CATS Blue Line Artwork Displayed in Storrs Gallery

Friday, January 11, 2013

CHARLOTTE - Jan. 9, 2013 - UNC Charlotte’s Storrs Gallery will host an exhibition of art proposed for Charlotte Area Transit System’s Blue Line light rail extension starting Monday, Jan. 14.

This display, which will be exhibited through Thursday, Feb. 28, will be the first opportunity for the public to view the proposed works. In 2009, 16 artists were selected to integrate art into the light rail system. 

Designed by Leigh Brinkley of Brinkley Design, the Storrs Gallery display will present artworks proposed by the artists for the 11 stations, as well as walls and bridges, elevators, bike facilities and park-and-ride lots along the nine-mile extension.  Local artists include Susan Brenner, Chandra Cox, Sharon Dowell, Daren Goins, Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires, Shaun Cassidy and Tom Stanley. Other artists include Maria Artemis, June Bisantz, Carolyn Braaksma, Jackie Chang, Anna Valentina Murch and Doug Hollis and Patricia Leighton and Del Geist. 

The light rail extension will begin at 9th Street, next to UNC Charlotte Center City, and it is expected to continue through the North Davidson Arts District and terminate at the UNC Charlotte campus. 

A public reception featuring a number of the artists will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Storrs Building Gallery.

After the exhibition closes Feb. 28, it will move to the Innovation Institute at the McColl Center for Visual Art, from Friday, March 8 through Saturday, March 30, to provide the public additional opportunities to see the art proposed for the extension. 

The exhibition is sponsored by CATS Art in Transit program with support from the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, Innovation Institute and McColl Center for Visual Art.


Public Relations media contact:  Buffie Stephens, 704-687-5830,