorey “Found Flag”

Third Place

Rosseline Ortiz “After a Long Day”

Presidential Purchase Award

Marguerite Lamorey “Found Flag”

Foundation Purchase Award

Vanessa Vaughn “Contoured Landscape”

Central Campus Purchase Awards

Arzberger Purchase Award

Anne Henderson “Smoke of a Distant Fire”

Cecelia McRae “A Mother’s Happy Child”

Shail Shah “Reflected City”

John White Photo Award

Robert von Hedrich “Charlotte Pride Festival 2018”

Kappy McClenahan Drawing Award

Brandyn Thomas “Landscape”

Emily Lu “Twin Shrimp Plushies”

League of Innovation

Kathleen Tomlinson “Tea Leaf Ladle”

Olivia Scarborough “Mushroom Temple”

Calvin Dix “Transitions”

Ju-Ian Shen “I am Happy”

Christopher Nichol “Self Portrait”


January – May 2019

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

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


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.

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.


 Ross Art Gallery

Holiday Art Market

November 5 – December 18, 2018
Holiday Reception:
November 8, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Art Market offers everyone the opportunity to collect artwork at an affordable price from artist throughout CPCC and community.
Gallery Hours extended until December 18th!
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekend Hours:
Friday, November 30th 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 1st 6 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 2nd 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 8th 1 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 9th 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Pease Art Gallery

Airy Knoll Farm Presents


October 22 – December 4, 2018

Student Reception:
November 14, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pease Gallery’s last exhibition will include the artworks of CPCC students, where they
completely immerse oneself in the arts at the Airy Knoll Farm in Virginia.

CPCC’s Pease Auditorium and Gallery will permanently close in January 2019 after more than 50 years of memorable productions, performances, gallery exhibitions and events. Pease, and the aging building that surrounds it (the Hagemeyer Learning Resource Center), will come down and be replaced by a new, state-of-the art library for CPCC’s students. The new Learning Resource Center will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and Gallery. Individuals interested in tracking the new building’s progress can visit for construction updates in the new year.


Ancient Expanse

Allison Luce

On view: August 15 – December 4, 2018

Criminal Justice Building, Merancas Campus

Artist Lecture: September 27th at 11:00 a.m. TS248 Merancas Campus

“Ancient Expanse” is a site-specific installation I started in Denmark in 2009 as a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center-Guldagergaard. It consists of a series of small ceramic pieces that are a reaction to the natural environment along the southwestern coast of Zealand. I documented the piece by taking pictures of the sculptures along the beach of the town where I was living in the water and other natural areas.

“Ancient Expanse” explores the boundaries between perception, reality, time and space. Photographs of the work document a fleeting moment in time where the natural and the created interact. Over the past five years, I have continued to make more pieces and have accumulated 1,000 ceramic objects. They are installed into large organic patterns in galleries or outdoors, and the original photographs are shown via video or projection. While the piece was inspired by Denmark, the colors and patterns of the individual sculptures reference ocean life as well as textures found in nature.

“Ancient Expanse” is playful and engaging and causes the viewer to stop and think about what they are seeing. There is an element of surprise as people realize that they are not actually looking at real objects, but sculptural forms that reference nature. It blends the natural with an element of discovery that engages the community in a dialogue about perception and reality.


Ross Art Gallery


October 15 – October 31, 2018

Calling all CPCC students, come and create some art with our gallery team. The entire Ross Gallery I will be transformed into a creative environment where students can come make art. Artworks will include, painting, photomontage, collage, origami and more.

Are you unsure if you have what it takes to make art? Now is your chance to come find out!! Join us on our exciting interactive experience to test out your creative skills.


Ross Gallery

 Fruiting Bodies

Katie St. Clair

Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Ross Gallery is excited to bring Artist Katie St. Clair’s exhibition, “Fruiting Bodies” to the college’s Central Campus, Aug. 15 – Oct. 10, 2018.

St. Clair’s latest work not only focuses on the natural decay of life and the beauty found within, but also on the complex processes of physical and spiritual healing through visualization of plants and fungi in the Carolina landscape. Abstraction of these forms allows St. Clair to express the subtle relationships of non-linear ecosystems. While researching, harvesting and consuming wild edibles, St. Clair’s understanding of flavor and the healing potential of her subjects expanded and evolved. St. Clair developed new ways of looking at the natural world, not only for inspiration and form, but also for the pragmatic considerations of pigment, texture and creative constraint. She incorporated new materials into her pieces, including natural dyes collected from the native ecosystems, through botanic, fungal and mineral extractions.

“Fruiting Bodies” will feature a series of melting ice sculptures that are an experimental part of St. Clair’s painting process. These melting sculptures called “spheres” contain pigments, mushrooms and other organic materials foraged by the artist during her hikes through different parts of the North Carolina landscape.  The delicately constructed spheres are suspended above canvases and slowly melt over a period of 24 to 48 hours. The ephemerality of this process echoes the cycle of life: birth, growth, death and decay.

