Rowe Main Galleries, Fall 2022

Beauty in the Struggle: Celebrating the Life & Works of Broderick Adé Hogue
Exhibition Dates: August 22 - September 9
Reception: Thursday, September 1

UNC Charlotte alumnus Broderick Adé Hogue was a designer’s designer. His masterful command of his abilities, combined with his continual pursuit of greatness, lead to sustained recognition from the design community that would be striking at any age. In Broderick’s case, we mourn that the time we had to witness his remarkable achievements was so brief. Beauty in the Struggle: Celebrating the Life & Works of Broderick Adé Hogue showcases his work and process across a range of media, from early sketchbooks to national advertising campaigns to self-initiated social justice works.

Despite his young age, Broderick Adé Hogue created a significant career record. Upon graduation from UNC Charlotte with his BFA in 2013, he moved immediately to Chicago and began an ambitious career in design and advertising. While working with an impressive roster of clients, Adé established himself as a dynamic talent in lettering design and hand-created type. He became a sought after speaker and presenter with invitations to multiple design conferences and the national AdobeMAX conference. Broderick, often known professionally as Adé, was selected by PRINT magazine, a leading publication in the profession of graphic design, as one of “15 creatives under 30 who are shaping tomorrow’s design landscape.” He was named a Distinguished Alumni of the College of Arts + Architecture in 2018.

While he was continuing to reach new career heights, Broderick always made time to connect with his communities and pass on his knowledge to young designers and artists. He taught part-time in the design program at DePaul University and hosted workshops and community gatherings for interested designers and creatives. He was a frequent guest of the Graphic Design program at UNC Charlotte, giving generously of his time to teach and inspire the next generation of students. His warmth and enthusiasm were infectious; his visits are remembered for their wonderful good humor.

He had so much more to accomplish, but he will always remain an inspiration. He will be dearly missed.

painting by Elizabeth ArzaniAt the Mouth of a Room: The 2022 Roderick MacKillop Memorial Alumni Art Exhibition
Featuring works by Elizabeth Arzani '12 and Holly Keogh '14
Exhibition Dates: August 22 - September 9
Reception: Thursday, September 1

"All the ways a line hallucinates its own linearity...The most insistent pressure. The body's refraction. The voice's. How they ridge, crosshatch, and section again. The dissociated self cannot be approached as an object. It cannot be laid out before us at the mouth of a room. The best we can do is trail its impressions."  

-Danielle Vogel (The Way A Line Hallucinates Its Own Linearity)

painting by Holly KeoghVerbal language can often become lost in translation. The same can be true of visual language. What is clear can also be transparent and therefore invisible. Misunderstood, or mistranslated entirely. This room holds visual words that have yet to be spoken. It is up to the audience who enters this mouth of a room to interpret what is seen and create for themselves a sentence structure of lines, shapes, colors, and subjects.

Elizabeth Arzani is an interdisciplinary artist & educator living and working in Portland, Oregon. As a collector of sorts, Arzani constructs narratives from moments of curiosity, absurdity, and potential humor in happenstance. Her impulse to collect and desire to recycle is a search for connection and an attempt to collaborate with the unknown. Working between painting, sculpture, and printmaking practices reveals allegorical relationships embedded in materiality. Stories are told in the cracks and creases, stains and rust of physical objects layered with her own mark making. They become site-specific maps of a place, offering a form of communication that extend language. Arzani received her BFA in Painting and Art Education from UNC Charlotte in 2012. She then earned her MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Holly Keogh is a painter based in Charlotte, NC. She is interested in the relationship between memory and our desire to document or freeze time. She is a first generation American, and throughout her childhood photographs were mailed back and forth between her family members in England and America. These photographs depict cousins' birthdays she never attended or new homes she never stepped inside. She examines the familiar faces in these images in vain; she can’t bring them any closer, she can’t reconstruct the original moments in time. She treats the figures in these photographs as a starting point from which her own consciousness supplants the subject's personality. Psychologically charged portraits emerge from tension between her will to remember and her power to project. Images from her family's discarded photographs, saved tabloids, and memorabilia are cropped and refocused. With this treatment, the paintings arrive at something that is as familiar as it is open to interpretation; a combination of that imperfect documentation and her equally imperfect memory. Her work aims to create a sensory experience that brings awareness to how different media construct our reality. Keogh received her BFA in Painting and her BA in Art History from UNC Charlotte in 2014.

