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 - 2014 National Arts Program exhibition winners (l to r): Alan Burton, Henrietta the Hen; Aryanna Paine, Snow Leopard; Tyler Mae Stempien, Falling Out and Burning to Pieces
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)