Charlotte Teachers Institute Presents 'Exploding Canons' at the McColl Center

Friday, January 11, 2013

CHARLOTTE - Jan. 10, 2013 - Exploring and expressing the concept of time intrigues artists and scientists alike, and “Exploding Canons: All the Time in the World” will continue the exploration on Friday, Jan. 25, in an event presented by the Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) and the McColl Center for Visual Art.

The evening at the McColl Center begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by a discussion at 6:30 when national and local academic experts including the McColl’s visiting artists, will consider time through art, physics, biology, environmental science and personal experiences. Following the panel, the art exhibition “All the Time in the World” will remain open until 9 p.m. CTI designed the event in conjunction with the exhibition, which opens that evening.

“The McColl Center has been a leader in arts integration in the Charlotte community for many years,” said CTI Director Scott Gartlan. “This natural collaboration expands our signature approach to interdisciplinary study by showcasing six scholars from four states in six different educational institutions from Stanford University to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. This will be an unprecedented cultural and scientific event.”

The exhibition features video, installation and mixed media work by Gail Wight, associate professor of art practice at Stanford University, and Mary Tsiongas, associate professor of art and art history at the University of New Mexico. Exhibition curator Arif Khan, curator of art at the Clay Center for Arts & Sciences, said the exhibition “explores creative ways of expressing or marking time and shows how an understanding of science can influence the practice of contemporary art.”

Topics and presenters in the panel discussion are:

  • “Visualizing the Invisible Universe: From the Very Large to the Very Small” – Mario Belloni, professor of physics, Davidson College.
  • “Images of Time: Photography and Film in Contemporary Art” – Jae Emerling, professor of art and art history, UNC Charlotte.
  • “Reflecting Sustainability Through Art: Production, Consumption and Waste in the Modern World” – Beth Lasure, art teacher, Mallard Creek High School.

Lasure, a founding teacher leader in CTI, was recently named a McColl Center Artist-in-Residence. Her remarks will focus on curriculum ideas related to art and science she developed in a recent CTI seminar. Khan will moderate the panel. Wight and Tsiongas will join the local academics in the discussion, which includes a question and answer period.

The Exploding Canons program and the McColl Center exhibition are free and open to the public. CMS educators from all grades and subject areas are especially encouraged to attend. Seating for the Exploding Canons program is limited, so registration at the CTI website ( is recommended.

The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte. Free parking is available in the McColl Center lot at the corner of 10th and Church streets. Metered parking is also available on 10th, Church and Tryon streets (free after 6 p.m.). Handicapped-accessible parking is located in the small lot directly behind the McColl Center on Church Street.

The “Exploding Canons” speakers series optimizes the partnerships among CTI to offer educators and the public collaborative educational opportunities that highlight university and college faculty, explore diverse topics in an interdisciplinary manner, and encourage community conversation.  This marks the eighth event in the “Exploding Canons” series, which has served more than 1,500 people, half of whom were CMS teachers. 

About the Charlotte Teachers Institute

The Charlotte Teachers Institute is an educational partnership among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte that works to improve teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools. An affiliate of the Yale National Initiative at Yale University, CTI cultivates content-knowledge, creativity, leadership skills and collaboration within and among Charlotte’s public school teachers. Programs include intensive long-term seminars and special events for teachers, as well as a variety of community presentations. CTI’s “Exploding Canons” events engage and educate CMS teachers and the community-at-large, as CTI and a variety of partnering organizations produce forums for college and university faculty and other educators to examine topics through multi-disciplinary lenses.

CTI programs are made possible by a joint commitment of resources from all three Institute partners and through the generosity of private funding institutions such as the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Belk Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation. The institute is housed at UNC Charlotte within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

About the McColl Center for Visual Art

The McColl Center for Visual Art is a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community. Located in a historic, neo-Gothic church in Uptown Charlotte, the Center houses nine artist studios and over 5,000 square feet of gallery space. The public is welcome to explore exhibitions and connect with artists through various programs including open studios, community outreaches, workshops and more.



For more information, contact CTI Executive Director Scott Gartlan, 704‑687‑2026,

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools media contact: Tahira Stalberte, 980‑343‑0954

Davidson College Public Relations media contact: Bill Giduz, 704‑894‑2244,

UNC Charlotte Public Relations media contact: Buffie Stephens, 704‑687‑5830,



Faculty and artists explore time through art and science