The UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center opened in March 2021 on the University campus. The hotel has 226 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and bar, and a 132-space parking deck situated on a four-acre site along the LYNX Blue Line at the intersection of North Tryon Street and J.W. Clay Boulevard. Among its distinguishing features is a 490-piece art collection that features original work by faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture. Curated by Denise Joseph of NINE dot ARTS, the collection expands across the hotel’s main lobby levels, guest rooms, and hospitality and presidential suites. A number of pieces can also be found throughout the new conference center.
“Honoring a narrative around Charlotte's history as well as the bright and vibrant future of this place remained top of mind throughout the curatorial process,” Joseph said.
NINE dot ARTS is a nationally recognized, award-winning art consulting and curating firm with client art experiences now installed in 35 states and four countries. Joseph worked with Department of Art & Art History Chair Lydia Thompson to connect with artists from the College.
“We are so fortunate to offer the opportunity for UNC Charlotte art students, faculty, staff, and alumni to contribute to this highly localized and relevant curation,” Joseph said. “Guests will know the University better through this collection, and it truly embodies what the institution stands for – opportunity and growth.”