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Robinson Named Africana Artist-in-Residence

Local painter Tommie Robinson is the 2015 Africana Artist-in-Residence; this year’s theme for the residency is "Art, Environment and Race."

Robinson will be in residence in the Africana Studies Department from Monday, March 9, through Friday, March 20. During his visit, co-sponsored with the College of Arts + Architecture, and in conjunction with the Latibah Collard Green Museum, Robinson will present "The Art of Environment and Race" at 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 19, in the Cone University Center, McKnight Hall. On March 20, at 6:00 PM., there will be an opening reception for Robinson’s exhibit "Environment and Social Justice" at the Latibah Collard Green Museum (720 Tuckaseegee Rd.) In addition, Robinson will facilitate a number of student-focused presentations on the relationship between his art and the environment, race and issues of social justice.

Described as the "first black artist in the Guild of Charlotte Artists," Robinson works in oil, acrylic, water color, egg tempura and graphite. His art addresses a wide range of issues, from the experience of the Africa-descended population in the United States to urban life, the environment, racism and sexism.

University to Host ‘RoboResearch’ Seminar

The North Carolina Council of IEEE and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are sponsoring the one-day event “RoboResearch” on Friday, March 6, on the Charlotte Research Institute campus.

This seminar will bring together leading experts in government, research and industry to advance the development of robotics in the state. "North Carolina has great potential to be a center for robotics development. We hope to encourage all involved to work together to achieve that goal," according to seminar chair Grayson Randall, CTO of Ascot Technologies Inc.

UNC Charlotte’s James Conrad, professor of electrical and computer engineering, noted robotics researchers and designers from industries throughout North Carolina have been invited to the March 6 seminar. He will be among the University speakers at the event, along with Jing Xiao from the Computer Science Department and Paul Wetenhall, president of Ventureprise Inc.; Robert Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development will give opening remarks.