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’s Ross Gallery to Debut New Work by Sculptor Shaun Cassidy March 16 – July 16

WHAT: CPCC Art Galleries will debut new work by sculptor Shaun Cassidy when it opens “Shaun Cassidy: The Sound of Everything” in Ross Gallery March 16 – July 16, 2015

In this new body of work, Cassidy will create sculptural equivalents of the emotional and associative resonances of specific musical sounds. Each work, through its form, composition, stance and color, attempts to capture specific nonverbal feelings. This exhibition will consist of seven steel, powder-coated sculptures ranging in size, shape and color.

British born artist Shaun Cassidy has been making work in the U.S. since 1991. He studied sculpture in England and Canada and worked as a studio assistant for Sir Anthony Caro in London. His work spans a diverse range of materials, processes and ideas and has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Art in America and the Wall Street Journal.

Shaun has been awarded artist residencies at more than 10 venues, including two at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, an Affiliate Artist residency (2001-2002) and a Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) sponsored artist-in-residence (2006).  He has completed several public art projects throughout the region and is currently working on new public art commissions for the CATS Blue Line Extension McCullough Station and the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte.

Shaun is currently on the National Board of Directors of the McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Charlotte and works as a Professor of Fine Art at Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, S.C.

March 16 – July 16, 2015
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday

Opening Reception: March 26, 5 – 7 p.m. in Ross Gallery
Artist Lecture: Thursday, April 16; 6 p.m. in Tate Hall

WHERE: Ross Gallery, Overcash Center CPCC Central Campus

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Heather Felts at 704.330.6211 or at heather.felts@cpcc.edu.


CPCC’s Ross Galleries to Feature Works by Abstract Artists Andi Steele and Kyle Worthy

WHAT: CPCC will host works by abstract artists Andi Steele and Kyle Worthy May 15 through August 7 in its Ross Galleries.

Andi Steele
Andi Steele, an assistant professor of sculpture at UNC Wilmington, creates site-specific installations involving brightly colored monofilament wire that she strings across spaces. She designed her piece “Burst” around the front window of Ross Gallery I, an area usually used to frame and showcase art hanging in the gallery. When visitors look through the window, they will see little: a few lines and a little color. The whole of the work cannot be experienced without going into, and interacting with, the altered space. Steele encourages guests to walk in, look up, sit down, move through, look around and find their place.
Kyle Worthy
While Steele abstracts physical space, Kyle Worthy abstracts memories tied to place in his photographs. In “Anyone’s Ghost,” Worthy presents a series of landscape photographs that are both highly specific and nonspecific at the same time. Blurred images taken from a variety of locations are manipulated, toyed with and blended. He then infuses them with anonymity so they become relevant to all viewers, sparking remnants of our own distant memories tied to place.
May 15 – August 7, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Opening Reception: May 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Ross Gallery
WHERE: Andi Steele: Ross Gallery I, CPCC Central Campus
Kyle Worthy: Ross Gallery II, CPCC Central Campus
CONTACT: For more information and hi-res images, please contact Grace Cote at ext. 6211 or at grace.cote@cpcc.edu.

CPCC Ross Gallery featuring 2014 CPCC Juried Student Show March 24 – May 1

WHAT: CPCC’s Ross Gallery is currently displaying works from the college’s 2014 Annual Juried Student Show, comprised of works created by students enrolled in the Visual Arts program.

This year’s student show contains 76 individual artworks by 50 CPCC Visual Arts students, created over the past year at CPCC. Works on view represent all media taught at CPCC, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry/metalworking and more.

Proceeds from all sold artwork will benefit future gallery programming and exhibitions.

This year’s event juror is Seth Rouser, a painting instructor at Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, S.C. Rouser has shown his paintings throughout the region and will have a solo exhibition in Ross Gallery in fall 2014.

Works awarded first, second and third place honors by Rouser will be announced during an opening reception on April 10 from 5-7 p.m. This event takes place the same week as the college’s Sensoria celebration, being held April 4 – 12, 2014. To learn more, visit sensoria.cpcc.edu.

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March 24 – May 1, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday – Thursday

WHERE: Ross Gallery, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Grace Cote at 704.330.6211 or at grace.cote@cpcc.edu. Artwork may also be seen on the CPCC Art Galleries website athttp://blogs.cpcc.edu/cpccartgalleries/2014-student-show/.

CPCC Jewelry Club to Host Market During Jewelry + Metals of the Carolinas Event

WHAT: The CPCC Jewelry Club, consisting of CPCC students, faculty and staff, will host a market to sell their wares to Jewelry + Metals of the Carolinas opening reception attendees in the College’s Overcash Center Lobby on Feb. 13.

The Jewelry + Metals of the Carolinas event is scheduled to be held the same evening, in the Ross Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m., and will feature the works of seven different artists who live and work in the Carolinas. Each artist is a specialist exploring jewelry and metal processes with innovative techniques. They are: Courtney Starrett, Eliana Arenas, Mi-Sook Hur, Katie Poterala, Claire Avery, Caitie Sellers, and Loring Taoka.

All items for sale at the Jewelry Club Market will be available for purchase by cash or credit card only.

WHEN: February 13, 4 – 8 p.m. (Jewelry Club Market)

February 6 – March 6 (Jewelry + Metals of the Carolinas exhibition)

WHERE: Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus, 1206, Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte

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

CPCC Ross Gallery to Feature Artwork by Jewelry Artists and Metal Workers from Across the Carolinas

WHAT: CPCC will host artwork by jewelry artists and metal smiths from North and South Carolina during its upcoming group show, “Jewelry + Metals of the Carolinas.” The exhibition will be held in the

Caitie Sellers

Art by Caitie Sellers

college’s Ross Gallery Feb. 6 – March 6 and will include work by seven emerging and established artists, including Eliana Arenas, Claire Avery, Mi-Sook Hur, Katie Poterala, Caitie Sellers, Courtney Starrett and Loring Taoka.

