A grid featuring artworks from the Municipal Art Collection by artists Jasmine Best, Alia El-Bermani, Barbara Campbell Thomas, Clarence Heyward, Janet Link, Beverly McIver, Carmen Neely, Alberto Ortega, Lakeshia T Reid, Robyn Scott, Saba Taj, William Paul Thomas, Telvin Wallace, Stephanie Woods, and Antoine Williams.

A Collection of Changes

A Block Gallery exhibition featuring diverse artists from the Municipal Art Collection. On display Aug. 4 to Oct. 22


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Exhibition Information View Artwork About the Artists About the Municipal Art Collection

A Collection of Changes is an exhibition that focuses on works from the Municipal Art Collection by artists of color and those that identify as having a disability that reflect our city and the surrounding areas' diverse communities.

Exhibition Information

A diverse group of 15 artists have their works on display at one of our City-owned galleries. 

  • When: Aug. 4 to Oct. 22 Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Where: Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St. (inside Raleigh Municipal Building)
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

These works are part of our Municipal Art Collection and have been curated and added to reflect current events. It is an opportunity to show an array of experiences while giving a voice and a platform for compelling and diverse artistic expression. We hope it spurs discussion and appreciation for varying points of view.

"This collection explores the contemporary as well as refocused themes given new energy in a season of social awakening. It looks beyond traditional roles and challenges us towards acceptance, learning and celebration," said David Clegg, City of Raleigh Arts Commissioner

View Artwork

Scroll through the slideshows to view the artwork, artist name, and the medium used by the artist. 

You Would Be Pretty
Jasmine Best
Digital print on fabric and beaded fabric collage
27” x 18”

Mobile Beyond All Motion
Barbara Campbell Thomas
Acrylic and collage on canvas with insets of pieced and machine stitched fabric, dyed fabric, spray paint
72" x 60"
2019

Disrupted View
Alia El-Bermani
Oil on aluminum panel
24" x 24"
2020

Liberty Enlightening the World
Clarence Heyward

Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
48” x 30"
2020

Migration, 12
Janet Link
Charcoal on paper
40" x 40", framed
2019

Time Travelers
Beverly McIver
Oil on canvas
30" x 30"
2016

On the Right Track but on the Wrong Train
Carmen Neely
Oil on canvas, enamel pins, embroidery
36" x 40"
2019
 

Number 12 looks just like you
Alberto Ortega
Oil on panel
24" x 24"
2019

Decoy II
Alberto Ortega
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
2020

The Cause of Miracles (The Fool)
Lakeshia T. Reid
Oil on canvas
40" x 30"
2020

Dissonance
Robyn Scott
Pen and ink
18.5” x 22.5”, framed
2020
 

Liminal Being(s)
Saba Taj
Oil paint, glitter, appliques, gold leaf, spray paint on canvas
2020 

Lindsay's Friend
William Paul Thomas
Oil on canvas
36" x 24"
 

Window Pain
Telvin Wallace
Oil on canvas
32" x 44"
2019

A Radiant Revolution I
Stephanie J. Woods
Archival ink-jet print
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Edition 1 of 1
30"x 20"

There Will Be No Miracles Here, Unc
Antoine Williams
Acrylic, collage, ink, graphite on canvas
23" x 28.5"
2019

About the Artists

Find more about each artist in the exhibit.

Artist  Bio 
Jasmine Best  The North Carolina based artist uses her personal memories and manipulations of her memories to create dialogues about the black female identity in the south and in predominately white spacesView the exhibition artwork and artist statement
Barbara Campbell Thomas

Barbara Campbell Thomas's work combines painting with quilting, overlaying their material vocabularies to create complex formal dialogues within each painting that resonate with the details of her own life and the history of each medium. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Alia El-Bermani 

El-Bermani uses the portrait to reveal introspective stories about the complexity of what it is to be human, as well as to try to deeply connect with another. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Clarence Heyward

Heyward challenges stereotypes and myths, takes on social commentary, critiques perceptions, and creates dialogues all through the lens of the Black American male experience. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Janet Link

Link’s work is overtly concerned with composition. Within the picture, the objects function primarily as shapes of varying color, texture, value. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Beverly McIver

McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American woman artist. She is committed to producing art that consistently examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Carmen Neely 

Neely’s work has always been about the intricacies of transformation. The artist translates lived experience into nuanced gestures, exploding over a flat white ground, her newest paintings play witness to an enigmatic inner world, one that’s bursting with energy and kinetic movement. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Alberto Ortega 

While his work is rooted in dense Spanish naturalism and its characteristic color palette, Alberto Ortega has taken American suburban life as subject matter for his oil paintings since moving to the United States in 2008.View the featured artwork and artist statement

Lakeshia T. Reid

Reid’s most recent collection of paintings and collages is based on her need to create works that are more reflective of current events and the growing need for self and cultural acceptance. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Robyn Scott

Scott has been exploring how isolation can impact a person's thought process. Originally, the work was meant to satisfy feelings of being separated due to chronic illness and determine how to communicate those feelings to an audience. However, at the onset of the enforced pandemic isolation, these feelings became something the community is experiencing on a mass scale. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Saba Taj

Saba Taj is a visual artist based in Durham, North Carolina, whose work—inspired by Islamic stories, sci-fi, and revolution—explores representation, the gaze, queerness, and the body. View the featured artwork and artist statement

William Paul Thomas

William Paul Thomas is a painter, photographer, and videographer who creates pictures as a way to capsulize his broad, ongoing exploration of the human condition. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Telvin Wallace

Wallace has the natural urge to create art from the inside out; to make visible the hidden feelings, attitudes, and functionings of everyday life that are influenced by illnesses or traumatic events. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Stephanie J. Woods

Woods’ passion for interdisciplinary practices and material language is evident through her collaborations and implementation of symbolic materials that examine performative behavior, domestic spaces, and alternative realities that reference Black American culture and her experiences growing up in the American South. View the featured artwork and artist statement

Antoine Williams

Williams' mixed-media work investigates his cultural identity by exploring power, fear, and the perception of signs within society.View the featured artwork and artist statement

About the Municipal Art Collection

The Raleigh Municipal Art Collection was first established in 1990 with the acquisition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. The Collection now holds more than 600 fine art and public art pieces by local, state, and national artists. These works are displayed throughout the City of Raleigh properties including parks, community centers, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Raleigh Convention Center. The Raleigh City Council approved the City’s first comprehensive public art policy in 2011 and all acquisitions are now approved by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. 

Learn more about Raleigh's Municipal Art Collection

Contact

 

Stacy Bloom Rexrode
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Raleigh Arts
919-996-4687

Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
Raleigh Arts
Board, Commission or Committee:
Arts Commission
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