New York, NY
Anthony Goicolea is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist whose work ranges from photography, sculpture and video to multi-layered drawings on Mylar and large-scale installations. He holds an MFA in sculpture and photography from Pratt Institute of Art. Goicolea’s art is held in many public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C., the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; 21C Museum in Louisville KY, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in NY. He was selected to create the first LGBT Memorial in the United States unveiled in NYC’s Hudson River Park in 2018.
With degrees in both studio art and psychology, Thomas finds connections between the two fields by creating paintings that explore the relationship between space, time, and the human experience. While predominantly an oil painter, her artistic practice also envelops aspects of writing, drawing, and collage. She questions traditional social constructs of spaces, the behavioral choices inferred from movement or objects, the meaning behind possessions, and ultimately, what humans leave behind.
Barbara Campbell Thomas
Barbara Campbell Thomas's work combines painting with quilting, overlaying their material vocabularies to create complex formal dialogues within each painting that resonate with the details of her own life and the history of each medium. She came relatively late to quilting, which she learned from her mother, but quickly realized its power as an art form traditionally practiced by women to inform and expand the range of painting.
Currently the Professor of the Practice at Duke University, Beverly McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art. Charting a new direction as an African American woman artist, she is committed to producing art that consistently examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity. McIver’s autobiographical paintings are richly colorful and chronicle her life struggle with her African-American identity. Her 2020 self-portraits and paintings of family and friends confront her feelings and fears of the chaos and isolation brought on by a pandemic while battling racial injustice. Her voice in these works is loud, unapologetic, brave and bold and the different interpretations by white and black viewers highlights the collision of the worlds that she straddles daily.
Brandon Dudley grew up and currently works in Kinston, NC where he specializes in portraiture. Inspired by Hip Hop, Urban Fashion, and Art History, Dudley's work explores the issues of race, gender, and equality. Through his portraits, Brandon strives to construct empowering representations of black culture and black history educating people by showing an appreciation for a culture that is negatively perceived. Dudley attended Miami International University of Art & Design and Pitt-Community College and his work has been in North Carolina group exhibitions in Charlotte, Raleigh, Kinston, Greenville and Winterville.
Chapel Hill, NC
Martiny works with paint, color, and form; elements from the history of painting often referring to color or manner of paint application from diverse areas on the art-historical timeline. His current exploration is in the presence and power of gesture made to exist forever in the present. These massive brushstrokes offer a potent exchange inviting the viewer closer, even inside the work. The intimacy is instantaneous and intensely visceral. His paintings are not depictions of an experience. Rather they are the experience.
New York, NY | Edenton, NC
Contemporary artist Jack Early was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts. His ascent to fame began in the late 1980s as one-half of the duo Pruitt-Early with artist Rob Pruitt. Early seems never to have left his childhood; his playful wit and openness are the foundation for his work. Early’s lexicon is drawn from wondrous childhood memories, where ordinary things and events can leave long-lasting impressions. Aware of how visual and auditory phenomena can trigger us, he composes experiences to communicate sweet remembrances of simpler times.
Jason Stopa received his BFA from Indiana University and his MFA from the Pratt Institute. He is a curator and a frequent contributing writer for Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and Whitewall Magazine. He teaches at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. Stopa's paintings deconstruct the signified object into the painterly, the felt, the tasted. His marks run the gamut from loopy, gestural strokes, to wiry ropes of paint tracing geometric forms, to small illusionistic details. They reference ubiquitous brands as well as private narratives.
With Bachelor degrees in Art History and Studio Art from UNC Wilmington and an MFA from UNC Greensboro, Jeff Bell serves as the Arts Innovation Coordinator for the city of Wilson, NC where he currently resides. Bell’s work evolves by gathering everyday objects, deconstructing them, and creating sculptures from those elements. He ultimately aims to discover something new, but also something that reflects its previous language: a sculpture that at first glance reaffirms assumptions of commonplace objects but at further examination resists those notions and lives outside of his understanding.
Artist Leigh Suggs was born in Boone, North Carolina and currently resides in Richmond, VA. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003 and her MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft and Material Studies in 2015. Suggs channels her fascination with the mystery and psychology of sight through cut paper works and large-scale installations. She obscures normal perception, manipulating her materials as if optical illusions luring in the viewer, pulling them into an experience of seeing that is at once immediate and elusive.
