The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Nov. 16, 2017 - 9:13 am

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.

Location and Hours

222 West Hargett Street
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
(open until 7 p.m, on opening reception nights)

Current Exhibit #1: envision Saint Agnes

St. Agnes Logo Envision

ENVISION Saint Agnes Hospital at Block Gallery
September 27, 2017 – January 5, 2018

Envision Saint Agnes Artist Reception:

Wednesday October 25, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Block Gallery – Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27602

ENVISION Saint Agnes Hospital, an art exhibition sponsored by St. Augustine University and the Office of Raleigh arts, will be on display at the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery in the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27602.

Following a day of art making at the site of Saint Agnes Hospital this past April, we are happy to present works by 31 artists. This project is meant to show how art and collaboration can envision a living history and constructive future for sites that might otherwise be forgotten or even worse meet their demise in a city that is growing so rapidly. This exhibition brings awareness to the rich history of the site while showcasing the broad talents of community artists. Thirty percent of all exhibition sales will go toward creating a student designed public artwork that acknowledges St. Agnes Hospital.

The Site – Saint Agnes Hospital

Built in 1908 from stones quarried from Saint Augustine’s campus, this four-story structure was the second home of Saint Agnes Hospital (1896 -1961). Known as “The Healing Place”, Saint Agnes served the African-American community for 65 years providing both nurses training and medical care. In 1922, it was referred to as the only well-equipped hospital for Negros between Washington DC and New Orleans, serving not only North Carolina but adjacent Virginia and South Carolina. Today, the empty shell remains a beautiful edifice that reminds us of its valuable past and beckons toward a vital future.

Current Exhibit #2: Freeze!


FREEZE! at Block Gallery / Mary Carter Taub
September 27, 2017 – January 5, 2018

Artist Reception:
Wednesday October 25, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Block Gallery – Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27602

Often times, we overlook public space or engage it with repetitive attention. Many of us are overly distracted or blind to what is happening in the physical environments we pass through in any given day. I believe this disregard, rooted in complacency, acts as a buffer against the unpredictability of the world.

Mary Carter Taub uses colorful tape to energize public spaces and shifts the focus so the invisible becomes assessable, the overlooked becomes prominent and the ordinary becomes playful. We are excited to present her installation FREEZE! in a space many pass through to pay water bills, buy bus passes or walk to their office each morning. Hopefully, this colorful presentation will “freeze” viewers for a moment to stop and take notice.

About the Artist:

Mary Carter Taub is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Chapel Hill, N.C. She makes large scale, site based artwork and public art. For seventeen years Carter Taub worked as an artist in New York, NY and San Francisco, CA until relocating to her native North Carolina in 2008. Carter Taub has exhibited nationally, including Bay Area Discovery Museum in California, Islip Art Museum in New York, Nashville International Airport in Tennessee and 92nd Street Y in New York. Locally, she has exhibited at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Duke University in Durham and at various sites in the Town of Chapel Hill including Umstead Park and Community Park. In Raleigh, Carter Taub has exhibited at North Carolina Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum and Marbles Kids Museum.

In 2016 Carter Taub completed an arts and industry residency with architectural glass fabricator Glasmalerie Peters Studio in Paderborn, Germany. Carter Taub holds a BA from Meredith College in Raleigh in 1992, an MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York, New York in 1994, and an MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management, Arizona State University in 2001.

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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 nearly 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.

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