In 2004 CATS began sponsoring an artist residency at McColl Center for Visual Art in uptown Charlotte to provide a commissioned artist with significant community access during the artist's process of conceiving and incorporating art into a transit project. McColl Center for Visual Art is an urban art center that encourages the advancement of creativity through artist residencies, exhibitions, education, and outreach.
Carolyn Braaksma, 2013 Jackie Chang, 2012
Shaun Cassidy, 2006 Tom Thoune, 2005 Leticia Huerta, 2004
Workshops / Presentations
Each Art in Tranist artist pursues some type of engagement, research, or connection with the community where their work is installed. These events happen in a variety of ways from an artist visiting a neighborhood association meeting, to a workshop with school children, to public presentations of their work at a museum. For example, Between 2010 and the present, the commissioned artists and CATS Art in Transit staff have shared the art proposed for the BLE stations with the public and station community groups on more than 36 different occasions.
Tom Stanley, Tom Hunter UNC Charlotte Cultural History Projects Mikyoung Kim
Workshop with Hidden Contemporary Artchitecture + Valley Elementary Design Lecture
and MLK Jr. Middle Mint Museum Uptown
Because all the CATS Art in Transit public art is site specific and carefully researched and planned by each artist, there is a different story to tell with each project. Through Exhibitions that are open to the public prior to or after a project is completed, Art in Transit is able to share a vast amount of information about the art and artists in an accessible and engaging fomat.
LYNX Blue Line Extension CityLYNX Gold Line Studio to Site
Occasionally Art in Transit is provided with an opportunity to create a project that will only last for a specific amount of time. These projects may be used to mitigate construction or engage with riders on their daily commute.
North Davidson Construction Fencing ASC & The Light Factory: Art in Motion
Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network Year in Review Award
Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network’s Year in Review award is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. Each year, 2-3 curators are selected to review more than 400 project applications of work completed in the previous calendar year. Up to 50 public art projects are chosen that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country. The national award is presented at the annual Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network conference.
Four CATS Art in Transit projects have earned national recognition from Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network. Recipients of the Year in Review:
- 2018 Year in Review: Cornelius Park & Ride, Art by Ivan Depeña
- 2012 Year in Review: N Davidson Maintenance Facility, Art by Jimmy O’Neil
- 2008 Year in Review: LYNX Blue Line, Art by Thomas Sayre
- 2006 Year in Review: South Tryon Bus Maintenance Facility, Art by Marek Ranis, Alice Adams, and RM Fischer