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McColl Center’s ‘Stayin’ Alive’ exhibition closing soon

The McColl Center for Visual Art’s “Stayin’ Alive” exhibition – which features the work of New York environmental artist and activist Aurora Robson – is in its final days.

Robson transforms plastic debris found in streams into art. For instance, her “Be Like Water,” an installation suspended from the ceiling, is composed of thousands of bottles and caps.

But “Stayin’ Alive” is not just a collection of Robson’s previously created works. It also showcases the work she created during her McColl environmental artist residency with Central Piedmont Community College students in the spring session. The group in the Sculpture 101 course she co-taught during her residency retrieved trash from Irwin Creek, north of uptown, and created artwork from it.

The community projects Robson worked on while she was in residency helped the exhibition, said Bek Mitchell-Kidd, McColl director of marketing and communications.

“Part of the reason why this exhibition was so successful was because so many people were involved,” she said.

Mitchell-Kidd has seen a diverse group of people come through the gallery since the exhibition opened in May. And more people than usual have bought the pieces in the gallery.

“People really were flocking from everywhere to see this,” she said.

Robson is internationally recognized, with previous works being featured in Art in America, Art & Antiques and the cover of Green Building + Design magazine. The McColl exhibition is her Southeastern premiere, garnering the highest attendance numbers the McColl Center has seen recently.

“Stayin’ Alive’s” last day on display is July 26.