In the midst of the surface lots, and scattered buildings that dot the landscape of Third Ward is the Virginia Paper Company building – one of the few industrial buildings in the neighborhood to survive the Urban Renewal of the 1980s and 1990s.
While the building stood out as an eyesore in the area for many years, it got a little makeover in late November thanks to the hard work of a group of Hopewell High School students with the support of the McColl Center for Visual Art, the Charlotte Knights and ASC.
11 students from teacher Ben Premeaux’s graphic design class, with the assistance of former McColl Center Artist in Residence Annabel Manning, created 22 panels to cover the building’s boarded up windows. The panels were inspired by the work of the late Charlotte artist Romare Bearden and feature scenes of city life.
In addition to commemorating Bearden’s 100th birthday next September, the artwork also sits in a prominent location near the soon-to-be-built Romare Bearden Park.
The project was funded by the Arts & Science Council. The Charlotte Knights paid for installation costs.
To see a slideshow of photos click here.
To learn more about the project check out:
From ruin to art house (Charlotte Observer)
Bearden Redux (QCityMetro)
El arte de Bearden hecho publico por estudiantes (La Noticia)
Art students use skills to design murals for vacant building (News 14 Carolina)