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The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated May 14, 2015 - 10:53 am
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)

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)

Upcoming Exhibition

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"

STATE OF THE PRINT | June 3 - July 24
Opening Reception Thursday, June 4, 5-7pm

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.

Curatorial Statement
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"

Artist Calls

The Block 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.

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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