The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Apr. 21, 2017 - 8:09 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
M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
(open until 7 p.m, on opening reception nights)

Current Exhibition

Images of Sound: The Photographs of Rodney Boles and Frank Myers
Curated by Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
April 7 – May 19, 2017
Artists Reception: April 7, 5-7 p.m.

Capturing the energy and passion of live performance is no easy task. Each of the Images of Sound artists have managed to portray the excitement of the moment in a single frame, providing a glimpse into the lives of these working musicians. The images are intimate and personal and connect with the audience long after the sound has faded.



Rodney Boles is a photographer from North Carolina who documents live music, his travels, and decisive moments on the street. Recently his photography has appeared at the Artspace HQ Raleigh annex, in guest rooms at the Raleigh Sheraton, and as part of local art walks. His live music photographs can be found from time to time in local media such as the Indy Week and Triangle Downtowner. He also has worked providing promotional material for several musical acts, from the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart to Raleigh's 6 String Drag. He lives in Cary.


Frank Myers has been drawing, painting and photographing things and people his entire life. Always a skilled illustrator, in college he studied with Herb Jackson who introduced him to action painting and abstract imagery. That exposure was instrumental in changing his thinking about imagery from the purely literal to a more conceptual approach. It has informed his artistic vision ever since. As life moved forward he switched his artistic endeavors almost entirely to photography. Myers has been working as a professional photographer for over twenty years and has enjoyed rediscovering painting and drawing combining the latest digital tools with analog techniques. He lives a life of contrasts; old school – photography shooting primarily film and integral cameras and new school with cutting edge digital tools and techniques.

Artist Calls

St Agnes logo

envision Saint Agnes
a placemaking /artmaking event

Calling all artists, art lovers and creative thinkers!

Join us on Saint Augustine’s University campus for a day of making art and joy inspired by Saint Agnes Hospital. Bring your crayons, cameras, markers and imagination and put them to work honoring, portraying and recreating this historic Raleigh landmark.

April 8 Event Activities Schedule at 1315 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610:

Events located (or beginning) in the Prezell Robinson Library -

  • 8 am - 10 am - Early Bird Artists Breakfast
  • 10 am - 12 pm - African American History Walking Tour w/ Tom Hancock
  • 12 pm - 1 pm - Hands-on Activities for Kids
  • 1 pm – 3 pm - Documentary Screening – “Saint Agnes the Untold Story” and a Discussion w/ Irene Clark; Hands-on Activities for Kids
  • 3 pm - 5 pm - Watercolor Workshop w/Linda Dallas

Events located on Saint Agnes site -

  • 6:30am – 8 am - Sunrise Photography Session
  • 10 am – 12 pm - I Was Born at Saint Agnes Composite Photography Session w/ Mike Aliff; I wish this was…Activity
  • 12 pm - 1 pm - I Was Born at Saint Agnes Composite Photography Session w/ Mike Aliff; I wish this was…Activity
  • 1 pm – 3 pm - I wish this was…Activity
  • 3 pm - 5 pm - Urban Sketching w/ Scott Renk
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Sunset Photography Session

*Enjoy some curbside cuisine at the more than 6 food trucks on the sites.

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.

The Next Step

Submit your Saint Agnes inspired art to be considered for the envision Saint Agnes exhibition scheduled for September 27 – November 10, 2017 at Block Gallery located in the Raleigh Municipal Building. Submit a jpg no larger than 2MB with Artist’s Name, Title, Medium, Size and Price. Artists agree to donate 30% of all sales from this exhibition toward creating a student designed public artwork that celebrates Saint Agnes.

Directions for Submission

As a part of the City of Raleigh’s sustainability initiative, we encourage the reduction of paper use. To that end, please submit materials in one of the following ways:

  1. Email documents to Subject line: Saint Agnes Call.
  2. Upload files to our FTP site. For access, please email

Submission Deadline

All materials must be received no later than Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 5pm EDT. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the deadline so that any unforeseen problems with the materials can be addressed. Notification of the jury selections will be sent by Friday, September 1, 2017 with delivery and exhibition details.

Additional Information

Connecting local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach, Block Gallery was dedicated in 2006 to honor Miriam Preston Block, a former Raleigh City Council member and community leader. Greeting all visitors to the Raleigh Municipal Building, Block Gallery’s marble walls and elegant staircase provide an ideal setting for showcasing original artworks. Exhibits change every 8-12 weeks.

Managed by the City of Raleigh’s Office of Raleigh Arts, the gallery is located on the first and second floors of the City’s Municipal Building downtown at 222 West Hargett St. and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except on holidays.

The Office of Raleigh Arts – a division of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department – supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and overseeing the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers.

For more information on the Block Gallery, contact Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Block Gallery coordinator, at 919-996-4687 or

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.


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.

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