FRESH: Art, Music, Perspectives

Artspace’s biennial fundraising exhibition and celebration of NC artists

FRESH is a celebration of NC artists. With a twist on our biennial fundraiser, FRESH will not only include both an open and a juried exhibition, but also live music as part of FRESH Sounds, FRESH Perspectives with panel discussions, roundtables, artist talks, and more, as well as programming for families with Artspace’s FRESH Family Day. Each sale of artwork supports both a North Carolina artist (60%) and Artspace (40%) in our mission to provide subsidized studio space in the heart of downtown Raleigh, accessible art education for all ages, exhibitions and artist residencies with regional and national artists.

  • May // Exhibition opens with all submitted works!
  • June // Juried exhibition revealed and juried works exhibited. Juror: Jonell Logan, VP + Creative Director at the McColl Center, Charlotte, NC
  • Throughout May + June // FRESH Sounds + Perspectives with music, panel discussions, a FRESH Family Day, and more!

Volunteer during FRESH

Quick Links

Purchase work in person at Artspace (201 E Davie St Raleigh) or by calling us at 919.821.2787.

FRESH Sounds

Fundraising concert series with an intimate vibe featuring live music and spoken word artists. All performances will take place at Artspace in our gallery spaces from 7:00-9:00pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Per event // 

  • $45 General Admission (Includes 1 drink + light snacks)

May 14, 7-9pm

Opening with Spoken Word by Antino Art, Ina Cariño, and Bob Gilbert.

Currently based in the NC Triangle, Larry Bellorín and Joe Troop are versatile multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters on a mission to show that music has no borders. As a duo they perform a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music on harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, and whatever else they decide to throw in the van.

Please note, this show has been postponed. Stay tuned for the future date!

Opening with Spoken Word by K-Lambitty, Oceaque, Nick Courman, and Humble Rodent.Poets curated in partnership with s.P. the Writer.

Yolanda Rabun is a chart-topping national recording artist and award-winning professional equity actor skilled with an exceptional natural talent for storytelling. Known for her endless energy, commanding vocal power and inventiveness on stage, Rabun headlined and opened Koka Booth and Red Hat Amphitheaters, Carolina Theatre and DPAC, among others.

June 4, 7-9pm

Opening with Spoken Word by Anna Weaver, Cgraves, Johnny Lee Chapman III, and Watson. Poets curated in partnership with Tongue & Groove.

Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, NC, is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes. She is passionate about raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped, underserved, and marginalized communities. While she may be familiar to some from her success as a semi-finalist on American Idol, she maintained close ties to her Native American roots, culture, and music as Lead Singer of Dark Water Rising. Currently, Charly is writing her first solo album. 

June 11, 7-9pm

Opening with Spoken Word by Ajani Kambon, Travis Kyng, Wild Perfection, and William Davis. Poets curated in partnership with s.P. the Writer.

Based out of Raleigh-Durham, NC, NiiTO has spent the last two and half years crafting their own original sound and honing their skill set. With heavy influences from a variety of genres, they’ve stumbled upon a unique sound. Their music blurs the lines between R&B, Rock, Pop, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues and more, creating a RnB/Hiphop Funk fusion sound. It’s only a matter of time before NiiTO becomes a well-recognized name.

June 25, 7-9pm

Carly Prentis Jones is a vocalist and theatre artist who has performed on stages throughout the Triangle region for over a decade. Jones grew up singing in choir and on youth stages in the City of Oaks and later received her formal vocal training at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned degrees in vocal performance and arts administration. As a classically trained singer, Carly enjoys performing as an active recitalist and soloist with symphonies and chamber groups. She most enjoys working on new works with playwrights and musicians uplifting stories of those that have traditionally been silenced and surrounding current issues. 

FRESH Programming

In addition to our regular First Friday programming, Artspace will offer a variety of events including a live music + spoken word series, a family day, panel discussions, and art education programs.

FRESH Family Day

May 14, 11am-3pm, FREE

Artists of all ages are invited to explore their creativity in our open studio, participate in a koinobori art making activity, and enjoy demonstrations led by Artspace studio artists.

While you’re here you can also explore the FRESH exhibition with over 250 new works by artists from all over the state of North Carolina. Nana’s Sweet Treats will also be onsite selling baked goods and drinks!