St. Clair received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Art specializing in painting and drawing at Davidson College.

August 15 – October 10, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: September 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Tate Hall

Opening Reception: September 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Ross Gallery

Sphere installations: August 20, September 12, and October 1 – Ross Gallery


Pease Gallery

CPCC Galleries present Past & Present group exhibition beginning August 15, 2018

Exhibition is a multimedia exhibition of CPCC Alumni Studio Art students and current Visual Arts Studio faculty members

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Galleries is pleased to present a multimedia group exhibition called, “Past & Present” which is part of a celebration to commemorate the many years of the college’s beloved Pease Gallery, located on its Central Campus. “Past & Present” will showcase 12 CPCC Visual Arts Studio faculty members and 14 CPCC Studio Art alumni, many of whom have exhibited their creations for the first time in Pease Gallery. This exhibit will celebrate the decades of creativity developed through CPCC’s Visual Arts programs.

Participants will include:

CPCC Alumni: Rachel Baranowski, Anderson Carman, Douglas B. Davis, Kelsi Elcorabarutia, Kelly Elliot, Sarah Goski, Samantha Maxwell, Don Peeler, Paige Reitterer, KC Roberge, Julie P. Smith, Laura Truman, Sarah B. Wiley and Tashonda Wright

Faculty Members: Danny Croco, Carolyn Jacobs, Ashley Lathe, Nancy Nieves, Isaac Payne, Elizabeth Ross, Paula Smith, James Spence, Jason Stein, Richard Thomas, Alvaro Torres and Jennifer Zito

CPCC’s Pease Auditorium and Gallery will permanently close in January 2019 after more than 50 years of memorable productions, performances, gallery exhibitions and events. Pease, and the aging building that surrounds it (the Hagemeyer Learning Resource Center), will come down and be replaced by a new, state-of-the art library for CPCC’s students. The new Learning Resource Center will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and Gallery. Individuals interested in tracking the new building’s progress can visit for construction updates in the new year.

August 15 – October 3, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Artist Lecture: September 6, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Pease Gallery & September 13, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Levine Campus in LVI 2150

Opening Reception: September 6, 5 – 7 p.m. in Pease Gallery


2018 Annual Juried Student Art Show

Pease Gallery

On view march 28 – July 18, 2018

Awards Ceremony: April 10 at 5:00 p.m. in Pease Auditorium

Opening Reception 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Pease Gallery

Each year, our Visual Arts Department and Sensoria hosts a Juried Student Art Show that recognizes works in painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture. With that comes an array of awards from the Presidential and CPCC Foundation Purchase Awards, to first, second, and third place prizes. The entries are also considered for League of Innovation in the Community College, a national competition. Five Central Piedmont Visual Arts Students will be selected to showcase their artwork in an exhibition with students of community colleges nationwide.





color + color = space

Felicia van Bork

Ross Gallery

                               Exhibition Dates: March 21, 2018 – June 27, 2018                               Ross Gallery, 1st floor of the Overcash Building

Artist Lecture: April 12, 3:00 p.m. in Tate Hall
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

CPCC Art Galleries presents color + color = space an exhibit of recent collages and paintings by Felicia van Bork, courtesy of Jerald Melberg Gallery.


The CPCC Metal Arts Club

Is Honored to Host

An Evening with Charles Lewton-Brain

CPCC Central Campus, Overcash, Tate Hall

April 7 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Charles Lewton-Brain studied and has worked in Europe and North America. He is a master goldsmith, author, artist and he teaches internationally on his research. He invented Fold-Forming, a completely new system of metal working. He is    Past- President of The Canadian Craft Federation. Along with Dr. Hanuman Aspler, he co-founded the Ganoksin Project, the world’s largest internet resource for jewelers. In 2012, he won the highest national award for Craft and Visual Arts, the Saidye Bronfman Governor General’s Award. He currently teaches in Jewellery/Metals at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary.

This is a free lecture and some of his work will be on exhibit in Gallery Reception, Overcash Center April 6 & 7 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. & April 8 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.



About Face Charlotte
Scott Gardner and Hannah Blanton of Sozo Gallery

Exhibition Dates: January 11 – March 7, 2018

Artist Lecture: January 23, 3:30 – 4:30PM
Opening Reception: January 23, 5:00 – 7:00PM

Ross Gallery, 1st floor of the Overcash Building

About Face Charlotte is a movement dedicated to the cultivation of kindness, compassion and connection through photography, storytelling and community engagement.  By creating campaigns and projects that raise social awareness through art and empathy education, we help people connect to their hearts and provide direct pathways to action.  Our vision is to empower people to make a difference in their community.



Matt Horick: revert and continue

Exhibition Dates: January 11 – March 7, 2018

Artist Lecture: February 7, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Opening Reception: February 7, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Pease Gallery, 1st floor of the Learning Resource Center

Matt Horick’s latest exhibition at CPCC, revert and continue, will expand on the artist’s idea of sculptural editions, featuring a number of distinct works for both the wall and floor. The exhibition will include many of Horick’s signature white abstract forms, situated alongside a new set of sculptures created from found and recycled sheet metal, largely retaining the raw appearance of their original material. Begun while in residence at the McColl Center for Arts + Innovation in Uptown Charlotte, this exhibition serves as a culmination of the artist’s work over the past years.



