A contemporary sculpture currently on display at Central Piedmont Community College’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.
Backyard Neighbors: Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Bill Gorelick
“Backyard Neighbors” is an exhibit among friends, neighbors actually for many years. One, a collector and half of the philanthropic pair behind the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries at Central Piedmont Community College, and the other, a retired radiologist who loves the challenge of watercolor painting. Their combined exhibition of art is colorful, sometimes whimsical, and inspired by memories of travels and life experiences.
Meet the artist/collector: March 28 at 2 p.m. in Levine II, First Floor, Gallery
Image by Ed Newman
Now – Dec. 11
Gorelick Gallery, Harris Campus, Harris II
Revealing/Concealing explores the middle ground between painting and sculpture and also tests the limits of what the paint medium itself can do. Paul Farmer creates collages using multiple paint skins, allowing them to become so dense that layers are hidden. These organic abstractions reveal the artist’s interest in natural processes, color and topography. The textures and colors of Mr. Farmer’s art are influenced heavily by his time spent living in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. His works complement the natural beauty surrounding the Harris Conference Center.
An alumnus of Central Piedmont Community College, Mr. Farmer transferred to North Carolina State University and then to Western Carolina University where he earned his Master of Fine Art degree. He currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Backyard Neighbors, Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Bill Gorelick
Now – May 11
Levine Campus, Levine II
Over the years, Mr. Gorelick and his late wife, Patty, collected many beautiful glass and ceramic sculptures from artists all over the world. Mr. Gorelick agreed to loan pieces from his personal collection to complement the paintings by his friend, Dr. Ed Newman. The inspiration for Dr. Newman’s paintings comes from the scenes and landscapes he has encountered through his travels across the globe.