Projective Eye Gallery

The Projective Eye Gallery in The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City opened in September 2011. The gallery presents major exhibitions and installations by national and international artists and distinguishes itself by presenting inter-disciplinary "happenings" in conjunction with exhibitions throughout the year. View our Press Book for an overview of past exhibitions. Receive information about upcoming events and exhibitions!


A Legacy of Elegance
March 11 - July 16, 2024
Reception: April 4, 6:00-8:00pm

A Legacy of Elegance places twelve historically-inspired costumes by fiber artist, Margarette Joyner, in conversation with archival portraiture from the 19th century, curated by Kimberly Annece Henderson. Drawing upon trends in formal attire spanning several centuries, Joyner merges traditional and contemporary African textiles with cowry shell embellishments; thus, reimagining high-society garments iconography of cultural significance across many African-descended populations. The interwoven narrative of fashioned textiles and early-format photography pays homage to a rich legacy of self-expression through dress, connecting visual histories past and present.

This collection of garments is a testament to who I have become and embraces the legacy of my ancestors. Like me, the modern fabrics are rich, layered, deep, strong and multifaceted.  The African prints, like my ancestors, are bold, grounded, strong, daring and resilient. Each garment is embellished with cowry shells which were and are used in the African culture to indicate wealth and nobility. These historical garments tell the untold story of descendants of the African American people who were steeped in elegance and grace. My calling was to merge the past with the present so that all will know that we have been, still are and always will be, ROYALTY.


picture of A Legacy of Elegance exhibition in the gallery

recent Exhibition

Where the Fear Has Gone There Will Be Nothing
October 25 - February 9, 2024
Reception: November 2, 6:00-8:30

Wyoming native Luke Whitlatch is a painter and musician inspired by the natural beauty of the American west. Now set within the mountains of North Carolina, he absorbs another region’s aesthetic. His undeniably western abstract style flirts with an air of Appalachian cool. And, his original High Plains palette proves a harmonious contrast with those lush tones usually associated with the Blue Ridge. His subjects are vague by design. His paintings, like postcards from some mysterious astral quest. They can conjure an endless array of interpretations. Whitlatch received his MFA in Painting from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is currently based in Asheville, NC and represented by Tracey Morgan Gallery. (Image: West to East, I Left Some Bones for the Beast, 2019, dye/acrylic on muslin)


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See all past exhibitions in the Projective Eye Gallery → 

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