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Rowe Galleries to Feature Four Artists in October

The Rowe Galleries will feature four artists in three shows during October. The lower gallery will display "Evergreen: Vespiary," featuring work by two guest ceramic artists: Valery Zimany and Daniel Bare, professors from Clemson University. The upper gallery will exhibit two independent shows "Heritage" by photographer and University of Virginia professor Pamela Pecchio and "Into the Screen: Still-Life Moving Image," oil "still-life portraiture" paintings by artist Andrew Leventis.

Zimany and Bare’s installation in the lower gallery will include new work created at UNC Charlotte with student assistance. The Department of Art & Art History has been collecting a random assortment of objects during the past month, which the visiting artists and art students will slip-coat in ceramic to hang in the gallery on Oct. 2.

Smith Receives Award for Community Engagement

Heather Smith, professor of geography in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is the 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement. Established in 2012, the award honors a tenured faculty member whose teaching, research and service embodies the University’s commitment to civic involvement and whose work strengthens the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the larger community.

In the 15 years since she joined UNC Charlotte, Smith has built an integrated teaching, research and service profile that places community engagement at its core. Her research explores how immigrants navigate new lives in new gateway locations, and how receiving communities respond to the needs, expectations and cultural diversity foreign-born migrants bring. Her engaged work in the Charlotte community focuses on the rapidly growing Latino immigrant population and challenges of inclusivity and access. For Smith, the research partnerships she establishes embrace trans-disciplinary and cross-institutional learning in a way that fosters sustained commitment to growth, innovation and the public good.