Past Exhibitions and Exhibited Artists

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Since 1984, Block Gallery has introduced nearly 200 artists to area residents and visitors at the Raleigh Municipal Building.

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Past Exhibitions

In addition to exhibitions in the gallery, Block Gallery has offered virtual versions of some exhibitions. View them below:

A collage of image by Kai Des Etages, Samantha Everette, Titus Heagins, Jon Lawrence, and Justin Perkins

Hue Untitled: The Process of Color
February 2 through March 25, 2022

Hue Untitled: The Process of Color, curated by Christina Perkins, is a collective exhibit of Black artistic thought and process exploring the use of color as a critical element in one’s visual dialogue.

Learn more and view the artworks in the exhibition

A grid featuring multiple images of artwork from the Abstracto/Latino exhibition

Abstracto/Latino: Latin American with an Abstract Fusion
November 3, 2021, to January 21, 2022

Abstracto/Latino: Latin American with an Abstract Fusion is an exhibition highlighting Latinx artists living in North Carolina who are working in abstraction.

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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
August 4 to October 22, 2021

This exhibition focuses on works from the Municipal Art Collection by artists that reflect our city and the surrounding areas' diverse communities. By supporting artists of color and those that identify as having a disability, a primary goal for the Municipal Art Collection is for viewers to find representation and shared experiences within the collection and exhibitions.

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A long scroll of artwork created by Julia Caston the first portion reads your existence is an act of resistence

Julia and the Pandemic Art Factory
May 26 to July 23, 2021

Julia and the Pandemic Art Factory showcases drawing and sculptural works, including two 30-foot scroll drawings, artist Julia Caston’s most ambitious and largest drawing project to date.

Learn more about the Julia and the Pandemic Art Factory exhibition

Colorful fish swimming blue water

Art Unblocked 2021
March 3 to May 14, 2021

Arts Access, in partnership with the City of Raleigh's Block Gallery, is excited to host an exhibition titled Art Unblocked 2021, featuring works of art created by emerging and established artists with disabilities.

View the Art Unblocked 2021 virtual exhibition

Archival pigment print by Adam Bellefeuil, light shining throw tangled branches

Out of Darkness
September 30, 2020 to February 19, 2021

Featuring seven artists juried by George Jenne, Out of Darkness pays homage to Film Noir. This genre first evolved out of economic necessity following World War II as low to modestly budgeted film projects. The result of working with minimal equipment and resources led to creative experimentation then and now.

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Promotional image for the Block Gallery Exhibition Breathe: Life After Death. Photo features the faces of Clarence Heyward, JP Jermaine Powel, William Paul Thomas and Telvin Wallace with black masks on.

Breathe: Life After Death
August 10 to September 18, 2020

Breathe: Life After Death is an exhibition and social exercise featuring four emerging African American North Carolina-based painters. The exhibition explores American life during and after the pandemic, worldwide protests for racial equality and the consequences of social distancing. 

View the Breathe: Life After Death virtual exhibition

A portion of a painting of a cat, owl, and bird by artist King Godwin

Art Unblocked 2020: Online
May to July 2020

Art Unblocked 2020: Online is a Block Gallery exhibition featuring works of art created by emerging and established artists with disabilities. This exhibition was a part of the Arts Access Series of Fortunate Events, May - July 2020. 

View the Art UnBlocked 2020: Online virtual exhibition

A grid of 6 artworks by Clarence Heyward, Stacy Crabill, King Godwin, Jeana Eve Klein, Ginger Wagg, and Rachel Campbell.

Creative Quarantine
April 29 to July 3, 2020

Raleigh Arts asked how artists were staying creative during the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. With over 150 submissions, we chose a select few to share with you to reinforce that we are all in this together. 18 artists were featured virtually in 3 rounds.

View the Creative Quarantine virtual exhibition



Stacy Bloom Rexrode
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
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