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CAM Raleigh opens N.C. Artist Fellowship Exhibition featuring 15 N.C. artists

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CAM Raleigh opened its new exhibition of works from the winners of the 2012-2013 North Carolina Arts Council’s Fellowship Awards on Feb. 6 in a special reception for museum members.

"The NC Arts Council's Artist Fellowship Exhibition is unique because it features living and working North Carolina artists all in a spectacular museum setting, " explained Marjorie H. Hodges, Director of the Contemporary Art Foundation at CAM Raleigh. "Further, the exhibition offers a distinctive look at a wide variety of disciplines including visual art, craft, film, video and choreography. There is something for everyone to enjoy and celebrate."

Since the inception of the fellowship program in 1980, the North Carolina Arts Council has worked with museums and galleries across the state to host an exhibition and produce a catalogue of the recipients. This year, the exhibition includes nine visual artists, four craft artists, and two film/video artists selected for the 2012-2013 awards.

The entire museum at CAM Raleigh will be dedicated to the presentation of works by these 15 N.C. artists:

Ryan Buyssens, sculptor, Charlotte, N.C.
Notasia Derubertis, narrative filmmaker, Durham, N.C.
Travis Donovan, installation artists Chapel Hill, N.C.
Scott Hazard, sculptor, Raleigh, N.C.
Brandon Jones, designer/sculptor, Greensboro, N.C.
Becky and Steve Lloyd, ceramists, Clyde, N.C.
David McConnell, sound sculptor, installation artist, Raleigh, N.C.
Daniel Nevins, painter, Asheville, N.C.
Marek Ranis, experimental/video artist, Charlotte, N.C.
Dana Raymond, sculptor, Garner, N.C.
Amanda Small, ceramist, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, sculptor, Greensboro, N.C.
Leigh Suggs, fiber artist, Carrboro, N.C.
Sarah West, metal artist Asheville, N.C.
Jeff Whetstone, experimental filmmaker, Durham, N.C.

These artists living and working in North Carolina received a $10,000 fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Panels of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline selected the winners. The Artist Fellowship program operates on a two-year rotating cycle by discipline.

The exhibition will be on display through April 27, 2014.

CAM Raleigh is open 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday thru Friday and 12 p.m to 5 p.m on weekends. The museum participates in Downtown Raleigh's monthly art walk, First Friday, with extended hours.

"The First Fridays of every month are a terrific time to visit CAM Raleigh! The museum offers free, after-hours access to the exhibitions, Middle School Docent led tours and dynamic "pop up" performances featuring local arts organizations like the Carolina Ballet and the NC Opera Company," said Hodges. "The evenings also feature a Creation Station with exciting "make and take" activities for all ages, local beverages and gourmet food trucks. The featured artists are also on hand to converse with visitors which makes the experience especially meaningful."

This exhibit will be open for three First Friday events.

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