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Arts season 2017-18: Visual arts

“Floor Man,” 2011, by Bob Trotter, whose “Business as Usual” is at UNCC’s Projective Eye, and will be at Davidson College later.
“Floor Man,” 2011, by Bob Trotter, whose “Business as Usual” is at UNCC’s Projective Eye, and will be at Davidson College later. David Ramsey

Here’s the 2017-18 visual arts lineup so far from museums, educational institutions, galleries and more. Find where you’re going on our interactive map. You can check the rest of the calendar by discipline, too: dance; theater; and music.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

420 S. Tryon St.; bechtler.org.

Through Jan. 7, 2018 (second floor): “Paul Strand in Mexico,” part of the citywide “In Focus/Enfoque.”

Sept. 29-March 4, 2018 (fourth floor): “Maestros Mexicanos De La Fotografía Moderna: Paul Strand, Manuel Carrillo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Flora Gardunño, Graciela Iturbide Y Mariana Yampolsky: Works From The Bank Of America Collection.” Five Modernist photographers’ work documenting post-revolutionary Mexico.

Jan. 19-July 8, 2018 (second floor): “Framing It,” display and how it affects the perception of artwork.

March 23-Sept. 9, 2018 (fourth floor): “Wrestling The Angel: A Century Of Artists Reckoning With Religion.”

July 20-January 2019 (second floor): “The Power of the Print,” political prints and portfolios over the last century.

Cabarrus Arts Council

65 Union Street South, Concord; cabarrusartscouncil.org.

Through Oct. 20: “Ten,” celebrating the 10th anniversary of its galleries with pieces from 25 artists.

Nov. 9-Jan. 26: “Clay,” group invitational featuring 800+ pieces from more than 20 N.C. potters and ceramists. Reception Nov. 17.

Feb. 15-April 20: “Origin Story,” group invitational. Reception Feb. 23.

May 10-July 13: “Sometimes,” group invitational, interactive. Reception June 1.


Ross and Pease galleries at central campus, Elizabeth Avenue and Kings Drive. blogs.cpcc.edu/cpccartgalleries/.

Through Oct. 4: “Ripple: Natalie Bork,” artist lecture and reception Sept. 20.

Through Oct. 11: “One Thousand Kisses: Foozhan Kashkooli,” reception Sept. 28, artist lecture Oct. 4.

Oct. 24-Dec. 7: 2017 Airy Knoll Farm Show, instructor Elizabeth Ross’s student group show.

Oct. 30: CPCC Holiday Art Market, faculty/alumni/student art, pottery and jewelry. Reception Nov. 2.

Davidson College

Van Every/Smith Galleries. 315 N. Main St., Davidson; www.davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org.

Through Oct. 6: “Lenin Lives” and “Revolution on Display: Soviet Propaganda Posters.” Film showing Sept. 26: “Good Bye Lenin!”

Oct. 19-Dec. 8: “Bob Trotman: Business as Usual,” reception Oct. 19.

Jan. 25-March 3, 2018: “Jen Ray: Surrounded by Wolves,” reception and performance Jan. 15; gallery talk TBD.

March 15-April 12: Tyler Starr (faculty exhibition).

April 23-May 9: Annual student art exhibition.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture

551 S. Tryon St.; ganttcenter.org.

Through Jan. 22: Instill & Inspire: Selections from the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art”; “Immortal: A New Series by Miya Bailey”; “Sloane Siobhan: Archetypes of the Subconscious”; and “Simple Passion, Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection.”

Levine Museum of the New South

200 E. 7th St.; museumofthenewsouth.org.

Through Oct. 8: “Let Love Reign,” photographs by former Charlottean Catalina Kulczar-Marin.

Through Oct. 22: “K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace,” about police-involved shootings nationally and in Charlotte.

The Light Factory

1817 Central Ave.; www.lightfactory.org.

Through Oct. 13: “Exposed/Expuesta,” work by 10 contemporary artists using photography, part of the citywide “In Focus/Enfoque.”

Nov. 4: Annual auction (preview exhibition of works to be auctioned Oct. 23-Nov. 3; opening reception Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.).

Nov. 16-Jan. 4, 2018: Annual TLF Members’ Show.

Jan. 18-March 15: “Tree People,” photo-based work from Ritva Kovalainen and Sanni Seppo of Finland, illustrating the place trees hold within the culture of Estonia, Finland and Russia.

March 29-May 24: Juried Annuale (reception March 29, 6:30-8:30 pm.).

