Benches & Column Cladding
Seated amidst these windscreens, benches along the platform will be painted teal and kiwi, reiterating the color of the mosaic inserts. The column cladding at the base of the canopies will be powder coated in black and laser cut in patterns again referencing the busy urban landscape. Apart from her artful use of color, the cohesiveness of Dowell’s design lays in its ability to join ideas pertaining to both general urban development and Charlotte specifically. By abstracting images of Charlotte’s architectural landscape and inhabitants, she allows her designs to appear relevant to both neighborhood communities and the larger population of riders.
Artist Sharon Dowell earned her BFA in painting, Cum Laude from the University of NC at Charlotte. Her work can be found in the corporate collections of Pricewaterhousecoopers, The Ritz Carlton, Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting, the Federal Reserve Bank and several others. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions in Charlotte, NC, Seattle, WA, Phoenix, AZ, Atlanta, GA and New York City. She has been the recipient of 5 artist residencies nationally and internationally including the United Buddy Bear artist residency in Berlin, Germany; Julia and David's Artist Colony in Ciudad, Costa Rica; The Tyron Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland; NES Artists residency in Skagastrong, Iceland; and McColl Center for Visual Art here in Charlotte, NC. In addition to her studio work, Dowell has also been commissioned by the Arts and Science Council, the Cornelius Arts Center, The Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, Triangle Transit, and the Alemannia Society to create temporary and permanent public art works. Her 2008 Central Avenue Mural commission from the Arts and Science Council for the City of Charlotte began her public art career, adding to her already extensive list of exhibitions across the country.