Artist Talks + Events

Artspace offers artists’ talks, events and demonstrations in conjunction with our exhibitions.  All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

First Fridays, 6-10pm

 DEC 6 / JAN 3 / FEB 7  MAR 6



BIG INK at Artspace
SAT + SUN November 9 + 10

Join us and see artists print large-scale woodblocks on BIG INK’s giant mobile printmaking press. Presses of this size are rare, so don’t miss your chance to see this one in action!

Selected Artists

Scott Ludwig, Nick Osetek –
Boone, NC, 38″ x 60″
Susan Martin –
Raleigh, NC, 28″ x 40″
Joshua Unikel –
Houston, TX, 24″ x 36″
Tedd Anderson –
Durham, NC, 24″ x 36″
Judy Jones
Raleigh, NC, 24″ x 36″
Kate Mitchell, Katy Collier, Colin Nollet, Erin Kye –
King, NC, 38″ x 49″
Bronwyn Merritt –
Carrboro, NC, 34″ x 34″
Erin Kye –
King, NC, 31″ x 35″
Greg Carter –
Raleigh, NC, 40″ x 72″
Susan Fecho –
Tarboro, NC, 26″ x 40″
William Paul Thomas –
Durham, NC, 40″ x 96″
Lily Xiong
Charlotte, NC, 24″ x 36″
Ian Bailey, Allison Said, Sushaila Sasha Yehya –
Raleigh, NC, 36″ x 59″
Jacob Parker –
Wilmington, NC, 40″ x 70″
Joseph Rafferty –
Wake Forest, NC, 40″ x 60″
Abhidnya Ghuge –
Tyler, Texas, 32″ x 48″
Staunton, VA, 30″ x 40″
Anna Kenar –
Charlotte, NC, 24″ x 48″



Join us for supper, a family-style meal inside Gallery Two where you can make new friends and celebrate contemporary art, food, and beer that pushes boundaries and expands what it means to be Southern. We’ll have food and drinks from Fiction Kitchen, Empire Eats, OMG! Banana Pudding, Foundation, Trophy Brewing, Burial Beer, Bond Brothers Beer and The Sweetest Things. And you won’t want to miss the best dish competition at 7, where $1 gets a vote for your favorite dish! Tickets are $50 and include dinner and two drinks. Get your ticket here! Special thanks to Duke Energy and Empire Eats for sponsoring this event.

Artist Talk with Artist of Dirty South

SAT November 16, 12pm

Learn about the various processes of the artists whose work is on exhibition in Dirty South.



Fine Contemporary Craft Award Ceremony

FRI December 6, 7pm

Fine Contemporary Craft is juried by Mia Hall, Executive Director of Penland School of Craft. Award winners will be announced at 7pm at the opening reception on First Friday.


SAT December 14

Join us for our Holiday Market featuring Artspace artists and artists from our community. Perfect time to get a last minute gift! Artists interested in having a booth should apply online. Questions? Contact Brett Morris at

Artist Talk on Disposable Diaries


Learn about Disposable Diaries, a collaboration between local artists and Neighbor to Neighbor.


Recent Events

November First Friday // Fri November 1, 6-10pm // FREE!

We’ll also be hosting a special Día de Muertos Celebration as part of First Friday with food, music, a fun make and take, + more!Artist Talk + Papermaking Workshop w/ Andrew Kozlowski

Día de Muertos Make + Take w/ Centro + Brentwood Boys and Girls Club // Sat October 26, 9-11:30a // FREE! This event takes place near Centro on Wilmington Street, as part of Centro’s Day of the Dead 5k.

FRI  October 25, 6-8pm

Hear from artist Andrew Kozlowski and join him for a deinstallation party and free papermaking workshop.

Casi Muertos Workshop // Sat October 5, 11am-1pm // FREE!

Learn about artist, Julio Gonzalez’s project Día de Los Casi Meurtos with Rafael Osuba, while creating paper marigolds to adorn his exhibition in Studio 206.

Artist Talk w/ Vanessa Murray
SAT  September 28, 12pm

Learn about former Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Vanessa Murray’s work + process.

Second Sunday September
SUN September 8, 1-5pm

On September 8, we will be open from 1-5p, in conjunction with City Market’s Second Sunday Market! Come on by for great exhibitions and artists!

Summer Celebration
SAT August 24, 12:30-3pm

Join Artspace as we host a special exhibition showcasing the work of all of our young artists. Bring your family and friends for treats, music, art and community!

Resident Artist Talk + Tour w/ Casey McGuire + Nicole Simpkins
SAT August 3, 12pm

Hear from resident artists Casey McGuire and Nicole Simpkins as they discuss their residencies, works and creative processes.

Artist Talk w/ Katie Shaw
SAT June 8, 12pm

Katie Shaw, Universal Access Artist in Residence, will share about her work, creative process + experience as an artist resident here at Artspace.

Artist Talk w/ Michela Martello
SAT June 1, 4pm

Join us for an artist talk + tour with Michela Martello as she discusses her creative process and work on exhibition in Gallery Two exhibit Consequential Stranger.

Artist Talk w/ Lien Truong
SAT May 18, 12pm 

An examination on landscape, war and perception with artist Lien Truong, in conjunction with Gallery One exhibition The Sky is Not Sacred.

Open Workday w/ Katie Shaw
SAT May 18, 1-4pm

Katie Shaw, our Universal Access Artist in Residence, is hosting an open workday this Saturday – drop in for this relaxed hangout and help out with a sculpture she’s working on!

Spring Market
SAT May 4, 11am – 5pm 

Join us Saturday May 4 for our Spring Market featuring artwork + handmade gifts for purchase from 30+ Artspace artists and artists from our community. (and just in time for Mother’s Day!)

Curator Talk w/ Bill Fick + Judy Jones
SAT March 23, 12 – 1pm 

Hear from the curators about their vision and process for the National Print Invitational exhibition on display in Gallery Two.

Artist Talk + Tour w/ Brett Morris
SAT March 9, 12-1pm

Learn about Brett Morris’ process and works on exhibition.

Floraffiti Charette
SAT March 9, 11 am-2pm

Floraffiti is hosting a charette at Artspace to learn what words you’d like to see grow in our community. Come and share your thoughts and you might see your idea pop up around town this spring! Floraffiti is a community engagement project founded by Carter Hubbard where seedlings are planted to spell inspiring and motivating words to foster community engagement.

Printmaking Demo w/ Bill Fick + Local Printmakers
SAT February 23, 1 – 3pm

Learn about various printmaking techniques from local artists. Participate in a free make + take activity. Event sponsored by Speedball.

Artist Talk + Tour w/ Dane Winkler
SAT January 19, 1 – 2pm 

Learn about Dane Winkler’s process and works on exhibition.

BYOB Drink + Draw w/ Julia Caston + Oami Powers
TH January 17, 7 – 9pm 

Bring your sketch materials and a drink and come draw with us! Caston and Power’s are hosting a BYOB Drink + Draw in conjunction with their Marriage of Opposites exhibition. Free! Detail of drawings by Oami Powers.

Artist Talk + Tour w/ Julia Caston + Oami Powers
SAT January 12, 1 – 2pm 

Learn about Caston and Power’s residency, process and works on exhibition. Artwork by Julia Caston.