Annual Art Exhibit
Since 2009, Country Day has hosted a public art exhibition featuring well-known artists and art collections generously shared by members of our own community. The range of art exhibits we feature ties art education directly to our community, reaching all levels of interest and age groups.
Our exhibits serve to affirm community and deepen the connection between artist and viewer by sharing finished works of art and revealing the intent, creation, and process that inspires the work on display, which relates directly to our fine arts curriculum at all levels.
Tom Delaney, Upper School Art Department Chair and Hance Family Gallery Director
Chas Fagan: Eyes on History
In 2019, we featured works by Chas Fagan, a Country Day parent and world-renowned visual artist. Best-known for combining his artistic gifts with his knowledge of history, some of Mr. Fagan’s high-profile commissions include oil portraits of all 45 U.S. Presidents; along with statues of President Reagan in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Neil Armstrong for Purdue University, Rosa Parks in the Washington National Cathedral; and the official portrait of Mother Teresa for her canonization at St. Peter’s in Rome.
About the Exhibit
An installation of 26 of Mr. Fagan’s pieces featured both in-progress and completed works, including his famous Captain Jack bronze statue, currently displayed on the Greenway in Uptown Charlotte, was represented and suspended from the gallery ceiling. Additionally, maquettes (small-scale preliminary models), sketches, and photographs accompanied the displayed works to reveal the creative process from start to finish. Students from all divisions, grades, and subject areas visited the exhibit and some Upper School art students worked directly with Mr. Fagan during the spring semester.
In 2018, Mr. Fagan was a visiting artist at the Middle School, where he worked with eighth grade art students on the design of a bronze sculpture now featured at Bissell Campus (read more about it here).
Since 2009, Country Day has proudly hosted a public art exhibition featuring well-known artists and art collections generously shared by members of our community. Past exhibits include:
2019: Chas Fagan: Eyes on History
2018: From the Ground Up: Masterworks from the Carolina (and Beyond) from the Bill and Patty Gorelick Collection
2017: 75th Anniversary: Alumni Art Show featuring 38 alumni artists
2016: The Family Circle: Photography by Linda Foard Roberts
2015: Crossroads of Culture: Spanish Colonial Art from the Robicsek Family Collection
2014: Forms and Shapes, Large and Small: Contemporary Works from the Diamond Family Collection
2013: W. Louis Jones: Works from the Sonia and Isaac Luski Collection
2012: Cundo Bermudez: Works from the Sonia and Isaac Luski Collection
2011: Romare Bearden: Works from the Judy and Patrick Diamond Collection
2010: The Sight of Music: Artworks from the Judy and Patrick Diamond Collection
2009: The African-American Experience: Images of Family, Faith & Struggle—Selections from the Judy and Patrick Diamond Collection