2017 Annual Airy Knoll Farm Show

Pease Gallery
October 24 – December 7, 2017
Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
1st Floor, LRC/Library CPCC Central Campus

Reception for CPCC Students 

Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Opening Reception 

Friday, November 17, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


The artist is here to see the amazing gift of our world and more, to bear witness to it, testify with their work, bring amazement to the community. In this show, from the community of Airy Knoll to the larger community of CPCC and Charlotte, these gifted artist bring their vision.

Each summer, instructor Elizabeth Ross takes a group of students to a farm in Middlebrook, VA, to participate in a resident program presented by the Art Department of CPCC. During their week-long stay, students take part in an intensive exploration of the creative process of finding one’s own voice in the visual and verbal arts. The artwork on view is the product of each student’s own reflection on their experience.


2017 CPCC Holiday Art Market

Ross Gallery

October 24 – December 5
Monday- Thursday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Saturdays, November 4 & 11, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Overcash Building, CPCC Central Campus
Holiday Reception
Thursday, November 2, 5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Join us for our fourth annual CPCC Invitational Holiday Market fundraiser: Alumni, students, faculty, and staff offer their artwork for sale for under $250. Commission from works sold will go toward Gallery educational programming and support the Visual Arts Club. This is a great opportunity to collect affordable art by prominent local artists and get a head start on your holiday shopping.
Artists include:
Ahmad Sabha
Al Torres
Allison Luce
Amy Wayman
Audra Begg
Betsy Birkner
Danny Crocco
David Clark
Eve Rizzardi
Fred Vohwinkel
Geri Zhiss
Isaac Payne
Ju-Ian Shen
KC Roberge
Kelsey Elcorrobarrutia
Kennedy Fullwood
Kris Solow
Nancy Nieves
Nancy O. Albert
Nick Demarsico
Nikki Oliver
Paula Smith
Philip Scarbarrasi
Rebecca Aranyi
Sharidan Hathaway
Sharon Brown
Timothy Boardman
Tucker Fraeties
Tyrice Adams


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.




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.


2017 Annual Juried Student Show

Pease Gallery, April 3- July 13, 2017

Tuesday, April 4th
Awards Presentation: 5:30- 6:00p.m., Pease Auditorium
Opening Reception:
6:00- 7:30p.m., Pease Gallery

The Annual Juried Student exhibit showcases top talent among our students at CPCC, highlighting the variety and skill in our Visual Arts program.  A number of prestigious awards, including Best in Show, Presidential Purchase, and John White Photo Award will be announced at this much beloved ceremony and reception for students, faculty, family, friends, and guests.   This year’s honored juror is Kristin Rothrock, Lecturer in Foundations at UNC-Charlotte.  Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception are open to the public, and always FREE to attend;  light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.


Matt Horick Greenroof Sculpture Presentation

Wednesday, April 5th
5:30- 6:15p.m., LRC Greenroof (Outside, back patio of Library)

Matt Horick, creator of the brand new site-specific sculptures designed for the LRC Greenroof, will explore his process from concept to 3-D rendering, to live scale fabrication.    The newest addition to CPCC’s permanent collection, Horick’s sculptures will be unveiled for this first time this evening to lucky attendees of this event.  During this collaborative presentation, Lance Ollivierre, CPCC’s Director of Facilities and Operations, will explore the history of the LRC Greenroof, joined by David Valder, CPCC’s new Director of Energy and Sustainability, who will discuss best environmental practices at the college.


MyLoan Dinh & Lee Baumgarten: We See Heaven Upside Down

Ross Gallery Sensoria Exhibit:  March 20 – July 5, 2017

Thursday, April 6th
Artist Lectures with performance by Moving Poets:

6–7:15p.m., Tate Hall
Opening Reception:  7:30– 9:30p.m., Ross Gallery


Paradoxically, to internalize the discovery that another person is a stranger, with their own inner-life and uniquely ”other” perspective, is a rare but real contact with another subjectivity; our differences define both our individualism as well as our inseparable connection. This dichotomy between how we strive to shape our own lives individually towards our own goals and how we interact with strangers in a common space lies at the heart of the human condition, and it becomes particularly pronounced in times of mass migration, when cultures of apparent contrast are forced to interlace with one another.

We See Heaven Upside Down is an evolving dialog responding to the contemporary yet also, in fundamental ways, reoccurring challenges of migration and displacement related to the unique human experience. Based on a concept that began as a collaboration between Artists/Educator MyLoan Dinh & Lee Baumgarten in 2015, it has developed as an international collaboration between creative minds to stimulate conversation and understanding, with the intent to draw a supportive, connecting line between displacement, individuals and their journey. The exhibition strives to spur moments of genuine and raw empathy in our often hectic and confusing times. What we see, depends on where we stand. The project includes perspectives from non-migratory, immigrant and refugee backgrounds and has several objectives:

  • Shifting one’s perspective brings us closer towards understanding others with different circumstances and life experiences.
  • Breaking down barriers surrounded by fears, misconceptions/stereotypes and prejudices.
  • Offering individuals who have experienced the emotional disorientation and trauma of flight to employ their creative abilities and share their individual stories with the community.

