Archive for the ‘Triangle NC Visual Arts’ Category

Monster Drawing Rally Returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Aug. 25, 2017

July 30, 2017

The second annual Monster Drawing Rally, featuring more than 70 artists at all stages of their careers taking shifts to draw for an hour in front of a live audience. As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged works of art. Finished drawings are immediately available for $50 each. DJ Forge will be spinning beats, and a variety of food trucks will be on hand. The evening also includes a collaborative art project sponsored by Flight Fund.


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Monster Drawing Rally makes art more accessible as a way to view new talent, interact with North Carolina’s artistic community, and support NCMA programming. Inspired by the San Francisco artist-centered nonprofit Southern Exposure, whose mission is to show support to local artists, we’ve adopted this fund-raising idea to bring North Carolina artists to the Museum for a night of creating, mingling, drinking, and fun.

Artists include Ben Shafer, Miriam Zimil, Drew Hill, Greg Baldwin, Kiki Farish, Maya Freelon Asante, Rio Aubry Taylor, Sean Kernick, Marx Myth, Bart Cusick, and more.

Food trucks include The Parlour, Stuft, Flirting with Fire, Bulkogi, and Soomsoom Pita Pockets.

The event takes place in the East Building at the North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, NC, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, from 5:30 to 9pm.

Tickets: $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers, free for children under 6 with ticket. Purchase online or through the Box Office at 919/715-5923

The NCMA hosts a special related event, ArtCast Live Podcast, on Thursday, August 3, featuring artists from the Monster Drawing Rally and local podcasters Jen Dasal, NCMA associate curator of contemporary art (ArtCurious) and Jeff Bell, host (Don’t You Lie to Me). The event is free with ticket. The ArtCast Live event is also the debut of the Art-o-Mat art vending machine. For $5, attendees can get a unique piece of art, dispensed through a one-of-a-kind vintage vending machine. Learn about the podcast hosts and artists on the Museum site.

For further info visit (http://ncartmuseum.org).

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, Launches Apprentice Program for Emerging Artists

March 30, 2017

The Franklin Street Arts Collective (FRANK Gallery) in Chapel Hill, NC, will begin accepting applications for a one-year emerging artist apprentice program on April 1, 2017. The program will provide the selected artist(s) with opportunities for professional development, exposure, sale of artwork, and collaboration with the gallery, its members and local arts organizations.

“The apprentice program allows FRANK to give promising young artists an opportunity to learn the business of art through a truly hands-on experience, and from within a creative and supportive community,” said Torey Mishoe, Gallery Manager.

The program seeks to foster mutual growth between the apprentice, and the gallery artists. The apprentice’s participation in the collective offers the benefits of a FRANK membership, including exhibition opportunities in the gallery, mentorship from professional artists, and unrivaled access to the professional arts community in Chapel Hill and the Triangle. As an apprentice artist, the selected artist(s) will be expected to fulfill the duties of a member artist which include working in the gallery and serving on gallery committees, hosting artist talks, demonstrations, and/or workshops, and assisting in developing a community outreach exhibit.

Artists will be selected primarily on the strength of their artwork; apprenticeship will last for one year. Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger. Individuals from groups underrepresented in visual arts organizations are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Applications will be accepted from April 1 – 30, 2017 online at (www.frankisart.com/emerging). We will not accept mailed or e-mailed applications. Questions can be directed to (info@frankisart.com). Candidates will be notified by May 15, 2017. The residency will run from Aug. 2017 to July 2018.

FRANK Gallery is the art heartbeat of Downtown Chapel Hill – offering access to contemporary art by established local artists and a welcoming place for art lovers to gather on historic Franklin Street. Featuring work from more than 70 artists, FRANK is a 501(c)(3) non-profit collective, founded by the area’s finest artists working together to open the door for creative innovation in the arts.

The Mission of the Franklin Street Arts Collective is to support the local arts community and promote a vibrant downtown Chapel Hill through exhibits, events, programs, and educational outreach through FRANK Gallery.

Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, Receives Largest Gift Ever, Valued at $25 Million, including 7 Rembrandt Drawings

January 27, 2017

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC’s Ackland Art Museum has received its largest gift ever, donated from alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife Leena – valued at $25 million.

The unprecedented commitment includes an $8 million endowment to support a new curator and future acquisitions and an art gift of 134 primarily 17th-century European masterworks, valued at $17 million, including seven works by Rembrandt van Rijn.

