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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

KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks

March 27-June 17

The three-year initiative KEEPING WATCH enters its second year with KEEPING WATCH on WATER: City of Creeks. Events begin with an exhibition opening on Friday, March 27, at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Organized by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, KEEPING WATCH seeks to foster collaboration across disciplines and interest groups to engage the public in local environmental issues.  Through the work of artists, historians, writers, environmental experts, and scientists, KEEPING WATCH is connecting community partners and projects to raise awareness around three concerns: plastic waste and recycling (2014), water quality and urban streams (2015), and air quality and the value of trees (2016). Extensive articles, photos, videos and other research online can be found at ​

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What creek is in your neighborhood? Where did it come from and where is it going? Why was Charlotte settled amid so many creeks? Are urban streams important? Where does rainwater go? Can we do anything to help with pollution or flooding? Why should we care? KEEPING WATCH on WATER challenges the public to understand, respect, and protect our “City of Creeks.”

Works by artists Lauren RosenthalStacy LevyMarek Ranis, and Nancy Pierce explore our waterways in diverse media and from a range of perspectives – geographic, scientific, aesthetic, and spiritual.  A vast and elegant cut-paper map by Rosenthal shows the entire watershed of Mecklenburg County. Levy’s Watershed Pantry exhibits jars of water from local creeks. Stunning photography by Pierce documents the beauties and the troubles of our massive creek system. STEWARDSHIP, a video installation by Ranis, with Tina Katsanos, examines how religious beliefs define our perceptions and actions toward the natural environment.

LEARN MORE in this interview with project directors Mary Newsom and Crista Cammaroto on The Live Wire.

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.