Seth Rouser: Hands Held to Empyrean

August 5, 2014

Contact: Jeff Lowrance, 704.330.6660,
CPCC Ross Gallery to feature works by painter Seth Rouser

WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will host the exhibition “Seth Rouser: Hands Held to Empyrean,” Aug. 18 through Oct. 9 in its Ross Gallery.

The exhibit will feature original works by the painter. Rouser’s paintings depict 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.

“I am intrigued by the inherent ability of clouds to represent constant change, while simultaneously evoking a sense of timelessness,” said Rouser. “A cloud accumulates, dissipates and is moved by unseen forces, much like a human life. In viewing clouds, one can read them as tranquil or tumultuous, depending on their qualities. I find this constant flux of the sky parallel to the human experience. The mind and the body are always changing and yet there is a sense of a continuous self, or being.”

Rouser is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts in Foundations at Winthrop University and teaches design, drawing, painting and illustration. He received an MFA from East Carolina University and a BFA from Winthrop University.

WHEN: August 18 – October 9, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Artist Reception: September 4 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Ross Gallery
Artist Lecture: September 18 at 2 p.m. in Tate Hall
WHERE: Ross Gallery, CPCC Central Campus

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Grace Cote at 704.330.6211 or at