Storrs Gallery, Spring 2020

Palimpsest: Ceramic Works by Carlos Estévez
January 13 – March 27
Receptions: February 20, 6:00-8:00 pm; February 21, 12:30-1:30 pm

Cuban-American artist Carlos Estévez is known for his draftsman style and focus on surrealistic subjects. Many of his works visually reference architectural studies and mechanical diagrams. This exhibition is a culmination of three ceramic series Estévez produced between 2016-2018. Two series were produced by Estévez during a residency at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in 2016. The collective body of work focuses on the relationship between visual art and literature. Each installation is inspired by a celebrated Hispanic writer. Bestiary, consisting of 19 ceramic platters, was inspired by Dulce María Loynaz (1902-1997), a Cuban poet whose works are often considered precursors to magical realism in literature. Domestic Zoology, a dinnerware set for 12 people, was inspired by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), whose works are known for their dreamlike subjects and complex symbolism. The third installation, consisting of 11 plates, was a collaboration between Estévez and Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, a contemporary Cuban fiction writer who recently won the renowned Alfaguara Prize.

A recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, the Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts, and the Grand Prize in the First Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art in Havana, Carlos Estévez was born and raised in Cuba and moved to Miami in 2004, where he lives and works.

Michael Swisher: A Retrospective
April 10 – 21 
Reception: April 17, 5:30-7:00 pm

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the 30-year career of Michael Swisher, Associate Professor of Architecture. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and the Massachusetts College of Art, he has exhibited his paintings commercially for over two decades. Swisher’s primary teaching responsibilities include first year studio and skills, as well as visual studies electives. He has co-authored or authored papers in philosophy of mind and foundation pedagogy. His most recent publications are a small book for the School of Architecture on the curriculum and sequence of studies in the first semester foundation program and a co-authored book with Jeffrey Balmer, Diagramming the Big Idea (Routledge, 2012).

Fall 2019

Micah Cash: Waffle House Vistas
August 8 – September 20

Waffle House Vistas focuses on the built environment as seen through the windows of Waffle House restaurants from across the southeastern United States. Charlotte photographer Micah Cash visited 60 restaurants in nine states and documented the surrounding landscape and architecture as a way to ask questions about our society and our social, economic, and political divisions. His photographs ask viewers to look up from their hash browns and acknowledge the institutions and structures that create real, yet rarely acknowledged boundaries that feel impossible to break through for many in this country.

Global Studies Exhibition 2019
October 1-9

Students in the College of Arts + Architecture reflect on their 2019 study abroad experiences through sketches, notes, analytical diagrams, photographs, collages, measured drawings, videos, installations, and more.

Alice Gosti: Material Deviance in Contemporary American Culture
October 14 – November 15
Performances: October 17 & 18, 6-8 pm

Material Deviance in Contemporary American Culture takes a sideways look at our object-based reality. Reflecting stuff-centered culture back to ourselves, this dream state passes through shame, nostalgia, patriotism, and the weight of inheritance. Choreographer and hybrid performance artist Alice Gosti asks, Do objects imbued with so much of our worth start to take over and take on a life of their own?

Gosti is an Italian-American choreographer and performance artist based in Seattle and Italy. In 2016 she received the prestigious National Dance Project from the New England Foundation for the Arts for the production and touring of Material Deviance in Contemporary American Culture.

The presentation of Alice Gosti is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Past Exhibitions

100 Artifacts: SoA Faculty

January 7-18, 2019

A counterpart to the previous 100 Artifacts exhibition curated by Associate Professor Greg Snyder, this iteration of the exhibition will only include works and projects produced by faculty from the School of Architecture. Works exhibited will address the presence and importance of drawing in architectural planning.

The Metal Building in the Expanded Field

February 1 – March 1, 2019

An exhibition of works by School of Architecture students and Associate Professor Greg Snyder that examine the adaptability and use of the metal building system. It will include a diverse array of projects, spanning domestic and public spaces.

Barbara Schreiber: Domestic Disturbances

March 15 – April 18, 2019

Barbara Schreiber is a Charlotte-based artist whose colorful paintings and drawings capture the collision between domestic normalcy and natural chaos. In her words, they “combine pretty pictures and ugly subjects.” The underlying theme here is the impeding effects of modern development and the absurd scenes that can sometimes result from a threatened environment. She describes her most recent work as “. . . a distinctly American story – one of restlessness, one of real estate, bracketed by the open road and the gated community.”

100 Artifacts to Represent the SoA: Students

August 22-31, 2018

Inspired by Peter Greenaway’s book 100 Allegories to Represent the World, the School of Architecture presents a collection of student works that illustrate and characterize the activities in the School that can be loosely described as “making.”  

CoA+A Global Studies Exhibition 2018

September 14-28, 2018

Students in the College of Arts + Architecture reflect on their 2018 study abroad experiences through sketches, notes, analytical diagrams, photographs, collages, measured drawings, videos, installations, and more.

SEE-ING: The Environmental Consciousness Project

October 15-November 16, 2018

Curated by Assistant Professor of Architecture Catty Dan Zhang, SEE-ING: The Environmental Consciousness Project includes the work of 11 artists and architects from across the globe:

  • Carl Lostritto, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Graduate Program Director at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • The duo Ibañez Kim: Simon Kim, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Immersive Kinematics Research Group and Mariana Ibañez, Associate Professor at MIT School of Architecture and Planning
  • Chai Mi, visual artist
  • Andrew Witt, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design and co-founder of Certain Measures.
  • Can Büyükberber, visual artist
  • Penelope Haralambidou, senior lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London and coordinator of Unit 24
  • Bernardita Devilat, co-founder of Devilat Lanuza Architects
  • David Benjamin, Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Founding Principal of The Living.
  • Sean Lally, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School fom Architecture
  • Catty Dan Zhang, Assistant Professor of Architecture at UNC Charlotte