Current Regional Emerging Artists in Residence

As of July 2012, Artspace is pleased to have expanded our Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Program and now offer two residencies every six months, four each year. The Regional Emerging Artist Residency provides emerging, Southeastern-based artists with six months of free studio space at Artspace, culminating in an exhibition and gallery talk.

For more information on the Regional Emerging Artist Residency Program or to apply please visit our Artist Opportunities page on the Regional Emerging Artist Residency Program. Applications are due twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

Current Residents

Anthony Patterson

Regional Emerging Artist in Residence
Studio 215
October 2018-January 2019

Artspace and the Black On Black Project are partnering on a special three month Regional Emerging Artist in Residence program featuring artist Anthony Patterson.

This residency provides an opportunity to collaborate with the Artspace team on current works and create community engagement opportunities and programming Patterson, a Durham resident, will be in studio 215 beginning October 5 through January 5. 

He will continue work on his portrait series, PIGEONHOLED, which humanizes black convicts by showing they are more than their felonies. Each painted portrait is developed after the artist interviews the subject. The conversations and resulting images focus on how each person’s life changed upon being released from prison.

For more info on the Black On Black Project, visit


Anthony Patterson, works from Any Black Man series


Vanessa Murray, Rupture


Vanessa Murray

Regional Emerging Artist in Residence
Studio 215A
July 2018-January 2019

Vanessa Murray received her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and recent exhibitions include Uncertain Becomings, Art of Style, Raleigh; Artifact, Gutter Box Gallery, Raleigh; and Analogous, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL.

Vanessa shares “I’m attracted to geologic formations -the big picture of how things form and become what they are over very long periods of time…My paintings are also contemplations of our bodies and their vulnerabilities. Through fleshy moments of thick paint or rupture of a warm saturated color, I’m creating interruptions to the mineral or lifeless. I’m interested in this juxtaposition and in quietly challenging the viewer to consider the visceral relationship we have to the primordial. What is our evolving relationship with the primordial world?” During her residency, Vanessa will be working to push the sculptural properties of her work and is looking forward to connecting with Raleigh artists and Artspace visitors.