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Spotlight: ‘Courting Charlotte’ Focus of London Artist’s Exhibit

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Monday, December 6, 2010

London-based artist Jennifer Price is completing an international residency with the College of Arts + Architecture’s Department of Art and Art History. One of the outcomes of her work is the solo exhibition “Courting Charlotte” on display in UNC Charlotte’s Student Union Art Gallery through Saturday, Dec. 18.

“This residency initiative is part of a larger effort to bring a first-hand, global perspective and experience to our students, in addition to the existing student exchange programs that currently exist at the university,” said John Ford, assistant professor in the Art and Art History Department.

During the fall semester, Price and Ford team-taught an advanced special topics course that explored historic and contemporary printmaking and graphic arts. Throughout the term, Price also worked in Rowe Arts Print Media Studio to create a unique body of print-based works on oversized sheets of cotton fabric.

This residency initiative is part of a larger effort to bring a first-hand, global perspective and experience to our students, in addition to the existing student exchange programs that currently exist at the university.
John Ford, Assistant Professor
Art and Art History Department

“Charlotte has not only affected my artwork but myself as person,” Price said. “The people I have met here, both staff and students, and the friends I have made have been an inspiration in their kindness and support. I have had the opportunity to create a large body of work with the great facilities available, but I have also grown and benefitted as a person as a whole.”

The largest print in the Student Union Gallery exhibit is a 20-by-45-foot image of a Dodge Caravan, printed on cloth. It spans several walls of the gallery. Price created the large print, entitled “Dodge White,” during the special event “Recession Impressions” that involved more than 20 student and staff volunteers from the Department of Art and Art History and College of Arts + Architecture.

A public reception for Price will be from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the Student Union Gallery. Price’s residency was possible through additional support from the Office of International Programs, Intergraphica/Student Print Organization and the Student Government Association. In addition to bringing a global perspective to UNC Charlotte, Price conducted off-campus lectures at Davidson College and the UNC-Chapel Hill.

Photo courtesy of Print Media Studio, UNC Charlotte.