The Boxing Gym: de’Angelo Dia with Shaun El C. Leonardo

October 1, 2014

Contact: Jeff Lowrance, 704.330.6660,

CPCC’s Ross Gallery to feature works by de’Angelo Dia and Shaun El C. Leonardo

WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will host photographic works, poetry and films during its upcoming exhibit, “The Boxing Gym,” being held Oct. 20 – Dec. 18 in its Ross Gallery I.

Through various media, 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 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.

Dia received his bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology from Appalachian State University, his master’s degree in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Dia is an Alumni Affiliate Artist of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, the Professional Development Roundtable of The Afro American Cultural Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

WHEN: Oct. 20 – Dec. 18, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday

Opening Reception: November 6, 5-7 p.m., with a live performance at 6 p.m.
Followed by Open Mic night in the Student Commons sponsored by MAN UP
Lecture by de’Angelo Dia: Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. in Ross Gallery

WHERE: Ross Gallery I, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus

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

Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. CPCC responds to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC has provided more than 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.