The project launched in June of 2016 at the Novilla Center for the Arts in Berlin, Germany, then travelled to the Kunst am SpreeKnie Arts Festival, Berlin, Germany. Migration continues as this multi-dimensional exhibition, site-specific installation, and performance piece will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to headline Ross Galleries for Sensoria 2017.

Community Partners and support for We See Heaven Upside Down include Moving Poets (Charlotte/ Berlin); German Federal Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth; the German Federal Program for Democracy Lives; Arts & Sciences Council Regional Artist Project Grant; Jeff Cravotta Photography; the North Carolina Arts Council (NCAC), Blumenthal Emerging Artists Endowment, and Harper Corporation of America.

“We See Heaven Upside Down” Exhibition Contributing Artists:

  • Nico Amortegui  (Columbia) – visual artist
  • Raed Al-Rawi  (Iraq) – visual artist/cartoonist/educator
  • Hanna Tadrous Girgis- (Egypt) visual artist, collaborative artwork
  • Cannupa Hanska Luger (USA) – visual artist
  • Susanne Roewer (Germany) – visual artist
  • Tina Roozbehi (Iran) – visual artist, collaborative artwork
  • Dellair Youssef (Syria) – film maker
  • CPCC Sculpture, Advanced Painting, & Art Appreciation Students- Collaborative Installation Project

MyLoan Dinh

”As 4an immigrant and former refugee, I am faced with the challenge of living between cultures. My perception of home, land & country is fragmented and ever changing. 

Connection and identity are indispensable themes. Where do we come from? Where are we going, and what do we encounter on the way? Borders are changing and fluid. In transition, do we leave traces of ourselves behind, like ripples where a foot once stepped?“
—MyLoan Dinh

MyLoan Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam. During the war, she and her family fled by sea to refugee camps in Subic Bay and Wake Island in the South China Sea. Later they were brought to Camp Pendleton, California, known as Tent City, one of four large camps for Vietnamese refugees. From there, the family immigrated to Boone, eventually settling in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dinh studied Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and at the School of Arts and Design at Wollongong University New South Wales, Australia. Her creative talents led to designing and creating costumes and sets for professional dance and theatre for over a decade. In 2008, she returned to painting and renewed her focus on visual arts projects. Dinh has exhibited internationally and her work is found in private collections in the United States, Germany, Turkey and Switzerland.

Lee Baumgarten

Lee Baumgarten is a former Associate Professor of the Columbus College of Art & Design who has lived and produced in Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. His paintings, drawings and sculptures are included in corporate and private collections nationwide and in Europe.

In 2013, he was awarded a grant by the National Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation to promote STEAM, a “creativity in public schools” education model, which Charlotte then adopted. Presently, he is an advisor/consultant for academies and magnet schools in the public Charlotte Mecklenburg School System (CMS), promoting creativity and design in K-12 education. In December, 2015 President Obama signed the Bill into law, a STEM2STEAM model for all public education, which will effect over 50 million students nationwide placing greater emphasis on the arts.

”My goal is to tell a story of cultural diversity, accenting and highlighting our ‘likenesses’ through communicating that we are all passionate about living a dynamic life full of promise, and sharing community visions of purpose, reason & value.“
—Lee Baumgarten



 Stacey Davidson & Jason Watson:  Doppelgängers

Ross Gallery: January 17- February 28, 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 1, 6—8p.m., Ross Gallery
Artist Lectures:  Wednesday, February 8, 6-7:30p.m., Tate Hall

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

These false figures are the vessels that contain our many selves, those we own outright, and those we do not always wish to display. They are where we store our fear and longing, our pride, our shame, our tiny truths. They become something beyond a substitute, more like an extension of self, a reflection that both duplicates the familiar and insinuates the foreign.

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 to serve as live models. 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.

Both artists make to learn, about both their chosen subjects (the doll, the marble bust, the other…) and themselves (the artist, the maker, the inner psyche…). The hybrid German / English word “Doppelgängers” is a fitting title and introduction to this ongoing creative process, as it alludes to both the physical reality of the portraits before you, and to the ever elusive faces and bodies they depict.


Stephanie Neely: Secret Garden 
Pease Gallery: January 17- March 2, 2017

Artist Lecture:  Wednesday, February 15th 10:30am- 11:30am, Pease Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16th 5-7p.m., Pease Gallery

Stephanie Neely’s relationship with art making has long been one of guarded secrecy. Beginning in childhood, drawing and painting became strong creative impulses in her life, though for a long time they remained only as secondary pastimes. Initially pursuing diverse academic and professional routes such as landscape horticulture, law, and religious studies, her interest in painting continued to develop as a latent and ever-growing source of intrigue, eventually culminating in a newly defined connection to the medium of oil pastel.

