A JK THROUGH 12 INDEPENDENT SCHOOL IN CHARLOTTE, NC

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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. 

Chas Fagan's bronze statue, Captain Jack

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.

Visiting Artist

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).

Chas Fagan working with 8th grade students

Annual Art Exhibit

Head of School Mark Reed, world-renowned artist and Country Day parent, Chas Fagan, and visual arts teacher, Mike Hennessey

Country Day administrators and artist Chas Fagan at the annual art exhibit Gallery Reception in February 2019.

Art Gallery Exhibits

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