Up on billboards: These 20 artists

Allison Luce
Allison Luce

ArtPop, the program in which artists’ work is displayed on billboards throughout the city, has named its 20 winners for 2016, and installations (the images are reproduced on vinyl) will start the week of Jan. 4. (You’ll have to look, and keep looking: Spots aren’t announced, and works will rotate.)

Chosen by a jury of experts were works by these 15:

▪ Jean Cauthen, Mint Hill (oil painting on canvas)

▪ Christopher Craft, Charlotte (encaustic painting on cradled wooden panel)

▪ Leonor Demori, Charlotte (acrylic paint on glass)

▪ Chris Evans, Rock Hill (acrylic on wood panel)

▪ Julio Gonzalez, Charlotte (acrylic painting)

▪ Laura Hitchcock, Charlotte (oil painting)

▪ Foozhan Kashkooli, Charlotte (oil on board)

▪ Allison Luce, Mooresville (fired clay with oxides, under-glaze, glaze and mixed media)

▪ Kyle Mosher, Charlotte (mixed media)

▪ Nicholas Napoletano, Charlotte (oil paint on canvas)

▪ Osiris Rain, Charlotte (oil on linen mounted to aluminum panel)

▪ Veda Saravan, Charlotte (acrylics on canvas)

▪ Sydney Sogol, Charlotte (fiber art, weaving, yarn)

▪ Jimi Thompson, Rock Hill (acrylic/digital)

▪ Rob Young, Salisbury (acrylics)

And the five chosen by a public vote are:

▪ Susan Card, Fort Mill (acrylic painting and mixed media)

▪ Barbara Ellis, Charlotte (acrylic on canvas)

▪ Elyse Frederick, Charlotte (acrylic and oil pastel)

▪ Jennifer Parham Gilomen, Lake Wylie (thread, rice paper, wax, tea, wallpaper, cotton rag paper)

▪ Veronica Maldonado, Waxhaw (oil on canvas)

The Arts & Science Council and Adams Outdoor Advertising, with ArtPop founder Wendy Hickey, launched Charlotte’s participation in 2014; six other cities have the program.

Helen Schwab