Art

Public Art

For the Instagram-obsessed or the art lover, public art is a signature feature of South End’s landscape. Find colorful, large-scale installations, murals and sculpture throughout the area, from the now iconic Confetti Hearts wall by Evelyn Henson to more hidden gems like Edwin Gil’s Nature mosaic at Luna’s Living Kitchen.

This list is always growing. If you have a new or favorite public piece to add to this list, let us know!

First Friday Gallery Crawl

On the first Friday evening of each month*, neighborhood galleries, design studios and furniture shops stay open late to showcase new art exhibitions--everything from fine oil and pastel to contemporary glass, sculpture, textile, jewelry and mosaic. The open-house atmosphere invites you in with music, drink and bites, and often an opportunity to meet the artists.

Some Fridays also include the one-of-a-kind Nebel’s Alley Night Market, a magical little pop-up market tucked into the alleys of the Design Center. Born out of a collaboration between Esther & Elsa Retail, Charlotte Center City Partners and the Design Center, the night market brings light, music, and fantastic local shopping into this beautiful space.

South End First Fridays are on the first Friday of the calendar month, every month except January, June and July.

Details about what to expect on First Friday can be found under Signature Events.


A Cut Above

A Cut Above
Adrian Chu Redmond

Poindexter Dr, Charlotte, NC

Adrian Chu Redmond is an internationally acclaimed artist with a poetic eye and desire to bring energy and expression into everyday life. She draws inspiration from colors in nature, aiming to capture a fleeting moment, emotion or sensation while utilizing bold brush strokes, strong palette knife markings and vivid hues to characterize her work. Adrian finds beauty in the overlooked and channels those moments to express her vision of the world. Through her unique style of realism and abstraction, she brings energy into her subjects by making them appear larger than life.

Chu Redmond’s goal with A Cut Above, her first public art piece in Charlotte, is to energize people with the beautiful blooms of sunflowers.


Beautiful Utilities

Beautiful Utilities
Laurie Smithwick - Visit Artist Website

176 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC28203

Graphic designer Laurie Smithwick used her 2016 South End Creative Lab grant to turn a traffic signal utility box into artwork.  Since the box lies at one of South End’s busiest intersections, she collected stories of the hub from residents to inform her piece.  From these narratives, she came to understand the intersection as a meeting point for a network of diverse neighborhoods.  Smithwick reflected this idea in her design by bleeding colors into each other and overlapping shapes.


Bradham Parking Garage Series

Bradham Parking Garage Series
Hilary Siber - Visit Artist Website

145 New Bern St, Charlotte, NC28203

A series of murals for Bradham Apartments parking garage. The murals reference the Pepsi wave and bottle caps!


Camden Wall Mosaic Frieze

Camden Wall Mosaic Frieze
Tom Thoune - Visit Artist Website

Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC28203

The 33 mosaics along Camden Road at the East/West Boulevard Light Rail is the result of an enthusiastic collaboration between South End Residents and local artist Tom Thoune.  In 2005, Thoune gathered donations of plates, glass and broken ceramics from South End residents through a community collection arranged in conjunction with McColl Center for Visual Art, then recycled and combined them with his own handmade ceramics.  The materials were used to make a mosaic frieze spanning 360 feet that tell a story about South End and its surrounding neighborhoods.

In 2017, the South End Neighborhood Association spearheaded a project to repaint the wall, with assistance and coordination from CATS Art in Transit and maintenance teams, artist Tom Thoune, Charlotte Center City Partners, and all the neighbors who came out with paintbrushes to spruce up the art wall.


Catawba Mural

Catawba Mural
Miouxnie Rane West - Visit Artist Website

1320 South Church St, Charlotte, NC

Local artist and South End Creative Lab grant recipient Miouxnie Rane West was inspired by her native American roots for this Riva Finoli Passage project.  She drew on the rich history of Catawba Indians in the Charlotte area to craft a piece representative and reflective of their poignant impact.  The vibrant result depicts the Catawba River flowing through lively swirls of color.  To achieve full authenticity, West freehanded the entire installation, forgoing projection tools and painting directly from her mind.


Cicada - Summer Breeze

Cicada - Summer Breeze
Laura Sutthoff

Marsh Rd, Charlotte, NC

Charlotte-native Laura Sutthoff’s first public art piece Cicada – Summer Breeze is inspired by her Southern roots.

“Every thirteen years during the warm months of summer in the South, Cicada Nymphs crawl out from under the earth,” says Sutthoff. “It’s a homecoming, remembering parties and picnics outside. Seeing friends and family, dancing on the grass, and staying up late to hear stories of days gone by.”