For the past decade, Neely has concentrated on depicting plant and flower materials in the form of beautifully detailed and enigmatic still life paintings. Her large-scale works take various elements of the natural world as their muses and render them with a deeply-felt sensitivity towards the subject matter at hand. Drawing on skills acquired through her training in landscape horticulture and land surveying, Neely is able to transform her objects with both remarkable exactness and a keen sense of wonder. No longer simply a diversion from other aspects of her life, Neely utilizes her art to reveal the hidden and mysterious nature of her subjects, allowing viewers to take part in that same process of discovery.

Neely’s works are the result of many challenges, frustrations, and, ultimately, the joys of overcoming the temperamental nature of her adopted medium in order to arrive at something truly fulfilling. For her, experimentation, patience, and failure are all integral parts of the creative process. Entirely self-taught, she maintains the same fundamental joy and fascination in painting that motivated her in her early life, always striving for perfection and never short of emotional depth.


Airy Knoll Farm Show
November 14–December 16, 2016 
Pease Gallery (1st Floor, LRC or Library, CPCC’s Central Campus)
Opening Reception:  Friday, November 18th, 6–9 PM

Each summer, instructor Elizabeth Ross takes a group of students to a farm in Middlebrook, VA, to participate in a resident program presented by the Art Department of CPCC.  During their week-long stay, students take part in an intensive exploration of the creative process of finding one’s own voice in the visual arts.  The artwork on view is the product of each student’s own reflection on their experience.



An exhibition of the works of Marcia Goldenstein and Todd Johnson

Ross Gallery I:  October 24–December 5, 2016
Artist Lectures:  Thursday, November 3,  12:30–1:45 PM, Ross Gallery
Opening Reception:  Thursday, November 3, 5:30–7:30 PM

Art history, scale, and craftsmanship are characteristics that unite the work of Marcia Goldenstein and Todd Johnson— Goldenstein’s embroidered portraits of women artists that reference photography and Johnson’s painted miniatures of historical works on commercial paint chips.

In Ladies in Stitches, Goldenstein celebrates women artists in a traditional craft which represents the domestic demands that they had to overcome to achieve their professional accomplishments.


Johnson selects commercial paint chips whose names evoke famous works of art, then faithfully reproduces the work in miniature directly on the chip.



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!


Pervasive Pollution Postcard FRONT

Pervasive Pollution

Pease Gallery: September 9–November 3, 2016

Reception: Thursday, September 29, 5:00–7:00 PM

Pervasive Pollution is a collaborative exhibition of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Departments at Central Piedmont Community College, North Carolina; Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana; and Winthrop University, South Carolina; focused on the exploration of pollution and contamination on a small, personal scale. Artists from each school interpreted the topic of pollution as it applied directly to their person or personal surroundings with the collaborative goal to cultivate an appreciation for personal intimacy, as well as the personal sphere and how it can be encroached upon.


Amy Herman Postcard for WEB

Amy Herman:  it wasn’t important until it was

Ross Gallery:  August 15- October 9, 2016

VIP/ Media Preview: Thursday, Aug 18, 6-7pm

Opening Reception:  Thursday, Sept. 8, 5:30-7:30p.m.

Artist Lecture: Thursday. Sept. 15  2-3:15p.m.  (in Ross Gallery)

Amy Herman constructs photographs as a parallel to the construction of her own house.   Projections of nostalgic family snapshots are ingrained onto her body and her home’s unfinished walls, representing the faux interaction facilitated by technology and confounding our sense of time: Disparate moments appear, simultaneously and chaotically, in the same frame.


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


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

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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’

Continumm I

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

Continuum Trailer


mpMiranda Pfeiffer Rock Line is a collection of graphite drawings, textiles and animations that evoke natural forms through excavation and touch.  In the modern era, we scroll through images on our news-feeds and snap photos before a moment has passed.  Amidst the disparate spray of a technological milieu, Miranda lingers with objects long enough to depict their minutest tendrils, building massive drawings with an everyday mechanical pencil.  Through representational drawings and hand drawn animation, a moment of present observation can last eternally, keeping a viewer from assuming prejudice and extending one’s sensory delight.

Artist Lecture: Thursday, January 28

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Tate Hall (*second floor in Overcash)

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Ross Gallery

Animation Workshop: Friday, January 29

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Central for Arts Technology (AU 102)

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Désirée Petty’s previous education in Architecture instilled within her with an attraction to the beauty of both function and sculpture.  In her clay practice, Désirée reexamines the line between functional and sculptural artworks.  Her aesthetic is propelled forward by exploring new relationships between the two.  Marks is inspired by a more personal narrative, exploring the effects experiences have on us as physical and spiritual beings.

Artist Lecture: Wednesday, February 17

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., Pease Auditorium (*first floor LRC)

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 17

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Pease Gallery

1200 Sam Ryburn Walk

Charlotte, NC 28204


Pease Gallery , Pease Building

Times : Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Opening Reception :  Thursday, November 19, 5 – 7 p.m.

