Each year the UNC Charlotte Department of Art & Art History partners with the McColl Center for Art + Innovation to provide a special educational experience for students through hosting a shared Artist-in-Residence. The McColl artist joins a UNC Charlotte faculty member to teach a spring semester course, culminating in an exhibition in Rowe Galleries, as well as events and activities at McColl. This course is available to all art majors who have completed their freshman year foundation coursework. Previous semesters have included artists in fields such as graphic design, installation and performance arts, and printmaking.
The Fall 2021 Artist-in-Residence is Cherrie Yu.
Cherrie Yu makes ontological inquiries in the form of film, video, and choreography. Through translation and reenactment, she explores how the mundane and the spectacular are often disguised. In her dance films, Yu works with both family members and strangers to generate movement scores and choreography from their everyday gestures. For Yu, the labor of art is the desire to communicate and the process of making meaning from shared time. Born in Xi’an, China, she is based in Chicago, where she earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.