CPCC students participate in Inside|Out installation on Central Campus

last modified Mar 21, 2018 01:09 PM

Inside|Out, a national organization that brings quality reproductions of museum masterpieces into people’s everyday lives, recently installed 10 prints from the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Central Campus. The pieces feature descriptions written by CPCC creative writing and art appreciation students and will remain in place for three months, serving as a walking exhibit during the college’s Sensoria celebration, taking place April 6 – 15, 2018, and beyond.

The project came to fruition thanks to the hard work of CPCC’s Ashley Knight, an art instructor, and Angelina Oberdan, discipline chair of the college’s ACA, English and Humanities division, who worked with the students to develop and create each piece’s description.

“CPCC’s student collaboration with Inside|Out provided not only a way for students to become involved with the goals of the project – to engage with art, but it also reiterated to creative writing students the importance of using concise and deliberate language,” said Oberdan.

“I really enjoyed seeing our students engage with the selected art works at the Bechtler Museum and Gantt Center,” added Knight. “I believe they captured and expressed their own excited curiosity about the art in writing the captions.”

CPCC students’ work was so exemplary on the project that they were asked to write more than half of the descriptions for all of Inside|Out’s Charlotte installations, currently being stationed throughout the Queen City. CPCC students will be acknowledged with writing credits on each piece’s signage.

“Our student’s efforts are capturing the attention of prominent arts organizations, such as the Knight Foundation, which funds Inside|Out within multiple U.S. cities, including Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia,” said Amy Bagwell, an instructor in CPCC’s English Department. “The foundation has cited Charlotte as the only city in which a college has participated, and it applauds the added level of community engagement and institutional partnership CPCC has brought to this project.”

To view the walking exhibit of Inside|Out on CPCC’s Central Campus, attend Sensoria and/or visit the college’s main quad and Overcash Center lawn.