The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City opened in September 2011. Curated by Director of Galleries Crista Cammaroto, the gallery presents major exhibitions and installations by national and international artists and distinguishes itself by presenting inter-disciplinary "happenings" in conjunction with exhibitions throughout the year. For an overview of past exhibitions, please see the Press Book.
KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT
February 24 - April 27
Opening reception: Friday, February 24, 6:00-8:00 pm
Organized in 2013 by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute with Lambla artWORKS, KEEPING WATCH is a multi-year initiative designed to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups to engage the public in local environmental issues. Integrating the previous years’ investigations, KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT (2017) explores the fragile coexistence of nature and humanity within the built environment.
Curated by Director of Galleries Crista Cammaroto, the KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT exhibition presents the work of artists who ask us to contemplate our separation from nature and our longing to immerse ourselves in the sustenance that nature provides. Photographers Byron Baldwin, Cynthia Cole, Deborah Triplett, Meredith Hebden, Micah Cash, and William Wylie have created diptychs that speak to the relationship between nature and the man-made environment. Delicate sculptural works by Natalie Abrams, mounted to walls on both sides of the gallery, will frame these photographic dichotomies. Both abstract and evocative, they represent the largest surrounding parcels of conserved land on the southern and northern edges of the Charlotte area: Anne Springs Close Greenway and Latta Plantation Nature Preserve.
Jennifer Angus’s insect installations, wrapping around the gallery entrance, recall Victorian wallpaper and remind us that smaller creatures also play an important role in the ecosystem. Weaving folklore and science, Heather Freeman’s colorful digital prints of native wildlife will hang in the Center City building lobby, while the front window case will present collaborative work by Madison Dunaway, Caleb Roenigk, and Terry Thirion, creator of the “Disappearing Frogs Project.”
A significant focus for KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT is to break down the wall between the natural environment and the built environment by bringing the natural world inside the gallery. In monthly rotations, artists Jennifer Angus (Feb 24), Shaun Cassidy (Mar 23), and Alison Donohue (Apr 22) will create temporary floor installations using materials found in nature.
For more about the KEEPING WATCH initiative and realted programming, please visit keepingwatch.org.
KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT is funded by the College of Arts + Architecture with support from the Blumenthal Foundation and media partner WFAE 90.7FM.
Schedule a tour!
The gallery offers free tours for groups of six or more. Please contact Crista Cammaroto to schedule a tour for your group. Tours last approximately one hour. Please indicate if you are interested in our current exhibition or the Lona-Frey Collection, a collection of limited edition prints and sculpture from 1930-2000.
Hours, Location, and Contact:
The gallery is located at 320 E. 9th Street and is open seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm. Click here for parking information. PLEASE NOTE: The area around the UNC Charlotte Center City building is under construction.
For information about exhibitions and programs, please contact
Crista Cammaroto, Director of Galleries
About the CoA+A Gallery System
The mission of the College of Arts + Architecture gallery system is to create lively forums in which the curious encounter the work of global, regional, and local artists through diverse media and dynamic exchanges that are nourished by the intellectual and creative life of the university. Our programming will echo crossovers of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, and dance inherent to the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. We seek to provide a haven for experimentation, to invigorate the environments we occupy, and to amplify the means to engage art and design in our community.