Andrew Knotts began making art at a very young age, but started painting seriously in high school. His love for art carved a path for multiple scholastic awards and top awards in several competitions. Andrew primarily works in oil or acrylic, and when not doing commissions, he creates art that focuses on themes of identity and purpose, allowing art to function as an outlet to process life and express emotions that are hard to put into words. Andrew is currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in studio art and computer science. At Chapel Hill he is the graphic designer for App Team Carolina and Kappa Theta Pi technical fraternity. He also does freelance designing for other organizations on campus. After school Andrew plans to continue painting with hopes of working in a tech design role. You can see his art on Instagram @andrewknottsart.
Chanel M. Davis’ association with Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) began in July 2013. She holds the position of Chief Experience Officer (CXO). Davis’ strategic priority is to enhance the Center’s inclusive, community-centered focus. She oversees Visitor Experience and Retail Operations teams, as well as the museum’s Food & Beverage program.
In this capacity, Davis realizes a leading-edge vision for audience engagement by driving new data-based approaches and insights via comprehensive marketing and digital engagement plans. This work will amplify explorations of the Gantt’s collections, exhibitions and further participation and connection with the museum’s education and public engagement programs. An essential member of the Gantt’s executive team, Davis leads the museum in delivering meaningful experiences across every touchpoint along the visitor journey.
Davis earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Fisk University (Nashville, Tennessee) in psychology with a concentration in sociology.