Exhibit by GWU art professor highlighted at Cleveland County Arts Council

A assortment of 26 sculptures by Doug Knotts, professor and chair of the Gardner-Webb College Division of Visual Arts, views racial tensions throughout the region by means of the lens of historic components from African lifestyle.

The terra cotta pieces, called “Unarmed African American Portrait Heads,” will be on display screen July 8 via Aug. 12, at the Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. Washington St., Shelby.

Gardner-Webb serves as an affiliate member for the Arts Council.

Most of Knotts’ models were being learners from Gardner-Webb, and a number of were center college students he taught in the 1990s at a magnet school in Charlotte. He deliberately chose college students as his styles to stand for the people today whose deaths have led to rallies, marches and dialogue on racial injustices.

“I informed all models what the clearly show was about in advance of having their images to use as reference scientific studies,” Knotts claimed. “All the types agreed that some mild requirements to glow on the issue of racial profiling.”