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

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 Pease Gallery to Feature Works by Painter Kirsten Tradowsky

WHAT:  CPCC will host works by painter Kirsten Tradowsky March 17 through July 3 in its Pease Gallery. Kirsten Tradowsky

The San Francisco artist takes inspiration from the past, specifically the objects that represent a person’s history and placement in life. She paints objects she finds in the “for sale” section of Craigslist, capturing the quality of the seller’s photographic presentation in all its awkwardness, overexposure and strange angles. Using loose brushstrokes, she sympathetically renders these unwanted items in both rich and faded hues, delicately revealing the imperfections of time. Her artwork seeks to bring quality and validation to these objects and to painting itself.

Tradowsky received a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. She has exhibited nationally and has been featured in Wallpaper Magazine, New American Paintings Magazine, and popular art blogs Design* Sponge and The Jealous Curator.

This is her first exhibition in the Southeast.

March 17 – July 3, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Artist Lecture: April 9 at 2 p.m. in Pease Auditorium, two-hour reception to follow in gallery

WHERE: Pease Gallery, CPCC Central Campus

CONTACT: For more information and hi-res images, please contact Grace Cote at 704.330.6211 or at grace.cote@cpcc.edu.

Pease Gallery to Feature Works by Betsy Birkner and Pam Winegard

WHAT: CPCC will host the artistic works of Betsy Birkner and Pam Winegard, January 13 through March 6 in its Pease Gallery. The two-person exhibition, titled “Artifice,” will include a variety of media, including ceramics, found objects, gouache and encaustic.

The exhibition will feature the collective works of both artists, who live and work in Charlotte, N.C. Each piece will consider the theme of identity and the ways we choose to portray ourselves in life.

During the exhibition, Birkner will showcase ceramic armor breast plates decorated with patterning and glaze from her “I Should Be…” series, which considers ideas of identity related to women growing up in the South. Meanwhile, Winegard’s two-dimensional works will include drawings of gouache and encaustic on paper and panel, and illustrate a similar vulnerability through portrayals of edifices – the way we build exteriors to portray the person we might wish to be.

January 13 – March 6, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Opening Reception: January 16, 5 – 7 p.m.

Pam Winegard Artist Lecture: Jan. 30 at noon in Pease Gallery
Betsy Birkner Artist Lecture: Feb. 13 at noon in Pease Gallery

WHERE: Pease Gallery, Pease Auditorium, CPCC Central Campus

CONTACT: For more information and images, please contact Grace Cote at 704.330.6211 or at grace.cote@cpcc.edu.

Groundwork: Tracings, Excavations and Burials

WHAT: CPCC Pease Gallery will host a solo show of work by Zachary Tate Porter titled, “Groundwork: Tracings, Excavations and Burials” September 16 -November 1, 2013. Zachary Tate Porter

Porter is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. His work draws upon his architectural education, as well as influences from other fields such as archaeology and cartography. Characterized by their use of topographic surveys, textual fragments and found artifacts, Porter’s drawings and models construct complex narratives that connect the viewer to imaginative landscapes. These landscapes, which often serve as sites for sacred events such as excavations, burials and outdoor sermons, confront questions of figure and ground, and ritual and place.

Porter received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. There, he won awards for Best Graduate Thesis and Excellence in Critical Exploration. At Georgia Tech he has served as the Organizing Committee Chair for the First Annual Doctoral Symposium and is a recipient of the Georgia Institute of Technology Presidential Fellowship. His work has been exhibited regionally and published online through “The Architectural Review Folio” as well as “The Draftery.”

September 16 – November 1, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Opening Reception: September 16, 5 – 7 p.m.

Artist Lecture: October 17, noon in Pease Auditorium

WHERE: Pease Gallery, CPCC Central Campus, Pease Lane, Charlotte, NC  28204

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Grace Cote at 704.330.2722 ext. 3183 or at grace.cote@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