Central Piedmont Galleries Announces New Exhibits

Ross Gallery:
The CPCC Art Galleries are pleased to present “When Worlds Collide,” Jan. 10 through Art workMarch 14, 2019, in Ross Gallery, located in Overcash Center, on the college’s Central Campus. “When Worlds Collide” is a group exhibition, featuring three artists – photographers Nancy O. Albert and Meg Greene Malvasi, and painter Leigh B. Williams – whose works employ different approaches while addressing the idea of chemistry and art.

In this special exhibition, 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.

WHEN: January 10 – March 14, 2019, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Artist Panel Discussion: January 31, 5 – 6 p.m. in Tate Hall
Opening Reception: January 31, 6 – 8 p.m. in Ross Gallery
WHERE: Ross Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204

 

Merancas Campus:
Nancy Nieves: Painterly Moments Not Forgotten Nancy Nieves
January 10 – May 10, 2019
Merancas Campus: Criminal Justice Building
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.

 

Central Piedmont Ceramics Instructor Contributes to Work of Art on Display in New York City

Every One

“Every One”

Congratulations to Paula Smith, ceramics instructor at Central Piedmont Community College.

In January 2018, New Mexico-based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger created an instructional video requesting communities from across the U.S. and Canada create and send him 2” clay beads for a project he hoped to create to raise awareness of indigenous LGBTQ+ community members.

Smith answered Luger’s call for submissions. Soliciting the help of her peers at Moving Poets, Smith and the team created almost 200 beads for the project, which Luger used in his sculptural installation, “Every One,” now on exhibit in the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

“Every One” is composed of more than 4,000 individual, handmade clay beads that were personally fired, stained in ink and strung together by Luger to create a pixelated image of the photograph “Sister” (2016) by First Nations photographer Kali Spitzer.

The piece fits well into Luger’s portfolio of work which tends to address environmental matters and issues of violence against indigenous populations. It’s this passion for pushing the boundaries of his craft that earned him the Museum of Arts and Design’s 2018 Burke Prize. As a result, “Every One” and several other pieces by Luger are now on display in the Museum through March 17, 2019.

“Raising social awareness through art is everything,” explains Smith. “Bringing attention to populations that are often overlooked is a responsibility we all share, and I am proud to have contributed to such an important cause in such a creative way.”

Kudos to Smith for contributing to such a powerful work of art. To learn more about the piece and its significance, please visit cannupahanska.com/mmiwqtbeadproject. For more information on the college’s ceramics program, visit cpcc.edu/arts-interior-design/visual-arts/visual-arts-courses.

Attend the CPCC Dance Theatre Student and Faculty Showcase for Free!

Please join us for the CPCC Dance Theatre Student and Faculty Showcase in Pease CPCC Dance Theatre performers on stageAuditorium. The program will feature newly choreographed pieces for ballet and modern dance. The dance concert with open with an upbeat and joyous ballet solo choreographed by Dance Faculty member, Tracie Foster Chan. The program will continue on with a modern dance piece choreographed by Dance Faculty member, Clay Daniel, set to music composed by Music Department Chair Craig Bove. The program will conclude with a reflective ballet, choreographed by Tracie Foster Chan.

All new works will be performed by CPCC Dance Majors, from our newly formed Associate of Arts concentration in Dance, and alumni that have learned and rehearsed these new works this semester. Come support and celebrate the hard work and success of our dancers this semester, and our last production to take place in Pease Auditorium!

Pease Auditorium
Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets available at tix.cpcc.edu.
Free for Central Piedmont students with a valid student ID.

Attend the Connor Chamber Concert on Nov. 11

Central Piedmont Community College, in partnership with the Charlotte Symphony, is pleased to present the Connor Chamber Concert on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in Tate Hall, located in Overcash Center on Central Campus. Christopher James Lees will serve as conductor.

Tickets are $18 per person and may be purchased at tix.cpcc.edu or at 704.330.6534.

A reception will follow at 4:15 p.m. on the 2nd floor. Complimentary parking is available in the parking deck, located at 1225 E. 4th St.

