Central Piedmont Presents “Violins of Hope” in Partnership with UNCC

In partnership with the UNCC College of Arts + Architecture, we present this musical commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and the east coast premiere of “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope.” Composed by internationally regarded composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope” was commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, receiving its world premiere in the San Francisco Bay Area on January of 2020.

“Intonations” is a song cycle scored for mezzo-soprano, violin soloist, and string quartet, with a concluding solo by a child violinist. The poetic text is inspired by the stories from the book “Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour,” written by UNC Charlotte musicologist James Grymes. Published by Harper Collins in 2014, “Violins of Hope” won a National Jewish Book Award. It tells the histories of violins recovered from the Holocaust by Iraeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. UNC Charlotte presented the North American premiere of those violins in exhibition and performance in April 2012. Since then more than a dozen U.S. cities have hosted the “Violins of Hope.”

“Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope” will feature mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock, assistant professor of voice at UNC Charlotte, and solo violinist Mikylah Myers from West Virginia University, performing with the Beo String Quartet of Pittsburgh. Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra violinist David Karpov joins the ensemble for the conclusion.

Following the performance of Intonations, the University Chorale and the Central Piedmont Chorus will perform Bernstein’s beautiful “Chichester Psalms,” a setting in three movements of six Psalms, sung in Hebrew. Conducted by Alan Yamamoto, division director of visual and performing arts at Central Piedmont, Chichester Psalms will feature harpist Christine Leimer, a professor at Central Piedmont.

Performances are April 4 at 7:30 p.m., and April 5 at 2:30 p.m. in Halton Theater. For tickets, visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust box office at ext. 6534. Central Piedmont students with a valid Central Piedmont ID will get FREE admission.


Spring Exhibits at the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries

Central Campus

Street Spirits

Paintings by Marvin Espy

Exhibited at the newest Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery located in the North Classroom Building through June 30, 2020.

In this series, I hope to illuminate some of those nuances of energy and mood through the use of dramatic color, gestural mark-making, and my life experiences with the hopes of interpreting what it means to gather in an urban context. ” -Marvin Espy

Cato Campus

Remember, Reflect, Reconcile and Reimagine (R4)

An Artists Collective in contribution to the Charlotte Remembrance Project and Equal Justice Initiative’s call-to-action.

Curated by Eboné M. Lockett, M.S.Ed. through June 30, 2020

Location: Cato III, 8120 Grier Road, Charlotte, NC

 A Red Record, by Stella Park

R4 is a student-led, student-driven, inter-generational multimedia exhibit utilized to narrate the untold story of Willie McDaniel and other past and present injustices that highlight man’s inhumanity to man and to the earth. As the exhibit sheds light on these injustices, the student artists aim not only to remember and reflect on the history of our city, but to reconcile, restore and re-imagine a more just and equitable present and future for our city, state, country and world.

Levine Campus

A Joy Forever: Asian Brush Paintings

by Barbara Rizza Mellin through June 30, 2020

Location: Levine II, 2800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews, NC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Morning Glories, by Barbara Rizza Mellin
Barbara Rizza Mellin captures the simple elegance of natural objects in Chinese Brush Painting, the real and apparent spontaneity of the process in which a few strokes capture the beauty of a blossom, the fragility of a fallen leaf. Her works combine elements of water color paintings and calligraphic line drawings, and, yet, have their own unique look and style. This solo exhibit featuring a collection of blossom and branch paintings, and the tools used to create the art, is a modern interpretation of the ancient art of Chinese Brush Painting. This solo exhibit featuring a collection of blossom and branch paintings, and the tools used create the art, is a modern interpretation of the ancient art of Chinese Brush Painting.


Harris Campus

Illuminate by the ArtPop Street Gallery Class of 2018

through December 18, 2020

Through Illuminate, Central Piedmont’s Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery partners with the ArtPop Street Gallery’s Class of 2018 in the shared vision of bringing art to students, faculty, and the community. This collective showcase of eclectic pieces created in paint, collage, photography, stoneware, and glass reflects the diversity and depth of Charlotte’s local art. Some of the works are recognizable as those that were lit up over the city, while others are new endeavors. All reflect the aspiration and passion of the artist.

Participating ArtPop Street Gallery artists Eva Crawford – Randy L. Dean – Cortney Frasier – Gordon C. James – Carmella Jarvi – Katherine Kirchner- Pauline Dove Lamal – Julia Lawing –  Monique Luck – Arthur Rogers – Maria Senkel – Hilary Siber – Holly Spruck – Rae Stark  – Stella Hyewon Yang

Harper Campus

Selected works from the private collection of Bill and the late Patty Gorelick through June 30, 2020.

Don’t miss the eclectic array of dazzling glass, ceramic and wood pieces exhibited at the Harper IV gallery location. Through the generosity of Bill and the late Patty Gorelick, this stunning space offers mediums and themes that reflect tranquility, excitement, diversity, and harmony.

Frieze by artist Tom Stanley through December 18, 2020


Tom Stanley’s series are often hung as a frieze even as he works on groups of paintings. Size, imagery, color, and format for each series is distinct and help to create a visual theme within the group of related works.

