The artSPARK Artists’ Exhibition

The theme of this years Main Exhibition is “Environmental Industrialism.” As we all know, the city of Raleigh is often referred to as the City of Oaks. When its original blueprints were laid out, the architects for our city prioritized environmental beauty along side industrial growth. The citiscape, sidewalks, and streets were designed around oaks, elms, and other natural land forms. You can still see many of these original designs throughout the city in places like Morris Square, Cameron Village, and on Meredith’s, Shaw’s, and State’s campuses. A large part of what makes living in our city so great is being surrounded by nature in all its beauty, while still enjoying a blossoming urban community. We want to celebrate this fusion of metropolis and woodland in our main exhibition with art that expresses this unique blend of urban industrialism and environmental consciousness.
The opening reception for Environmental Industrialism is Friday, September 16 2016 from 6 – 9:30 PM at Morning Times gallery (second floor).


  • A high quality photo(s) of the piece (300 dpi/8×10 at the least)
  • Title, medium, dimensions, and any specific directions
  • Short Artist Bio
  • 1 piece per entry only
  • $10 entry free
  • Artwork can be three dimensional sculptures, ceramics, and carvings, or two dimensional paintings, drawings, prints, collages, and other mixed media pieces.
  • All pieces must be no larger then 48 inches by 48 inches and no heavier then 70 pounds.
  • All work submitted must be properly wired and presented. Specifically, two dimensional works must be dry, wired, and framed if necessary. Artwork on gallery wrap canvas does not need to be framed as long as sides are clean and finished and are wired appropriately. Canvases with stapled sides must be framed.
  • All frames should be simplistic black or natural wood and all matts must be white or off white. Work that does not fit these parameters will not be considered.
There will be two jurors judging this years main exhibition, Eric McRay and Autumn Cobeland. Both are local Raleigh artists and current residents at Artspace. Eric McRay received his BFA degree at the Maryland institute, College of Art, where he earned a four-year scholarship for his artistic talent. He has been exhibiting in North Carolina since 1987 and was juried into Artspace in 1998. McRay has been featured on TV, radio and in numerous newspapers and magazines including Southern Living and Our State. His body of work primarily consists of large abstracts, jazz themes, and contemporary collage paintings.  McRay’s work is in national and international collections. Also he contributes to and supports several charity groups such as the SPCA, Tammy Lynn Center and Fathers Forever. Autumn Cobeland is a painter, and muralist who studied in Florence Italy and holds a degree in Fine Art. Her works have been featured in galleries, shops, and private collections both nationally and internationally. Inspired by French vintage posters, Autumn’s created a series of paintings devoted to the Triangle Greenway system and donates 20% of all proceeds from print sales to our local Greenway.



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