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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.

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July First Friday // July 2, 5 – 9pm

Join us for First Friday! We’ll be open until 9pm.
  • Gallery 1 Exhibition: The Time Becoming, Alicia Eggert (above, right)
  • Upfront Gallery: Samantha Everette, Artist Residency (above, left)
  • Corridors: Prints from BIG INK at Artspace event
  • Outside: Familias Separadas project
  • Open Artist Studios: Visit with a variety of artists in their studios
Please note:
  • Due to our Summer Art Camps which serve individuals too young to be vaccinated we are still asking all visitors and artists to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Individual artist studios will have different capacity signage. Please check the signage before entering a studio.
  • Hand sanitizer is located throughout the building.

 

Recent Events

Familias Separadas at June First Friday

As part of the First Friday festivities:

  • The public artworks will be on view as well as a showcase of photos in Artspace taken by the highlighted community members.
  • El Centro Hispano and El Pueblo will have an info table on how to get involved in supporting immigrant rights locally.
  • Food and refreshments will be provided by Carmen Rodriguez Rios in exchange for donations to support local undocumented immigrant families.
  • Silkscreening will be led by local artist Ricky Rodriguez.
  • There will be a special drag performance by community participant Oscar Menendez Serrano, also known as, Gaga L’Draga.
  • Remarks will also be made Peter Marin, local artist, Familias Separadas; Lizette Cruz Watko, community partner, Diamante Arts and Cultural Center; community participants Carmen Rodríguez Rios, Angelica Davila, and Oscar Menendez Serrano; and representatives from El Centro Hispano, El Pueblo and Artspace.

We are excited to unveil the public artworks highlighting the stories of community members that have participated in the Familias Separadas project! The national project focuses on the stories of immigrant families living in the United States and how they have been impacted by detention and deportations. Since January 2020, lead artist Michelle Angela Ortiz and local artist Peter Marin have worked closely with participants from the undocumented immigrant community in North Carolina. Stay tuned for more information!!!

¡RESERVA LA FECHA! Viernes 4 de junio a las 5:00 pm en Artspace. ¡Estamos emocionados de revelar las obras de arte públicas que destacan las historias de los miembros de la comunidad inmigrante que han participado en el proyecto Familias Separadas! El proyecto nacional se centra en las historias de familias que viven en los Estados Unidos y cómo se han visto afectadas por la detención y las deportaciones. Desde enero de 2020, la artista principal Michelle Angela Ortiz y el artista local Peter Marin han trabajado en estrecha colaboración con participantes de la comunidad de inmigrantes indocumentados en Carolina del Norte. ¡¡¡Estén atentos para más información!!!

June First Friday // June 4, 5 – 8pm

Join us for a small, safe First Friday!
  • Gallery One Exhibition: Schmistory: A Project About History and Its History and His Story, Mike Calway-Fagen
  • Corridors: Prints from BIG INK at Artspace event
  • Outside: Familias Separadas project
  • Open Artist Studios: Visit with a variety of artists in their studios
Please note:
  • Artspace will be limiting the number of visitors in the building to 50 at a time.
  • Due to our Summer Art Camps which serve individuals too young to be vaccinated we are still requiring all visitors and artists to wear a mask.
  • Individual artist studios will have different capacity signage. Please check the signage before entering a studio.
  • Hand sanitizer is located throughout the building.

Join us for our 1st Annual Springtime Stroll & Roll! May 21-23, 2021

Take a walk (or a bike ride) around downtown Raleigh to support Artspace! The Stroll and Roll course will take you past public art pieces, art galleries, and art loving businesses plus you’ll have a chance to win awesome prizes!

Help raise money for Artspace by asking your friends, family, employers, etc. to sponsor your walk/ride through donations to your personal Artspace fundraising page. The event takes place over three days so you can participate when it’s convenient for you. The course starts and ends at Artspace and we’ll have free make and take art activities, interactive art projects, and you can visit with our studio artists!

Registration is free. After registration, you’ll receive an email containing your unique fundraising link, sample wording to use when sharing your fundraising link, and a map of the route. Learn about all the details and awesome prizes you could win here.

Artist Open House // May 15, 2 – 4pm

Learn more about our artist studios, becoming an Artspace studio artist, our artist residencies and how to apply.

