Clarence Heyward is a figurative painter working to create a visual narrative centering faces he feels are often dismissed. Introduced to art through community programming and mentorship, Clarence hopes to reflect that community through visual commentary on past and current events
Annie Blazejack works with oil paint, textile installation, performance, and video work, following ideas from one material to the next. She graduated from Brown University, and received her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Tufts University in 2013. While pursuing her graduate degree, Blazejack began a long-term collaboration with Brooklyn-based painter Geddes Levenson. Their artworks weave a feminist, environmentalist sci-fi narrative.
Embroidery artist Jennifer Markowitz uses thread to inspect feelings of dislocation. Her ongoing series titled Fleshmap: My Embroidered, Bipolar Geographies, maps the geography of her own bipolar disorder since 1985. Her hand embroidered panels encompass images and text pulled from memories, traumas, confusions, and artifacts. This body of work invites the viewer to travel through an unflinching navigation between memory and pace.
Julia Caston creates interactive experiences for people based on concepts of belonging, privilege, humor, compassion, and interpersonal communication. Her practice encompasses drawing, sculpture, and performance art.
Raleigh native André Leon Gray is a self-trained artist who works in a variety of media to examine the impact of history on present day power structures and social hierarchies. He transforms mundane objects and materials into powerful social commentaries to encourage conversations among his diverse audience.
Sally Van Gorder is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice investigates the intersections of identity, self-representation and social structures. Using a wide range of media and systems of collection, documentation and classification, Van Gorder creates work that addresses impermanence and
autobiography in domestic environments.
Cliff Elliott makes work that expresses the impact of Western commercialized society on the construct of identity. Working from an expansive visual library primarily compiled through years of dedicated sketchbook keeping, Elliot toggles between digital production and hand-embellishment to create vibrant mixed media collages.
William Paul Thomas utilizes his immediate social network and life experiences to produce paintings, prints, and videos that offer complex and enigmatic representations of people of color. His work begins as an intimate acknowledgement of an individual and is subsequently transformed into a set of symbols poised for the viewer’s investigation.