Guests will be treated to a variety of techniques and materials, including enamel, plastic, resin, bronze, silver, mirror and silicone rubber, among others. The pieces will challenge the traditional perceptions of jewelry as body adornment, while exploring metal processes and techniques.

Like any other art media, the pieces in this show are the product of material and conceptual exploration, and so will contribute to the academic dialogue surrounding jewelry and metalworking as an art form.

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

WHERE: Ross Gallery, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus

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

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.

CPCC Hosting Solo Art Exhibition by Charlotte Artist Kit Kube

CPCC will host a solo exhibition of work by Charlotte artist Kit Kube titled, “Turbulent Trajectories.” Kit Kube
Through his kinetic sculpture, Kube explores spheres of movement, visual feedback and interaction with found artifacts, forging symbiotic affinities with elemental forces such as gravity and angular momentum. In “Turbulent Trajectories,” remnants from our mechanistic past are reinvented, incorporating movement, light and shadow. The pieces challenge viewers to reinterpret connections to their surroundings.
Kinetic sculpture is defined as three-dimensional artwork with parts that move, or are in motion. The motion of the work can be provided in varied ways – through elemental forces, mechanics or human interaction. A notable example of kinetic sculpture in Charlotte is “Cascade” by Jean Tinguely, currently displayed in the lobby of the Carillon building. Kube was selected by Tinguely’s estate to restore the piece, repairs that included allowing it to move again, according to Tinguely’s original design.
In his own work, Kube is a kinetic sculptor who investigates scientific, cultural and spiritual concepts through the creation of public and private art. He produces sculpture using artifacts, movement, light, and shadow. Kit exploits the aesthetics of the material and its structure, how it is held in space, and the use of light and shadow to change its intrinsic characteristics.
WHEN:   April 3 – June 14; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
                  Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 17; 6 – 8 p.m.
                  Artist Lecture: Friday, April 19; noon
WHERE:    Ross Gallery II, Overcash Building
CONTACT: For more information, please contact Grace Cote at 704.330.6211 or at grace.cote@cpcc.edu.

CPCC to Exhibit Art by Jane Allen Nodine

CPCC is pleased to host an exhibit by artist Jane Allen Nodine, named one of the top 100 South Carolina artists of the 20th century. Nodine’s abstract encaustic (wax) paintings will be on display in a new exhibition at Ross Gallery titled, “Thermal Response.”

Jane Allen Nodine, Venetian Lace.14 Encaustic wax, oil pigment, resin and iron oxidation on paper on panel, 25 ½” x 21 ½” (framed)

Jane Allen Nodine is a professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate. In 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the “100 Most Significant Artists in South Carolina of the 20th Century.” Her interest and research in encaustic has garnered much praise, leading to inclusion in Joanne Mattera’s 2012 book, “Encaustic Works 2012: A Biennial Exhibition in Print.”  Her 2012 solo exhibition in Wupperstal, Germany, is one of many both national and international shows she has participated in. Jane’s work has also been featured in numerous collections, including the South Carolina State Art Collection.
“Thermal Response” includes 22 encaustic on panel pieces. With no end goal in mind, Nodine lets the wax and pigment naturally resolve into inconsistent pooled, split and striated patterns. Colors vary from bright to dark, a variety that mirrors those found in nature.
WHEN: January 25 – March 17, 2013
Gallery lecture with the artist: Thursday, February 28; noon
WHERE: Ross Gallery, CPCC Central Campus, Overcash Center

Allison Luce: The Serpent Tree in Ross Gallery

Allison Luce: The Serpent Tree 


"Garden" by Allison Luce

Ross Gallery, Overcash Building
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
October 24 – January 13, 2012
Reception November 7, 2012; 6 – 8 p.m.
Allison Luce explores the ephemeral nature of existence and the mystery of eternity through her ceramic sculptures and monoprints.
CPCC is pleased to present two of her projects, The Serpent Tree and Ancient Expanse, the continuation of a site-specific installation created and photographed in Skaelskør, Denmark as a Resident Artist at the International Ceramic Research Center. The Serpent Tree incorporates the fragility and femininity and its relation to eternity, connecting her artwork made in a post-modern context to the rich and ancient history of clay. Her inspiration comes from the story of the Garden of Eden and investigates the frailty of the body and the fallibility of man.  Referencing nature as well as the body, these sculptures are about birth, growth and temptation. Ancient Expanse includes photography that focuses upon the boundaries between the real and un-real, natural and man-made, and time and space, documenting a fleeting moment in time where the natural and unnatural meet and interact and serve as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.
Luce graduated with dual BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University and received her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York.  She resides in Charlotte, N.C., where she is a studio artist and an adjunct art instructor. Allison has also been a resident artist at Zentrum für Keramik-Berlin in Germany, Baltimore Clayworks, and The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte.

Earn your Bachelor’s Degree on CPCC’s Central Campus!

We’ve got something for you to chew on…. a chance to earn your bachelor’s degree on CPCC’s Central Campus!

Stop by for a free reception on Tuesday, April 24 anytime from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ross Gallery Reception Room in Overcash 113.  Come learn about the new partnership with Catawba College where CPCC students can earn their bachelor’s degree from Catawba College right here on CPCC’s Central Campus!  Enjoy free food and speak to Catawba faculty and administrators to get more information about this exciting opportunity.  Classes begin in August!