Carolina Art Crush – Shaun Cassidy

Shaun Cassidy is one of the most respected artists in the region. He is a much-loved professor at Winthrop University and has been lauded for his contributions to public art around North and South Carolina. His gallery-scaled works are just as spectacular, earning him the title of HappeningCLT’s current Carolina Art Crush.

Shaun Cassidy, "The Sound of Everything, Bassoon", 2014, Powder coated steel, 90 x 21 x 20 inches

Shaun Cassidy, “The Sound of Everything, Bassoon”, 2014, Powder coated steel,
90 x 21 x 20 inches

HCLT: Describe yourself in three words.

SC: An enthusiastic maker.

HCLT: When did you realize you were an artist?

SC: I knew I wanted to be an artist from the moment I first touched clay at age thirteen. The material and my interaction with it took me to a new place – and resulted in some very ugly teapots.

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Shaun Cassidy, “The Sound of Everything, Snare,” 2014, Powder coated steel, 73 x 36 x 36 inches

HCLT: Who or what inspires you artistically?

SC: I am inspired by both the history of sculpture and the diverse range of contemporary approaches to the discipline. I get particularly inspired by travelling and being immersed in a depth of feeling and freshness of seeing that one experiences in a new place.

HCLT: Tell us about your current body of work?

SC: This new body of work entitled The Sound of Everything was made over the last two years. It focuses on the associations of sound, form, color, and implied movement.

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“The Sound of Everything, Violin”, 2014, Powder coated steel, 50 x 22 x 22 inches

HCLT: What do you think is the most valuable art experience in the Carolinas right now?

SC: I think Ned Khan’s shimmering reflecting light wall on West Trade Street is a memorable experience and a great work of art.

HCLT: What is your number one art piece/place/event in this area?

SC: Without question it is seeing the spider lilies in full bloom at Landsford State Canal Park in Chester. It is a breath taking experience.

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Shaun Cassidy, “The Sound of Everything, Tuba”, 2014, Powder coated steel, 60 x 28 x 28 inches

HCLT: What book is on your nightstand right now?

SC: Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems Volume Two (Editor: me too Shaun!)

HCLT: Best meal in the Charlotte area?

SC: The best meal I have had in Charlotte was cooked by Ce Scott at the McColl Center of Art + Innovation – absolutely delicious Cornish hens

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Shaun Cassidy, “The Sound of Everything, Fiddle”, 2014, Powder coated steel, 48 x 24 x 22 inches

HCLT: Where can we see your work?

SC: This new body of work will be on display at Central Piedmont Community College’s Overcash Gallery beginning March 16th with an opening reception on March 26th at 6pm. (Editor: There will be a lecture on April 16, beginning at 6pm in Tate Hall, Overcash Building 2nd floor. You won’t want to miss this!)

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Shaun Cassidy, “The Sound of Everything, Big Bang”, 2015, Powder coated steel, 38 x 38 x 4 inches

HCLT: What is up next?

SC: Up next is construction of a public art project for Reid Park, beginning work on the art for McCullough Station for the Blue Line Extension for CATS, and a series of quite small sculptures.

7 thoughts on “Carolina Art Crush – Shaun Cassidy

  1. Love his works! Thought I’d share this with you all too…. we’ll FIGURE it out

    Hannah 🙂


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