Drawing Into Space: Going Further

By Hollis Hammonds, 2016 UNC Charlotte Artist-in-Residence

My time at UNC Charlotte and McColl Center for Art + Innovation has been extremely rewarding thus far. I’ve been co-teaching a drawing course with Susan Brenner and 16 students at UNC Charlotte based on the concept of expanding drawing, a traditionally two-dimensional art form, into three dimensions. We call it Drawing Into Space and we have come a long way in a very short time. 

One of my favorite experiences so far was the non-traditional drawing materials day, where students used string, yarn, tape, and other materials to create temporary drawings in and around the Rowe Arts Building on the campus of UNC Charlotte. 

String drawing by students Rachel Fussell and Brittney Kalogeros (Courtesy of Hollis Hammonds)

The students are continuing to work on their collaborative installations for our exhibit, also called Drawing Into Space, which opens in the Rowe Galleries at UNC Charlotte on Thursday, March 17. (Facebook event invite here.) I was truly impressed by the individual proposals that each student presented to the class three weeks ago. Students developed concepts for drawings that engage space in some way, based on their own research, personal interests, and in-class experiments. Project ideas ranged from tracing time through layered images, process, and media (proposed by Rebecca Lempereur) to illustrating multiple architectural perspectives using tape and space (proposed by William “Woody” Woodruff). 

Out of the 16 proposals, 3 final projects were chosen and students self-selected into their respective groups. Javier Collado’s group (including Kimberlyn Cook, Dan Nguyen, and Giovanni Maldonado) is exploring layers of meaning and identity through portraiture, both 2D and 3D. Brittany Kalogeros’ group (including Jenny Dao, Nicole Miller, Sapun Ngoensritong, Drewry Roland, and William Woodruff) is utilizing laser cutting and light to create ephemeral drawings of dreams. Morgan Goodrum and Heather Lampkins have teamed up with group members (including Rachel Fussell, Rebecca Lempereur, Mollie McGalliard, and Alyssa “Ari” Miller) on a project which combines ideas of personal space and collective connections, represented though drawings and an intertwined yarn installation.

I’ve been most impressed with the willingness of students to jump in and experiment without any fear of failure. Working with this group of students has been truly inspiring, and I look forward to sharing my own work in the same space as their collaborative installations. 


Drawing Into Space: Works by McColl Center and UNC Charlotte Artist-in-Residence Hollis Hammonds and Students of the Department of Art & Art History is on view from March 17-30, 2016 at UNC Charlotte College of Art + Architecture’s Rowe Galleries. An Artist Lecture will take place on March 17 at 4:00 PM, followed by an Opening Reception from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Hollis Hammonds is a 2016 UNC Charlotte Artist-in-Residence here at McColl Center.