Weekend of Large-Scale Woodblock Printing at with BIG INK at Artspace // April 17 + 18, 10am-5pm

BIG INK returns to transform the gallery at Artspace into a print studio featuring The Big Tuna: their custom-designed GIANT mobile press! The 16 selected artists will each print a large work from a woodblock that they carved months earlier. The public is invited* to witness the spectacle of several artists printing together on this giant press. This event blends elements of a formal class and a maker fair. It’s a fun way to meet artists and engage with the community. Event Location: 201 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601 *Safety is our top priority. We’ll adhere to local guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Selected Artists

Barbara Duval • Steve Johnson • Carol Kennedy • Maggie L Horvath • David Eichenberger • Leslie Louise Bartlebaugh • Megan Fitz-Hamilton • Mary Walker • Jennifer Garrison • Calvin Ulrich • Suzy Hooker • Peter Borsay • Sarah Whitney • Cameron Johnson • Evan Apple • Rachel Lambes

April First Friday // April 2, 5 – 8pm

Join us for a small, safe First Friday!
  • Gallery One Exhibition: Forgetting Is Easy the Remembering Is What Hurts, Pete Sack + Tim Lytvinenko
  • Upfront Gallery: Between Here and There, Lakeshia Reid
  • Open Artist Studios: Visit with a variety of artists in their studios
Please note:
  • Artspace will be limiting the number of visitors in the building to 50 at a time.
  • All visitors and artists are required to wear a mask.
  • Temperature checks will be taken at the front entrance.
  • Individual artist studios will have different capacity signage. Please check the signage before entering a studio.
  • Hand sanitizer is located throughout the building.

First Friday // March 5, 5-8pm

After a full year away, we are ready to safely welcome visitors back for the March 5 First Friday! Join us from 5-8pm for new exhibitions and open artist studios. Masks required, 50 person limit inside building. Studio artists will have additional capacity limits for their studios.

Luck of the Drawing // Friday, December 18 – 5-6:30pm

Join us for the live Luck of the Draw lottery drawing!

Cross Currents Virtual Reception // Saturday, November 28, 7pm

Join us for a virtual reception with music by artists Clyde and Catherine Edgerton, whose work is featured in Gallery 2 exhibition Cross Currents (Learn more about Cross Currents here.)

Luck of the Drink + Draw // Friday, November 27, 6-8pm

Join us for a virtual drink and draw with some of the Luck of the Draw participating artists. Draw along with the artists or just watch the creative process happen. Free and open to the public. Moderated by Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs.

Teaching at Artspace Info Session
FRI September 18, 1p

Join us at 1pm on September 18 to learn more about teaching at Artspace! Artspace offers both youth and adult classes throughout the year and we are always open to hearing from artists and arts educators who would like to become instructors.

This info session is an opportunity to learn about teaching at Artspace and ask Brittany Carlson, our Education and Outreach Manager, any questions you might have. This event is free and open to the public.

Summer Celebration
August 21

Join us (virtually) as we celebrate the artwork created in this year’s Summer Art Camps! Though we are unable to meet in person for the Summer Celebration this year, it is important to us to celebrate and showcase the work of all the young artists who participated in our virtual summer art camps. Submitted student artwork will be presented in a virtual exhibition on August 21 that can be shared with friends and family near and far!

Music by Katherine Whalen
FRI March 6, 7-9p

Katherine Whalen will be performing from 7-9p on First Friday, March 6, here at Artspace!

Curator Talk // Hairstory + Domestic Demise
SAT February 22, 12pm

Get the inside scoop on exhibitions Hairstory and Domestic Demise and join us for a guided tour of Galleries 1 + 2 with our Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee. Free!

Volunteer Info Session
SAT February 22, 1-2pm

Looking for creative ways to volunteer? Join us for a Volunteer Information Session to learn about our volunteer program and upcoming volunteer opportunities for our Summer Art Camps, First Fridays, school field trips, docent program + more!

You can fill out a volunteer information form to receive more information or sign up to start volunteering right away!

Feel free to join us before the information session for a guided tour of our exhibitions by Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee. Annah will walk visitors through Gallery 1 exhibition, Hairstory and Gallery 2 exhibition, Domestic Demise.