Malena Bergmann

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Art & Art History
Rowe 204

interview with Charlotte Viewpoint magazine

Back in the 1970’s in small town New England there was no such thing as garbage collection.  So on Saturdays I would go to the town dump with my folks.  This was a necessity where I lived, but also a much-anticipated event.  Because the dump had free access, we went ‘shopping’, leaving with more than we brought. In the mid 80’s I left the dump and went to undergraduate and graduate school for painting & drawing and have been teaching in academia since then in FL, TX, SC and NC.  I've been at UNCC since 1997.

But somewhere in there I went back.  To the dump.  Many dumps.  Originally a painter, I re-discovered that objects speak to me eloquently and with a great deal of urgency. I invent meaning through the manipulation of ‘things’ and actions (2D, 3D, 4D), sometimes alone and often with collaborators.    

I also make a mean fresh ginger-lemon meringue pie.  

  • Born:  1967 Miami, FL

  • Russian Language School graduate, Norwich University (VT), 1987
  • BFA in Painting, University of NC-Greensboro, 1989 

  • MFA in Painting/Drawing, University of Florida, 1992

  • Favorite Xmas gift ever:   an abacus and an antique glass eye!