V.I.P. Reception : Friday, November 20, 6 – 9 p.m.

Each summer, instructor Elizabeth Ross takes a group of students to a farm in Middlebrook, Virginia, to participate in a resident program presented by the Visual Arts Department at CPCC.  During their week-long-stay, they take part in an intensive exploration of the creative process of finding one’s own voice in the visual arts.  The artwork on view is the product of each student’s experience at the farm.


Ross Gallery II, Overcash Building

Times : Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Holiday Reception:  Thursday, October 29, 5 -7 p.m.

Join us for our second annual Friends & Family Market fundraiser.   Alumni exhibiting artists, faculty members, and former and current students will have work for sale for less than $50!  The commission from the works sold will go toward Gallery educational programming and to support the student Visual 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.


 October 14 – December 18

Ross Gallery

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Artist Lecture: Thursday, October 15 from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Barbara Schreiber creates colorful paintings that combine pretty pictures and tough subjects.  Her work tells a distinctly American story – one of restlessness, one of real estate, bracketed by the open road and the gated community.  In the purest sense, her works are landscapes, filled with deserts, mountains, fields and subdivisions – but at the heart, they are about the collision of the built and natural worlds, about battles in which outcomes are uncertain – with a twist of sardonic wit and humor.  Barbara welcomes dialogue from viewers – especially those outside the art world – and if often inspired by their novel or unexpected observations.


2015 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

August 17 – October 29 in Pease Gallery

Opening Reception:  Thursday, September 24, 4 – 6:30 pm

     A tradition that spans decades, the CPCC Faculty Exhibition celebrates the art and educators whose original and innovative works influence the artists of tomorrow.   Contemporary works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and ceramics will be shown, and represents the fascinating and varied vision of more than 20 instructors at CPCC!

Featured artists include Danny Crocco, Paula Smith, Richard Thomas, Eliana Arenas, Ed Burnam, Al Torres, Nelli Levental, Elizabeth Ross, Jenny Zito-Payne, Felicia van Bork, Chris Pittman, Heather Felts, Roceun Kim, Stephen Hayes, Isaac Payne, Chelsea Arthur, Andrea Vail, Nancy Nieves, Carolyn Jacobs, Ashley Knight, James Spence and Justin Liddell.


Susan Brenner: Natural Histories

August 17 – October 1, 2015

Ross Gallery

Susan Brenner is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant, two North Carolina State Arts Council Fellowships, and has been a practicing, professional artist for more than 20 years.  Her recent series, Natural Histories, is comprised of biomorphic abstract works on paper that she created by combining digital and hand drawing/ painting techniques.  From these she stripped the color, “weathering” them to the point that they were nothing but a complex maze of lines.  As Susan states, “I felt as though I was traveling forward in time to a point when, as an archaeologist, I would discover these “skeletal reamains” of my own making.  Once I had discovered the remains, I layered and built them up to create new structures to which I added color, thereby “reincarnating” them into new life forms.”

The resulting works can be viewed as conjured maps or recordings of (un) natural processes.  Elements are held together precariously, making the images seem like they are in a state of flux.  the vertical pieces point to portraiture.  The large format horizontal pieces make reference to cinema in their proportions and are intended to suggest the unfolding of activity over time.  They picture explosions that seem to be happening in slow motion and are as much, if not more, about creation as they are about destruction.

Susan Brenner’s work has been featured in exhibitions acress the United States such as the Mint Museum, the Columbia museum of Art, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.  She received her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California and is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at UNC Charlotte.


Shaun Cassidy, "The Sound of Everything" Ross Gallery CPCC

Shaun Cassidy, “The Sound of Everything” Ross Gallery CPCC

Shaun Cassidy: The Sound of Everything

Ross Gallery : March 16 – July 23

“There is an inherent transferal of the senses when memories are sucked through the lens of time.  If pressed, you could verbalize the smell of happiness, the touch of a perfect memory, even the taste of the sea as it meets the shore.  Each of our pasts is laden with a synesthesia that defies logic, meaning our senses become conflated and confused, and all blend into various times and places…

It is through this lens that Shaun Cassidy pulled memories to acquire the forms and colors of (his) work.  He has translated sounds into their physical counterparts, labeling them with color in an intuitive way.  Together they make a collection of jewels, highly prized precious objects whose formation took the decades long compounding and compressing of memories.”

– Grace Cote, from The Sound of Everything, Shaun Cassidy 2015 Exhibition Catalog


Designers Dan Romanoski and Eric Hurtgen explore the intersection of physical and digital space through the medium of animated GIFs. The inherent abstraction of imaging the physical world is accentuated by the action of the endless loop. Mathematically modeled filters systematically destruct these images frame by frame according to preset functions, only to be reconstructed again in a seemingly eternal configuration.