June 7-Aug. 2: “Bridging Division: Empathy and Humanity,” (reception June 7).

Aug. 9-15: Summer camps.

Aug. 30-Oct. 12: Rebecca Drolan’s work, using portraiture and constructed narratives.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

721 N. Tryon St.; mccollcenter.org.

Sept. 14 (6-9 pm.): Open house to meet artists-in-residence, with live DJ, refreshments, cash bar.

Sept. 14-Dec. 2: “Leah Rosenberg: Color for the People”; Stimulus” and “Rodrigo Valenzuela: New Land.” Community Pie Social Sept. 16: Bring a pie to share and gather for conversation about migration and anti-immigration.

Mint Museum

Randolph (2730 Randolph Road) and Uptown (500 S. Tryon St.): mintmuseum.org.

Sept. 23-June 3, 2018 (uptown): William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016.” Theatrical costume design by N.C. native Long; part of the Mint’s “Year of Fashion.”

Oct. 14-Feb. 4, 2018 (Randolph): Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion.” 21st-century gowns from Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Juya Watanabe, Rodarte and more.

Oct. 28-June 17, 2018 (uptown): “Reveal and Detonate: Contemporary Photography in Mexico/Develar y Detonar: Fotografía Contemporánea en México,” part of the citywide “In Focus/Enfoque.”

Spring-summer 2018 (Randolph; dates TBA): “The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta.”


Rowe and Storrs galleries at main campus, 9201 University City Blvd.; Projective Eye Gallery at 320 E. 9th St.; arts.uncc.edu.

Through Dec. 14: “Business as Usual: Bob Trotman,” artist lecture Nov. 2; part of a collaboration with Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College.

Sept. 29-Nov. 17: “On Location,” reception Sept. 29. Work by four emerging architecture practices that use a specific geography, venue or cultural context to advance, position and locate projects.

Oct. 2-20: “Sean Caulfield: Air Bleeder , reception Oct. 2. Installation, sculpture and prints address how environment is transformed by urban and industrial growth.

Winthrop University Galleries

126 McLaurin Hall, Rock Hill; www.winthrop.edu/galleries.

Sept. 22-Nov. 17: “pen & ink,” the work of two Winthrop alumni, Matthew Cordell and Katie Kath, who illustrate children’s books; and “Precursors to the Digital Age: Commonplace Books, Scrapbooks, and More,” interdisciplinary work on evolving forms of note-taking and remembering. Reception Sept. 22.

Dec. 11-March 9, 2018: “Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition: Marge Moody” and “50th Anniversary SC Fellows Exhibition: Jim Arendt.”



Anne Neilson

532 Gov. Morrison St., Suite C-110; anneneilsonfineart.com.

Aug. 24-Sept. 28: “Unseen,” Marcy Gregg solo show.

Oct. 9-Nov. 20: Julio Larraz, Denver Moore and Anne Neilson.

Nov. 30-Dec.31: Annual Small Works show, Stuart Coleman Budd.

Jan. 12-Feb. 28: “Coupe de foudre,” William McLure, McKenzie Dove, Kim Fonder and Kinuko Imai Hoffman. Reception Jan. 12.

March-April: “Of Vivid Dreams,” contemporary abstract landscape show. Reception March 9.

May-June: “Botanica,” fragrant celebration of life and natural inspiration.

July-Aug.: “Chasing Light,” contemporary abstract show exploring light and color.

Ciel Gallery

128 E. Park Avenue; cielcharlotte.com.

Through Sept. 30: “Unleashed.” Paintings and mosaics (as are all exhibitions unless otherwise noted). Reception Sept. 1.

Oct. 6-28: “I Spy,” National juried exhibition. All mediums. Reception Oct. 6.

Nov. 3-25: “All that Glitters.” Reception Nov. 3.

Dec. 1-24: “Small Works.” Reception Dec. 1.

Jan. 5-27: “Faces of Charlotte.” Open exhibition. Reception Jan. 5.

Feb. 2-24: “Animal House.” National juried exhibition. All mediums. Reception Feb. 2.

March 2-31: “Exposed.” Reception March 2.

April 6-28: “Back to the Garden.” National juried exhibition. All mediums. Reception April 6.

May 4-26: “Atmospheric Conditions,” Diane Pike and Staci Swider. Reception May 4.

July 6-28: “Collaboratus.” Reception July 6.

