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'Umbra' on Display in Student Union Art Gallery

The Student Union Art Gallery will display "Umbra," an on-site installation by Meredith Connelly through Sunday, March 8. A free reception with the artist will be at 4:30 PM, Thursday, Feb. 19; it will feature a performance by opera singer Kelly Hutchinson.

"Umbra" explores the pairing of light and sculpture with sound sensitivity. Though each sculpture is created specifically for the site, "Umbra" is a continuing series. The exhibit was first displayed at the Cornelius Arts Center last summer.

According to Connelly, "the word umbra is Latin for shadow and is used to describe a specific part of a shadow. The title of this piece is based on the idea of designing an illuminated form that pulls the viewer into the shadows of the work, through placement of negative space and the use of internal lighting in the sculpture."

Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Lab

With the support of local industry who will benefit from its research capabilities, UNC Charlotte dedicated its new Siemens Energy Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory, on Feb. 9, 2015.

The lab was made possible with $2 million in support from Siemens Energy and Hexagon Metrology. Housed in the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) building, the new lab will conduct research on the precision dimensional measurement of large-scale energy components. Siemens provided funding for lab construction and Hexagon provided a Leitz PMM-F 30-20-16 coordinate measuring machine as the first major component of the lab.

"With the very generous support of Siemens Energy and Hexagon Metrology, we are making an important step in that mission today with the dedication of the Siemens Large Manufacturing Solutions Laboratory. I want to thank Mark Pringle at Siemens, along with Angus Taylor at Hexagon, for providing all the resources that made this possible,” stated UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois.