Block Gallery - Celebrating 30 Years
Office of Raleigh Arts
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.
THE NATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM
December 4, 2014 - January 15, 2015
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 above (l to r): Alan Burton, Henrietta the Hen; Aryanna Paine, Snow Leopard; Tyler Mae Stempien, Falling Out and Burning to Pieces
2014 NAP WINNERS
Best in Show
Aryanna Paine, Snow Leopard, Teen – Relative of City employee
1st Place – Jessica Savage, Relative of City employee in Public Affairs
2nd Place – Richard Bailey, City employee in Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
3rd Place – Deborah Mangrum, City employee in Public Works
Honorable Mention – Kelly Ann Kinney, City employee in the Police Department
1st Place – Shannon O’Shea, Relative of City employee in Public Utilities
2nd Place – David Burke, Relative of City employee in Human Resources
3rd Place – Bryan Edwards, Relative of Wake County Public School System employee
Honorable Mention – Clarissa Rivera, Relative of Wake County employee with the Register of Deeds
1st Place – Joshua Davis, Wake County Public School System employee
2nd Place – Janie Johnson, City employee in Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
3rd Place – Autumn Cobeland, City employee in Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Honorable Mention – Kendal Draper, City employee with Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
1st Place – Ian Brown (age 11), Relative of Wake County employee in Community Services
2nd Place – Justin Silluzio (age 12), Relative of City employee in Police Department
3rd Place – Alan Burton (age 8), Relative of City employee in Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Honorable Mention – Dillon Leacock (age 11), Relative of City employee in Housing and Neighborhoods
1st Place – Tyler Mae Stempien (age 15), Relative of City employee in Public Utilities
2nd Place – Haley McCay (age 16), Relative of City employee in Public Affairs
3rd Place – Danielle Walden (age 14), Relative of City employee in Public Utilities
Honorable Mention – Jamie Turner, Relative of City employee in the City Manager’s office
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
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
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.
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.
BLOCK GALLERY EXHIBITED ARTISTS
Luke Miller Buchanan
Mary Kay Kennedy
Georges Le Chevallier
BLOCK2 EXHIBITED ARTISTS
Kia Mercedes Carscallen
David Colagiovanni and Melissa Haviland
Location and Hours
222 West Hargett Street
M-F, 8:30am - 5:15pm (open until 7pm on opening reception nights)