Carmen Neely, MFA
Visiting Assistant Professor
Drawing / Painting
Carmen Neely earned a MFA in Studio Art from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016, and a BFA in Painting from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012. Her research and professional practice center around expressions of identity and memory through the vehicle of gestural abstraction.
Current projects explore the use of material as both metaphor and narrative agent, incorporating objects such as plexiglass, embroidery, and resin. With these materials, Neely translates previous gestures in paint and re-inserts them back into the world from which they came - creating new compositions. Through confronting tensions between such mediums imbedded in the genre of painting, she hopes to inspire conversations about mediated communication.
Neely’s mixed media paintings, drawings, and sculptural works have been featured in both local and international exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include; Lifelines, Setareh Gallery, Dusseldorf, DE, it makes it more so if you say so, Jane Lombard Gallery, Chelsea, NY; and 17 feet away, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC. She has additionally participated in curated group exhibitions such as; Behaving Differently, Plank Gallery, Seattle WA, and Black Blooded: Curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, The New Gallery, Charlotte NC. Neely has been a resident artist at Sparkbox Studio, Vermont Studio Center, and The McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Her work has been featured in Art in America, ARTFORUM, and Hyperallergic.