Transit Planning
LYNX Blue Line Extension Art Exhibition Moves Uptown, March 8 - March 30

February 28, 2013

McColl Center for Visual Art will host an exhibition of art proposed for Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project. This exhibition, on view from March 8 through March 30, will provide an opportunity for the public to view the proposed works.

The 9.3 mile LYNX Blue Line Extension will begin uptown at Ninth Street, 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 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 BLE’s alignment. Eight artists are from the Carolinas: Susan Brenner, Chandra Cox, Sharon Dowell, Daren Goins, Ruth Ava Lyons, Paul Sires, Shaun Cassidy and Tom Stanley. Artists from across the United States 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 McColl Center for Visual Art’s Innovation Institute facility, Saturday, March 9, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. during McColl Center’s Open Studio. The public is invited to come and meet the artists working on CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension art.
On Friday, March 22 from 6:30 -7:30 p.m., during a gallery reception at McColl Center for Visual Art, a panel discussion will be held with five of the LYNX BLE artists: Shaun Cassidy, Chandra Cox, Susan Cannon, Paul Sires and Tom Stanley. This panel discussion will give the public an opportunity to learn more about the artists’ process of integrating art at a light rail station. Both events are free and open to the public. Due to limited space, registration is recommended for the panel discussion. To register, visit www.mccollcenter.org or call 704-332-5535. The exhibition is sponsored by CATS, with support from McColl Center for Visual Art.
In conjunction with the exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art is hosting CATS sponsored artist-in-residence, Carolyn Braaksma from January 7 through March 26. Braaksma is integrating art into the walls and bridges along the light rail alignment. You can visit her in her studio during Open Studio Saturdays on March 9 between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Construction of the LYNX Blue Line Extension is scheduled to begin in early 2014. 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 and directions to McColl Center for Visual Art, please visit www.mccollcenter.org. Parking is located at the front and side of the Innovation Institute Building. Additional parking is available at the corner of Church and 10th Streets. 


McColl Center for Visual Art
McColl Center for Visual Art is an artists’ residency program and gallery dedicated to promoting contemporary art and supporting artists regionally, nationally and internationally. The Center’s goal is to present art and artists in a way that engages and enriches the public while revealing the creative process through open studios, outreaches, community projects and educational programs. The gallery is free and open to the public, Thursday and Friday from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Born from McColl Center for Visual Art, the Institute is a professional/personal development endeavor that taps into the innate creative being that’s inside every one of us. McColl Center for Visual Art is supported, in part, with a Basic Operating Grant from the Arts and Science Council as well as the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art and the generosity of corporate and individual donors. 
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.