Meet McColl's new artists-in-residence

Eight new artists-in-residence join the McColl Center for Visual Art this month to create new work and interact with our community through mid-March.

The center provides studio space, materials, equipment, accommodations and stipends to artists-in-residence from around the globe in addition to supporting locally based affiliate artists.

"We believe art and artists are catalysts for cultural advancement and contribute tremendously to the vitality of the community," said McColl Center President Suzanne Fetscher.

An opening reception featuring all artists is Jan. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is free.

The artists-in-residence:

Margarita Cabrera A Mexican-American artist, activist and organizer, her soft vinyl sculptures representing potted plants and automobiles address timely issues related to border relations, labor practices and immigration.

Mary Giehl From Syracuse, N.Y., Giehl was formerly a registered nurse with a pediatric intensive care unit where she frequently tended to victims of child abuse. A mixed-media artist, her work can trouble and agitate but ultimately serves to educate and create discussion around child/adult relationships.

Patricia Leighton and Del Geist This New York City team of sculpture artists develops projects associated with transportation. They integrate their art practice with site-specific works tailored to landscape and the environment.

Dawit L. Petros A mixed-media/installation artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., the effects of his nomadic life living in Africa, Europe and North America are evident in his work. Petros is inspired by history, cultural memories and minimalism.

Rashaad Newsome A concurrent artist-in-residence with the Gantt Center, Newsome is from New York City. He uses performance, video and collage to investigate power and status associated with people of color and the gay community.

Matthew Steele A sculptor from Bloomington, Ind., Steele is fascinated by the human connection to manufactured barriers and passages such as dams, bridges and roadways. He uses large and familiar forms to make sculptures that are elegant, simple and display deeper meaning than at first look.

David Theissen Charlotte resident Theissen is the CMS Art Teacher-in-Residence at McColl this session. He finds beauty in structured yet simple compositions that are often unobserved. A painter, he uses ordinary and familiar cityscapes as backdrops for still, deserted streets to kindle feelings of alienation, solitude and despair.