Marriott Art Collection

The UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center opened in March 2021 on the University campus. The hotel has 226 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and bar, and a 132-space parking deck situated on a four-acre site along the LYNX Blue Line at the intersection of North Tryon Street and J.W. Clay Boulevard. Among its distinguishing features is a 490-piece art collection that features original work by faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture. Curated by Denise Joseph of NINE dot ARTS, the collection expands across the hotel’s main lobby levels, guest rooms, and hospitality and presidential suites. A number of pieces can also be found throughout the new conference center.

“Honoring a narrative around Charlotte's history as well as the bright and vibrant future of this place remained top of mind throughout the curatorial process,” Joseph said.

NINE dot ARTS is a nationally recognized, award-winning art consulting and curating firm with client art experiences now installed in 35 states and four countries. Joseph worked with Department of Art & Art History Chair Lydia Thompson to connect with artists from the College.

“We are so fortunate to offer the opportunity for UNC Charlotte art students, faculty, staff, and alumni to contribute to this highly localized and relevant curation,” Joseph said. “Guests will know the University better through this collection, and it truly embodies what the institution stands for – opportunity and growth.”

Click on the images below to learn more about each artwork. 

Marriott Art Collection

49er Light installation
49er Light
Rachel Dickey/Studio Dickey
Abe Ekren
Abe Ekren
Abe Ekren
Alluvion
Alluvion
Lily Xiong
Assembly in Yellows
Assemblies in Yellow
Marguerite Jay Gignoux
White background with two sets of attached copper lines
Basalt (M)
Matthew Steele
Beneath an Angel's Oak Wings
Beneath an Angel's Oak Wings
Stephen Manuel Garza
bursts of indigo and blues coming from a humming bird
Brown-headed Nuthatch and Common Vetch
Heather D. Freeman
Chimera (Mountain)
Chimera (Mountain)
Erik Waterkotte
Copper Flecks
Copper Flecks
Summer Savin
Diploma Studio
Critical Ecologies + Architecture and the Force of Nature
M.Arch Spring 2020 Diploma Theses
Ebb and Flow of Rural Black Spaces
Ebb and Flow of Rural Black Spaces
Malik J. Norman
blue and green thick stripes
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Cynthia Flaxman Frank
Faces of Liberty: Gold Coins Struck at the Charlotte Mint
Faces of Liberty: Gold Coins Struck at the Charlotte Mint
Jamie Franki
Figure Eight
Figure Eight
Laurie Smithwick
Five Pointz, The Siren, and Control Shift
Five Pointz, The Siren, and Control Shift
Sharon Dowell
copper plate with beads
Goldpan
Keith Bryant
Sharon Dowell
In Transit
Sharon Dowell
Ingenious-FLUX
Ingenious-FLUX
Lydia C. Thompson
Look Up detail
Look Up
Christina Watka
Mining for Our Futures
Mining for Our Futures
Erin Nicholas
telloe and blue circles
Number Four: Glow
Laurie Smithwick
installation of Maja Godlewska's fabric paintings
Of the Trees and Creeks
Maja Godlewska
Open Book
Open Book
Marguerite Jay Gignoux
Pearl No. 3
Pearl No. 3
Leslie Poteet Busker
Two copper poles holding a stack of books
Pillars
Jonathan Pellitteri
Pond
Pond
Nicole Thrower
Remains Unfetter
Remains Unfetter
Malik J. Norman
Sampled Spaces Series
Thomas Schmidt
Colorful abstract rooms of greens, yellows, and oranges
Shifting Perspective
Ajané Williams
Telegraphing Orange
Telegraphing Orange
Peg Gignoux
The Writing on the Wall
The Writing on the Wall
Summer Ayers Savin
Julius Shumpert
Untitled
Julius Shumpert
Vessel of Opportunity
Vessel of Opportunity
Erin Nicholas