Airy Knoll Farm Show

Pease Gallery
November 12 – January 8, 2014

Each summer, instructor Elizabeth Ross takes a group of students to a farm in Middlebrook, VA to participate in a resident program presented by the Art Department of CPCC. During their week-long stay, they take part in an intensive exploration of the creative process of finding one’s own voice in the visual arts. The artwork on view is the product of each student’s own reflection on their experience.


The Boxing Gym, de’Angelo Dia and Shaun El C.  Leonardo

Ross Gallery
October 20 – December 18, 2014

Through performance, photographs and video, Dia and El C. explore the hype and demise of one boxer, examining the media and public’s contradictory desire to build up our heroes (specifically our colored athletes) only to see them torn down. This boxer, once headed toward glory, is now a man who clearly did not live up to his potential. Photographed in the gym where he once trained, he and his environment are now a mere shell of the macho grandeur, aggression and intensity they once symbolized.

Press Release

de’Angelo Dia / Shaun El C. Leonardo

Shaun El C. Leonardo MoMA P.S. 1 Studio Visit

“The Boxing Gym Is a Shot to the Gut” Creative Loafing, Oct. 29, 2014.

Opening Reception recap.


Objects in Perspective: Collaboration by Aspen Hochhalter and Natalie Abrams

Pease Gallery
September 15 – November 6, 2014

Aspen Hochhalter, a photographer, and Natalie Abrams, a sculptor, met while in residence together at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and quickly formed a lasting partnership. They will debut new work in this exhibition: Abrams’ looped and folded latex paint sculptures will sit on pedestals while Hochhalter’s large format (96” x 44”) photographs of the work will line the gallery walls next to original glass plate ambrotypes.

Press Release
Wet Plate Collodion Prints
Aspen Hochhalter lecture (October 9, 2014)
Natalie Abrams lecture (October 22, 2014)


Hands Held to Empyrean

Ross Gallery
August 18 – October 9, 2014

Seth Rouser will present a series of original paintings depicting cloudscapes overlaid with gestural marks and emotive color. These paintings are a manifestation of the artist’s thoughts on time, change, and the human experience.  Rouser uses his clouds to symbolize and confront existential issues and the significance of being.

Exhibition Press Release

Artist Statement

Filmed Artist Lecture


Pease Gallery
July 14 – September 4, 2014

Pease Gallery will show prints from, Denisovan, an interactive artist’s book by Heather D. Freeman, Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The story is a fictional imagining of a girl who died 40,000 years ago. Bone fragments from a single individual were found in a Siberian cave, and paleogeneticists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology mapped the genome, determining that the fragments belonged to a previously unknown hominid.

The story of human evolution is many things.  One part of this story is the nurturing of children by mothers and fathers, generation after generation.  We know that the denisovan girl had brown hair and eyes, but we can only speculate on her family structure, and how parent-child relationships may have evolved in the last 40,000 years.

This mobile app is neither a game, nor a book, but resides somewhere between the two and is available on iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.

In addition to these beautiful large prints, smaller (8.5″ x 11″) prints and printed books will be available for purchase ($10-$15). Proceeds benefit the Art Gallery’s student initiatives and programming.

Exhibition Press Release


Ross Gallery
May 14 – August 7, 2014

Andi Steele is an installation artist working with colored monofilament line. Her installations, which are highly measured and planned, involve stringing the monofilament across her site in order to alter the way visitors interact with the space and with each other. A true hands-on artist, Steele believes that craftsmanship and touching the work are important, taking great care to design and fabricate the pieces, which can involve tying thousands of knots. Because of this unique process, all of her installations are completely one of a kind and specific to their site.

Interacting with BURST

Charlotte Observer review by Barbara Schreiber

Exhibition Press Release


Anyone’s Ghost: Kyle Worthy
Ross Gallery II
May 14 – August 7, 2014

Kyle Worthy is an abstract landscape photographer living and working in Charlotte. The action of taking a photograph is just the beginning of his extensive development process, which involves digitally abstracting the image, printing, and sometimes even treating the surface with encaustic to give it a velvety finish. Worthy’s work deals with themes of memory and time, specifically with how images of our past lose detail and specificity as we age away from them, though they still retain great significance.

Artist Statement and Installation images of ‘Anyone’s Ghost’

Exhibition Press Release

Charlotte Viewpoint feature

Film interview by Jason Fararooei


Past Perfect: Kirsten Tradowsky

Pease Gallery

March 17 – July 3, 2014

San Francisco artist Kirsten Tradowsky takes inspiration from the past, specifically the objects that represent a person’s history and placement in life. For this exhibition, she has painted objects she found in the “for sale” section of Craigslist, capturing the quality of the seller’s photographic presentation in all its awkwardness, overexposure and strange angles. Using loose brushstrokes, she sympathetically renders these unwanted items in both rich and faded hues, delicately revealing the imperfections of time. Her artwork seeks to bring quality and validation to these objects and to painting itself.

Tradowsky received a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. She has exhibited nationally and has been featured in Wallpaper Magazine, New American Paintings Magazine, and popular art/design blogs Design* Sponge and The Jealous Curator.


