The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Mar. 31, 2016 - 9:38 am
Tedd Anderson, Slow/Just Death (detail), 2015, acrylic and colored pencil on paper, 25” x 72”; Amy S. Hoppe, Penciled In, 2015, digital photographs, handmade paper, graph paper, pencil, post-it note, wallpaper, 22” x 14"; Peter Marin, New Construction Techniques (detail), 2015, acrylic on canvas, 40” x 38”

Located on the first and second floors of the Raleigh Municipal Building, The Block Gallery offers five to six exhibitions each year featuring works by artists who live or work in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County. Exhibitions are scheduled through a call for artists, juried by a selection panel of visual arts professionals, Raleigh Arts Commissioners and City staff.

Current Exhibition

NAVIGATING TO + FRO | March 30 - May 20
First Friday Artists Reception | May 6, 2016

Curated by Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

We often move mindlessly through space and environments as we navigate bypassing highways, grid-like intersecting city sidewalks or carefully partitioned cubicles without much thought as to how we relate to those places. Each of the Navigating To + Fro artists carefully considers these interactions and attempts to distort the boundaries between space and objects in their works, using geometry to explore perception and created worlds.

Imagined realms and curious creatures evolve as Tedd Anderson moves through the development of each work. Commenting on his process, he explains, “If a character is drawn, there is a world for it; if a world is drawn, there is a context for it. A tiny universe unfolds while I execute the drawing.” Each element within the drawing is purposeful and often repeated throughout the composition, be it a hatch line or a simple pattern.

Amy S. Hoppe is mesmerized by surfaces and the decorating strategies many of us use to cover, camouflage or enhance them. Utilizing overlooked and often utilitarian details found in institutional and domestic spaces, her material selections read like a list from the local home improvement store: wallpaper, contact paper, duct tape and so on. Hoppe responded directly to the Block Gallery space and created an installation specifically for the display cases, stating, “They begged for the accolades they were built to display. I wanted to emphasize the celebratory but sometimes arbitrary nature of these (trophy) prizes and fill the display cases with excessively ornamented awards in recognition of everyday tasks, esoteric competitions and imagined honors.”

Architecture has a strong influence on Peter Marin’s work, which aligns stylistically with the German Bauhaus school of thought with the ideal of a “total” work of art encompassing all artistic disciplines. His geometric forms fill the canvas in a manner reminiscent of the Swiss-German artist Paul Klee, creating compositional constructed planes with a hyper-attention to color. He is a natural draftsman and explores with great precision the perception of various colors placed side by side and the varying effects they produce. Marin uses color much like a language that creates a narrative for the viewer through emotional associations. In addition, he employs the reductive geometry of simplistic forms that relate to the perception of space.

Transforming the static two-dimensional surface into an illusionary three-dimensional field with intriguing possibilities, the works in Navigating To + Fro are related in their use of geometric forms and manipulations of space, but differ in the unique observational interpretations of each artist.

Images above (left to right):
Tedd Anderson, Slow/Just Death (detail), 2015, acrylic and colored pencil on paper, 25” x 72”

Amy S. Hoppe, Penciled In, 2015, digital photographs, handmade paper, graph paper, pencil, post-it note, wallpaper, 22” x 14"

Peter Marin, New Construction Techniques (detail), 2015, acrylic on canvas, 40” x 38”

Artist Calls

The Block Gallery is scheduled through July 2017.

Eligibility requirements for the Block Gallery are as follows:

  • Applicants must be eighteen years of age or older and residing or working in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County for at least one year by the application due date.
  • Artists applying to the Block Gallery must have participated in two juried or invitational shows in the past five years.
  • Commercial gallery representatives are not eligible to apply on behalf of artists or as curators, although artists represented by a commercial gallery are eligible to apply individually.
  • Curators may propose an exhibit for the Block Gallery or for the Block Gallery's second-floor cases. All artists included in the curator's proposal must meet the eligibility requirements for artists who apply individually.


The Block Gallery was designed to serve as one of the city's premier exhibition spaces. Managed by the Office of Raleigh Arts, the gallery has introduced close to 200 artists to area residents and visitors since its inception in 1984. Dedicated in 2006 to honor community leader Miriam Preston Block, its marble walls and impressive staircase provide an ideal setting for art.

In accordance with the mission "to connect local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach," the Block Gallery fosters great artists and great art.

Exhibited Artists



Denee’ Black

Jaclyn Bowie

Brandon Cordrey

Melinda Fine

Arron Foster

Brian Gonzales

Scott Hazard

Shannon Johnstone

Judy Jones

Anna Kenar

Jon Kolkin

Susan Martin

Jennifer Page

Brandon Sanderson

Rodica Simon

Felicia van Bork

Erik Waterkotte


Ryan Cummings

Gabrielle Duggan

Ross Ford

Titus Brooks Heagins

Becky Joye

Joyce Watkins King

Mary Kircher

Gracelee Lawrence

Cindy Morefield

Nora Phillips

Stacy Bloom Rexrode

Michael Schwalbe

Meg Stein

Sarah West


Marty Baird

Nancy Baker

Susan Brabeau

Luke Miller Buchanan

Jason Craighead

Jessica Dupuis

Kiki Farrish

Amy Friend

Richard Garrison

Heather Gordon

Julie Anne Greenberg

Greg Kemp

Ann Marie Kennedy

Gretchen Morrissey

Kenneth Eugene Peters

Anna Podris

Holden Richards

Shaun Richards

Kristianne Ripple

Ann Roth

Ginny Runge

Carol Joy Shannon

Mary Storms

Anthony Ulinski

Sally VanGorder

Jimmy Williams


Susan Brabeau

Teddy Devereux

Gerri Fernandez

Ron Flory

Adam Hajnos

Lucartha Kohler

Janine LeBlanc

Lydia Anne McCarthy

Chance Murray

Keith Norval

Christina Preher

Ellie Reinhold

Ian Sands

Julian Thomas

Nathan Wellman

Mia Yoon


Daniel Allegrucci

Nancy Baker

Wolf Bolz

Marina Bosetti

Jenny Eggleston

Kiki Farrish

Heather Gordon

Greg Kemp

Ann Marie Kennedy

Soni Martin

Susan Martin

Steve McClure

Gretchen Morrissey

Teresa Pigeon

Ann Roth

Brandon Sanderson

Aditya Shringarpure

Mike Sonnichen

Christopher Williams

Jimmy Williams


Jason Arthurs

Kathy Brancato

Gabriella Corter

Gene Furr

Brian Gonzales

Mary Shannon Johnstone

Judy Jones

Mary Kay Kennedy

Eduardo Lapetina

Georges Le Chevallier

Maureen McGregor

Tricia McKellar

Julie Niskanen

Alison Overton

Kenneth Eugene Peters

Anna Podris

Kristianne Ripple

Mikel Robinson

Garrett Scales

Kristan Five Skinner

Susan Soper

Bill Wallace



Adam Graetz

Michael Iauch

Drew Robertson


Kia Mercedes Carscallen

David Colagiovanni and Melissa Haviland

Travis Donovan

Marc Russo

Seoun Som

Jeff Whetstone


Lynden Harris

Jessye McDowell

Ali Colleen Neff

Wenhua Shi

Francesca Talenti

Nicole Welch


A/V Geeks

Lincoln Hancock

Miles Holst

Tim Kiernan

Irene Moon

Location and Hours

222 West Hargett Street
M-F, 8:30am - 5:15pm (open until 7pm on opening reception nights)

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