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Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606 – 1669: Canal and Boats with a Distant View of Amsterdam, c. 1640; reed pen and finger rubbing in dark brown (iron-gall) ink, 4-1/16 x 8 in. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Peck Collection.

With the Peck Collection gift, the Ackland becomes the first public university art museum in the United States to own a collection of drawings by Rembrandt and only the second university art museum in the nation to do so.

The masterworks are a major collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings built by the Pecks over the last four decades. Along with the Rembrandts, the collection includes nearly 100 17th-century Dutch landscape, genre and figural compositions by artists such as Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen and Jacob van Ruisdael, as well as a dozen 17th-century Flemish drawings by masters like Pieter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens and Paul Bril. A group of 15 18th- and 19th-century Dutch drawings is also part of the collection.

One of the Rembrandt drawings in the collection bears an inscription in the artist’s own handwriting, which until this donation was the last known drawing with such an inscription remaining in private hands.

“This amazing gift of European Golden Age art treasures – preserved for nearly 400 years and lovingly collected by the Pecks over the past 40 years – delights us today with its timeless beauty and will forever inspire future generations of students, scholars and visitors that come to our historic campus,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “These drawings are a remarkable window through which we glimpse past cultures and times through the eyes of masters. We are honored by the inestimable value of the Pecks’ gift because it advances Carolina’s public mission to serve the people of North Carolina and makes the university a destination for people of all ages from around the world for all time.”

The Pecks’ gift includes the Peck Collection Endowment Fund and the Sheldon Peck Curatorship Fund, dedicated to the care and enhancement of the Peck Collection, including conservation, digitization and cataloging, as well as funds for the acquisition of other European and American masterworks created before 1950.

The endowment will also enable the Ackland to create and support a new position at the museum: the Sheldon Peck curator of European and American art and curator of the Peck Collection. This is the Ackland’s first full-time endowed position.

“We are overjoyed with the Pecks’ exceptionally generous gift of art, funds for its stewardship and support for future acquisitions,” said Ackland Art Museum Director Katie Ziglar. “Thanks to the new curatorial position their endowment also provides, we look forward to organizing a series of special exhibitions focusing on masterworks from the Peck Collection. Works of such high achievement and quality will fascinate and delight Ackland visitors for decades to come.”

With their gift, the Pecks aspire to offer the public a deeper appreciation for the Dutch masters’ celebration of beauty in the everyday.

“The exceptional vision and profound humanity of the Dutch masters’ drawings still have the power to surprise and delight 400 years after their creation. I hope many will experience the pleasure and awe these works still elicit in me every time I study one,” said Sheldon Peck. “I am thrilled the Ackland, with its distinguished tradition of commitment to the research and exhibition of drawings, will now be the steward of what Leena and I have brought together.”

Peck, a native of Durham, is a prominent orthodontic specialist, educator and art collector. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Carolina in 1963 and his doctorate from the UNC School of Dentistry in 1966, he moved to Boston for a residency in orthodontics and then entered private practice and academics. Peck was a clinical professor of developmental biology at the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine for 20 years, and served as an adjunct professor of orthodontics at Carolina’s School of Dentistry.

He has generously donated art to the Ackland since 1988, when he gave a drawing by Allart van Everdingen to the museum in honor of his much-admired older brother and Carolina alumnus, Harvey Peck. Works of art from the Pecks’ collection, many of them exhibited for the first time, were on view in the 1999 Ackland travelling exhibition “Fresh Woods and Pastures New.”

Peck has been a member of the Ackland’s national advisory board since 1987, and he and his wife are longtime supporters of the museum’s “Art For Lunch” lecture series.

“We are thrilled that a longtime board member has made such an unparalleled gift to the Ackland, which brings the museum to a new level of importance in the region and in our country,” said Kate Nevin, Ackland advisory board chair.

About the Ackland Art Museum

Featuring a year-round calendar of special exhibitions and dynamic public programs, the Ackland Art Museum – located on the historic campus of UNC-Chapel Hill – encourages visitors to engage with the rich legacy of the artistic past as well as with living artists from around the world. The Ackland’s holdings consist of more than 18,000 works of art, featuring significant collections of European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art, African art, North Carolina pottery and folk art. Additionally, the Ackland holds North Carolina’s premiere collections of Asian art and works on paper (drawings, prints and photographs). This universal collection of artworks from antiquity to the present makes the Ackland uniquely able to advance the teaching and research missions of the University.

