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January 2011

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte Offers Works by Gwen Bigham

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Gwen Bigham: Becoming, on view in the Ross Galleries, in the Overcash Building, from Jan. 26 through Feb. 17, 2012. A reception will be held on Feb. 17, 7-9pm.

Melissa Post, while curator at the Mint Museum, wrote of Bigham’s work, “[Her] artistic repertoire is as eclectic as it is vast...Dualities, between external appearances and internal realities, serve as the thematic thread that unifies her work. She juxtaposes utilitarian materials in unlikely ways to create uncommonly beautiful sculpture... For Bigham, art serves as a medium to test theories, a conduit for self-expression...Bigham’s diverse oeuvre reflects her dynamism and her innate ability to create moments of wonder.” (Crosscurrents: Art, Craft, and Design in North Carolina)

Bigham attended Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC, and graduated with honors from Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, SC, in 2002 earning a BFA in Sculpture and Painting. During this time she was honored with an award from the International Sculpture Center. After completing her BFA, Bigham was twice an affiliate artist at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC.

Bigham’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, NJ, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design and the McColl Center for Visual Art, both in Charlotte, NC. She is the recipient of an Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Grant, based in Charlotte. In 2003, Bigham was invited to teach at Winthrop University, where she was a lecturer until relocating to Asheville, NC, where she currently lives and works.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 704/330-6668 or visit (www.cpcc.edu/art_gallery).

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