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Lifeline: Hunger Relief During the Pandemic by Tom Simon

Artist Bio — Tom Simon I've been a storyteller my entire life.  As a boy I recorded the world around me with a still camera and a tape recorder.  My professional career was primarily in film and television.  I was mentored by legendary documentarians, the Maysles brothers, who believed the best stories were character-driven and totally true to life.  After that I went to work for National Geographic serving as Exec Producer of the Nat Geo Specials on PBS and VP of Programming and Production. I returned to hands-on filmmaking establishing Working Dog Productions just north of NYC.  For [...]

By |January 4th, 2021|Categories: exhibition|1 Comment

Meet the Muralist: JP Jermaine Powell

This Summer, The ArtsCenter embarked on an exciting new chapter in our 45-year history: our new Public Art initiative! Working with a panel of local artists, educators, and community leaders, we reviewed over 20 applications from mural artists and teams, eventually selecting artist JP Jermaine Powell to create the final design. The community engagement process of this project combined a public survey with a socially distanced community photoshoot where Carrboro residents could have their picture taken for inclusion in the design. JP has been working hard on this mural on the side of Gray Squirrel Coffee in downtown Carrboro’s East [...]

By |December 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Interview|0 Comments

Student Work: Sky Watch

                          Sky Watch by Jennifer Salter Sitting in lotus pose alongside the dunes shoreline waves breaking sky and ocean divide garbage truck compacting plastic-glass-cans-bags-umbrellas-chairs, a fortissimo clash separate silence. storm winds shift while beneath me the tectonic plates a foundation unfasten embedded interactions, a disruptive witness surround human, unyielding to gull squawks judgment confines, bones ache. ___________________________ Sitting in lotus pose alongside the dunes sea oats transplanting my palpable sigh trapped, inside the plastic ring, a gull eye watches, broken wing. view cloud, as if spirit, wings open [...]

By |October 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Student Work|0 Comments

Art in a Pandemic: James Keul

As the Coronavirus pandemic reorganizes our lives, many of us are turning to the arts to provide insight, human connection, and healing. The ArtsCenter’s online learning programs allow students of all ages stay creative, learn new skills, and maintain meaningful relationships with others from the comfort of their own home. The ArtSchool is excited to welcome Durham fine artist and instructor James Keul to our arts education program. We spoke with him about his practice during the crisis and what students will learn in his first online workshop on Saturday, August 8th, Plein Air Painting Looking Out Your Window. Students can register for [...]

By |July 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Interview|0 Comments

3 Collections by Cade Carlson

Artist Statement: I’m a self-taught artist based in Durham, North Carolina. My work primarily focuses on the interaction between two mediums: The use of collage to stage narratives by way of dream logic and magical realism, and atmospheric backdrops created through the incorporation of spray paint and water. This showing represents 3 collections of work that were created from early 2019 to present. A major component of my approach is framing the process of constructing a narrative as problem solving, where I challenge myself through the establishment of rules and limitations [...]

By |July 10th, 2020|Categories: exhibition|0 Comments

Student Work: The Sun Is Hot Because It’s Hot

The following piece, entitled “The sun is hot because it’s hot’: public speaking in the era of Zoom,” was written by Amy Sayle, one of the students in Julia Green’s recent online class, Writing Through Crisis: Using Memoir to Navigate Challenging Times. The next section of Writing Through Crisis begins Tuesday, October 6th. For more information and to register for this class, visit this link. “The sun is hot because it’s hot”: public speaking in the era of Zoom By Amy Sayle Revised 6/19/20 It’s 10 a.m. on the dot, my webcam is on, and I am live in front of our [...]

By |June 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Student Work|0 Comments