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Block Gallery

Raleigh Arts

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Located on the first and second floors of the Raleigh Municipal Building, Block Gallery offers five to six exhibitions each year featuring works by artists who live or work in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange, or Wake County. Exhibitions are scheduled through a call for artists, juried by a selection panel of visual arts professionals, Raleigh Arts Commissioners, and City staff.



Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Open until 8 p.m. for receptions.

Stacy Bloom Rexrode
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections


Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601



Current Exhibition

Warren Hicks and Tama Hochbaum

October 4, 2019 – January 10, 2020
Artist Reception: December 6, 2019, 6 – 8 PM

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” — Alfred Stieglitz

Photography has long been a rapidly evolving medium with the introduction of new technologies, making it even easier to capture an image. Very few artists continue to produce images using tintypes, wet plate negatives or for that matter even rolled film. The introduction of the cell phone camera jettisoned these past image methods to art appreciation lectures and the history books for the most part. These compact mobile devices provide a viable instant image capture with the possibilities of multiples at a time. Long gone is the stress of waiting to learn if you got that perfect shot or waving the Polaroid in a futile effort to speed up the developing time. Both artists of Celluloids and Light Voids utilize their cell phone cameras for convenience and inspiration.

Warren Hicks’ approach to photography is related to his painting practice, taking on abstracted forms with particular attention to shadow, space, and geometry. Speaking specifically to this series, The Shadow Knows, Hicks states, “I positioned the camera directly above the object to obscure its defining characteristics, only revealing them via their shadow. Shadows can often be more interesting than the objects that cast them.”

Tama Hochbaum uses snippets of dancers to portray fragments of memory and time, and more precisely the passage of time. She shares, “Whether it be the piece I consider to be my first work as an artist, a composite family portrait/landscape etching that I produced in college, or the pieces included in this exhibition, my Silver Screen: Dancers, or the images I worked on this morning, time passing has been the notion that haunts me, the idea that obsesses.”
Both Hicks and Hochbaum use cues from a common language in their works by abstracting or breaking an image down to a more simplistic form. Each requires the viewer to be inquisitive and spend a bit more time with the photograph discovering the magic in the mundane.


Block Gallery was designed to serve as one of the City's premier exhibition spaces. Managed by the Office of Raleigh Arts, the gallery has introduced nearly 200 artists to area residents and visitors since its inception in 1984. Dedicated in 2006 to honor community leader Miriam Preston Block, its marble walls and impressive staircase provide an ideal setting for art.

In accordance with the mission "to connect local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach," Block Gallery fosters great artists and great art.
See the full list of past exhibited artists.