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Projective Eye Gallery

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The area around the UNC Charlotte Center City building is under construction. The building must be accessed on 9th Street from Brevard Street, as 9th Street is closed to through traffic.

Current Exhibition

Pulse Dome Project: Art & Design of Don ZanFagna

January 9 - March 11
Opening Reception: January 9, 6-8 pm
   7:00 pm - Lecture by Curator Mark Sloan, Director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
   7:30 pm - Performance by cellist Tanja Bechtler and pianist Dylan Savage

Pulse Dome pictureOrganized by Mark Sloan, director and senior curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, Pulse Dome Project: Art & Design of Don ZanFagna presents paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and 3-D models by Don ZanFagna that explicate the futuristic and metaphoric concept of “growing” your own house. An artist, architect, and designer, ZanFagna imagined a home created, constructed, and maintained by all-organic processes and in perfect harmony with nature.

From roughly 1971 through 1995, ZanFagna researched world indigenous structures, insect architecture, wombs, and such natural forms as caves, tunnels, and volcanoes to learn what had been done already and what was still likely to be accomplished by others in relation to sustainable human architecture. Deeply influenced by the writings and activities of Buckminster Fuller, he was captivated by Fuller’s geodesic dome.

ZanFagna's Pulse Dome Project was a cry in the dark, a proclamation to all people, especially those charged with shaping our built environment, to grasp the reality that our current system is at odds with nature—and therefore unsustainable. While this position is the accepted orthodoxy today, at the time ZanFagna was making these statements he was not following a trend, he was helping to establish one.

Read a review of Pulse Dome Project  in The Charlotte Observer.

9th Street Cover-Up:  Tom Thoune
January 9 - March 11

In the front window of UNC Charlotte Center City, a lace wing papel picado covering will veil a sacred union, as Tom Thoune’s 9th Street Cover-Up celebrates the committed relationship of a nontraditional couple. Thoune reassigns new meanings to the usual festive accoutrements of weddings, with a focused inclusiveness of diverse couples: gay, blended, or reassembled families that maintain loving unions.

Schedule a free tour!

picture of students in galleryThe gallery offers free tours for groups of six or more.  Please contact Donna Sofsky 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.

Pictured here: students from First Ward Elementary School learn about the Henrique Oliveira installation and the improvisatory dance Tres para Tres.



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. 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.