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3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
Cecil Norris To Have Gaston College Exhibition
Running April 9-June 24 in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery
Local artist Cecil Norris has an exhibition coming up April 9. It will be on display at Gaston College’s Rauch Gallery.(Photo Courtesy Gaston College)
Local artist Cecil Norris has an
exhibition coming up April 9.
It will be on display at Gaston
College’s Rauch Gallery.


(Photo Courtesy Gaston College)

Shelby-based artist Cecil Norris will have a showing running April 9 through June 24.

The Rauch Gallery on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College is the venue for the exhibition, called “Unexamined,” according to college spokeswoman Stephanie Michael Pickett. She extolled Norris last week, hailing him as an innovator in his preferred media of painting, drawing and printmaking. The exhibition is sponsored by the Gaston College Art Department.

However, due to ongoing virus-related restrictions, the gallery is closed to the public, as Pickett informed. But the art department is looking forward to doing some Internet-based programming and holding a closing reception in June. Gaston College art teacher Liliya Zalevskaya is curating the exhibition.

“Unexamined” is Norris’s introspective look into his own life, as he recently explained.

“My paintings are a testament to our complex yet inescapable relationship with the past and present,” he said, “but I hope to provoke an emotional response out of the viewer to elicit change in the future. I purposely blur the lines of realism and abstraction to reveal something that has been lost from history and investigate the ambiguity and perplexity of black identity. I focus on the emotional atmosphere, energy and space that my figures inhabit, which allows me to strip away the layers of myself that help me to better understand and reflect what I see as my place in society.”

Norris earned a bachelor of arts degree from the school of architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He works in Shelby, teaching art at Crest High School, where he hopes to cultivate a new age of artists. 

For more details, e-mail Zalevskaya at zalevskaya.liliya@gaston.edu.



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