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

September 7  //  October 5  // November 2


Summer Celebration

Summer Celebration
SAT August 18, 12:30 – 3pm 

Join Artspace as we host a special exhibit showcasing the work of all of our young artists. Work will be on display starting Th. August 16th and will be celebrated with a special closing reception on Sat August 18th. Dress up, bring your family for treats, music, art and community!


Artist Talk with Lydia McCarthy
SAT September 8, 12pm 

Learn about Lydia McCarthy’s process and artwork on exhibit.

Artist Talk with Summer Rezzeli
SAT September 15, 12pm 

Learn about Summer Rezzeli’s time as a resident artist and works on exhibit.


Día de los Muertos

We’re collaborating with artists Pepe Caudillo, Peter Marin, Cornelio Campos and Leticia Alavarez to explore the artistic and cultural traditions of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos. Stay tuned in October for special classes, outreach + community programs, the creation of an altar/offrendas at Artspace, and a panel discussion on October 13 on the origins of this tradition + issues of cultural appropriation.

Artist Talk with Jillian Goldberg + Susan LaMantia
SAT October 20, 12pm 

Learn about Jillian Goldberg + Susan LaMantia’s processes and artwork on exhibit.


Artspace Gala
SAT November 17, 12pm 

Celebrate creativity with us during an evening of fine art, food and fun. Proceeds benefit Artspace + the Triangle arts community. Tickets go on sale October 1, sponsorships available now!

Recent Events

Artist Talk with Summer Artist in Residence Dana Lynn Harper + PNC Pop in Artist in Residence Jeana Eve Klein
SAT August 4, 12pm 

Hear from our Summer Artist in Residence Dana Lynn Harper and our PNC Pop in Artist in Residence Jeana Eve Klein as they discuss their residencies, processes, and works on exhibit.

Artist Member Field Trip
FRI July 13

Join Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs, to visit Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington. Space is limited, contact to reserve your spot.

Impulse Control with Julia Caston and Harriet Hoover
SAT June 30, 7pm 

Body Slams. Jumping. Bopping. These are all impulses deemed inappropriate in the workplace. Join Julia and Harriet for a performance about wanting to express oneself at work or in other regulated social space. This performance grapples with what it means to be one’s true authentic self in all settings.

Julia Caston is a queer cisgender woman from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA from Barnard College and an MFA from UNC Greensboro. She is a current Regional Emerging Artist in Residence at Artspace and is an upcoming Brightwork Fellow at Anchor Light Studio.

Harriet Hoover is a multi-disciplinary artist whose sculptures and performances explore personal responses to space, place, and memory. She received her BA + BS from NC State University and her MFA from UNC Greensboro. She is a 2016 NC Arts Council Fellowship recipient and lives in Raleigh, NC.

FRESH Perspective
SAT June 16, 12 – 2pm 

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

FRESH Opening 
FRI June 1

Juried show opening, free and open to the public.

Artist Talk with PNC Pop In Artist in Residence Debbie Quick
SAT June 2, 12pm 

Come by and learn about PNC Pop In Artist in Residence Debbie Quick’s process, residency and works on exhibition in Errant, which explores early childhood archetype story telling. Inspiration was derived from Quick’s early childhood reader, A.B. Baker’s Young Years: Best Loved Stories and Poems for Children (1971, Parents Press Magazine). Filled with insensitive imagery, antiquated terms, and unsettling archetypes, this reader was both fascinating and damaging. Quick uses the craft of beadwork with its connections to devalued women’s work and nostalgia of the handmade object as means to point out the complexity of preserved heritage.

Debbie Quick is the faculty research fellow in the Arts Research Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University in the School of the Arts.

TH May 17, 5 – 7pm

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

Accessible Arts with Artsplosure, Arts Access + Artspace
SAT May 19, 11am-3pm

Join Artspace and Arts Access for a day of inclusive art, dance and music for people with and without disabilities.

Scheduled events include visual art make-and-takes, interactive rhythm experiences led by Greg Whitt, and NC Arts in Action LEAP Team student dance performances. Studio tours and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day.

Sensory friendly supports are available. Questions or accommodations requests? Please contact

FRESH Interpretations 
SAT 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. Part of the Accessible Arts with Artsplosure, Arts Access and Artspace event.

Spoken Word Response with Dasan Ahanu to ARTFOR(US)
TH May 10, 7-9pm

Join poet, writer and educator Dasan Ahanu and the Black On Black Project for a Spoken Word performance Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. inside Artspace in downtown Raleigh. The program will be a response to artfor(us), the latest art exhibition from Sherrill Roland.

Spring Market
SAT May 12, 11am-5pm

Join us for our spring market featuring Artspace artists and artists from our community. Perfect time to get a last minute gift for Mom!

Community Conversation: Resilience with Sherrill Roland
SAT April 21, 4pm

In collaboration with the Black on Black Project, Artspace presents new work by artist Sherrill Roland. Best known for his Jumpsuit Project, in which Roland enters museum and gallery spaces in his former prison jumpsuit, this work represents a departure into object-based art making. Roland collages and paints issues of Art Forum magazine that he collected while in prison, exposing the disparities in the fine art world and the American prison system.

Artist Talk with Trish Brownlee
Saturday, April 7, 12pm 

Join us to hear photographer and veteran Trish Brownlee talk about her portraits. Her work is currently on view, along with works by two other veteran artists, Alicia Dietz and Folleh Tamba, in Gallery One  as part of the Art of War exhibition.

Artist Talk with Libby O’Daniel
Saturday March 24, 12pm

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.

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.