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PCC art work featured in Raleigh exhibit

Published Monday, April 8, 2013

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Raleigh exhibition artworkArtwork created by two students and one alumnus of Piedmont Community College (PCC) is currently on display in the 16th NC 

Community Colleges Art Exhibition in the Caswell Building in Downtown Raleigh. The exhibit includes a digital photo of the Kirby Theater’s historic light sign in uptown Roxboro, submitted by alumnus Kathy Ferrell; a pencil drawing of the Kirby Theater by student Nicki Lagaly; and pencil and pen drawing of Roxboro’s Main Street by student Vernon Antwan Bailey.

A total of 139 pieces of artwork from 44 North Carolina community colleges are featured throughout the six-story building and include a wide variety of media ranging from paintings and sculpture to functional pieces such as lamps and jewelry. This exhibition is particularly unique because it also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Community College System. Several submissions to the two-year exhibit showcase the history of community colleges in North Carolina.

“Featuring the art of community college students, faculty and staff in the Caswell Building gives our agency a great sense of pride,” says Dr. Scott Ralls, NC Community College System President. “The added focus on our 50-year history gives this exhibition even greater meaning as we look back on the role community colleges have played in educating and training North Carolina’s workforce.”

The North Carolina Community College System Office partnered with Johnston Community College’s Fine Arts Department to install the artwork. The exhibition will be on display for two years, and can be viewed via virtual tour.  Public tours are available on a limited basis and may be scheduled by calling (919) 807-7100.    

PCC offers art classes as part of its Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree program, held at the Kirby Studios in uptown Roxboro, adjacent to the Kirby Theater. Non-AFA majors may also sign up for art classes. For more information, contact Dr. Dawn Langley, Dean, General Education and Developmental Studies, at PCC at (336) 599-1181.      

Information on art images
“Old-Time Theater” by Nicki Lagaly
“Kirby” by Kathy Ferrell
“Main Street” by Vernon Antwan Bailey