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'Inquiry to Practice' Opening Reception Set for Aug. 4

The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City will present Inquiry to Practice: Answering the Questions Aug. 4 through Sept. 3. An opening reception will be held Aug. 4 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Under the leadership of Dr. Delane Ingalls Vanada, assistant professor of art education, a group of K-12 art teachers from Charlotte-area schools have come together to ask questions about the state of education today and to approach and stimulate their own creative work as living inquiry. These educators have made the conscious choice to remain practicing artists. With Inquiry to Practice: Answering the Questions, the College of Arts + Architecture / Projective Eye Gallery provides a haven for them to express their own creativity, outside of the borders of the classroom.

Alumna Named Student Teacher of the Year

Middle Grades Education alumna Gabrielle Lowder says there is no piece of paper that could fully convey the passion she has for teaching. While this may be true, she’ll likely hold on to her award for 2016 UNC Charlotte Student Teacher of the Year, as it’s an honor well-earned.

Lowder graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Education in May with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. She was nominated for her work teaching social studies and language arts at South Stanly Middle School, whose leaders have effusively praised her efforts.

"I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember," she said, "I want to make a positive impact on each of my student’s lives. Even if they don’t have a support system at home, I want them to know that Ms. Lowder believes in them and won’t give up on them."