A colorful 30 foot drawing scroll and several framed collaborative artworks by Julia Caston hang on the walls of Block Gallery

Julia and the Pandemic Art Factory on Display until July 23

View Online and at the Block Gallery

Typically creating performance and outward-facing work, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic artist Julia Caston dove deeper into her drawing practice. In this exhibition, Julia and the Pandemic Art Factory, Julia showcases drawing and sculptural works, including two 30-foot scroll drawings, the artist's most ambitious and largest drawing project to date. These colorful and collaborative works aim to inspire joy in the midst of difficult times.

How to See the Exhibition

  1. View the online gallery.
  2. Visit the Block Gallery Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Visitors must undergo a quick health screening at the front desk upon arrival and practice the Three Ws.

About the Artist

Julia Caston is an artist who creates empathetic experiences, events, and objects. Her art practice focuses on creating deep connections between participants and collaborators, with a focus on social justice and antiracism. She received her BA from Columbia University, NY, and her MFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Caston has completed several artist residencies including the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency, Nebraska City, NE, and the Brightwork Fellowship at Anchorlight, Raleigh, NC. She has been the recipient of multiple commissions from the City of Raleigh and has exhibited her work throughout North America. Julia is from Minneapolis and lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is currently the Intern Coordinator and Outreach Assistant at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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. 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

The Office of 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 Arts

Block Gallery