Featured images for the Home exhibition

November 6, 2020 – February 27, 2021

Home is a place we never see with stranger’s eyes. It is a base for everything: hope, family, school, fellowship, faith, future struggles and successes. Even as our sense of place has changed significantly this year, there is a magnetic property of home, the way it aligns everything around us. It is more than a place. It’s an idea. Home is home, and everything else is not-home.

This exhibition features art that explores the meanings and feelings of “home” and “place” in our increasingly interwoven society. Home can be one place or many. Finding home can take a journey. Re-imaging home has become a universal undertaking. The artists in this show explore one of the most basic social concepts by which individuals, families, nations, and regions understand themselves in relation to others. The resulting visual conversations embrace both idealized concepts and physical realities of home, while exploring our relationship to ourselves, others and the natural world around us.

HOME opens on Friday, November 6, 2020 with a special opening event and will be on view through Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Itinerary of Events


Opening Reception with the Artists
Friday, November 6, 2020   |  Timed entry from 6 – 8p  

Featuring exhibition artists David J. Butler, Crista Cammaroto, and J. Stacy Utley

Reservations are required. Space is limited to maintain social distance and masks are required. Upon arrival and in advance of each time slot, guests will have the opportunity to experience “waiting stations,” including a hands-on, interactive activity designed by artist Crista Cammaroto.



Moderated Panel Discussion and Q&A:
What is Home for Charlotte Creatives?
Wednesday, November 18, 2020  |  6:30p – 8:30p

Join us as we dive into and discuss the reality of home for the creative community in Charlotte as we live stream from the Arts Factory in Charlotte’s Historic West End. Moderated by Talk Show Host and Speaker Ohavia Phillips and Charlotte Is Creative co-founders Matt Olin and Tim Miner, the conversation will explore existing opportunities and hurdles, delve into the challenges of navigating institutional and cultural structures, and discuss whether there is a collective future vision for art and artists in Charlotte as we maneuver our way through a quickly changing world. Panelists include the Charlotte-based artists from HOME: Dave Butler, Crista Cammaroto, and J. Stacy Utley. The artists will be joined in discussion by leaders from Queen City arts institutions: Amy Herman, co-founder of Goodyear Arts; Alli Celebron-Brown, President and CEO of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation; Todd Herman, President and CEO of the Mint Museum; Todd D. Smith, Executive Director of Bechtler Museum; and Alexys Taylor, former Manager, Collections & Exhibitions, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

First hour discussion, second hour Q&A.

New Location – Now on ZOOM | Registration Required

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Meet the Artists

Crista Cammaroto is a prolific interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on place-making and reconnecting humans with the earth, our primary home. In her installation, Overlook, Cammaroto deals directly with the loss of species that have been overlooked on earth. As we reckon with the loss of our own species, felt so heavily today, Cammaroto touches a nerve: these losses in both the natural world and the human world are all due to our own action, or inaction.

Her Terra Forma print series stems from her three-dimensional earth works. Cammaroto uses natural materials – such as leaves and dirt – to create temporary, site-specific works of art. She then photographs the earth work. As Cammaroto describes the resulting image: “the heightened moment of completion is photographed and becomes an archival print, an artifact of the temporal moment. Making in places where others circulate ‘outside’ is a significant performative aspect to my work. I often place forms in high circulation areas and leave collected found materials where people feel comfortable adding to each Terra Form. I invite specific planned groups and pedestrians to work with me or refresh the work new foliage in the following days. The experience is to be shared, changed and felt by others, with the hopes of inspiring a deeper engagement to the sophistication and balance of the natural world.”   Cammaroto is also a curator and art professor. She has completed residencies at Little Italy Arts Center, The McColl Center for Visual Art, and an assistantship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. Cammaroto’s work is in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum, the Bechtler Contemporary Collection, and special collections of UNCC.

David J. Butler is a photographer and videographer who has been involved in several landmark arts efforts in Charlotte. Butler curated Welcome To Brookhill at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, coordinated video production for the first series of the #HomeCLT program at the Levine Museum of the New South, and is a founding member of Hue House, a creative agency focused on building bridges between creatives of color and Charlotte’s cultural and government institutions. Butler also currently serves as program director for beSOCIAL and operates Analogue Luxury, a series of branded art projects based in vintage photography and design. In 2018 he was named Charlottean of the Year for his work in the arts sector.

J. Stacy Utley is a critically acclaimed artist whose work addresses complex narratives found within the African American diaspora. Utley is limitless in his experimentation with medium, shaping his body of work in ink, watercolor, oil and chalk pastels, acrylics, and found or sourced objects. His collages, assemblages, paintings and drawings address the topics of displacement, cultural appropriation, religion, race, mental illness and sexuality. Conversant topics of the African American community that shape identities and are not always comfortable to discuss.

Utley is a graduate of North Carolina State University, College of Design where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. His career as an architect/designer has both influenced and provided a rich source for his work. He went on to receive a Masters of Fine Art from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge Massachusetts. Utley has shown nationally, exhibiting in solo exhibits and numerous group exhibitions. His executed works can be found in private, public and university collections including North Carolina State University and Johnson C Smith University. He is a public artist and have received commissions from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte NC, and the Durham Public Arts Commission.