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Guest curator: Sharon Dowell  
Charlotte, NC artist

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About Sharon

Residing in Charlotte, Sharon Dowell is the Gallery Coordinator at Central Piedmont Community College, Adjunct Professor at UNC Charlotte and a Painter. Sharon received her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and has work in major collections such as the BLT Steakhouse (Ritz Carlton-Charlotte), Duke Energy, The Renaissance Hotel-DC, Fidelity Investments, and The Federal Reserve Bank. A two time Arts and Science Council grant recipient, she recently completed a public mural for the city of Charlotte and is currently working on a Charlotte CATS Transit light rail art commission and a Bull City Connector bus transit commission in Durham. Residencies include The McColl Center for Visual Art, NES in Iceland, and Ireland’s Tyrone Guthrie Center. She was awarded Best Artist 2012 in Charlotte Magazine.

Dowell enjoys working with the community, recently collaborating on art projects with the YMCA, Freedom Partners, and The Bechtler Museum of Art. She is on the Yard Art Day project team and Quasimodo Project for the DNC Convention. She serves on the Exhibition Committee for the McColl Center for Visual Art and has served on the grants panel for the Arts and Science Council. Sharon regularly participates in art auctions to help raise funds for The Shelter for Battered Women (Art with Heart), The Levine Museum of the New South, Planned Parenthood, The Human Rights Campaign, and the Metrolina Aids Project.

Sharon's selections

Kehinde Wiley

New York, NY


I cannot simply walk past a Kehinde Wiley with his insertion of urban black and brown men in Renaissance poses into meticulously painted wallpaper backgrounds without pausing to ponder his portrayal of masculinity, power, history, Western, and non-Western traditions.


JeongMee Yoon

Seoul, South Korea


JeongMee Yoon's eye opening documentations of parental guilt and spoilage shocks and draws the viewer into the compositions of pure excess...I feel simultaneous disdain and fascination for her subjects.


David Peterson

Atlanta, GA


Heavily influenced by the rules of design, David Peterson's compositions are in my view perfection; each element or plane of color is placed in a way that draws the eye back again and again to these visually stimulating works of art.


Kenichi Yokono

Tokyo, Japan


I enjoy Kenichi Yokono's high contrast, comic book influenced incorporation of Japanese stereotypes into woodblocks but also the fact that the art IS the woodblock and no prints are actually made from the blocks.


Anne Siems

Seattle, WA


I simply love the exquisite and haunting imagery of Siems' beautifully painted women and sceneries.


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