D’Angelo Dia-Bethune teaches at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte. His alter ego, “El Negrito,” has made appearances around town wearing a mask to hide his identity while doing good deeds. His studies have included sociology, literature and divinity and he has traveled to Mexico, Europe and Africa in pursuit of inspiration. Performance art and photography are his expressive media focuses.
A professional artist for more than 25 years, abstract painter Linda Luise Brown holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and two Master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas (Dallas). She is also a writer. She teaches a course at UNC-Charlotte on Art Criticism. As a McColl Center for the Visual Art affiliate artist, she is experimenting with blending digital media with paint. Her current work includes setting up online exchange about the state of contemporary art.
Jason Watson was a McColl Center Artist in Residence. His artistic tools include collage, painting and mixed media. Storytelling and history and depicted through his work. His residency was supported by Wesley Mancini, a local artistic philanthropist. His studio environment, described as “gothic,” inspired him to work on large scale projects using found objects. He is working with Charlotte’s “Time Out Youth” lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning program on self expression through individual experiences. Watson will self-publish his book, “Fremde,” based on pictures he found and collected during an artistic residence in Germany.
Ceramicist Elizabeth Lasure was an Art Teacher in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Workshops and interactions with students and community members to foster the arts was her area during her residency. Clay and porcelain are her media. She received her degree in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Fine Arts Program. The State University of New York at Buffalo conferred upon her the Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education. Lasure is a member of the Yale National Initiative and its offshoot, the Charlotte Teachers Institute Steering Committee.
Artistic studies for Michaela Pilar-Brown at the Fine Arts Department of Howard University included art history and sculpture. This former Charlottean, now a Columbia, S.C. resident, is one of the featured female artists in the Gantt Center’s “I See You” exhibit. Her sometimes controversial photographs focus on the female form in all ages and stages. It is interesting to note that back in 2011, one of Brown’s works was pulled from a Gantt Center exhibit for nudity.
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