Talks, Events & Demos

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

April 6   //   May 4   //  June 1

Upcoming Events

Artist Talk: In Other Words with Libby O’Daniel
Saturday March 24, 12 noon

Join artist Libby O’Daniel and hear her speak about the portrait and audio interviews she created for her exhibition, In Other Words. After the talk, she will be available the rest of the day for additional questions and conversation.

In Other Words is an ongoing body of work that delves into how it feels to exist between worlds in a society that demands clean-cut categories for things like gender, sexuality, and identity. Libby O’Daniel paints her journey to unpack the overlapping identities she has felt her whole life, and to find her place on a number of spectrums. Learning from others who are on the same journey has become an integral part of this process. With the hope of deconstructing the division between traditional and contemporary identities, O’Daniel shares a neighbor-to-neighbor experience for the community to hear those whose self-definition is often disregarded. O’Daniel invites you to get to know your neighbors. Sit. Listen. Stay a while.

This project is funded in part by a United Arts Council 2018 Professional Development Grant. The Professional Development Grant program is funded and administered by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. The program is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and operated in partnership with the Franklin County Arts Council, Johnston County Arts Council, Vance County Arts Council and Warren County Arts Council.

FRESH Pre-jury Viewing Party 
Thursday May 17, 6pm

 A pre-jury viewing party, free and open to the public.

FRESH Interpretations 
Saturday May 19, 11am

 An accessible musical response to the exhibition with Greg Whitt. Free, open to the public. Tours/responses held at 11am, 11:30am and 12noon.

FRESH Opening 
Friday June 1

Juried show opening, free and open to the public.

FRESH Perspective
Saturday, June 16, 12 – 2pm 

Live screening of new ArtCurious episode followed by a Q+A session with juror Jennifer Dasal.

Recent Events

Book Arts Demo with members of the Triangle Book Arts Group
Saturday February 17, 11am-1pm

Dive into the world of book arts and see the process in action from members of the Triangle Book Arts Group. You’ll also get the inside scoop on their exhibition, Re(f)use featured in Gallery One.

Artist Talk with Megan Bostic + Davis Choun
Saturday January 27, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Hear from former Regional Emerging Artists in Residence Megan Bostic + Davis Choun as they discuss their work featured in Processing.

Artist Talk with Scott Hazard
Saturday January 6, 12pm

Learn about artist Scott Hazard’s work and process, featured in Gallery Two exhibit Character Space.

Holiday Market + Connect & Create
Saturday December 16

Join us Saturday Dec 16, 11am-5pm for our Holiday Market featuring Artspace artists, as well as artists from our community! It’s the perfect opportunity to get a special gift for your loved ones (or yourself!).

Gallery Tour Fine Contemporary Craft with Annah Lee
Thursday December 14, 12-1pm

Get the inside scoop on the artwork in the exhibition and learn more about what’s going on in the world of modern craft. Artwork was juried by Roger Manley, Director of the Gregg Museum of Art + Design.

Collectors Gala
Saturday November 18, 6:30pm

Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Saturday November 4, 10am-2pm

Join artists Peter Marin, Cornelio Campos and Pepe Caudillo as Artspace celebrates the rich cultural traditions of Dia de los Muertos with a day of collaborative community art making for all ages.

Community Conversation with Peter Marin and Jillian De Gezelle
The Power of Plants: Ethnobotanical Art and Mexican Culture
Thursday October 19, 7:00-9:00pm

Learn about the ways that both art and plants reveal information about Mexican culture. Artist Peter Marin and Ethnobotantist Jillian De Gezelle will discuss his altar in the Lobby of Artspace and his use of ethnobotany in selecting particular specimens for his installation.  How do ethnobotanists help preserve culture?  In what ways can artists engage with natural specimens? What plants help define our culture?

Paint Process Talk with Donald Martiny + Celia Johnson
Thursday October 12, 6:30-8:30pm

Join artists Celia Johnson and Donald Martiny for a viewing of their exhibition, Juxtaposition, and an artist talk about their painting processes.

Artist Talk with Garry Noland + Leigh Suggs
Saturday September 2, 12pm

Meet the Residents: Artist Talks with Ursula Gullow + David Politzer
Thursday July 13, 6:30-8:30pm

Meet our Pop In Artist in Residence, Ursula Gullow, and our Summer Artist in Residence, David Politzer, for this special artist talk!

Gallery Tour of 30th Anniversary Retrospective with Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee
Thursday June 1, 12-1pm

Come learn about the artwork and artists of the 30th Anniversary Retrospective, led by our Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee.

30th Anniversary Retrospective Artist + Donor Reception
Thursday May 18, 6-8pm

A special celebration for participating artists and donors of our 30th Anniversary Retrospective!

Tactile Talk with Artist Lauren Kalman
Saturday May 13, 12-1:30pm

Hear from artist Lauren Kalman, whose work is part of But if the Crime is Beautiful…, and get to touch the art!

Tactile Talk with Artist Holly Fischer
March 23, 6-9pm

Come Touch the Art! Join sculptor Holly Fischer as she talks about the works in her Upfront Gallery exhibition, Come Closer. Fischer will present materials used in her work for a tactile experience for the audience.

Artist Talk & Community Conversation with Artist Chad Erpelding
March 16, 7-9pm

Hear from artist Chad Erpelding, whose work is part of Location Known, and join in a community conversation on place. How do the places we inhabit (physically, emotionally) affect us? How do we represent the places we are from, the places we have been, the places we are going?

Community Conversation-Fear
Thursday January 12, 7-9pm

Artspace and artist Charles Williams invite you to join us for a Community Conversation to begin this New Year with the cultivation of a new and hopeful outlook. Charles will begin with a brief discussion of his work in Lost + Found and the concept of fear and then moderate an open conversation about fear with the audience. We’ll discuss a variety of things we fear: post-election results, law enforcement, failed resolutions, etc. We want to talk about ways we can learn from the experiences of each other and overcome our fears.

Interactive Art Experience
Friday January 6, 6-10pm

Stop by on First Friday and share your fears on the Fear Anonymous wall in our Lobby. This interactive piece compliments Charles Williams exhibition, Lost + Found, and will spark discussion during our Community Conversation.