Transit Planning
Storrs Gallery Hosts Exhibition of CATS LYNX Blue Line Art January 14-Febraury 28

January 14, 2013

UNC Charlotte’s Storrs Gallery will host an exhibition of art proposed for Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) LYNX Blue Line Light Rail Extension. This exhibition, on view from January 14 through February 28, will be the first opportunity for the public at large to view the proposed works.
The LYNX Blue Line Extension will begin at Ninth Street, next to the UNC Charlotte Center City building, continue through the North Davidson Arts District, and terminate at the UNC Charlotte campus.  Sixteen artists were selected in 2009 to integrate art into this light rail system. 
Designed by Leigh Brinkley, Brinkley Design, the exhibition in Storrs Gallery presents the art proposed by the 16 artists for the 11 stations, walls and bridges, elevators, bike facilities, and park and ride lots along the nine-mile alignment.  Local artists include Susan Brenner, Chandra Cox, Sharon Dowell, Daren Goins, Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires, Shaun Cassidy, and Tom Stanley. Other artists include Maria Artemis, June Bisantz, Carolyn Braaksma, Jackie Chang, Anna Valentina Murch and Doug Hollis, and Patricia Leighton and Del Geist. 
A public reception will be held at Storrs Gallery, Wednesday, January 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to come and meet artists working on CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension art.
After the exhibition closes at Storrs Gallery on February 28, it will move uptown to the Innovation Institute at McColl Center for Visual Art, opening March 8 and continuing through March 30, to provide the public additional opportunities to see the art proposed for the Extension.  
The exhibition is sponsored by CATS, with support from the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, Innovation Institute, and McColl Center for Visual Art. 
Construction of the 9.3 mile Blue Line Extension is scheduled to begin in late 2013. The line is projected to begin operations in 2017.  To learn more about CATS and transit planning, please visit www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-7433.
For more information, directions to Storrs Gallery, and parking details, please visit https://coaa.uncc.edu/events-exhibitions.
About the College of Arts + Architecture Gallery System
The mission of the College of Arts + Architecture gallery system is to create lively forums in which the curious encounter the work of global, regional, and local artists through diverse media and dynamic exchanges that are nourished by the intellectual and creative life of the university. Our programming will echo crossovers of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, and dance inherent to the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. We seek to provide a haven for experimentation, to invigorate the environments we occupy, and to amplify the means to engage art and design in our community. For more information, please visit www.coaa.uncc.edu 
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is the largest transit system between Atlanta, Ga. and Washington, D.C. with over 70 local, express and regional bus routes, a light rail line, services for the disabled, and vanpools serving more than 24 million trips each year. Managed by the Public Transit Department, a department within the City of Charlotte, CATS  maintains a dual focus, managing and continually improving day-to-day operations of the region’s transit services within a six-county area while advancing planning for a regional rapid transit system integrated with land-use plans which includes light rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit and expanded bus services.