Ceramics Instructor Paula Smith Featured in Two Exhibitions

CPCC Ceramics instructor Paula Smith is featured in two exhibitions:

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique        128 E. Park Ave, Ste B Charlotte, NC 28203

Opening October 5, 5-8pm thru November 24 Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11am-5pm

‘Into the Woods’ is a mixed media group exhibit featuring new paintings by Judy Klich and Vicki Sawyer, with featured ceramic artist Paula Smith. Working in different mediums, each artist celebrates the enchanting diversity, beauty and charm of woodland flora and fauna. The exhibit opens Friday Oct 5th, during the South End Gallery Crawl, from 5-8pm with Judy Klich and Paula Smith in attendance.

Lark and Key Gallery postcard

Lark and Key Gallery exhibit featuring CPCC Visual Arts instructor Paula Smith

Making Time
September 6-October 20
Met Contemporary, 1046 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill SC 29732

Met contemporary exhibit featuring CPCC instructor Paula Smith









Met Contemporary  Making Time postcard

Met Contemporary exhibit featuring CPCC Visual Arts instructor Paula Smith

Artist Lecture Thursday, November 3 at 12:30pm in Ross Gallery

Currently on view in Ross Gallery is Small Histories, the work of Marcia Goldenstein and Todd Johnson.

The artists will be present for a lecture about their work at 12:30, November 3 in Ross Gallery.  A reception will follow at 5:30pm on November 3.

black and white embroidered portrait of artist Lee Krasner

Marcia Goldenstein, “Lee Krasner” (from Small Histories)


todd-johnson, artist, image from "Small Histories" exhibit; a gumball machine painted on a red gumball colored paint chip.

Todd Johnson, “Small Histories”

CPCC Open House Saturday, October 15

Your Visual Arts faculty will be at the Fall 2016 CPCC Open House! What about you?

Drawing classroom with students working on a simple value study

Drawing students work on a value study during class at CPCC’s Central Campus.

You are invited to CPCC Open House 2016!  Experience what makes CPCC one of the top community colleges in the nation and why you should consider us as your first choice. Engage with faculty and staff at more than 50 information tables representing academic programs, student services and student life.  Explore our campus on a guided tour with one of our Student Ambassadors.

Visual Arts faculty will be available to answer your questions from 10:30am–1pm at the Worrell Building, Central Campus.  For a full schedule, visit: Fall 2016 Open House


League for Innovation Winners Recognized

League for Innovation luncheon. Left to right: Dr. Debbie Bouton, Amy Bruning, Jona Maiorano, Nichole Patterson, Catalina Duarte, KC Roberge, Richard Zollinger.

League for Innovation luncheon. Left to right: Dr. Debbie Bouton, Amy Bruining, Jona Maiorano, Nichole Patterson, Catalina Duarte, KC Roberge, Richard Zollinger, Kim Haraden

Vice President of Learning and Workforce Development, Richard Zollinger hosted a luncheon to celebrate five student winners of the 2016 League for Innovation Art Competition. Each student received a certificate of merit, and several copies of the catalog.

2016 student winners are:

  • Catalina Duarte
  • Kim Haraden
  • KC Roberge
  • Jona Maiorano
  • America Henry

To view the 2016 League for Innovation Art Competition, visit www.blogs.cpcc/leagueart/

Student Catalina Duarte gives a thumbs up at the League for Innovation luncheon.

Catalina Duarte enjoys a fabulous lunch to celebrate the League for Innovation.

CPCC Visual Arts Faculty Build Relationships at UNC-G Foundations Summit

The entire CPCC Visual Arts Department attended a two-day Foundations Summit hosted by University of North Carolina-Greensboro in September. Seven UNC 4-year art department faculty met with numerous community college art faculty to discuss ways to facilitate the pathway for transfer students. Faculty participated in sessions on the following topics:

  • Art 121 (Design I)
  • Art 122 (Design II)
  • Art 131 (Drawing I)
  • Art 114 (Art History Survey I)
  • Art 115 (Art History Survey II)
  • Art 117 (Computer Art)
  • Review of 4 year institution portfolio requirements and procedures

    Faculty also enjoyed a guided tour of Weatherspoon Art Museum, located adjacent to Gatewood Art Building on the campus of UNC-G.

Ceramics instructor Paula Smith and Chair Mary Kilburn pose with Deborah Butterfield's "Lunalilo", a steel sculpture of a small horse at Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Ceramics instructor Paula Smith and Chair Mary Kilburn pose with Deborah Butterfield’s “Lunalilo”, a steel sculpture a Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Photo by Carolyn Jacobs

Drawing I Gets Collaborative

CPCC drawing students

Alexandra Gianell’s Drawing I class collaborates on an experimental drawing

Drawing I is having FUN. Sometimes you just have close your eyes (or put a blindfold on) and EXPLORE. That’s exactly what adjunct Drawing instructor Alexandra Giannell’s Drawing I class is doing.

How does a mark-making feel?

How close am I to an edge? 


What happens if I draw with my whole body instead of just my hand?

How does collaborating change the art-making process for me? Can I trust?


Giannell states:

Day 1 included collaborative blind mark-making, exploring our fullest range of marks on two large pieces of paper (aprx. 3x 6 ft. each). Day 2 consisted of re-entering these abstract pieces in two groups, responding to a still-life, attempting to reign the drawing, navigating and articulating the fields of marks. These exercises were about 1.5 – 2 hours long in nature, requiring full engagement from the students. I was really impressed with their creativity in the mark-making as well as how they communicated while attempting the still-life.

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Great work, Drawing I !!

See instructor Alexandra Giannell‘s work.