Holiday Art Market Open Artist Call

Submit your artwork to be on display during our Holiday Art Market in Ross Gallery, CentralHoliday Art Market Campus.

All works must be listed at $50 or less. Due date for artwork drop off is Wednesday, November 7, 2018, by 2 p.m.

All students are invited to join our Holiday Reception on Thursday, November 8 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one hour before Theater Performances

CPCC Theatre to Host Pre-Performance Reception on Oct. 25

CPCC Theatre will host a reception followed by a performance of “The Music of Night: An The Music of the Night RevueAndrew Lloyd Webber Revue” on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Pease Auditorium. Anyone who has ever appeared in a Central Piedmont production or worked backstage in one in Pease is invited to attend to say “Goodbye to Pease.” RSVP to Tom Hollis 704.330.6835 or at tom.hollis@cpcc.edu.

Pease Auditorium will close in January 2019 after more than 50 years of memorable productions, performances and events. Pease Auditorium and the aging building that surrounds it – the Hagemeyer Learning Resource Center (LRC) – will come down and be replaced by a new, state-of-the art library for Central Piedmont’s students. The new LRC will also include a replacement of the existing Pease Auditorium and gallery.

Upcoming Arts Exhibits

MakerSpace 2018
October 15 – 31, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ross Gallery, Central Campus, CPCC

In collaboration with Student Life and CPCC Art Galleries, Ross Gallery will host the inaugural MakerSpace for CPCC students.

October 15 – 31: Students will have the chance to create works of art within a 30 – 45 minute time period during our regular gallery hours.

CPCC students will explore their hidden talents of creativity in painting, photomontage, collage and origami and many more.

Book Giveaway and signing
The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses by Gavin Edwards
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ross Gallery, Central Campus, CPCC

Come meet Gavin Edwards, the editor of The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses and local artists and contributors Dustin Harbin and Holly Keogh.

First 200 students receive a copy of the book for free!

Holiday Art Market
November 5 – December 5, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Holiday Market
Holiday Reception: November 8, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ross Gallery, Central Campus, CPCC

Holiday Art Market offers everyone the opportunity to collect artwork at an affordable price from artist throughout CPCC and community.

Pease Art Gallery
Airy Knoll Farm Show: Cross-Pollination
October 22 – November 4, 2018, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Reception: Wednesday, November 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Pease Gallery, Central Campus, CPCC

Artist uses visual honey-bees who gather nectar from fields and flowers to create something Airy Knollnew.

A unique honey results when art-making combines biology, poetry, science, music, or any diverse subject to influence and inspire the other. ~ Collaborative writing by Suzanne Stryk and Larry Sorkin

Celebrate Art Exhibitions at CPCC with Guest Lecturer Event on Sept. 13

Please join us for a group lecture and reception celebrating “Carolina Landscapes” and “Past & Present” at Levine Campus this Thursday, September 13, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., LVI 2150 Auditorium.

Carolina Landscapes sunset painting

Carolina Landscapes

Following the lecture, all are invited to the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery on the first floor of Levine II, Levine Campus for light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

“Past & Present” artist Ashley Lathe, CPCC visual arts studio faculty, and “Carolina Landscapes” artists Serge Skiba and Bruce Lacy, will share and discuss their art in the auditorium.

Ashley Lathe’s series, “Spectators” uses archival photographs, prints, film and video to focus on the gatherings of people to witness a spectacle through politics, sports and entertainment.

Serge Skiba travels the Carolinas capturing the region’s diverse landscapes through photography. His photographs are then printed on metal, creating a unique, dramatic presentation. Bruce Lacy turns wood from around the world to embellish and highlight perceived imperfections and to create one-of-a-kind vessels.

CPCC Theatre and Opera Theatre Upcoming Events

CPCC students receive a free ticket with a current ID. CPCC Staff/Faculty tickets available for $10.  (Tickets available at the Box Office only with a valid ID).  Single performance tickets are available beginning September 4.  All seating is subject to availability.

Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter, State of the Arts at http://tix.cpcc.edu/contact.

CPCC Theatre 2018-19 Season
Becket or The Honor of God – Halton Theater – September 28 – October 7

The Music of the Night: An Andrew Lloyd Webber Revue – Pease Auditorium – October 26 – November 4

Gypsy – Halton Theater – February 15 – 24

Our Town – Halton Theater – April 5 – 14

CPCC Opera Theatre 2018-19 Season
La Bohème – Halton Theater – November 16 – 18

Bel Canto and Can Belto – Halton Theater – March 22 & 24

See Allison Luce’s Exhibition “Ancient Luce” on Merancas Campus

Ancient Expanse by Allison Luce
On view August 15 – December 4, 2018
Allison Luce September 27 at 11 a.m.

Classroom: TS248, Merancas Campus

“Ancient Expanse” is a site-specific installation Luce 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. She documented the piece by taking pictures of the sculptures along the beach of the town where she 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, she has 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.

Artwork on Display at Central Piedmont will Appear in Upcoming Exhibition at Smithsonian American Art Museum

A contemporary sculpture currently on display at Central Piedmont Community A More Sophisticated Form of ChaosCollege’s Central Campus will be transported soon to Washington, D.C., where it will appear in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Artist Dustin Farnsworth created the piece called, “A More Sophisticated Form of Chaos” (2014). The work is on loan to the college from owner Bill Gorelick of Charlotte. The sculpture is on display on the first floor of the Zeiss Building, located on the college’s Central Campus. Gorelick has loaned the college a number of pieces from his personal collection since 2013 so students at its campuses can be exposed to and enjoy art in multiple forms, including sculpture, glass and pottery. These spaces have become known as the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries at Central Piedmont. There are currently three galleries at Central Piedmont’s campuses – the college plans to have one at each campus by 2021.

The Farnsworth sculpture will remain on display at Central Piedmont until mid-October. It then will appear in the Smithsonian’s biannual showcase of contemporary craft at the museum’s Renwick Gallery from Nov. 9 to May 5, 2019. Following its display in D.C., the piece will return to the Queen City where it will be placed on display in the college’s fourth Gorelick Gallery, located on its Harper Campus.

The Smithsonian’s exhibition is a biannual showcase of contemporary craft that offers a national platform for both established and emerging craft artists whose work the museum feels deserves more attention. Participating artists are selected by a jury of specialists in the field, and the show will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.

Farnsworth resides in Montreal and has been an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Art & Innovation in Charlotte. His work has appeared in solo exhibitions in Columbia, SC; Huntsville, AL; Wilmington, NC; Murfreesboro, TN; and Grand Rapids, MI.

Upcoming Exhibits in the CPCC Galleries

Past & Present

Past & Present – Pease Gallery
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

Pease Gallery

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, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Levine Campus in LVI 2150

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

Fruiting BodiesFruiting Bodies – Ross Gallery
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.

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.

Ross Gallery

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

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

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

Sphere installations: August 20, September 12, and October 1

CPCC Students: Bring Your Child to the Theatre for FREE!

Shrek tickets for CPCC students and their child

Summer Theatre at CPCC is pleased to offer students a special chance to bring a child to see SHREK for FREE! If you are a current CPCC student with a valid student ID, bring your child to either the July 2 or July 3 performance and enjoy free admission for both of you! All performances of this musical adaptation for young audiences are at 10 a.m.! For other tickets and more info, call 704.330.6534 or visit tix.cpcc.edu today!

The Future of Pease Auditorium

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

The final CPCC Summer Theatre performance in Pease Auditorium will be “The Mousetrap,” which runs June 29 – July 8.  The last CPCC Theatre performance in the venue will be “The Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” which runs Oct. 26 – Nov. 4. The final CPCC performance in Pease Auditorium will be the CPCC Dance Theatre’s fall 2018 Student/Faculty Showcase, which runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. The space will remain available for rentals until the end of January 2019.

Tickets will likely sell quickly for the final performances in this storied venue, so learn more at tix.cpcc.edu.