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

For further information contact Emily Bowles by calling 919/843-3675 or by e-mail to (emily.bowles@unc.edu).

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Installs Two Sculptures by Mark di Suvero in Museum Park

December 23, 2016

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, has installed two large-scale steel sculptures by New York–based artist Mark di Suvero in its Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. The sculptures, 26-foot-tall Ulalu and 32-foot-tall No Fuss, are on long-term loan to the Museum.

“We’re thrilled to install not one but two of Mark di Suvero’s striking, vibrant, and imaginative sculptures at the NCMA,” says Linda Dougherty, the Museum’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “These sculptures—appearing to defy gravity with a tremendous sense of dynamism, energy, and movement—will be a perfect addition to the Park, engaging with both the landscape and our visitors.”

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Mark di Suvero, “Ulalu”, 2001, stainless steel, painted steel, 26′ 7″ h x 30′ w x 15′ d, © 2016 Mark di Suvero. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art

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Mark di Suvero, “No Fuss”, 2003-2008, steel, 32 x 50 x 30 ft, © 2016 Mark di Suvero. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Internationally renowned for the monumental steel sculptures he has created for over five decades, Di Suvero employs the industrial tools of cutting and welding torches and cranes to create massive, architectural works out of steel I-beams. The improbable angles and sharp lines of his constructions, like giant 3-D drawings, activate the landscapes they are placed in with enormous, forceful, sweeping gestures.  Playing with balance and suspension, some works, like No Fuss, have movable parts that swing and rotate.

“The enormous, bold sculptures will energize the Museum Park in a whole new way—drawing visitors into the new gardens and rolling meadow, welcoming passersby from the street front, and adding a new element of color and geometric line that will contrast beautifully with the natural landscape,” says Dan Gottlieb, the NCMA’s director of planning, design, and the Museum Park. “Placing Ulala at Blue Ridge Road and No Fuss in the meadow will help unify the campus and visually signify to visitors that they are at the NCMA.”

The dynamic geometry, powerful size, and expansive scale of his work are the result of his creative process. “I don’t build small models or draw detailed plans first,” says Mark di Suvero. “I start with a vision, a dream of what I want to do, and see where it goes.”

Di Suvero lives and works in New York, NY.

The two installations are made possible by the NCMA’s Art in the Environment Fund, which was established to support temporary, permanent, and loaned installations of public art in the NCMA Park and community. It is dedicated to the investment in significant and engaging public art and to providing accessible and meaningful experiences with art and nature for the people of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

Professional Art Quilters Alliance – South Calls for Entries for Annual Exhibit in Cary, NC – Deadline Feb. 10, 2017

December 23, 2016

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PAQA-South (Professional Art Quilters Alliance – South) announces a call for entry for its “13th International juried exhibit ARTQUILTSrespite” at Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary in Cary, NC, April 20 – June 24, 2017.

Registration is open Jan. 1 – Feb. 10, 2017.

Prospectus available online at (http://paqa-south-juried.org/).

Raleigh Fine Arts Society in Raleigh, NC, Calls for Entries of Its “39th Annual NC Artists Exhibition” – Deadline Jan. 9, 2017

November 11, 2016

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The “39th Annual North Carolina Artists Exhibition” is an annual juried exhibit for two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual art featuring established and emerging artists from across North Carolina. It  is the largest all media, juried artists exhibition in the state. Prizes totaling $6,000 are awarded. All North Carolina residents ages 18 and over are eligible.

Deadline for entry is Jan. 9, 2017.

The Juror for this year’s exhibition is Michael Rooks the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. He has served as juror for numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. The High Museum is one of the leading art museums in the Southeastern United States, with more than 15,000 works of art in its permanent collection and dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists.

The Raleigh Fine Arts Society mission is to encourage the pursuit of art, music and the written word. Since the 1970s The Raleigh Fine Arts Society (RFAS)  has been involved in a variety of projects in support of arts in the community. The “North Carolina Artists Exhibition” is one of three signature arts projects executed by RFAS annually. The Literary Contest is a short story writing contest for Wake County high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12. The Choral Celebration offers choral groups in grades 4 and 5 in Wake County Schools a chance to share their music as well as enjoy the successes of other elementary school choruses performing in Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts.

Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts: Exhibition Opening Reception and Juror’s Lecture Mar. 12, 2017  4pm Meymandi Hall. Exhibition Dates: Mar. 12 – Apr. 27, 2017 at Betty Ray McCain Gallery

For further information e-mail Susan Garrity at (artistsexhibition@gmail.com).