Ross Gallery

March 24 – May 1, 2014

This year’s student show contains 76 individual artworks by 50 CPCC Visual Arts students, created over the past year at CPCC. Works on view represent all media taught at CPCC, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry/metalworking and more. Selections for the 2014 show were made by Seth Rouser.


Ross Gallery

CPCC Galleries will host a jewelry and metals invitational show titled “Jewelry + Metals of the Carolinas.” This exhibition is an abbreviated survey of what established and emerging artists in the Carolinas are currently producing. Exhibiting artists include Courtney Starrett, Mi-Sook Hur, Eliana Arenas, Claire Avery, Loring Taoka, Caitie Sellers, and Katie Poterala. The work on view will explore metal processes and techniques through examples of body adornment as well as wall sculpture.


Pease Gallery

Through their individual bodies of work, Pamela Winegard and Betsy Birkner explore cultural limitations imposed on communities and individuals and the behavior that occurs despite these artificial constraints. Pamela Winegard, an encaustic artist and painter, explores architectural facades while Betsy Birkner, a ceramicist, communicates limitations on femininity through glazed corsets embellished with color and adornment.


Presence: Figurative Sculpture by Janet Lasher

Ross Gallery

November 25 – January 30, 2014

Janet Lasher is a Charlotte, NC artist working in fiber, textile, and handmade paper. The pieces in this exhibition are from her most recent body of work that focuses on idealized concepts of the female. Ross Gallery I will show Conscription, a unique installation that visitors are welcome to interact with by walking through and around it. Ross Gallery II will feature embroidered and felted pieces considering the same themes.


Seeing… Observations from Nature

Airy Knoll Farm Show 2013
Pease Gallery

November 11 – January 3, 2014

This exhibition contains work by students of the Airy Knoll Farm in Middlesburg, VA, and focuses on capturing the contemplative nature one must embrace as a member of the class. Long time CPCC Instructor Elizabeth Ross encourages her students to open their minds to a more subjective way of seeing and appreciating the world.


Forged Landscapes: Ahmad Sabha and Sharon Dowell

Ross Gallery

October 3 – November 14, 2013

In this exhibition, the paintings of Sharon Dowell will be shown with the ceramic work of Ahmad Sabha. The industrial, cylindrical ceramics, glazed in appealing colors, sit upon dark gray casted concrete forms and forged steel stands. Dowell’s paintings are a bright, organic, vivid contrast, which, through their visual components of maps, streets, and buildings, provide a wonderful visual echo.


Zachary Tate Porter

Groundwork: Tracings, Excavations, and Burials

Pease Gallery

September 16 – November 1, 2013

Porter is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. His work draws upon his architectural education, as well as influences from other fields such as archaeology and cartography. Characterized by their use of topographic surveys, textual fragments and found artifacts, Porter’s drawings and models construct complex narratives that connect the viewer to imaginative landscapes. These landscapes, which often serve as sites for sacred events such as excavations, burials and outdoor sermons, confront questions of figure and ground, and ritual and place.


Janet Williams: A Topography of Touch

Ross Gallery

August 12 – September 26, 2013

The exhibit will feature a collection of ceramic and porcelain works inspired by the concept of identification. Born in the United Kingdom, Williams recently became a citizen of the United States, a process that required the documentation of her physical body through fingerprinting. This experience inspired her to explore the ways people identify themselves from a cultural and geographical standpoint.

As a result, she commonly uses her fingerprint as a starting point; with digital and hands-on techniques, she translates it into a porcelain relief piece, creating topographic and architectural structures. This juxtaposition, using a technological program to digitally map out ways to manipulate an ancient, organic material, led her to a new question of identity: humanity’s place in a technological world.



Pease Gallery

May 8 – September 6, 2013

The 2013 Faculty Show features work exclusively by CPCC Faculty, including Ashley Knight, Carolyn Jacobs, Isaac Payne, Elizabeth Ross, Chris Pittman, Heather Felts, Jenny Zito-Payne, Byron Baldwin, Rachel Goldstein, Rae LeGrone, Ta’Vondre Quick, Paula Smith, Geoff Blount, Nancy Nieves, Al Torres, and Kappy McCleneghan.


Amy Bagwell: The Factories Don’t Install Emotion Tapes

 Ross Gallery I

April 3 – June 14, 2013

 In “The Factories Don’t Install Emotion Tapes”, Amy Bagwell explores the boundaries of poetry by re-envisioning the link between poetry and visual art. With an underlying motivation to make poetry more accessible, each piece is an assemblage of found objects, usually mechanical, whose purpose is to highlight the themes and visual presence of her words.



Ross Gallery II

April 3 – June 14, 2013

Through his sculpture, Kit Kube explores spheres of movement, visual feedback and interaction with found artifacts, forging symbiotic affinities with elemental forces such as gravity and angular momentum. In “Turbulent Trajectories”, remnants from our mechanistic past are reinvented, incorporating movement, light and shadow. The pieces challenge viewers to reinterpret connections to their surroundings.

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