About the Roderick MacKillop Memorial Alumni Art Exhibition

Rod MacKillop was a beloved painting professor from 1973 until his retirement in 2003. In 1988, he initiated a juried art exhibition of alumni work at the University, a practice that has continued biannually in the galleries of Rowe Arts building. In June 2017, the MacKillop family established three endowments at UNC Charlotte in his memory to find student scholarships and the recurring alumni exhibition. 

Past Exhibitions

February 5 -- March 12, 2021: Ruin and Restoration
Virtual presentation: February 26, 2021

Artist Kristen Rowell uses many different materials when creating her abstract and representational works. Her commonly used materials are marble, steel, wood, sand, graphite, paint, and non-traditional materials such as spices. Her installations often intend to comment on our modern constructed environments, their material origins, and the debris left behind after their eventual collapse. For Ruin and Restoration Rowell designs and creates a site-specific installation accompanied by newly rendered drawings.

Kristen Rowell is a multi-media artist from Beaufort, South Carolina. She received her BFA in sculpture and painting from Winthrop University in 2018. She is currently the Visual Arts Coordinator at Central Piedmont Community College; an artist assistant to Shaun Cassidy, a Rock Hill-based sculptor who predominantly works with steel; and assists the McColl Center for Art + Innovation with managing their woodshop and sculpture studio.

March 26 -- April 21, 2021: Nathaniel Lancaster: Of Constant Concern
Virtual presentation: April 9, 2021

“I believe that I have a serious approach to making art, with a serious belief that not all work has to be serious. A sense of levity, whether it be subject, commentary, or title, keeps the work fresh and interesting for me. I do not worry about such labels as figurative or abstract art. Pulling from the well of art history as a research vehicle while keeping your work exciting is always my goal. Sometimes the old. Sometimes the new. Sometimes the work needs more information, sometimes restraint is called for. Sometimes it needs everything all the time.”

Award winning artist Nathaniel Lancaster maintains a studio in Charlotte. After earning his BFA in Painting from UNCC, he received residencies at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation and at Goodyear Arts. His works have been shown regionally and nationally at such venues as the Mint Museum, the North Caroline Museum of Art, Stephanie Chefas Projects (Portland, OR), and Craig Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), among others.

Of Constant Concern marks a sort of reemergence for Lancaster after a long and unpredictable year. This exhibition is an overview of paintings spanning the last 10 years.

May 3 -- May 16, 2021: Spring 2021 2D/3D Studio BFA Exhibitions

Graduating students earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2D and 3D disciplines exhibit their final theses.

In Spite of Enclosures
August 23-November 10, 2021
Rowe Upper Gallery

D Rosen is an interdisciplinary artist who currently lives and works on the unceded lands of the Odawa, Ojibwe, Myaamia, Peoria, Kickapoo, Kaskaskia, and Potawatomi nations, commonly known as Chicago, IL. Rosen exhibits and publishes nationally and internationally. They attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2018, received an MFA from the University of Chicago in 2013, and a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2011.

August 23-November 10, 2021
Rowe Lower Gallery

Works by Lacey McKinney and Jon Verney. Much of the past year has been a time of change. Positive transformation, perhaps. Although originally conceived as an exhibition focused on the intersections between painting, printmaking, and photography, Metamorphosis evolved because of conversations during the global pandemic. Its new focus is broader, using the exhibited artworks as visual metaphors for human existence and transformation. The idea of metamorphosis is present in works by each artist, both visually and conceptually.

Studio/Graphic Design BFA Exhibitions
Rowe Upper and Lower Galleries
November 22 - December 8, 2021

Graduating students earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and 2D and 3D disciplines exhibit their final theses.

The Art of Teaching: Art Education BFA Exhibition
Rowe Lower Gallery
December 15-22, 2021

Rowe Side Gallery Exhibitions

The Rowe Arts Side Gallery is a student-centered exhibition venue that provides an opportunity for current UNC Charlotte studio art students to participate in a variety of exhibitions. The gallery is designed as a flexible space where students can explore unconventional methods of display and installation, as well as juried or curated exhibitions hosted by student organizations, classes, and studio areas of study.