North Carolina Museum of Art’s Stacey Kirby in Raleigh, NC, Awarded 2016 ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize

October 17, 2016

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, announces that NCMA conservation assistant Stacey Kirby has been awarded the Juried Grand Prize at the eighth annual international art competition ArtPrize. A jury of art experts selected Kirby’s work, “The Bureau of Personal Belonging,” as the winner out of 1,453 submissions. As one of two Grand Prize winners—one juried and one selected by popular vote—Kirby was awarded $200,000.

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Pictured left to right: Heather Gordon, Warren Hicks, Stacey Kirby, Harriet Hoover. Photo by Alex Maness.

“ArtPrize was an expansive journey for me as an artist,” says Stacey Kirby. “The vision that I had for the work came to fruition as a result of the hard work of fellow North Carolina artists, the Grand Rapids, MI, community members, and ArtPrize’s incredible staff. I am honored and delighted to represent North Carolina’s thriving arts community through this award.”

ArtPrize, an international art competition decided equally by public vote and expert jury, is held annually in Grand Rapids, MI. It has been named the most attended public art event in the world for two consecutive years by “The Art Newspaper”—average daily attendance at the 19-day event is on par with that of the Louvre in Paris and surpasses that of the British Museum in London and the Met in New York. This year’s ArtPrize began Sept. 21, and the award ceremony was held Oct. 7, 2016.

Kirby’s interactive, performative installation, “The Bureau of Personal Belonging,” was selected as the Grand Prize winner by jurors Michelle Grabner, artist and professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Paul Ha, director at the MIT List Visual Arts Center; and Eric Shiner, senior vice president at Sotheby’s. The second Grand Prize, based on smartphone-enabled popular vote, was awarded to James Mellick for his work “Wounded Warrior Dogs”.

“The Bureau of Personal Belonging” is a site-specific installation comprising three ongoing works where visitors interact with the artist and other performers within a re-created bureaucratic office setting. With this interactive work, Kirby critically examines governmental process and policy while encouraging visitors and the public to trust in the validity of their own voices.

“Stacey has been a creative force on the NCMA team for several years,” says Lawrence J. Wheeler, director of the NCMA. “It is most gratifying—and exciting—to watch her emerge as an artist of international importance. She has a lot to say. We congratulate her on her ArtPrize honor.”

As conservation assistant at the NCMA, Kirby assists conservators with treatment and maintenance of the Museum’s collection, outdoor sculptures, and special exhibitions.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

For further information contact Emily Kowalski by calling 919/664-6795 or e-mail to (ekowalski@ncartmuseum.org).

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Named One of Top 125 Buildings Since 1891 by “Architectural Record”

September 8, 2016

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, has been selected by “Architectural Record” as one of the top 125 most important works of architecture built since the magazine’s founding in 1891. The publication recognized the Museum’s West Building, which was designed by New York–based architects Thomas Phifer and Partners and North Carolina–based landscape architects Surface 678 (then Lappas + Havener), and which opened in 2010. The list of 125 buildings was created by “Architectural Record” editors to commemorate the magazine’s 125th anniversary.

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“The Museum is honored to be recognized by ‘Architectural Record’, one of the most distinguished and world-renowned architectural publications,” says director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We’re incredibly proud to be ranked among such significant and innovative buildings from around the globe.”

Glass and aluminum-clad with striking simplicity and state-of-the-art environmental features, the Museum’s West Building has an open floor plan reinforcing connections to art across time and culture. Adjacent to the 1983 building designed by Edward Durrell Stone, the single-story building was created specifically to showcase the Museum’s wide-ranging permanent collection and features a central sculpture hall and 40 galleries. With the exterior 50 percent glass, the 127,000-square-foot space has an innovative day lighting system to bathe the collection in an even glow of natural light, illuminating colors in Old Master paintings as originally intended. Landscaped sculpture gardens, courtyards, and reflecting pools surround the building and connect seamlessly to the Museum’s 164-acre Park.

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“It was a privilege to work with the architectural firm Thomas Phifer and Partners on the planning and creation of our West Building,” says the NCMA’s director of planning and design Dan Gottlieb. “It showcases our collection in a setting equal to the quality of the artwork it contains. The elegance of its day-lit galleries and garden courtyards perfectly embodies our philosophy of connecting art, nature, and people.”