Aug. 4-Sept. 1: Featuring Tina Alberni, Kelly Carlson-Reddig, Jackie Redford and Leigh Williams. Reception Aug. 4.

ClearWater Artist Studios

223 Crowell Dr. NW, Concord; clearwaterartists.com.

Through Sept. 30: ClearWater artists Walter Stanford, Barbara Ellis, Gordon C. James, Kevin Harris, Nancy Bibby, Mary J. Capron, Louise Farley, Regina Burchett, Dusti P. Williams, Paul Keysar, Sunya Folayan. New works.

Oct. 7-27:Abstracting Spirit: A New Direction,” Barbara Ellis. Paintings. Reception Oct. 7.

Nov.-Dec.: Selected works of the Southern Piedmont Woodturners’ Club. Demonstrations Nov. 11 and Dec 9.

Feb.-March: “Annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off!”

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art

1520 S. Tryon St.; eldergalleryclt.com.

Oct. 27-Dec. 31: “Come Curious,” fine glass art by Jon Kuhn, David Patchen and Marlene Rose; paintings by Grant Drumheller; contemporary two-dimensional works by Charles Williams, Stephanie Neely and Javier Barbosa.

Feb. 1-28: “The Art of Struggle,” Cannupa Hanska Luger, MyLoan Dinh and Charles Williams.

April 12-May 19: “Plein Air en Provence,” Mary Erickson and others, including Don Demmers. Paintings.

May 31–July 20: “Landscapes Without Borders,” Larry Horowitz. Paintings and found objects.

Gallery C3

2525 Distribution Street; c3-lab.com.

Oct. 6-27: “Intersection.” Reception Oct. 6.

Oct. 31-Nov. 4: “Dia de Los Casi Muertos” (“Day of the Almost Dead”), Julio Gonzalez. Multimedia. Reception Oct. 31.

Nov. 10-23: “Futurism,” pin-up salon-style show. Reception Nov. 10.

Dec. 1-22: “Dangerous Waters,” Micah Cash. Photography. Reception Dec. 1.

Jan. 5-26: “Textures,” celebrating diversity of Charlotte’s fiber arts community. Reception Jan. 5.

Hart Witzen Gallery

136 E. 36th St.; hartwitzengallery.com.

Oct. 21: “Fall Free for All 2017.” Reception Oct. 21.

February (date to be announced): “Showdown 2018.”

May (date to be announced): “Spring Free for All 2018.”

Hidell Brooks Gallery

1910 South Blvd., Suite 130; hidellbrooks.com.

Sept. 8-30: “Natural Patterns,” Susan McAlister, and “Water and Air,” Kate Long Stevenson. Reception Sept. 8.

Oct. 6-29: “No Wrong Season,” Sarah Helser and “More than 15,” Charlie Hanavich. Reception Oct. 6.

Nov. 3-Dec. 20: “New Encaustic Paintings,” Tony Hernandez; Amanda Talley, paintings; and “New Work,” Scott Upton. Reception Nov. 3.

Jan. 5-Feb. 24: Jenny Nelson, paintings and Johan Hagaman, sculpture. Reception Jan. 5.

March 2-31: Sally King Benedict, paintings.

April 16-28: Selena Beaudry, room installation and collages.

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy

118 E. Kingston Ave.; www.hodgestaylor.com.

Through Oct. 27: Kit Reuther. Paintings and sculptures. Reception Sept. 7.

Nov. 3-Jan. 31: “Silhouette,” Lynn Saville and Ahmad Sabha. Photography and sculptures. Reception Nov. 3.

Feb. 2-May 2: “Experience + Education,” Kevin Kennedy. Sculptures. Reception Feb. 2.

May 4-Aug. 1: “At Play,” David Halliday and Ellie Richards. Photography and sculptures. Reception May 4.

Jerald Melberg Gallery

625 S. Sharon Amity Road; jeraldmelberg.com.

Sept. 16-Oct. 28: Christopher Clamp. Paintings.

Nov. 18-Jan. 6: Susan Grossman. Charcoal and pastel drawings.

Jan. 13-March 17: Wolf Kahn. Pastel and oil.

March 24-May 26: Brian Rutenberg. Paintings.

LaCa Projects

1429 Bryant St., www.lacaprojects.com.

Through Nov. 4: “In Focus/Enfoque: Contemporary Photography in Mexico,” Alejandra Laviada, Karina Juárez and Humberto Ríos. Reception Sept. 14.

