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 Exhibition Opens August 10

A Raleigh Arts Block Gallery Exhibition

Located in the Block Gallery
August 10 through 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. In addition to other works, artists Clarence Heyward, JP Jermaine Powell, William Paul Thomas, and Telvin Wallace each paint one of the other artists to showcase how they see each other and create an opportunity for being seen. The body of work aims to empower individuals in local communities through representation.

Visit the virtual gallery page to learn more about the artists and exhibition and stay tuned for virtual events coordinated by The Black On Black Project

About Block Gallery

Connecting local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach, the Block Gallery was dedicated in 2006 to honor Miriam Preston Block, a former Raleigh City Council member, and community leader. Located inside the Raleigh Municipal building and greeting all visitors to the Upchurch Government Complex, the gallery’s marble walls and elegant staircase provide an ideal setting for showcasing original artworks. Exhibits change every eight to 12 weeks.

About Raleigh Arts

Raleigh Arts, a part of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, fosters and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers.



Stacy Bloom Rexrode
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

Raleigh Municipal Building (RMB)