Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery to present ‘The Faculty Art Show’ beginning August 10

Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery is pleased to present “The Faculty Art Show,” August 10 – October 2. This group show features Central Piedmont’s talented art staff and is curated by Amelia Zytka.

“The Faculty Art Show” incorporates artwork from multiple disciplines, including drawing, painting, photography and ceramics. While the college’s art instructors excel at helping students succeed in their budding art careers, many of them are accomplished artists as well.

This exhibition not only gives Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery an opportunity to display faculty work, but also affords students the chance to see their instructors’ artwork in a gallery setting. This show is a must-see for anyone on campus and provides an enjoyable diversion. Central Piedmont’s Overcash Art Gallery is enthusiastic about the opportunity to kick start the college’s fall semester with this exciting, new exhibition.

Music Department Presents Mozart’s Classic Comic Opera, “Cosi Fan Tutte”

Central Piedmont’s Music Department is excited to present Mozart’s classic comic opera, “Cosi Fan Tutte.” In this modern interpretation, the opera is set in the present day on Central Piedmont’s Central Campus, and will be sung in English. Hilarity ensues as our two heroes make a wager that their girlfriends will be faithful to them no matter what the circumstance.  Mozart’s beautiful melodies and timeless topics give us no choice but to look and laugh at ourselves honestly. You’ll want to find out who wins this wager.

Performances are March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and March 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the 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. Non-Central Piedmont student tickets are $5 with a valid student ID.

Central Piedmont Theatre presents ‘Chess the Musical’

Chess the Musical “Chess the Musical” is coming to the Halton Theater Stage!

Chess is a rock musical with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a book by Richard Nelson based on an idea by Rice. The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two grandmasters from America and the USSR and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

Revered as “one of the best rock scores ever produced”, by TIME Magazine, make sure you check out “this  “angry, difficult, demanding and rewarding show” which is sure to entertain.

Central Piedmont students with a valid Central Piedmont ID will receive FREE admission. Tickets are $5 for all non-Central Piedmont students with a valid student ID.  Visit tix.cpcc.edu or call the SunTrust Box Office at ext. 6534 for more information.

Central Piedmont Theatre Wins 10 Metrolina Theatre Awards

On Sunday, Sept. 29, at the MTA Awards, Central Piedmont Theatre and Central Piedmont Summer Theatre were awarded in 10 categories:

Stephen Lancaster- Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical for Gentleman’s Guide
Emily Witte- Outstanding Female Supporting Actor(Musical) for Gentleman’s Guide
Bob Croghan- Outstanding Musical Set Design for Gentleman’s Guide
Bob Croghan for Outstanding Musical Set Design for Gentleman’s Guide
Ron Chisholm- Outstanding Musical Choreography for Show Boat
Lisa Bradley- Outstanding Lead Actor Female for Gypsy
Kevin Roberge- Outstanding Lead Actor Male for Gentleman’s Guide
Payton Dills- William Rackley Award for Technical Excellence
Central Piedmont Summer Theatre – Outstanding Musical Production for Gentleman’s Guide
Tom Hollis – Theatre Person of the Year.

Congrats to all of our award recipients and to all of our students, staff, and faculty who were nominated.

In addition Dr, Corlis Hayes received the award for Outstanding Direction of a Play for Two Trains Running at BNS Productions and James Duke was awarded Outstanding Set Design Play for Two Trains Running.

Central Piedmont Drama Alum Rory Sheriff’s BNS Productions won several awards for his work on Two Trains and Be a Lion. He is a credit to our program.

Participate in ‘Blur: A Community Portrait Project’

Blur artworkBlur: A Community Portrait Project

Click dates to register for photo sessions in Ross Gallery on August 26 and August 27.

Atlanta-based photographer Melissa Alexander uses her camera to create a space of respite and self-rediscovery. Join her at Central Piedmont Community College’s Ross Art Gallery on August 26 and 27 from 3 – 7 p.m. for “Blur,” a special community portrait project that reclaims not only our time, but ourselves. Participate in a fun and affirming photo session where your self will be uncovered, your bravery rewarded, and your vulnerability empowered.

Melissa Alexander’s photography sessions are a part of the larger exhibition, “Blur: A Community Portrait Project” on view in Ross Gallery on October 16.

Photographs completed during these portrait sessions will be exhibited at the Ross Art Gallery, October 16 – December 12, 2019.

 

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.

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

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

Students, Get Theatre Tickets for FREE!

