Working on street mural Erradica El Racismo, painted on East Davie Street outside Artspace. This project was led and organized by Artspace Board Member Pepe Caudillo and created in collaboration with Latinx artists Lety Alvarez, Cornelio Campos, Jose Manuel Cruz, Peter Marin (Artspace Studio Artist, Studio 105) and Luis McKeney and with the help of many volunteers.

Artspace In the Community

5 Ways to Engage with Artspace this Summer

With its neon-green awning at the front door, and the bright orange letters covering the building, Artspace is an art and cultural destination in Downtown Raleigh that you literally cannot miss. We are a space for creativity and social practice composed of affordable studio spaces, artist residencies, exhibitions, arts education, and community programming. Check out these five ways you can experience all that Artspace has to offer this summer! 

Around Town

Juneteenth Celebrations Around Town

Visit Raleigh has put together a comprehensive list of Juneteenth events going on around town. Check it out!

Free Connect + Creates
in Partnership with Dix Park

This summer, join us for FREE family-friendly Connect + Create classes in a continuing partnership with Dorothea Dix Park! Classes are held in the Dix Chapel on Tuesday evenings.

Upcoming // 

work by Jean Gray Mohs

Studio Artist Jean Gray Mohs in global project Taking Up Space

May 2022

Studio artist Jean Gray Mohs (Studio 110) is among eight women from across the Triangle featured in Taking Up Space, a Grassroots Female Focused Community Global Art Exhibition (as initiated by the Artist/Mother Podcast & the Thrive Artist Network) at the Pocket Gallery, Raleigh, during the month of May.

She is joined by artists Caitlin Cary, Natalia Torres Del Valle, Shanny Kohli, Susan Martin, Joanna Moody, Kelly Sheppard Murray, and Jennie Traill Schaeffer. This exhibition is the beginning of a yearly invitation for female-identifying artists to exhibit work, invite their communities to view art made by living, working women artists, and the start of a community project to bring women artists into conversation with each other.

In its first year, there will be 80+ Taking Up Space exhibitions globally. Interested? Reach out to join in the conversation.

Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Aliyah Bonnette participates in Conversation on Creating a Home, Not an Empire

May 2022

Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Aliyah Bonnette (Studio 215) took part in an intimate conversation along with three other artists in the exhibition Creating a Home, Not an Empire, where they discussed their art practices and inspirations. Watch the recording of the conversation here.

A Weekend Celebration of the Dreamville Festival

April 1-3

Join us for an epic April First Friday (April 1, 6-10pm) and weekend celebrating Dreamville Festival and hip-hop culture!  Our April First Friday outdoor activities are supported by Historic City Market.

// First Friday April 1:

  • Browse our three exhibitions
  • Create your own abstract string painting during a free guided art activity
  • Enjoy a street art painting demo by Lord Phly at our Davie Street entrance
  • Showcase your dance skills in an open style cypher hosted by Raleigh Rockers for your chance to win a $100 prize
  • Express yourself through rap, poetry and beats in a community cypher hosted by Cypher Univercity. 

// Saturday April 2: Mosaic Workshop with Carlos González, 5-8pm, $110 members/$125 non-members
// Self Care Sunday, April 3, 10-11am, $15 in advance, $18 day of:
Artspace in collaboration with Araminta Wellness presents Self-Care Sunday. Beginner-friendly yoga and guided relaxation practice. Please bring a mat and bottled water/refillable water bottle. 

detail of mural by Freddie Bell

New Mural by Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Freddie Bell

March 2022

Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Freddie Bell (Studio 215A) recently completed this wonderful abstract mural in North Durham!

detail of work by Rosalia Torres Weiner

Peter Marin named Curator of Exhibitions for Diamante Arts + Cultural Center

March 2022

Studio Artist Peter Marin (Studio 105) is the new Curator of Exhibitions for Diamante Arts + Cultural Center in Raleigh. On display now through May 13 is Mi Gente, Un Reflejo / My People, A Reflection, a solo exhibition by artist Rosalia Torres Weiner and Marin’s inaugural exhibition as Curator.

Becky Joye designs bus shelter for Together Raleigh

February 2022

Next time you’re at Green Road in Raleigh (fronting the Green Road Library), check out Artspace artist Becky Joye’s bus shelter design for Together Raleigh.

Becky shares, “My Together Raleigh station design was inspired by my daily drives by the construction sites around downtown Raleigh with my 5-year-old son Jack, who loves watching the trucks and cranes build. In my city, a forklift and tower crane lift and hoist together to construct playful towers, reminiscent of children’s toy blocks.”

Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Aliyah Bonnette in Creating a Home, Not an Empire

February 2022

Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Aliyah Bonnette (Studio 215) has work in Creating a Home, Not an Empire at VAE Raleigh. This group exhibition explores the co-creation of the black family home and process of remembering, and was curated by VAE’s inaugural Collaborative Curatorial Fellow, Alyssa Cuffie.

