The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jul. 03, 2018 - 1:31 pm

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

*Becky Joye, Knot Comes Loose, 2018, acrylic on panel, 32 x 48 inches

Playscape at Block Gallery
Marguerite Jay Gignoux, Becky Joye and Georges le Chevallier
May 2 – August 24, 2018

Artist Reception:
Wednesday June 27, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Block Gallery – Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27602

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Play is a pleasurable experience with a sense of engagement, where the act is as important as any outcome. The works of Playscape represent this concept precisely. Each artist embraces the act of art making with a sense of wonder and exploration. As adults, we often lose touch with the ability to simply “let go” and remove ourselves from the urgency associated with time and place. These works remind us to be in the moment and enjoy the experience.

The artists of Playscape have incorporated the ideas and principles of play into each of their practices. By cultivating such environments, they have nurtured their imaginative abilities in each of the creative paths they have chosen.

More on Block Gallery:
Connecting local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach, the 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 Upchurch Government Complex, the gallery’s marble walls and elegant staircase provide an ideal setting for showcasing original artworks. Exhibits change every eight to 12 weeks.

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

Image: Becky Joye, Knot Comes Loose, 2018, acrylic on panel, 32 x 48 inches


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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