Students! Did you know you can attend CPCC Theatre and CPCC Opera Theatre events here at Central Piedmont for FREE on certain dates? If you visit the Overcash lobby box office on Fridays and select Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., you can get one free ticket with your vaild CPCC student ID! Limited availability, so get there early before they run out! Of course, you can always purchase your discounted student ticket, too, for any night of the run! Watch our CPCC Arts Facebook page and follow @cpccarts on Instagram for more specific information and reminders about the Student Rush Ticket program!

CPCC Theatre to Perform “Evita” Feb. 16 – 25, Student Tickets Just $5!

CPCC Theatre is excited to bring Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-award-Evitawinning musical “Evita” to the Halton stage for the first time. With a strong cast of characters torn from the fiery pages of Latin American history, “Evita” represents one of Lloyd Webber’s most beloved scores, combining Latin, jazz, pop and more traditional influences. With such well-known songs as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” “Evita” has captured audiences’ hearts around the world!

For tickets, call 704.330.6534.

Upcoming Art Galleries Events

Revery and Continue SculptureArtist Matt Horick’s “revert and continue” exhibit comes to CPCC’s Pease Gallery Jan. 11

WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) is pleased to announce Matt Horick’s latest exhibition, “revert and continue,” will be on display in Pease Gallery beginning Jan. 11.

The exhibition expands on Horick’s idea of sculptural editions and features a number of distinct works for both the wall and floor. It will include many of Horick’s signature white abstract forms, situated alongside a new set of sculptures created from found and recycled sheet metal, largely retaining the raw appearance of their original material.

Horick began working on the exhibition while in residence at the McColl Center for Arts + Innovation in uptown Charlotte. As a result, it serves as a culmination of his work over the past several years. His work has also been added to CPCC’s permanent art collection and is featured as part of Learning Resource Center’s sustainable Greenroof.

WHEN: January 11 – March 7, 2018; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: February 7, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: February 7, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

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

 

About FaceCPCC partnership with About Face Charlotte seeks to engage community through photography

The CPCC Ross Art Gallery is partnering with About Face Charlotte to bring the works of Scott Gardner, a videographer and photojournalist for Discovery, National Geographic, History Channel and Animal Planet, to the college’s Central Campus.

About Face Charlotte is a movement dedicated to the cultivation of kindness, compassion and connection through photography, storytelling and community engagement. It seeks to empower people to make a difference in their community by creating campaigns and projects that raise social awareness through art and empathy education.

Be sure to mark your calendars to visit Ross Art Gallery for an awe-inspiring experience featuring real people and the many stories of our community.

WHEN: January 11 – March 7, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: January 23, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: January 23, 5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Ross Gallery, CPCC Central Campus, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204

COLOR BAR: Art, Bites and Cocktails Inspired by the Colors of Charlotte

On select Thursday evenings this fall, McColl Center artist-in-residence and baker Leah Rosenberg activates her first-floor project Color for the People by serving bites and a Color Bar specialty cocktail inspired by the colors of Charlotte.

Color Bar is made possible, in part, by the generous support of students in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

For more on Color Bar, click here.

CPCC Students Participate in Inside | Out Installation, Receive Museum Pass

CPCC creative writing and art appreciation students are working with the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in their forthcoming Inside|Out Charlotte installation of art throughout the city. Led by instructors Ashley Knight and Angelina Oberdan, students will collaborate to write descriptions of the masterworks to be displayed throughout various Charlotte neighborhoods. Inside|Out is an exhibit that takes artwork from local museums out in the community to create cultural engagement. Students writing was featured in the first Inside|Out installation in Washington Heights. The second installation will run from September 3 through December 3.

“CPCC’s student collaboration with Inside|Out provided not only a way for students to become involved with the goals of the project (to engage with art), but it also reiterated to Creative Writing students the importance of using concise and deliberate language,” said Angelina Oberdan, discipline chair of the ACA, English and Humanities division at CPCC. “Also, just like Inside|Out brings artwork outside of the museum, this collaboration brought students’ work outside of the classroom.”

“I really enjoyed seeing our students engage with the selected art works at the Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center. At one point, they gathered into a large group and were intently listening to a docent telling the story surrounding the Giacometti drawings,” said Ash Knight, an art instructor at CPCC. ” I believe they captured and expressed their own excited curiosity about the art in writing the captions.”

CPCC Museum Pass
In addition to participating in the installation, students will also receive a CPCC Museum Pass, thanks to the generous cooperation of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, The Mint Museum of Art. and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Going forward, CPCC’s Culture Card will give close to 3,000 students free admission to these institutions for a year. This partnership supports the learning process for CPCC students and serves to further their engagement with the arts through access to the excellent collections in our community.

Join Us at Sensoria, March 31 – April 9

CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history, and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 25th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following events, as listed in the Charlotte Five.

To learn more about the event – including the fact that most events are FREE! – visit the Sensoria website.