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Hart Witzen Gallery SHOWDOWN Opening Reception Sat. Sept. 28th 7pm-11pm



Cindy Hart + Jennifer Witzen  present

SHOWDOWN 2013                                                                                                                              

136 East 36th Street Charlotte NC in NODA

An interdisciplinary visual art competition

Contemporary regional, national  and international emerging artists compete for “Best in Show”.
Opening Reception:Saturday Sept. 28th  7 pm – 11 pm

Closing Reception:Friday ,Oct. 4th    7pm-11pm “Best in Show” announced 10 PM


Orr Ambrose    Nico Amortegui    Elizabeth Arzani     Jamie Azevedo       Lino Azevedo      

Jason Basden    Ashley Billings   Vanda Anna Bleavins    Matthew L. Brien    Julianna L. Calabria     

Karen Cohen    Charlotte Coolik    Cher Cosper      Duane Couch      James C. Cox      MyLoan Dinh      

Pamela Dittloff      RJ Dygert     Marvin Espy    Cassell Fitzhugh        Drew Gatlin       

John Glenn Lydia J. Goldbeck        Anne Pell Harkness   Megan Hart     Brandon David Henrie      

Catherine Jeffrey      Paul Kepp   Ashley Knight     AlexanderLay     Alexandra Loesser    

Flavia Isabel Lovatelli       Doug Marriott       Chelsea Mason       Molly McGill        W. McKay       

Timothy Mcmahon    Sean O’Neill        Kyle Patrick       Jonathan Pellitteri       Lori Love Penland       

David Pierog         Michael Pliaconis      Varsha Pradhan    William Puckett   Osiris Rain     Lori

Sanderson      Veda Saravanan             Jill Seale    Tatyana Shurtz    Michael Simpson      Beth

Stafford     Barbara Travell     Amanda Troglio     Page Turner     Urn     Shakeeka Watts    

Christina Welsh     Bryan Wilson     Victoria Wilson     Joyce Wynes


“I want your love…”


stuffed animals Installation by Rita Fair and William Jacob Johnson in McLaurin 314 to begin  on February 10. Reception Valentines Day from 7-9. We are collecting stuffed animals for the Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte. We invite you to participate. Please bring donations to McLaurin 225.ronald mcdonald

Student Spotlight: Christopher Smalls


chris6Christopher Smalls is a BFA- Jewelry and Metals student currently studying conceptual themes here at Winthrop University. Born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina on St. Helena Island by his mother who is a large African Art Collector and Historian for freed slaves in the south. She was the one who truly inspired Smalls to become an artist. In high school he signed up for a new artist exclusive show per his mother’s advice, which gave him the courage to pursue art on a higher level. Performing music has been a driving force in Smalls life  and he currently sings in two ensembles, the Winthrop Chorale and the Chamber Singers.chris4

How would you describe your relationship with art?

I have always been a maker. I love putting together found objects and altering others. I used to heat up candles and make things out of the wax. Now I get to make lost wax castings. I also use Rhino which is a digital modeling program. I see jewelry as small-scale sculpture. I take a conceptual idea and engineer it into an object that may or may not be intended to wear. I am inspired by non western and ancient civilizations. Architecture and body adornment fascinates me. I believe the body was the first canvas with tattoos and piercings.

What are your dreams and goals?

I have always liked fashion and I like making objects from my own designs. I would love to manufacture under my own name.  To have my own brand using my aesthetic ideas is my ultimate goal. I would like to pursue an MFA at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia because they are the leading force in Computer Aided Design Program, using CAD CAM. I use SLS or Selective Laser Sensoring to digitally model objects. My teacher Courtney Starrett earned her MFA from this school and studied under Stanley Letsum.

Who is your favorite fashion designer?

Holly Fulton for her geometric art deco prints. She is my biggest artistic inspiration. I also enjoy the work of Garith Pugh.chris5

Favorite artist?

Alexander Caldwell. I am attracted to his aesthetic of textiles and rhythm of weaving.

What is your favorite music?

Classical and the darker the better. I sing BASS 2 so I have a better correlation to low.

Where do you get your inspiration?

From Mayan culture, old wooden shields, fabric and textiles, bed, coffins, African blown glass beads, and more.

chris2Favorite Movie?

Fifth Element, especially the opera singing. I love the drama of it.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Storm from X-men. I would love to have the power of weather manipulation.chris3