Exhibition Information Panel Discussion View Artwork About the Artists About the Municipal Art Collection
A Collection of Changes is an exhibition that focuses on works from the Municipal Art Collection by artists of color and those that identify as having a disability that reflect our city and the surrounding areas' diverse communities.
A diverse group of 15 artists have their works on display at Block Gallery, one of our City-owned galleries.
- When: Aug. 4 to Oct. 22 Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
- Where: Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St. (inside Raleigh Municipal Building)
- Cost: Free and open to the public.
These works are part of our Municipal Art Collection and have been curated and added to reflect current events. It is an opportunity to show an array of experiences while giving a voice and a platform for compelling and diverse artistic expression. We hope it spurs discussion and appreciation for varying points of view.
"This collection explores the contemporary as well as refocused themes given new energy in a season of social awakening. It looks beyond traditional roles and challenges us towards acceptance, learning and celebration," said David Clegg, City of Raleigh Arts Commissioner
Tune in below for a discussion, moderated by Michael S. Williams, founder of The Black On Black Project, examining the importance of diversity and inclusion in collections and exhibitions. Panelists include Linda Dougherty, Jonell Logan, Marshall Price, Lakeshia Reid, Stacy Bloom Rexrode, and William Paul Thomas.
Scroll through the slideshows to view the artwork, artist name, and the medium used by the artist.
About the Artists
Find out more about each artist in the exhibit
|Jasmine Best||The North Carolina based artist uses her personal memories and manipulations of her memories to create dialogues about the black female identity in the south and in predominately white spaces. View the exhibition artwork and artist statement|
|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. View the featured artwork and artist statement
El-Bermani uses the portrait to reveal introspective stories about the complexity of what it is to be human, as well as to try to deeply connect with another. View the featured artwork and artist statement
Heyward challenges stereotypes and myths, takes on social commentary, critiques perceptions, and creates dialogues all through the lens of the Black American male experience. View the featured artwork and artist statement
Link’s work is overtly concerned with composition. Within the picture, the objects function primarily as shapes of varying color, texture, value. View the featured artwork and artist statement
McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American woman artist. She is committed to producing art that consistently examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity. View the featured artwork and artist statement
Neely’s work has always been about the intricacies of transformation. The artist translates lived experience into nuanced gestures, exploding over a flat white ground, her newest paintings play witness to an enigmatic inner world, one that’s bursting with energy and kinetic movement. View the featured artwork and artist statement
While his work is rooted in dense Spanish naturalism and its characteristic color palette, Alberto Ortega has taken American suburban life as subject matter for his oil paintings since moving to the United States in 2008.View the featured artwork and artist statement
|Lakeshia T. Reid||
Reid’s most recent collection of paintings and collages is based on her need to create works that are more reflective of current events and the growing need for self and cultural acceptance. View the featured artwork and artist statement
Scott has been exploring how isolation can impact a person's thought process. Originally, the work was meant to satisfy feelings of being separated due to chronic illness and determine how to communicate those feelings to an audience. However, at the onset of the enforced pandemic isolation, these feelings became something the community is experiencing on a mass scale. View the featured artwork and artist statement
Saba Taj is a visual artist based in Durham, North Carolina, whose work—inspired by Islamic stories, sci-fi, and revolution—explores representation, the gaze, queerness, and the body. View the featured artwork and artist statement
|William Paul Thomas||
William Paul Thomas is a painter, photographer, and videographer who creates pictures as a way to capsulize his broad, ongoing exploration of the human condition. View the featured artwork and artist statement
Wallace has the natural urge to create art from the inside out; to make visible the hidden feelings, attitudes, and functionings of everyday life that are influenced by illnesses or traumatic events. View the featured artwork and artist statement
|Stephanie J. Woods||
Woods’ passion for interdisciplinary practices and material language is evident through her collaborations and implementation of symbolic materials that examine performative behavior, domestic spaces, and alternative realities that reference Black American culture and her experiences growing up in the American South. View the featured artwork and artist statement
Williams' mixed-media work investigates his cultural identity by exploring power, fear, and the perception of signs within society.View the featured artwork and artist statement
About the Municipal Art Collection
The Raleigh Municipal Art Collection was first established in 1990 with the acquisition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. The Collection now holds more than 600 fine art and public art pieces by local, state, and national artists. These works are displayed throughout the City of Raleigh properties including parks, community centers, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Raleigh Convention Center. The Raleigh City Council approved the City’s first comprehensive public art policy in 2011 and all acquisitions are now approved by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.