CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 30, 2018) – The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is sponsoring “Celebrating 5 Years of Community Supported Art,” an exhibition of work by local visual artists, at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th Street) from April 28 through July 28, 2018. The gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The exhibition highlights artists who have participated in ASC’s Community Supported Art (CSA) program, which supports local artists in the creation and promotion of new work and establishes relationships between the artists and local collectors and patrons. ASC launched the CSA program in 2013.
This exhibit brings the original artwork created in every CSA season together for the first time. Additionally, more than 30 past CSA artists have contributed newer works to be featured in the exhibit. These larger works represent the evolution of the artists’ careers since they participated in CSA.
“ASC has had an amazing range of creative individuals who have produced wonderful and diverse works of art for people to enjoy through the CSA program,” said Katherine Mooring, ASC senior vice president of Community Investment. “The program has been a tremendous benefit for local artists that live and work in our community and we want to celebrate that through the exhibition. We are incredibly grateful to UNC Charlotte for providing this special exhibition opportunity.”
Sixty-two artists have been commissioned since the CSA program’s inception. During each CSA season, nine selected artists create 50 works of original art, which is then sold in the form of 50 “shares” to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. A “share” consists of one piece from each of the nine artists, delivered in 3 monthly allocations. The pick-up events for shareholders enable artists and their patrons to meet and connect.
“Fostering the dialogue between the art purchasers and the people who make the art is a brilliant idea,” said photographer Nancy Albert, who participated in the 2016 CSA season. “It helps the artist understand how people respond to her or his art and it helps the purchasers understand what the artist is doing with her or his art. It allows for a more personal relationship that’s not as transactional.”
The program is based on a model developed by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota.
ASC is the chief advocate, resource hub and steward for the Charlotte- Mecklenburg region’s cultural community. Its core functions include advocacy, cultural education programs, cultural planning, fundraising, grant making, public art and workshops and trainings for the cultural community. ASC works to ensure Culture For All by combining resources from local and state government with those of the private sector to maximize community impact throughout the cultural sector.
ASC’s mission is to ensure access to an excellent, relevant, and sustainable cultural community for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
About the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture Gallery System
The mission of the College of Arts + Architecture gallery system is to create lively forums in which the curious encounter the work of global, regional, and local artists through diverse media and dynamic exchanges that are nourished by the intellectual and creative life of the university. Our programming will echo crossovers of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, and dance inherent to the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. We seek to provide a haven for experimentation, to invigorate the environments we occupy, and to amplify the means to engage art and design in our community.