The West Building opened in April 2010. This fall the NCMA will complete a yearlong redesign and transformation of the Museum campus by expanding the NCMA Park. The project—which will introduce a new elliptical lawn, tree-lined parking, contemporary gardens, a promenade connecting Park and galleries, and significant public art installations by international artists—continues the Museum’s mission of providing memorable and creative experiences with both art and nature.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

For further information call the Museum at 919/839-6262 or visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC, Opens Call-To-Artist for “Third Annual Juried Show: Resolutions 2017” – Deadline is October 26, 2016

July 23, 2016

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The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC, will celebrate the start of the new year by again hosting its juried fine art exhibit, “Resolutions”, from January 4 to 24, 2017.  All North Carolina two-dimensional and three-dimensional fine artists are encouraged to apply. Guest juror for the awards will be Larry Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. Work will be displayed at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, with an opening reception on Friday, January 13, 2017, 6 – 9pm.

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“Baptism” by Jake Stephenson graphite and charcoal drawing

Original works in all fine art media are eligible. Work must have been completed within the last three years. No mass-produced prints or reproductions will be accepted. Hand-pulled prints, original digital prints and photographs are acceptable. All artwork must be the exhibitor’s original idea and be created independently by the exhibitor. Artists must be at least 18 years old and live in North Carolina. All accepted artwork must be hand delivered to HGA on January 2 or 3, 2017.

The Call-To-Artists will be open August 26, through October 26, 2016.

All entries must be submitted through digital images via (www.OnlineJuriedShows.com). Artists can reach the show prospectus directly at the link (https://onlinejuriedshows.com/Default.aspx?OJSID=8662).

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“Natural Disaster” by Jason Smith (sculpture)

Dr. Wheeler is the Director of the North Carolina Museum of art in Raleigh. Under his visionary leadership, the museum has vastly increased in size and stature and substantially expanded its collection, especially in the fields of modern and contemporary art

The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned and operated by its members, established local artists whose artwork includes oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, encaustic, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber art, jewelry, glass, metal, enamels, and wood.  We strive to create an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual encouragement and to give the arts a more visible presence in the town of Hillsborough.  Openings for new members arise when current members leave the gallery. Artists interested in being notified when an opening occurs should fill out a waiting list form, available on the HGA website.

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, to Install Sculpture by Cuban Artist Yoan Capote in Museum Park

June 7, 2016

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC, has been given a new work by Cuban artist Yoan Capote to be installed in its 164-acre Museum Park. The sculpture, titled “Open Mind (Barricades)”, is made from metal crowd-control barricades and is designed to resemble a brain if viewed from above. A gift by an anonymous donor, it is the first installation funded by the NCMA’s new Art in the Environment Fund, which was established to support permanent, loaned, and temporary installations of public art in the Museum Park and community. “Open Mind” is the second work by Capote in the Museum’s permanent collection and will be installed over the course of three days, June 7−9, 2016.

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Yoan Capote, “Open Mind (Barricades)”, 2014, metal, installed dimensions approx. H. 11 x W. 98 x D. 72 ft., Gift of anonymous donor, © 2014 Yoan Capote, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Special thanks to Mac and Keats for the installation of “Open Mind” at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Appropriating utilitarian metal barricades used for crowd control, Capote created the intricate labyrinth, “Open Mind,” modeled after a diagram of the human brain. He imagines visitors walking through the maze “like neurons interacting” inside the brain. In Capote’s words, “When I saw the piece from above, it made me think of each barricade as all the rules, dogmas, and taboos that are intended to control our behavior.” By elevating the barricades, he subverts their original use and intention: visitors are not kept out, but rather invited in to freely wander through the work.

Employing a variety of media—painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation—Yoan Capote, who lives and works in Havana, Cuba, makes works of art that poetically capture both highly personal experiences and universal issues of power, difference, alienation, isolation, dislocation, censorship, and restriction.

The Art in the Environment Fund was established to support works of permanent or temporary art in the Museum Park as well as temporary installations of public art in the Raleigh community and beyond. It is dedicated to investment in significant and engaging public art and to providing accessible and meaningful experiences with art and nature for the people of North Carolina. Capote’s “Open Mind” is the first installation funded by the Art in the Environment Fund. Additional works of public art will be installed throughout the summer and fall in celebration of the NCMA’s Park expansion.

For further information call 919/664-6795 or visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).