Martha Thorn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Western Carolina University and began painting in 2007. Her work has been exhibited at GreenHill, The Carrack Modern and other venues throughout the Southeast. Utilizing her background in graphic design, Thorn is a process painter starting with line and drawing, followed by texture and design, and color being layered on last. The bold colors are used as vehicles by which she can persuade her audience to look at her work. In her bright and captivating work, she presents the dichotomies of chaos and peace, dirty and clean, and ugliness and beauty in a fresh and authentic way.
Michael Whittle is an artist, lecturer and researcher in diagrammatology, the study of diagrams. He originally qualified and trained as a biomedical scientist, before changing subject to study fine art receiving an MA at the Royal College of Art. His studio practice draws upon images, ideas, and data found in scientific research papers, and discussions with scientists about the concepts and motivations underlying their studies.
Peter Glenn Oakley
Peter Glenn Oakley skillfully re-creates impermanent items—bars of soap, Styrofoam containers, egg cartons—out of marble, transforming the otherwise ordinary into beautiful and permanent objects, all with a wink toward the irony in doing so. Oakley developed his carving skills working as a stonemason, making grave markers and memorials before turning to sculpture. In his hand, the marble sculpture becomes a solid ghost of what it represents—full of physical presence, but missing the functionality of the object.
Rob Matthews was born in North Carolina and raised in Mississippi and Tennessee. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Matthews examines themes of upheaval, power, and displacement. Some of his subjects are heroes and others are villains. The remaining are caught in the middle. His work is made with the intent to spend time considering historical events and the people that get lost in the shuffle of the ever-changing news cycle.
Sangsun Bae is a Korean Artist living and working in Kyoto, Japan. A graduate of Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Bae studied for her Doctoral Thesis at Kyoto city University of the Arts, during which time she won a scholarship to study in London at the Royal College of Art. Twice selected for the prestigious VOCA art prize in Tokyo, she has shown internationally in New York, London and throughout Asia and is currently represented by COHJU Contemporary Art in Japan and Gallery Lee & Bae in Busan, Korea. Bae expresses herself through soft and graceful lines and interlocking curves. By using organic forms, her work has a flowing elegance demonstrating complete abstraction. This basic element in her work reflects the stoic style of expression that invokes ties to Buddhism.
Shaun Richards is a painting and mixed media artist living and working in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in Brunswick, Georgia, grew up in rural Southeast Virginia and attended UNC-Wilmington, where he earned a BA in art in 1999. Richards’ work focuses on social dynamics, incentives, and identity, along with notions of beauty, and artifice. Through the intersection of text, image, low-brow aesthetics, and repetition, Richards questions our complicity in and responsibility for the world.
Susan Harbage Page
A resident of Durham, North Carolina, Susan Harbage Page is a conceptual visual artist with a background in photography and site-specific installation. She is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also maintains a studio in Spello, Italy. Social justice issues concerning race, surveillance, and militarized borders have been the focal points of Harbage Page's research. Her work is extremely diverse in substance, form, and media and focuses on archives, considering how they shape our histories, whose narratives get included, and whose narratives get left out.
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Tim Lytvinenko is a photographer and printmaker. With a background in computer science and 15 years as a fine art and documentary photographer, Tim explores ideas of what it means to be human. Experimenting heavily with print processes and manipulating digital photographs, Lytvinenko creates emotional and detailed multi-media works on the subject of self. His recent work can be seen across the Raleigh skyline on the 66-foot-tall facade of The Dillon, at the 21c Hotel in Durham, and in private collections across the East coast and the South.
Tim Tate is Co-Founder of the Washington Glass School and Studio. Tim’s work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian's American Art Museum and the Mint Museum. He is the subject of several articles in American Style, American Craft, and Sculpture magazines, as well as the Washington Post and Times newspaper reviews. He was also the 2010 recipient of the $35,000 Virginia Groot Foundation award for sculpture.
William Paul Thomas
William Paul Thomas is a visual artist based in Durham, North Carolina. His work is centered on making images to record his life experiences and observations, with an approach that defies standard documentary practices. For over 10 years he has created intimate painted portraits of everyday people that he chooses as a way of recognizing their significance in his life’s path. In addition to painting and drawing, he also experiments with video and photography to capture idiosyncratic, abstracted depictions of love, joy and adversity. He earned a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an MFA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
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