Color Forest

Color Forest
Ivan Toth Depeña

Charlotte, NC

100 colorful steel poles, ranging in height from 8 to 12 feet, line both sides of the Rail Trail just north of Bland Street, creating a “Color Forest” you walk through on the Trail. Local artist, Ivan Depeña is the brains behind this amazing installation, with ACSM at C3 Lab completing the fabrication and installation.


Confetti Hearts Wall

Confetti Hearts Wall
Evelyn Henson - Visit Artist Website

West Worthington Ave, The Design Center Atrium, Charlotte, NC


Dog Walkers

Dog Walkers
Chase Brannock

Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC

Chase was born in Burlington, NC. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

Chase Brannock’s installation combines two South End staples, dogs and art, in a playful and whimsical narrative of comic panels.

“With all of the negativity in the world, part of my responsibility as an artist is to spread positivity back into the community,” Brannock says.


Duke Substation & Beacon Tower Illumination

Duke Substation & Beacon Tower Illumination
Duke Energy - Visit Artist Website

Charlotte Rail Trail, Charlotte, NC28203


Edna's Porch

Edna's Porch
David Furman - Visit Artist Website

213 East Palmer St, Charlotte, NC28203

In 2016, David Furman and CATS collaborated to add purpose and dimension to a vacant patch of land near the Blue Line transformer.  The installation, Edna’s Porch, includes swings, benches, and a patio covering for everyone on the Rail Trail to enjoy.


Exclamation Point

Exclamation Point
David Furman

109 East Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC28203


Fowler Porch

Fowler Porch
David Furman - Visit Artist Website

1447 South Tryon St, Charlotte, NC28203

Artist David Furman of Centro Citiworks has brought many eccentric works to the Rail Trail.  In 2016, he created Fowler Porch to creatively bring playfulness to a previously unused, deteriorating wall.  Furman worked in collaboration with local steel artist Ben Parrish of Steel Design Studios, who made the screen, handrails, and seesaw on the porch.  The project was made possible by Beacon Partners, owners of the adjacent Fowler Building.


Gold District Community Mural

Gold District Community Mural
E. C. Laney - Visit Artist Website

307 Lincoln St, Charlotte, NC

This community mural was one of the first projects created in the Gold District, a sub-district of South End that celebrates the gold mining history here (gold mines are literally under your feet), and the entrepreneurial spirit then and now f the businesses here.

The Gold District, named after the discovery of gold and the operation of gold mines in the area, is a small section of South End with general boundaries of Morehead, Summit, Church and Graham Streets. The Gold District is undergoing a revitalization with support from business owners and the city. Art is playing a role in its redevelopment and this mural is one of the first pieces commissioned in the district.


Halcyon Deconstruction

Halcyon Deconstruction
Sharon Dowell

Iverson Way, Charlotte, NC

Sharon Dowell is a painter with a focus on works on canvas, murals and public art. Intertwining themes course through her paintings; the energy of place, renewal, regeneration, and redemption. She believes that creative place making communicates distinctiveness and generates connections across communities. Thus, it is important for her murals and public art to also serve as a vehicle to give back and shape communities for the better.

She received a MA in Arts Administration from Winthrop University and a BFA from UNCC. She has served as an Adjunct Professor and Rowe Galleries Coordinator at UNC Charlotte and as Director for Center of the Earth Gallery.

Her commissions include large scale mural, light rail station and transit projects for Charlotte and Boulder, CO as well as murals for UNCC, the cities of Rock Hill and Concord, and bus shelter art for Durham. Her residencies include The McColl Center for Visual Art, Can Serrat in Barcelona, Casa Lu in Mexico City, Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland, NES in Iceland, United Buddy Bear Studios in Berlin, and the Julia and David White Colony in Costa Rica. Sharon received multiple Arts and Science Council artist grants and her work is in several corporate collections.


Kindred

Kindred
Beth D. Mussay

East Carson Blvd, Charlotte, NC

Beth D. Mussay’s first public art piece in Charlotte, Kindred, uses colored ink to create portraits of loved ones, friends and strangers who are all persevering in some way.

“This piece is an attempt to let those people know that I see their beauty, as individuals and as members of a vulnerable group,” Mussay says.

 


Lance Color Study

Lance Color Study
Christine Dryden

Bland St, Charlotte, NC

After 15 years as a graphic designer working with artists and creatives, Christine Dryden is now venturing into her newest medium of paint and using her graphic design background to influence her work. For her piece, Lance Color Study, Dryden was inspired by the colors of the brick, grass, trees, concrete and sky at the intersection.

