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The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jan. 05, 2017 - 10:07 am
  • *Mina Reburn, age 4, Dangerous Creature, 2016Mina Reburn, age 4, Dangerous Creature, 2016
  • *Lianne Won, Lemons in Light, 2015Lianne Won, Lemons in Light, 2015
  • *National Arts Program Opening ReceptionNational Arts Program Opening Reception

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

The National Arts Program

November 30, 2016 through January 13, 2017

The Office of Raleigh Arts presents the 14th 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.

Judges for this year’s exhibition included Caitlin Cary, an artist, singer, songwriter, violinist and activist living in Raleigh, North Carolina and is currently completing a residency at ArtSpace; Kyle Hazard, VAE's Director of Exhibitions and a graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Art Management and a BFA in Studio Art and Sarah Powers, the newly appointed Executive Director for the Office of Raleigh Arts and one of this year’s Raleigh Medal of Arts awardees and overall arts advocate for the City of Raleigh. All prizes and awards are funded by the National Arts Program.

Prizes were awarded in five categories, youth, teen, amateur, intermediate and professional, with a newly added Art Education Award this year. Winners were announced during the opening reception December 2nd and are as follows:

Youth (12 and Under)

1st Mina Reburn, age 4, Family member of City of Raleigh employee, Water Treatment

2nd Laurette Kiser, age 5, Family member of City of Raleigh employee, Parks and Recreation

3rd Zoe Fox, age 10, Family member of City of Raleigh employee, City Planning

Honorable Mention: Max Hagel (Age 4), Family member of City of Raleigh employee, Parks and Recreation

Teen (13 – 18)

1st Lillian Mazanek, Family member of City of Raleigh employee, Engineering Services

2nd Colton Valentino, Family member of Wake County employee, Wake County Public Schools

3rd Danielle Walden, Family member of City of Raleigh employee, Public Utilities

Honorable Mention: Kearstyn Brown, Family member of Wake County employee, Wake County Public Schools

Amateur

1st Theodore Savage, City of Raleigh employee, Communications

2nd Alexander Vazquez, City of Raleigh employee, City Manager’s Office

3rd T J McCourt, City of Raleigh employee, Parks and Recreation

Honorable Mention: Amanda Phyfer, City of Raleigh employee, Development Services

Intermediate

1st Bryan Edwards, Family member of Wake County employee, Wake County Public School

2nd Lianne Won, Family member of City of Raleigh employee, Water Treatment

3rd Tammy Kaufman, Family member of City of Raleigh employee, Public Utilities

Honorable Mention: Leah Hathcote, Family member of City of Raleigh employee, Public Works

Professional

1st Sarah Heinsohn, City of Raleigh Employee, Office of Emergency Management and Special Events

2nd Karen Rose, Wake County employee, Wake County Public School

3rd David Wilson, City of Raleigh employee, Parks and Recreation

Honorable Mention: Lauren Brockman, City of Raleigh employee, Parks and Recreation

Arts Education Award: Amanda Phyfer, City of Raleigh employee, Development Services

Best in Show: Dahr Joseph Tanoury, City of Raleigh employee, City of Raleigh Attorney’s Office

People’s Choice: Bryan Allyn, Wake County employee, Wake County Public School

Images above:

  1. Mina Reburn, age 4, Dangerous Creature, 2016
  2. Lianne Won, Lemons in Light, 2015
  3. NAP Opening Reception

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.

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

2016

Tedd Anderson

Adam Bellefeuil

Luke Miller Buchanan

Rachel Campbell

Caitlin Cary

David Eichenberger

Sherry di Filippo

Raymond Goodman

Harriet Hoover

Amy Hoppe

Ann Marie Kennedy

Sean Kernick

Cayce Lee

Peter Marin

Jennifer Partridge

Shelley Smith

Wendy Collin Sorin

Tracy Spencer Stonestreet

Derek Toomes

2015

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

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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