CPCC sculpture instructor’s work to be featured on local billboards

last modified Feb 03, 2014 10:54 AM
CPCC sculpture instructor’s work to be featured on local billboards

"Rebirth" by Ashley Knight

The Arts and Science Council (ASC) has selected Ashley Knight, a sculpture instructor at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), as one of 20 local artists whose work will be featured on outdoor billboards throughout the county in 2014 as a result of its new ArtPop competition.

ArtPop is a program that promotes local artists' work through available billboard space. The program is made possible by generous donations of space from the Out of Home advertising industry, and local billboard companies partnering with local arts groups. Charlotte’s ArtPop competition launched this year thanks to a joint partnership between the ASC and Adams Outdoor Advertising.

To participate in the competition, Mecklenburg County artists had to submit an entry for consideration. Knight submitted a detail photo of his latest work, “Rebirth,” to be juried and voted on by local arts and design aficionados. His submission was chosen as one of the top 15 entries to be guaranteed a spot in the competition, awarding him the opportunity to have his work viewed as a billboard by thousands of residents across the region. The remaining five finalists were determined by a public vote on CharlotteCultureGuide.com.

“We are extremely proud of Ashley and his accomplishment,” said Melissa Vrana, associate dean for Arts, Communication and Hospitality Education at CPCC. “His work is just another example of how our instructors bring work expertise, passion and knowledge to our students, and now to the community, thanks to ArtPop.”

Knight is a Greensboro, N.C., native who received his MFA in Sculpture and New Media from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002. His passion for art began at an early age. He was drawn to painting and creative writing as a youth, and began blending his interests in engineering and physics into his pieces as a young adult.

As a result, his work today explores the connections between internal and external states of mind. To capture this sentiment, he meticulously bends, cuts and shapes recyclable steel scraps, fastening hardware and other found metal objects to create works of art. He used this technique to create his winning ArtPop entry, “Rebirth,” a formed sculpture constructed out of hundreds of hand-bent and welded nails.

“I am honored to be selected for this project,” said Knight. “ArtPop is giving me the opportunity, as a local artist, to share my work with the public, on a very large scale. I’m excited about the awareness this will generate, not only for my work, but also for Charlotte’s art scene and CPCC’s quality arts programs.”

To learn more about CPCC’s arts and communications programs, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/arts/study-the-arts. To learn more about the ASC’s ArtPop competition, please visit http://www.artsandscience.org/programs-a-services/art-pop.