“I translated my photographs to swatches in my PMS book, then returned to the studio to mix oil paints and render a color study of the space,” Dryden says, sharing the squares are an homage to the Lance cracker peanut butter sandwiches that were a staple of her childhood lunches.


Life In Transit

Life In Transit
Kate Stewart & Holt School of Fine Art Students - Visit Artist Website

118 East Kingston Ave, Charlotte, NC28203

The Dilworth Artisan Station, a hundred-year-old building originally a garment and textile factory, serves as a studio for 35 Charlotte artists.  In 2017, one of these artists, Kate Stewart, was selected to bring the creativity happening inside the Station to the building’s exterior.  Stewart worked with a group of her fine arts students to capture the dynamic nature of city life and visually represent the quiet moments city residents enjoy after the hustle and bustle of their days.  Their installation spans 20 aluminum panels on the façade of the Station and can be seen from the Rail Trail.


Linda Lou & Leroy

Linda Lou & Leroy
Jen Hill

Camden Rd, Leroy Fox South End, Charlotte, NC

Jen’s mural depicts a fox chase happening outside of the city from the South End point of view. “The one large fox is Linda Lou and her baby is the smaller fox you see in the distance. There is also another fox somewhat hidden floating above the scene and that’s suppose to be Leroy, looking over Linda Lou.”


Magic Carpet Murals

Magic Carpet Murals
Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhn - Visit Artist Website

109 East Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC

The Magic Carpet Murals bring vibrancy and color to South End and Uptown.  Artists Jessie and Katey designed the graphic pieces in collaboration with children in the Charlotte community and installed the paintings with the help of volunteers in March 2016.  The three Magic Carpets can be found on the Rail Trail across the tracks from Atherton Mill, adjacent to the Shook/Kelly office building at 2151 Hawkins Street, and between the New Bern Station and Hyde Brewing.


Mexican Mermaid (Karla)

Mexican Mermaid (Karla)
Sharon Dowell - Visit Artist Website

1999 Hawkins St, Charlotte, NC28203

The large-scale, purple-haired mermaid (affectionately “Karla”) soars above Hawkins Street.  She was painted by artist Sharon Dowell in 2018 for The Design Center of the Carolinas, made possible by a commission from Asana Partners. Karla adds an element of punk and adventure to a previously blank brick wall.  Dowell enjoys bringing her work to public spaces because she believes it makes art less intimidating and helps integrate creativity into daily life.


Mother Nature

Mother Nature
Rosalia Torres-Weiner - Visit Artist Website

2401 Distribution St, Charlotte, NC28203

Muralist and activist Rosalia Torres-Weiner brought Mother Nature to Friendship Trays in April 2017 as a testament to the women who run the non-profit organization.  Friendship Trays has been active in the Charlotte community since 1976, providing subsidized meals to those in need. Torres-Weiner took on the project because she enjoys depicting real people confronted with challenges in beautiful ways, and was inspired by the compassion and initiative of the majority female staff at Friendship Trays. The artist creatively addressed the electrical wires and boxes on her canvas by incorporating them into her painting as tendrils of her subject’s hair.


Move

Move
John Hariston Jr. - Visit Artist Website

110 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC28203


Nature

Nature
Edwin Gil - Visit Artist Website

South Blvd, Living Kitchen, Charlotte, NC

Located inside Living Kitchen in South End.


Organized Chaos

Organized Chaos
Anna Gelbach

East Park Ave, Charlotte, NC

Anna Gelbach is a graphic artist born and raised in Charlotte. She’s been making art her entire life and is currently working on a line of custom graphic prints and stationary.

Anna spent two years in Japan after college and has climbed the highest peak in the contiguous USA.


Pachamama

Pachamama
Nico Amortegui - Visit Artist Website

South Blvd, Living Kitchen, Charlotte, NC

Located inside Living Kitchen in South End.


Pre-Historic South End Brontosaurus

Pre-Historic South End Brontosaurus
Amy Hart - Visit Artist Website

Charlotte Rail Trail, Charlotte, NC

This bicycle-osaurus was brought to South End by CIEL gallery’s Amy Hart in 2016.  The project was envisioned by the South End Neighborhood Association and made possible by a private donation and a Historic South End Placemaking Grant, with the support of Park Condos HOA.


Rail Trail Chalkboard

Rail Trail Chalkboard
David Furman - Visit Artist Website

115 East Kingston Ave, Charlotte, NC28203

On this chalkboard, all types of Charlotte residents and visitors share what it is they want to do before they die.  Some of the responses are honest, some are aspirational, and some are humorous, and they are ever changing as more Rail Trail users contribute their hopes and dreams on the public forum.  This popular spot created is worth a visit and guaranteed to inspire.  The chalkboard is one of many guerilla art pieces that have appeared overnight on the Rail Trail; this one materialized in March 2015.


