College of Arts + Architecture

Meet Alexander Gomes

As the office manager and administrative support associate for the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts + Architecture, Alexander Gomes ’21 works closely with Dean Jose Gamez. Get to know Gomes and what he loves about the University. Can you describe your role at UNC Charlotte? I provide general business/managerial operations and oversight of […]

Architectural history professor receives grant from Graham Foundation

Emily Makaš, associate professor of architectural history, is a recipient of a 2024 grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She and her research partner Arthur J. Clement, will use the $10,000 grant for archival research toward the book project, “Philip G. Freelon: An Architect of Relationships and Stories.” The book, […]

Faculty, alumni receive Creative Mecklenburg Grants

Faculty and alumni from the College of Arts + Architecture are among 54 artists to receive 2024 Creative Mecklenburg Grants from the Arts & Science Council The grants, open to Mecklenburg County-based artists of all disciplines, provide funding of up to $3,000. Grantees represent creative disciplines from visual art and music to dance. ASC received 116 […]

Architecture professor’s new work examines enclosed, air-conditioned spaces

A new book edited by Assistant Professor of Architecture Liz McCormick considers the many impacts of air conditioning on the built environment and on human health and behavior. “Inside OUT: Human Health and the Air-Conditioning Era,” published this spring by Routledge Press, presents an interdisciplinary, holistic analysis of the social, behavioral, and technological issues of […]

Graphic design class contributes to local history

As they complete their spring semester, students in Christina Singer’s Design Research class have published the sixth digital book to emerge from the Department of Art and Art History’s graphic design program since Singer joined the department in 2021. 

Alumna Caridad Svich awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Distinguished alumna Caridad Svich ’85 was awarded a 2024 Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Svich, appointed in the field of Drama and Performance Art, is one of 188 international recipients chosen from more than 3,000 applicants through a rigorous application and peer review process.

Guggenheim Fellows are named because of prior career achievement and exceptional promise. Each fellow receives a monetary stipend to pursue independent work at the highest level under “the freest possible conditions.”

Matthew Gin publishes work on ephemeral architecture built in France

“Staging Sovereignty: Ephemeral Architecture and the Entry of Maria Teresa Rafaela into France, 1745,” recently published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, examines the architectural dimensions of the remise, a courtly ceremony that marked the moment when a royal bride departed her homeland to be given into her new husband’s possession. 

Voice students win prizes in regional audition competition

Voice students Christian Souza and DeLenn Rumbolo brought home prizes from the Mid-Atlantic National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Souza, a student of Brian Arreola, received first place in the Advanced Post-Baccalaureate Classical Tenor, Baritone, Bass division.

Rumbolo, a student of Christina Pier, claimed third place in the Advanced Post-Baccalaureate Classical Treble division.

Art professor Lydia Thompson to be honored by global ceramic arts organization

Lydia Thompson, professor of art, will receive a 2024 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Honorary Member Award at the organization’s annual conference in Richmond, Virginia.

For more than five decades, recipients of the Honorary Member Award have been recognized as individuals “whose commitments to creativity, scholarship, activism or professionalism have made transformative contributions to the ceramic arts.”

Art professor Lisa Homann co-curating international exhibition of West African masquerade artists

Associate Professor of Art History Lisa Homann is a key member of a team developing the internationally traveling exhibition “New Masks Now: Artists Innovating Masquerade in Contemporary West Africa.” The exhibition is organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art and supported by a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.