FRESH First Friday

June 3, 6-10pm

  • Live music by XOXOK, art activities and more
  • Opening of juried art exhibition, juried by Jonell Logan 
  • Free; open to the public

FRESH Perspectives

Panel discussion series led by and featuring local artists and arts professionals. Events are free (registration is required) and take place at Artspace, 201 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Meet the FRESH Artists:
A Guide to Collecting with Mavis Gragg

May 12, 6-8pm

  • Attorney + Arts Enthusiast Mavis Gragg will share practical tips for art collecting while highlighting three artists featured in our FRESH exhibition.
  • Free, please register so that we may anticipate attendance.

The Art of the State
Author Talk with Liza Roberts

May 25, 6-8pm

  • Liza Roberts hosts an author talk on her upcoming book The Art of the State celebrating NC visual artists. A panel discussion with three North Carolina artists, Chieko Murasugi, Shephen Hayes, and Thomas Sayre, will follow the author talk.
  • Free, please register so that we may anticipate attendance.

Virtual FRESH
Guest Curators Talk

May 26, 7-8pm

  • Join Artspace Creative Director Annah Lee for a virtual talk with this year’s FRESH guest curators: Marjorie Hodges, Founder + Co-owner at Artsuite; Carly Jones, President + CEO at Artspace; Niki McNeill Brown, Founder + Principal Interior Designer at McNeill Brown Interior Design; Tift Merritt, singer-songwriter + musician; and Dustin Patrick Smith, entrepreneur + lifestyle influencer.
  • Free, please register so that we may anticipate attendance.

FRESH Juror Talk
with Jonell Logan

June 2, 6-8pm

  • Sit down with this year’s FRESH Juror Jonell Logan as she provides insights into her creative process and artworks featured in the FRESH juried exhibition open from June 3-26.
  • Free, please register so that we may anticipate attendance. 

FRESH Leadership:
Innovation in Arts Administration

June 9, 6-8pm

  • This panel brings together arts professionals to discuss their own creative programs, policies and funding models while sharing their experience as trailblazers in the field.
  • Moderated by Carly Jones, President + CEO at Artspace, this panel includes Kayla Coleman, Executive Director at VAE Raleigh, and Germane James, Executive Director at NorthStar Church of the Arts.
  • Free, please register so that we may anticipate attendance.


All submitted work will be displayed from May 6 – 29 and the final selected works will be announced on June 1. The final art exhibition will be on display from June 3 – 26. The final exhibition and awards will be juried by Jonell Logan, VP + Creative Director at the McColl Center.

Cash Awards

  • 1st Place: $1000
  • 2nd Place: $750
  • 3rd Place: $500
  • People’s Choice: $250

Exhibition Key Dates

  • March 18-April 15: FRESH submissions accepted
  • April 16-24, 11am-7pm: deliver artwork to Artspace
  • May 6, 6-10pm: First Friday for non-juried exhibition 
  • May 6-29: non-juried exhibition of FRESH works
  • June 3, 6-10pm: First Friday for juried exhibition 
  • June 3-26: juried exhibition of FRESH work


Jonell Logan, VP + Creative Director at the McColl Center.

photo of Jonell Logan

Jonell Logan is the VP + Creative Director at the McColl Center. She is an arts advocate dedicated to supporting the careers of contemporary artists and providing connections for non-traditional audiences. Based in Charlotte, she served as the Executive Director of The League of Creative Interventionists (LOCI), a non-profit organization that supports a national network of artists and community partners using creativity to transform communities from within. Before LOCI, Logan founded 300 Arts Project, an arts consulting company that supports community engagement, equity and diversity in arts via training, strategic planning, and exhibitions. 

Originally from New York, Logan worked at several arts organizations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of Art; Studio Museum in Harlem. Moving South, she worked at the the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC; and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American History and Culture in Charlotte, NC.

Thank you to our FRESH Sponsors

Duke Energy
Trophy Brewing

Become a FRESH Sponsor

Learn more about becoming a sponsor of FRESH with the links below.


As part of our mission, Artspace strives to be accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities. If you have an accommodation request or questions regarding inclusion, please contact us at


If you have any questions related to the FRESH exhibition, please contact Annah Lee, Creative Director at For questions related to media inquiries or programming, contact David Moore, Director of Community Engagement at