Upcoming Exhibitions

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
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.


“Get To Know Prints” 

Saturday, February 22, 2020 

Students, reserve your spots now! Space is limited!

Goals of the workshop

  • Learning how to accurately ID print mediums/ media/techniques, through demo in the morning; then valuing those prints in the afternoon.
    Timeline of Workshop:
  • 8:30 a.m. – coffee and donuts

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – demonstration of prints by Nancy Drieth

  • 12 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Break

  • 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Valuing Prints Lecture Series

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Burton Moore – Audubons and the differences in their values.  What to look for, when the print must come out of the frame, red flags, etc.

    2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Cautionary tales from print appraisals, a How To guide

    3:30 – 3:45 p.m. break: 15 minutes

  • 3:45-5:00 p.m. – Print Identification. Putting our demo and lecture knowledge to the test!

Ross Gallery
2020 Annual Juried Student Art Show
Exhibition Dates: March 23 – June 25, 2020 
Juror: Christopher Thomas – University of North Carolina Greensboro Professor of Art  Academic Professional, Director of Foundations, Printmaking, & Drawing, professional artist practicing in painting, printmaking, and artist books.

Awards Ceremony

 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 5:30 p.m. – Tate Hall

Opening Reception

 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Ross Gallery

Overcash Gallery
Harmony With an Edge

Alice Ballard

Exhibition Dates: March 23 – May 28, 2020

Artist Workshop Day I: Monday, March 30, 2020 12:30 – 3:15 p.m. – Ceramics Studio, Central Campus

Artist Workshop Day II: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Ceramics Studio, Central Campus

Artist Lecture

 Monday, March 30, 2020 4:30 p.m. – Tate Hall

Opening Reception

 Monday, March 30, 2020 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Overcash Gallery



Vandals Make Your Mark 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Walkway between Sloan Morgan and Worrell Gym (*this is an outside event)

Gaston County Museum of Art and History in collaboration with Student Life, Ross and Overcash Galleries will host an outside painting event. Students and community are invited to join in on the fun as we paint the area beside Worrell Gym and Sloan Morgan Building. This will be a one day event where GCMAH will teach our students painting techniques, mixing of color, and application of washable paint in an effort to connect, engage and collaborate with our Central Piedmont Community.

We have all seen words or images scribbled illegally onto the wall of a building or the side of a train. As soon as we see those big, bubble letters drawn closely together, we recognize the font as “graffiti style.” But how many of us hold graffiti to the same regards as we do canvases hanging in museums? Graffiti artists are able to engage directly with the city and its dwellers, something one cannot obtain if one’s art only hangs in galleries and museums. Join the Gaston County Museum of Art & History and Central Piedmont Community College in making your mark on the campus in an effort to boldly brighten our world.

#artliveshere #theycallusvandals #gcmonthemove #vandalsstreetart #gogaston

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