Nov. 10-Jan. 20, 2018: “Viajes,” Vicente Hernandez. Paintings. Reception Nov. 9.

Jan. 26-March 24: “Transeúntes,” Carlos Estevez. Reception Jan. 25.

March 30-June 9: Vicente Hernández. Paintings. Reception March 29.

June 15-Aug. 18: “Summer Collective IV,” group exhibition. Reception June 14.

Lark & Key

128 E. Park Ave., Suite B; larkandkey.com.

Sept. 1-Oct. 28: “Confluence,” painter Duy Huynh with featured potter Julie Covington.

Nov. 3- Dec. 30: “Ornamental.”Holiday group exhibition featuring small works.

Feb. 2, 2018-March 31: “Flight.” 10-year anniversary exhibition with new artwork by several gallery artists including Duy Huynh, Vicki Sawyer and Mary Alayne Thomas with ceramics by Jennifer Mecca, Amy Sanders and Julie Wiggins.

April 6-May 26: Painter Elizabeth Foster with featured ceramic artist Elise Delfield (Pincu Pottery).

June 1-July 28: “Collected & Gathered,” group exhibition with mixed media artwork and assemblages.

New Gallery Of Modern Art

435 S. Tryon St., newgalleryofmodernart.com.

Through Oct. 14: “Smelling the Roses,” Shaun Cassidy, Large-scale steel sculptures and textured drawings. “Anthroposcenery,” Aurora Robson, wall-hanging collages incorporating recycled materials. Reception Sept. 7. Artist conversation Sept. 30.

Oct. 18-Nov. 27: “As It Was,” Marcus Kenney. Assemblages, sculpture, painting, and photography. “Mexico,” Phyllis Galembo, large-scale color photographs documenting Mexican rituals and masquerades. Reception Oct. 18.

Nov. 30-Jan. 1, 2018: “Survival of the Chicest,” Regine Bechtler. Ceramics. Reception Nov. 30.

Dec. 12-13: Holiday show and book signing with Hunt Slonem.

Jan. 11-Feb. 19: “Arctica,” Marek Ranis. Large oil paintings and photographs on panel and aluminum. Reception Jan.11.

March-April: “New Work, New Book,” Robert Mars. Celebrity portraits in his collage and layering style and publication of his new book.

Shain Gallery

2823 Selwyn Avenue; shaingallery.com.

Opening Sept. 8: Andy Braitman. Reception Sept. 8.

Opening Sept. 22: Eric Olsen and Chris Liberti. Reception Sept. 22.

Opening Oct. 6: Kristin Blakeney, Casey Matthews, and Lynn Sanders. Reception Oct. 6.

Opening Oct. 20: William Jameson. Reception Oct. 20.

Opening Oct. 27: Karen Hollingsworth. Reception Oct. 27.

Opening Nov. 10: Jon Davenport and Christy Kinard. Reception Nov. 10.

Opening Nov. 17: Josh Brown. Figurative works. Reception Nov. 17.

Opening Dec. 7: Annual Small Works Show. Reception Dec. 7.

January: Trip Park and Laura Park.

SOCO Gallery

421 Providence Road; www.soco-gallery.com.

Through Oct. 27: “Recent Works,” Elliott Puckette. Paintings and works on paper.

Nov. 1-Dec. 8: “New Works,” Jackie Gendel. New works.

Dec. 3-Jan. 12, 2018: “Home,” Alejandro Cartagena. Photography.

Jan. 12-March 9: Anne Lemanski. Prints and sculptures.

Jan. 17-March 9: Brad Thomas. Artist books.

Sozo Gallery

214 N. Tryon St.; www.sozogallery.net.

Sept. 7-Oct. 9: “Transcendent Light,” Nicola Parente and Patrick Fagerberg. Paintings and mixed media.

Oct. 10-Nov. 1: Laura McCarthy. Paintings and mixed media. Reception, Thurs., Oct. 26.

Nov. 2-Dec. 31: Robert Boyd: “Unfettered.” Paintings and mixed media. Reception, Nov. 10.

Jan. 1, 2018-Feb. 8: Kenny Nguyen. Paintings and mixed media. Reception Jan. 25.

Feb. 9-March 1: Alison Cooley. Paintings and mixed media. Reception Feb. 22.

Stella G. Contemporary

530 Brandywine Road, Suite C; stellagcontemporary.com.

Sept. 16-Nov. 11: “Come Together,” group exhibition. Reception Sept. 16.

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