The architectural realities of the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery at the Central Piedmont Harper Campus lend themselves well to a frieze-like installation. As a result, three of Stanley’s series are on exhibit now through July 2020. Each series will include six to eight works of acrylic on canvas.

Drawing with paint, Stanley uses common graphic strategies, such as mechanical drawing, silhouette, and sgraffito to make something he has never seen before. His works are a conversation between hands and eyes.

Central Piedmont Galleries Announces New Exhibits

To kick off the new year, The Central Piedmont Art Galleries are pleased to present two new exhibitions.

Overcash Gallery:

“Structure and Void” by Richard Elaver

“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 ElaverWhen: January 13 – March 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Artist Lecture: January 30, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall
Opening Reception: January 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Overcash Gallery
Where: Overcash Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 2820


Ross Gallery:

“I Am My Things and My Things Are Me” by Allison Tierney

Allison Tierney’s work relies heavily on painting and a decorative aesthetic to discover personal identity, comment on consumerism, and investigate the divide between craft and art. Through the act of repurposing, Tierney is able to transform unwanted items into colorful and optimistic works of art that give value to the value-less.

Allison Tierney art

  • When: January 13 – March 12, 2020, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Artist Lecture: February 5, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall
  • Opening Reception: February 5, 5:00 p.m. – Ross Gallery
  • Where: Ross Art Gallery, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204


Both galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


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.


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

CPCC Airy Knoll Farm Show Exhibition Features Student Works

Each summer, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) painting instructor Elizabeth Ross takes a group of students to a farm in Middlebrook, Virginia, to participate in a resident program Branch with water on leavespresented by the Art Department of CPCC called Airy Knoll. During the week-long stay, students take part in an intensive exploration of the creative process of finding one’s own voice in the visual arts.

During November, CPCC Galleries will present “Witnessing…,” a collection of the student work produced during the summer 2017 Airy Knoll experience. The works will feature each student’s own reflection of their time at Airy Knoll. Please visit Pease Gallery in the coming weeks as CPCC celebrates their creations. 

October 24 – December 5, 2017

Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Student Reception: November 15, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Opening Reception: November 17, 6 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Pease Gallery, Learning Resource Center, First Floor, CPCC Central Campus, 1200 Sam Ryburn Walk, Charlotte, NC 28204

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Megan Lynch at Megan.Lynch@cpcc.edu. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook at CPCC Arts and our blog at http://blogs.cpcc.edu/cpccartgalleries/




Annual Jewelry and Clay Bodies Pottery Sale Dec. 4

Annual Jewelry and Clay Bodies Pottery Sale

Suzanne Mellichamp

Work by Suzanne Mellichamp

December 4, 2014
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ground level of the Center for Art Technology Building, AU010 and AU011
Pottery and jewelry sale. Items priced starting at $5. Thirty percent of all sales go to fund visiting artist workshops for CPCC’s students.
Questions? Contact Paula Smith at ext. 6110 or at paula.smith@cpcc.edu.

2013 Faculty Show

This summer the CPCC art community will honor its instructors with the 2013 Faculty Show. The exhibition features work exclusively by CPCC Faculty, including Ash 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.
WHERE: Pease Gallery (CPCC Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
WHEN: May 8 – September 6
Join us at the Opening Reception on May 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Please contact Grace Cote, CPCC Gallery Coordinator, with questions at grace.cote@cpcc.edu or at ext. 3183


Join Us for Slow Art Day on April 27

The Ross Art Gallery on CPCC’s Central Campus will participate in an international event called Slow Art Day, which encourages visitors to look slowly and intentionally at specific, predetermined art pieces. While Slow Art Daygalleries all over the world are participating, CPCC’s Ross Art Gallery is the only gallery in Charlotte.
You’re invited to attend this fun event and collectively examine five artworks with other attendees. A discussion will follow at Viva Chicken on Elizabeth Ave.
WHEN: April 27, 11 a..m.
WHERE: CPCC Ross Gallery, Overcash Building, Central Campus
To sign up, visit slowartcpcc2013.eventbrite.com. Questions may be directed to grace.cote@cpcc.edu.

Call for Exhibition Proposals

CPCC would like to announce a call for exhibition proposals. Central Campus galleries include the Pease Gallery located across from the Pease Auditorium and the Ross Galleries I and II located in Overcash building near the Halton Theater. The galleries at Art ExhibitionCPCC are committed to exhibiting emerging and established artists in the Charlotte region in a professional and educational gallery setting.  We ask that artists send a packet including a cover letter outlining the exhibition proposed, resume, bio, and 10 high resolution digital images with a detailed image list (detailing title, name, date, dimensions and materials used) on a CD (must be PC-compatible).

All proposals should be postmarked May 1, 2012, for review by the Gallery Committee. Please either drop off materials at the Ross gallery during regular hours or mail materials to: Alyssa Wood, Gallery Coordinator, Central Piedmont Community College, PO Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235-5009. Please contact Alyssa Wood at Alyssa.wood@cpcc.edu with any questions.