Fine & Applied Arts Department News and Updates

RCCC fine arts degree will now transfer seamlessly at UNC Charlotte

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2015

KANNAPOLIS — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students with an Associate in Fine Arts degree can now smoothly transfer their credits to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College board of trustees met on Monday at the college’s South Campus in Kannapolis.

During the meeting, President Carol Spalding and UNC Charlotte Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joan Lorden signed an articulation agreement between the two schools for the fine arts program.

With the new agreement, the associate in fine arts degree program at Rowan-Cabarrus will transfer into the four bachelor of fine arts tracks at UNC Charlotte.

The associate in fine arts degree program was not previously included in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement signed in 2014 by the 16 state colleges and universities and the 58 community colleges in the state.

Under the direction of Spalding, the school was able to partner with UNC Charlotte to make transferring credits from Rowan-Cabarrus to UNC Charlotte easier.

RCCC worked with UNC Charlotte to review every relevant syllabus, student learning outcomes and how RCCC teaches every course in order to develop the agreement.

“It’s one of the things that I think is very, very important, is that the students and the taxpayers don’t have to pay twice for the same course,” Spalding said.

Spalding also said the articulation agreement signed Monday by RCCC and UNC Charlotte is the first in the state for fine arts.

“When you think about our strengths, you don’t think about fine arts as being our strength, but, surprise, it is,” Spalding said.

Students are required to graduate with their associate in fine arts degree before transferring into one of the four tracks at UNC Charlotte.

RCCC is working on other similar agreements with other transfer institutions.

“Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is one of (UNC Charlotte’s) major feeders … and one of our goals for the next few years as part of our institutional planning is to make transfer articulation as seamless as humanly possible. And so, this is a great start,” Lorden said.

Contact reporter Amanda Raymond at 704-797-4222.

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Stephen Hayes wins 1st place!



Congratulations to the 2015 Salisbury Sculpture Show awardees Stephen Hayes, Todd Frahm, and Ray Katz!    Please see link below for more information on the process and the winning sculptures.    http://www.wbtv.com/story/30532688/under-the-maple-seeds-takes-first-place-in-2015-salisbury-sculpture-show


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Faulty member Michelle Podgorski Exhibition

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You are invited to the opening of a show of my paintings and work by sculptor Leah Smith called “Forest for the Trees” this Friday, December 4 at Artspace Raleigh. If you are in the Raleigh area this weekend or over winter break, go check it out! The show is up from December 4-January 16 and the opening this Friday is from 6-10 pm.


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Justin Hardister wins the President’s Choice Award!


President Dr. Carol S. Spalding has selected Justin Hardister’s graphite drawing of Clint Eastwood. Each fall the Department of Fine and Applied Arts host a Juried Exhibition featuring the work of our AFA & AAS students. Join us in congratulating Justin and the other exhibiting artists. Below is a brief question and answer about Justin’s work.

Q. Why did you create the work?
A. Well the reason I decided to do that piece was mainly the intensity in this picture the stare just looked like a challenge to capture that and I love to be challenged when I work, it’s the main reason I love art. I might not always succeed the first or second time but that motivates me to try harder.

Q. In Which class did you make the work?
A. In my drawing II class.

Q. What are your career goals?
A. As with my career goals I know it will somehow pertain to art. I want to work with tattoos but if I can’t help bridge the gap between that industry and fine art I don’t have much faith that will happen anytime soon with the unorthodox methods and leniency this state has towards the laws pertaining to tattooing. They are very basic and aren’t nearly as complex as other states. There are tests and certification you must have before you get your tattooing license in other states but with North Carolina there are barely any laws stopping ANYONE from walking into a tattoo shop, getting a job without proper documentation in your portfolio, meaning works can be put into a portfolio and not have any proof it was done by the artist presenting it, being that most tattoos are done on skin and originals aren’t able to be put in a portfolio so pictures are about as far as they go. I can print photo copies of tattoos done by other artists and say I did them, it happens all the time. Also other states permit an artist for the entire county they’re working in. Each permit done in North Carolina is acquired through the shop owner and a representative from the health department, the shop owner has little authority. That’s not the case every time but for the most part there aren’t many tattoo shop owners who consider the science of tattooing. Anyway the point is the laws are sketchy at best and need to be reformed. If I can get that done then I will continue to pursue this here in North Carolina. If not I might move to another state with more acceptable laws and regulations. I have other plans also if none of that works out. I would love to work with architecture or something in science.

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2015 Autumn Exhibition


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National Arts in Education Week| September 14 – 20.


more information at: http://artsnc.org/action-center/calls-to-action/arts-in-education-week/

(Excerpted from Gov. McCrory’s Proclamation)

WHEREAS, to succeed in today’s economy, students must masterfully develop traits that business leaders demand in a 21st century workforce, such as communicating through words, images, sounds, and movement; and …

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The AAS: Advertising and Graphic Design Degree


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You can now  declare the AAS; Advertising and Graphic Design degree as your major! The code is A30100

For more information please email Jenn Selby at: jenn.selby@rccc.edu

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Departmental Field Trip

Free field trip to Winston-Salem Museums!


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On Friday, September 11 we will have a FREE departmental field trip to Winston-Salem to the Reynolda House and SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) museums.

