Each week, Grace Cote, Lia Newman, and Kati Stegall offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, Stegall is Art-in-Transit program administrator at the Charlotte Area Transit System, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).
Who to meet
Make a short trip across the border to Rock Hill to see two great shows in the Winthrop University Galleries and a new work of public art recently installed by the Women’s Art Initiative. On display through Sept. 23 at Winthrop’s Rutledge Gallery is “Works in Black and White” by Tom Stanley, the chair of the Department of Fine Arts. Not only are these paintings incredible, but Stanley is one of our favorite people in the region: Go find him at Winthrop or learn more about him through Lisa Rubenson’s studio visit last year at HappeningsCLT. Also worth your time at Winthrop: “Charles Williams: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” opening Sept. 19 (and artist’s talk Oct. 20) in the Elizabeth Patrick Dunlap Gallery. This exhibition addresses both past and more recent unlawful events of police brutality.
Where to go
“Cusp: Photographs of Contemporary Girlhood,” at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, juxtaposes photographs taken nearly 30 years apart by two Charlotte-based photographers: Carolyn DeMeritt and Margaret Strickland. The show captures the timeless mystery of the adolescent girl. Reception: Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 23; artist talk 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 8.
What to do
Artists: Apply to be a featured artist in the Arts & Science Council’s ArtPop program! If selected, your artwork will be reproduced on an available billboard in the region. Entering its fourth year, the program is open to individual artists 18 and older who live in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area (including Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union or York Counties). Applications, due Oct. 24, require a proposed image (with specific specs), artist statement, and resume. You must apply through Slideroom. More info at the Arts & Science Council’s website.