Artspace Announces David Moore as New Director of Community Engagement

January 2022

Artspace President + CEO Carly P. Jones has named David Moore as Director of Community Engagement; Moore began his new role on January 10. Moore comes to Artspace from Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) where he served as the Placemaking + Activations Manager and managed strategic partnerships, small-scale activations, and public art projects.While at DRA, he produced Moore Square Market growing attendance by 400% in one year, re-energized the First Friday Raleigh program, and created new public space activations including Dine Out Downtown, Jazz in the Square, and Noon Tunes. Moore has also been an advocate for public art and developed DRA’s public art program resulting in several temporary installations, Green City, USA mural on the AT&T building, Rainbow Head sculpture located in Nash Square, an interactive public art map, and the Illuminate Art Walk, Raleigh’s first light art festival. Prior to joining DRA, he worked for NewTown Macon as a Project Manager spearheading events, placemaking, and public art initiatives in downtown Macon, Georgia.

David Moore
detail of painting by Wiley Johnson with teal, and neon coral, pink and red

Wiley Johnson and Peter Marin Part of Group Exhibition Color Focus at Sertoma Arts Center

January 2022

Right now in Sertoma Arts Center’s Gallery is exhibition Color Focus, with work by several artists, including Artspace Studio Artist Peter Marin (Stuido 105) and Artspace artist Wiley Johnson. Color Focus showcases five artists living and working in the Triangle, each exploring and pushing the boundaries of color. The exhibition is on display through February 27 and curated by Charlotte Russell Contemporary Fine Art Gallery. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Embroidered works by Jennifer Markowitz - three masks with embroidery of the three stimulus checks

Artspace Artists part of Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now at the Nasher

January 2022

Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now at the Nasher, features 30 emerging and establishing artists working across the state, including Artspace Studio Artist Jennifer Markowitz (Studio 109) and former Regional Emerging Artists in Residence Clarence Heyward and Julia Gartrell. The exhibition is on display through July 10, 2022. From the Nasher: “The artists included in this exhibition invite us to reckon with hard truths, seek healing in collective reflection, and demand transformative action.”

Susie Silver's certificate acknowledging her becoming a Certified Diversity Executive

Susie Silver Becomes a CDE®️ - Certified Diversity Executive

January 2022

Artspace Studio Artist Susie Silver (Studio 207) recently became a CDE®️ – Certified Diversity Executive, a process that she was working on from April through December of 2021. Check out her work at the Diversity Movement.

Bus Rapid Transit Station with Jane Cheek's rainbow colored design installed

Jane Cheek's Artwork Part of the Bus Rapid Transit Stations Public Art Project

January 2022

Next time you’re out at New Bern and Trawick in Raleigh, check out Artspace Studio Artist Jane Cheek‘s (Studio 217) artwork that was recently installed on the bus station there, as part of the Bus Rapid Transit Stations Public Art project.

colored pencil drawing by Jaimon Caceres of autumn leaves floating on water

colored pencil drawing by Jaimon Caceres

Jaimon Caceres Interviewed by 27587 Magazine

January 2022

Artspace Studio Artist Jaimon Caceres (Studio 214) was recently interviewed by 27587 Magazine. Jaimon shares about how he came to be a visual artist after dancing for the Asheville Ballet Company, his artistic process, and what is currently inspiring him. Read the article here.

Peter Marin, El laberinto y el tiempo

Peter Marin, El laberinto y el tiempo

Peter Marin's Work in Abstracto/Latino: Latin American with an Abstract Fusion

December 2021

Artspace Studio Artist Peter Marin (Studio 105) has work in Abstracto/Latino: Latin American with an Abstract Fusion at the City of Raleigh’s Block Gallery through January 21.

From the City of Raleigh on the show: “This exhibition, curated by Georges Le Chevallier, questions the preferred notion in the United States that Latinx Art is based on Magical Realism, Politics or Regionalism. This exhibition brings together Latinx artists who are working in different styles of abstraction. These artists are exploring diverse art movements such as North American Abstract Expressionism, French Cubism, Russian Constructivism, and Japanese Shibui, without ever losing their Latin American roots.”

Tayler Drattlo, Luxuriate

Tayler Drattlo, Luxuriate

Tayler Drattlo's Work in Illuminate Raleigh

December 2021

Now through January 7, take a free, self-guided tour of light-based art throughout downtown Raleigh. Artspace Regional Emerging Artist in Residence Tayler Drattlo‘s (Studio 215) work Luxuriate is part of the walk and is at 600 Glenwood Avenue, Hampton Inn & Suites! This neon work is made of clear glass and coated glass filled with neon, argon, and argon and mercury. Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s Illuminate Art Walk is presented by Wake Tech. Check out the route and all the works here.

Jackie Sanders, How long can this last?, detail

Jackie Sanders, How long can this last?, detail

Jackie Sanders Particpating in Launch Raleigh Entrepreneur Program

November 2021

Artspace Studio Artist Jackie Sanders (Studio 220) is in the middle of the Launch Raleigh Entrepreneur Program. Twice a year, 20 small business owners are selected for the program. The program was created to support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in Southeast Raleigh, by providing access to business loans, business development services, and networking opportunities.