Rail Trail Symphony and Soundwave Art

Rail Trail Symphony and Soundwave Art
Central Piedmont Community College Students - Visit Artist Website

Charlotte Rail Trail, Charlotte, NC

The Rail Trail Symphony project was made possible by KaBoom, a nonprofit which aims to help cities create spaces for kids to play everywhere.  The Symphony provides unconventional musical instruments for children to experiment with sound in a collaborative environment.  Soundwave Art, a mural at the foot of the Rail Trail Symphony, was designed and painted by CPCC students, and visually represents the musical creativity happening above it.


Signal House

Signal House
Leigh Brinkley - Visit Artist Website

Camden Rd & W Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC28203

This building, constructed in 2007, houses equipment necessary for the operation of the Lynx Blue Line. CATS Arts in Transit program and local designer Leigh Brinkley gave the utilitarian structure a new look in 2012. Their collaboration yielded the fun art piece Rail Trail users see today.  Their design reflects South End’s quirkiness and creativity, and serves as a landmark in the neighborhood.


The Sting

The Sting
Shelly Johnson & Nathan Kelly - Visit Artist Website

2400 South Blvd, #300, Charlotte, NC28203


Track Fencing

Track Fencing
Shaun Cassidy - Visit Artist Website

1511 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC28203

Shaun Cassidy’s 2006 residency with CATS yielded 40 stainless steel leaf-maps which were installed along the Lynx Blue Line.  He cleverly replaced each leaf’s veins with street maps of Charlotte neighborhoods specific to the Light Rail Station where it was placed for transit riders to enjoy.


Unfurled

Unfurled
Pamela Goode - Visit Artist Website

102 West Park Ave, Charlotte, NC28203

Unfurled was conceived and managed by glass mural artist Pamela Goode with the dual aim of providing fellow artists with the opportunity to contribute to a public work and of highlighting the unique qualities of large scale glass mosaics.  Goode invited 52 international artists to contribute.  Each had the freedom to showcase their individual style in a section of the mosaic.  The patching together of these smaller pieces resulted in three very large plant-shaped panels bursting into bloom.  The amazingly intricate finished product would not have been possible without designer Lin Schorr, grouters, installers, and enthusiastic private sponsors.


Urban Eddy

Urban Eddy
Carmella Jarvi - Visit Artist Website

1507 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC28203

Charlotte native and local artist Carmella Jarvi was inspired by water for this project. To bring movement and nature to the Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse, Jarvi crafted 13 stunning glass rounds, which were then photographed and printed onto vinyl. In January 2018, the vinyls were adhered to the windows of the Powerhouse, reflecting beautiful colors outside and inside the building. This installation was made possible by the South End Creative Lab, which allows artists to infuse creativity into spaces of opportunity.


Urban Infinities

Urban Infinities
Ashley Graham

West Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC

“For this artwork I wanted to highlight my favorite attributes of being in South End. There is so much to do, whether it’s walking your dog along South Boulevard, riding a bike, or stopping into one of the many shops or restaurants, the atmosphere is always welcoming from the indoors out. The urban landscape of the area is filled with contemporary buildings juxtaposed with historical landmarks, all of which have shaped South End into the vibrant neighborhood that it has become. I collaged maps of Charlotte along with other symbolic imagery to capture the essence of exploring the area of South End and allowing yourself to get lost in the infinite fun,” Graham says.


Wake the Queen

Wake the Queen
Sam Guzzie

307 Lincoln St, Charlotte, NC28203

Artist Sam Guzzie of Brand the Moth, a nonprofit dedication to creating public art for the community and supporting local artists, painted Queen Charlotte to welcome guests to the Riva Finoli Passage at Magnolia Emporium in 2017.


Warby Parker Wall Illustration

Warby Parker Wall Illustration
Anna Kövecses - Visit Artist Website

2000 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC28203

Cyprus based artist Anna Kövecses brought her whimsical, modern illustration style to the interior of Warby Parker in 2017.  The fun mural brings color to the industrial space, which mellifluously blends South End’s enthusiasm for the arts with its manufacturing history.


Willie for President

Willie for President
Alison Hamil - Visit Artist Website

2511 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC28203

Mac’s Speed Shop commissioned artist Alison Hamil to paint this patriotic Willie Nelson mural in 2017.  The mural is located the venue’s outdoor seating area for patrons to enjoy.


Wind Chimes

Charlotte, NC


Yellow Chairs
David Furman

Charlotte, NC

Completed in 2016, these chairs bring a space for relaxation outdoors.