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Charlotte Venture Challenge Call for Applications

The Charlotte Venture Challenge, the Southeast’s premiere business innovation competition, will take place in partnership with the Southeast Venture Conference (SEVC), which returns to Charlotte Tuesday, March 31, through Thursday, April 2.

The competition is open to early-stage companies from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Commercial companies compete in one of four categories: new energy and high tech; IT and informatics; health IT and biotech sciences; and general, which includes consumer products. Student teams will compete in either graduate student ventures or undergraduate student ventures.

Applications must be submitted by noon, Tuesday, March 3.

'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."