Large-Scale Installation by Coker Alumna Opens in Charlotte

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Sept. 15, 2011 – Rhizome, Candice Ivy’s large-scale interactive sculptural installation in a vacant church in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood, will open on Friday, Sept. 30.

The opening reception, which is public and free, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the church, 1201 Central Avenue.

Ivy has spent the last nine months collaborating with the architectural students and faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to construct the temporary installation. Located in what formerly was a central gathering place for the surrounding community and the site of strong personal experiences, Rhizome is intended to reflect on both the history of the community and the ideas of transformation and growth.

“I have long been drawn to working within spaces that are both architecturally and historically diverse,” explained Ivy. “Interestingly, the challenge of working with students of architecture gave me new perspectives on ways of organizing and constructing space as well as on how issues of culture, community and history are incorporated.

“A major goal for the project was to create a charged atmosphere that intimately considers the existing architecture, the history of the space and the community,” said Ivy.

A multi-media artist born in Hartsville, Ivy received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Coker College and a master of fine arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston.

“Her senior exhibition more than ten years ago was an installation of large clay and vine forms,” recalls Art Professor and chair of the department Jean Grosser.  “It has been especially gratifying to see that imagery evolve in her drawings and installation work over the years.”

Ivy’s works have been shown nationally and internationally including in the Old City Jail in Charleston, S.C. as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and at the Sguardi Sonori Festival in Venice, Benevento and Frascati, Italy.  Her video work has been shown in such venues as GASP in Boston, Boston University’s 808 Gallery, the Massachusetts College of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Rhode Island International Film Festival in Providence, R.I., and in the Berkeley Small Film Festival in Berkeley, Calif.

Ivy received the Bartlett Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2006 and in 2010 was awarded an artist residency at the McColl Center.  In 2011 she received the Taipei Artist-in-Residency Award and created a site-specific installation at the Grass Mountain Artist Village in Yangmingshan, Taiwan.

“The McColl Center, which was the primary sponsor of Rhizome, is an amazing promoter and nurturer of the arts in North Carolina,” said Ivy. “Through my relationship with the Center, I have experienced the kind of support that every artist dreams of having.”

The McColl Center for Visual Art is a nationally acclaimed contemporary art center dedicated to connecting art and artists with the community. The Center, a historic, neo-Gothic church in uptown Charlotte, houses nine artist studios and more than 5,000 square feet of gallery space.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. For more information contact Barb Steadman: 843-397-9959 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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