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Faculty Biennial on Display through Sept. 24

The Faculty Biennial 2014, an exhibition of exemplary works by 25 faculty members from the Department of Art & Art History, is being displayed in Rowe Galleries through Wednesday, Sept. 24. The wide-ranging exhibit features mediums that include ceramic sculpture, painting, digital drawing, video, photography and more that address concepts pertaining to loss, commercialism, violence, memory, history and perception.

A panel discussion and opening reception is scheduled for 4:00 PM, Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Rowe Arts Lecture Hall. The panel will feature professors Jamie Franki, Marek Ranis, Tom Schmidt, Erik Waterkotte and Janet Williams in conversations about their processes and inspirations. A reception will follow in Rowe Arts Lobby from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Art Professor's Work Celebrates McColl Anniversary

The McColl Center for Art + Innovation will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the presentation of "Arctic Utopia," a major exhibition of mixed media sculptures, videos and site-specific installations by Marek Ranis, UNC Charlotte assistant professor of art and 1999 McColl Center alumnus.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 19, and it will be displayed through Saturday, Nov. 22.

In his work, Ranis investigates how climate change influences humanity, addressing the complex social and political consequences of this dynamic transformation. "The phenomenon of global climate change fascinates me," said the art professor. "Because of its acuteness and enormity of scale, we seem not to comprehend it and refuse to acknowledge it."