The Block Gallery
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.
Images above from the Municipal Art Collection (l to r): Anna Podris, Shadow Birds; Richard Garrison, Vesica Piscis; Heather Gordon, Battle Hymn of the Republic; Kenneth Eugene Peters, Victorians at Sunrise (detail)
STATE OF THE PRINT | June 3 - July
Curated by Raleigh printmaker and entrepreneur Judy Jones, State of the Print highlights innovation in printmaking by contemporary North Carolina printmakers. Featured artists are Denee’ Black, Jaclyn Bowie, Arron Foster, Brian Gonzales, Judy Jones, Anna Kenar, Susan Martin, Jennifer Page, Brandon Sanderson, Rodica Simon, Felicia van Bork and Erik Waterkotte.
It was through an art history course, and the required textbook, that I came to the realization that art, and particularly the changes that occurred in art, offered the most accurate account of human history. The book, Prints & People: A Social History of Printed Pictures by A. Hyatt Mayor, is informative about the origins of print processes and the varying uses of the printed image, ranging from economical and educational to propaganda and publicity. In school, professors stressed the attention to print editions, the discipline of sameness and preservation of tradition.
Thanks to the bold and brazen experimentation of the artists of the 1960s (think Rauschenberg and Warhol), printmakers could consider the vast possibilities of print processes. No longer relegated to the role of simple reproduction, new technologies and the ingenuity of artists have designated a category of fine art printmaking. The 21st century has given printmakers the freedom to incorporate these technological advancements while still maintaining ties to traditional forms.
It is this freedom that I admire in these eleven North Carolina printmakers that I have invited to exhibit with me at the Block Gallery. This exhibition celebrates the individuality of their work, well thought out techniques and the attention to craftsmanship that is traditionally inherent in the printmaking process.
As founder of the Printmakers of North Carolina (PoNC), it is my continued mission to call attention to the talented printmakers that are inspired by and create all around North Carolina. They are professors, studio artists, freelancers and free thinkers. They merit attention and it is my hope that this collection will bring you to an awareness of that fact.
- Judy Jones
Images above (l to r):
Denee’ Black, Untitled, 2015, screenprint with mixed media, 18” x 14”
Brian Gonzales, Godzilla Complex, 2014, digital print on aluminum, 37” x 30”
Anna Kenar, Let the Power Surge I, 2011, intaglio, 18" x 24"
Gallery is scheduled through 2015.
Artist Call for 2016-2017 | Deadline: July 10, 2015
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)