This trip is open to Visual Arts and Graphic Design Students.

The bus will depart North Campus (Salisbury) at 8:15 am and will return by 5:00pm.  Arrive to North no later than 8:00 am !

The trip is FREE thanks to the generosity of Student Life.

Faculty and Students may attend.  However, you MUST sign up via our survey monkey survey in order to attend.    The link is open now.  Attendance is limited to 45 people and will be first-come, first-serve.

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Lake Norman Orchestra

Lake Norman Orchestra Presents: Eduardo Cedeño Conducting Concerto Classics


When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Where: William’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Mooresville, NC

Price: Adult tickets $10 (available at the door) students free

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2015 Impulse Official Exhibition Guidelines


Exhibition Dates: Friday April 24th, 2015 -Friday, May 1, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, April 24th, 2015 | 5 – 8 p.m.

Eligibility: Any current Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students are eligible.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Foundation and is in partnership with ClearWater Artists Studios.

Location: ClearWater Artist Studios & Gallery – 223 Crowell Drive NW Concord, NC  28025



All submitted work must follow the presentation guidelines below. Any artwork that does not follow presentation guidelines will not be exhibited. NO exceptions.

  • Eligibility: Any current Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students are eligible.
  • Selection of Work: Students may submit up to four (4) pieces of artwork for consideration.
  • Exhibition Dates: Selected artworks will be exhibited at ClearWater Artists Studios for the entire time (April 23, 2015-May 1, 2015). Students must agree to exhibit their work for the entire duration.
  • Fee: There is no entry fee
  • Selling Artwork: Participants may sell their work without a commission (sales will be made directly between student and buyer)
  • Notification: If one of your pieces is not exhibited an art faculty member will contact you to arrange pick-up.
  • Delivery of Artwork: Artworks must be delivered by the student on Thursday, April 23, 2015 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to ClearWater Artists Studios.
  • Pick-up of Artwork: Exhibited works must be picked up by the student on Friday, May 1 between 10:00 AM -3:00 PM . Works not picked up become property of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Liability: Participants submit work at their own risk. Artwork is not insured for damage or theft during drop-off, exhibition, or pick-up. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and ClearWater Artists Studios are not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen, or compromised artwork.

Presentation Guidelines:

  • All submitted work must have been created by the artist after August 1, 2014
  • Submitted work cannot have been previously exhibited
  • All fine art and graphic design mediums are encouraged (including performance, video, etc.)
  • There is no size requirement, however space is limited in the gallery
  • All 2-D work must be prepared to hang with taut wire
  • Wire must be attached with screws; no glued or taped wires
  • No sawtooth hangers
  • Each artwork must have an index card secured to the back or bottom of the piece that has the artist’s name, phone number, title, medium, and cost of the work

All 2-D work must be framed using simple, professional white or black frames. Frames must be wooden, metal or plastic. 

  • Canvases may be unframed if they are gallery wrapped and the sides are painted
  • Canvases must not have exposed staples on the sides.  Such canvases should be framed.
  • 3-D work must be able to sit solidly on the floor or on a stand
  • 3-D work must be accompanied by appropriate stands / plinths
  • 4-D work should be submitted with an explanation of how it will be exhibited.

Important Dates:

Email Entry Form: Student’s must email the entry/waiver form (see below) by Thursday, April 23 | 8:00 a.m.

Drop-Off Artwork at ClearWater Artists Studios (Concord) – Thursday, April 23 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It is the student’s responsibility to deliver their art submissions & (entry/waiver form) paperwork to: ClearWater Artist Studios & Gallery 223 Crowell Drive NW Concord, NC  28025

Opening Reception- Friday, April 24 | 5 – 8 p.m.

Free and open to the public! Refreshments Served! Plan to attend!

Exhibition open to the public - April, 24 – May 1, 2015

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Thursday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Friday 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Closed Saturday & Sunday; Admission is FREE

Student Pick-up – Friday, May 1, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Students pick-up artwork from the place of submission. Full-time Faculty members must be present to de-install work.

Entry Form: Impulse Exhibition (2015)


Deadline: for this entry/waiver form is Thursday, April 23rd at 8:00 AM

Email to Jenn Selby with the subject Impulse Entry/Waiver Form

Jenn Selby (jenn.selby@rccc.edu, 704-216-3820)


Entry and Waiver Form | Impulse 2015


student’s must fill in the following information


Artist’s Name:


Phone Number:






Date Completed:


Price: (write NFS – not for sale if you don’t want to sale


This email submission also serves as the agreement to exhibit my artwork(s) in the 2015 student Impulse Exhibition.  I have read and agree to all rules, regulations, and guidelines.  I realize that submitted artwork is not insured and that The ClearWater Artist Studios/Gallery/Staff/Artists, The City of Concord, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, or any other party cannot be held liable for damage, theft, or otherwise compromised artwork during drop-off, exhibition, and pick-up periods.  Artwork that is submitted for exhibition may be photographed by the College or by ClearWater Artist Studios/Gallery/Staff/Artists.  Images may be used for marketing or publications purposes, in print and/or on the internet by the College, ClearWater, and/or the City of Concord.  Every effort will be made to credit the artist when possible.​  (Copy this text into the email and initial below it).


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