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Block Gallery - Celebrating 30 Years

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:13 am
Leah Purvis, Crane (detail), First Place, Teen 2013; Ian Brown, St John’s Divine, Best in Show 2013; Brian Edwards, Out of the Frame, First Place Intermediate, 2013

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.

Upcoming Exhibition

THE NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM
December 4, 2014 - January 15, 2015
Opening Reception Thursday, December 4, 5-7pm

The Office of Raleigh Arts presents the 12th annual National Arts Program exhibition featuring artwork by City of Raleigh and Wake County employees and their families. The National Arts Program is designed to give all artists, at every skill level, an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in a professional manner. The exhibition is sponsored by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission in collaboration with The National Arts Program Foundation, Inc. of Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Prizes are awarded in five categories: Youth, Teen, Amateur, Intermediate and Professional. Winners will be announced during the opening reception.

Judges for this year’s exhibition are City Manager Ruffin Hall, County Manager Jim Hartmann, and Linda Dallas, artist and commissioner with the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. All prizes and awards are funded by the National Arts Program.

Images (l-r): Leah Purvis, Crane (detail), First Place, Teen 2013; Ian Brown, St John’s Divine, Best in Show 2013; Brian Edwards, Out of the Frame, First Place Intermediate, 2013

2014 Exhibitions - Celebrating 30 Years

Celebrating Block Gallery’s 30th anniversary, our 2014 exhibition series explores Triangle area artists working in diverse mediums and our new Case Study series highlights installation art in our 2nd-floor cases. Opening receptions feature area performance artists.

Surface Matters | February 6 - March 21
Opening Reception Thursday, February 6, 5-7pm

Pushing the boundaries of tradition through symbolic explorations of texture and surface.
Artwork by Cindy Morefield, Stacy Bloom Rexrode and Joyce Watkins King

Constructs | April 3 – June 26
Opening Reception Thursday, April 3, 5-7pm

Exploring the complexities of memory, dreams and human experience through mixed media.
Artwork by Sarah West and Ryan Cummings

Unraveled | July 17 – September 5
Opening Reception Thursday, July 17, 5-7pm

Reimagining traditional techniques and materials in whimsical textile art.
Artwork by Becky Joye, Mary Kircher and Nora Phillips

Carolina Folkways | September 18 – November 14
Opening Reception Monday, September 29, 5-7pm

Celebrating North Carolina’s visual folk traditions.
Opening coincides with the launch of IBMA’s 2014 World of Bluegrass Week

National Arts Program | December 4, 2014 – January 15, 2015
Opening Reception Thursday, December 4, 5-7pm

Artwork by City of Raleigh and Wake County employees and their families.
Co-sponsored by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the Raleigh Arts Commission

Artist Calls

Artist Calls

The Block Gallery is scheduled through 2015. The next Call for Artists will be conducted in the summer of 2015 to schedule the following year.

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.

History

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

BLOCK GALLERY EXHIBITED ARTISTS

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

BLOCK2 EXHIBITED ARTISTS

2013

Adam Graetz

Michael Iauch

Drew Robertson

2012

Kia Mercedes Carscallen

David Colagiovanni and Melissa Haviland

Travis Donovan

Marc Russo

Seoun Som

Jeff Whetstone

2011

Lynden Harris

Jessye McDowell

Ali Colleen Neff

Wenhua Shi

Francesca Talenti

Nicole Welch

2010

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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