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Regional Emerging Artists in Residence

Artspace offers 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.


Tayler Drattlo, Emerging Artist in Residence
Studio 215

January – December 2021

Tayler Drattlo is a neon sculpture artist originally from San Antonio, Texas and now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. She studied neon design and metal  casting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tayler has trained in the  craft of neon at multiple neon shops over the years. She currently bends neon at  Glas, Raleigh’s neon fabrication studio. She uses traditional means to craft and  process glass tubes. She has exhibited her work in installations around the South  where she pushes the physical and conceptual limits of the medium while  preserving the integrity of the 100-year-old craft. 

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Brought up in my family’s Tejano night club business, I was exposed to neon at  an early age. My goal is to contextualize my experiences as a Texan through  neon. My most recent body of work, Rodeo Roses, is my own take on  floriography through my southwestern roots.  

Receiving this residency at Artspace serves as an opportunity for me to push the  boundaries of my neon practice beyond the traditional application of neon in  commercial sign making. My studio space will act as my central hub for my  design work, color study, pattern making, assembly of bulbs, and display of  neon. I look forward to joining the culture within Artspace and interacting with the  greater community in Raleigh.




Clarence Heyward, Emerging Artist in Residence
Studio 215a

January – December 2021

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Clarence Heyward is a painter and collagist. He relocated to North Carolina to study Art Education at North Carolina Central University.

He creates paintings and collages as an exploration of his culture. Clarence’s artistic practice is based in the questioning of his identity and circumstance. He seeks ways to engage in dialogues that ultimately leave him connected to those who experience his work. His work is personal. Although creating from his perspective, the human element present in the work creates a connection for all.


Artist Statement

The social engagement that Artspace provides is a rare opportunity that allows for direct interaction with the public. This will push my practice into new directions as I gain new perspectives from patrons and obtain wisdom from other artists.

While I have never had a studio that’s open to the public, I am looking forward to the experience. My work is usually meant to provoke conversation, this residency will provide added depth/layers to these dialogues as I get feedback from the public.


Residencies sponsored by Duke Energy 

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