Maria Frati, Outlays

Maria Frati, Outlays

Maria Frati Juried into People of Print

November 2021

Artspace Studio Artist Maria Frati (Studio 208) was juried into the competitive UK-based printmaking group People of Print. Members include experimental and traditional printmakers across the globe. 

Danyelle Lakin, Betrothed, detail

Danyelle Lakin, Betrothed, detail

Danyelle Lakin's Work Featured in AOI Illustration Awards Annual for 2021

November 2021

Artspace Studio Artist Danyelle Lakin‘s (Studio 102) work, Betrothed is featured in the Association of Illustrators’ AOI Illustration Awards Annual for 2021, which showcases work being made by illustrators all over the world. There were over 5280 entries this year from 82 countries, and Danyelle’s work was one of 200 selected for the shortlist. Betrothed was created with a scratchboard and stylus. About the work Danyelle states, “For me, the theme ‘Betrothed’ is firmly linked with the idea of commitment. Commitment looks like different things to different people, but perhaps commonalities can include values like trust, fidelity, and the willingness to make an effort. The image has a serious highly detailed approach, emphasizing the concept’s light-hearted punchline.”

Artspace Announces Amy Etheridge as New Director of Development

October 2021

Artspace President + CEO Carly Jones has named Amy Etheridge as Director of Development; Etheridge began her new role on October 11. Amy said, “I have long admired Artspace as a creative hub in downtown Raleigh and am excited about its vision for the future. It’s an honor to join such a strong team working to uplift and amplify the arts playing a positive role in the lives of children and adults across communities.”

Etheridge comes to Artspace from the Dix Park Conservancy where she served as Director of Development and led fund development strategies for annual and capital campaign giving. Etheridge has also served as the Executive Director at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art where she directed all operations, budgets and development for $.3M nonprofit visual arts school and gallery, including care and preservation of two National Historic Register buildings. With a passion for cultural connections, Etheridge looks forward to working with the Artspace team, board, artists, and donors to help uplift and amplify the vision of the arts enriching the lives of youth and adults across communities.

Photo of Amy Etheridge
Sanjé James, Untitled 06, detail, photography

Sanjé James, Untitled 06, detail, photography

Sanjé James has First Solo Exhibition at Gallery Kayafas, Boston

October 2021

Sanjé James, part of Artspace’s Visitor Services + Administration Team, recently had her first solo exhibition, Familiar Interplay, at Gallery Kayafas in Boston. The photographs, video, and installation represent James’ bedroom and her classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Excerpt from Sanjé’s artist statement: “My childhood bedroom has turned into my stage where I perform my growing desire for the attention of others on social media. My friend’s portraits scattered throughout the room as my adored audience. Through mixed media, collage, and photography, my altered avatars flutter through the cloud for anyone to bear witness as I struggle to grow up into an adult in the unaccompanied space. Conversing with AI intelligence has become my new normal.”

Jane Cheek with her newspaper kiosk design on Fayetteville Street

Newspaper Kiosk Gets New Design by Jane Cheek

October 2021

Raleigh’s newspaper kiosks are getting a makeover! Artspace Studio Artist Jane Cheek (Studio 217) has created a design for a kiosk on Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, so check it out next time you’re downtown! In this collaborative project with the City of Raleigh Department of Transportation, the Office of Emergency Management and Special Events, and Raleigh Arts, local artists created original artwork to be displayed on vacant newspaper kiosks that are located along Fayetteville Street, from Morgan Street to Lenoir Street. Participating artists: Sampada Kodagali Agarwal, Sydney Baldwin, Jane Cheek, Mayanthi Jayawardena, Tim Lee, Suijin Li, Shamica Phillips, JP Jermaine Powell, and Wendy Spitzer.

Adriana Ameigh speaking about her work at the opening

Artspace Artists part of Being and Belonging exhibition at UNC Global

October 2021

Congratulations to Artspace Studio Artists Adriana Ameigh (Studio 216), Alexandre Emmanuel (Studio 219) and Peter Marin (Studio 105) whose work is a part of the Being and Belonging exhibition at UNC Global. The exhibition brings together 13 artists of Latin American heritage from across North Carolina whose work evokes questions of identity, environment and home.

Adriana shared of the opening event: My fellow participating artists … shared a variety of stories such as what it’s like to be Latinx in North Carolina, what inspires their artwork, and even insights on their process. And even though we come from a diverse range of countries, a lot of our stories had common threads.”

Carly Jones, image courtesy of INDYweek. Art by Jane Cheek; Brooch and earrings, by Bongsang Cho and Rings and bracelet by Hsiang-Ting Yen. All artists are studio artists at Artspace.

INDYWeek // Carly Jones Starts a New Chapter at Artspace

September 2021

Recently Carly Jones, our new CEO, sat down with Kyesha Jennings of INDYweek, and shared her path to Artspace and her plans looking forward. 

Participants working on batiks at an Artspace Connect + Create at Dix Park

Artspace partners with Dix Park

2021

Artspace is happy to be partnering with Dorothea Dix Park to offer free family friendly Connect + Create classes in their newly renovated chapel. Our Tuesday evening classes this fall are sold out, but a waitlist is available.