Fine & Applied Arts Department News and Updates

Artist Talk at Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Jim Lee Gallery Talk Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m.

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Portfolio Review at the Light Factory




Contact faculty member for details: Lorraine Turi (lorraine.turi@rccc.edu, 704-216-3792)
information: http://lightfactory.org/2016-portfolio-throwdown/

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Faculty Turi and Selby attend CAA Conference



Lorraine Turi and Jenn Selby have attended the last two College Art Association Conferences in New York and Washington D.C., Jenn Selby presented at this year’s conference in Washington D.C. photos: (top) restoration work on the United States Capitol Building (bottom) sculptures of inside the Capitol.


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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


visit Print magazine here

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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