Visiting faculty member Renzo Ortega, MFA alumni Allison Tierney and Jonh Blanco, and friend-of-the-department Bob Goldstein are all featured in this upcoming group show from the Orange County Arts Commission.
The Orange County Arts Commission, in partnership with the Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development present HOME? An Artistic Exploration of Housing in the Triangle, which seeks to showcase “home” through the eyes and words of working artists.
The exhibit features 100 works of art by 54 Triangle-based artists and will be on view through April, 2022 at the Eno Mill Gallery in Hillsborough.
The public is invited to a free Opening Party on Friday, April 1, from 6-9pm featuring:
- Selected written works on the theme of “home” by sixteen Triangle-based writers
- Live music with Soteria Shepperson
- Open artist studios
- Food trucks Yagg Sii Tenn (back by popular demand!) and Maple View Ice Cream
- Beer from Red Oak Brewery
- Kids’ activities with the Art Therapy Institute
- Tabling with community housing organizations
About the Exhibit
In the Triangle, artists are considered to be fundamental to the quality of life and unique character of our communities, but they are one of the most impacted groups of rising costs of living, especially housing. To highlight this issue, the Orange County Arts Commission and Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development asked visual and literary artists living in Orange, Durham, Wake, and Chatham counties to respond to the following questions through visual and written works:
- What does the idea or experience of “home” mean to you?
- What has your experience of “home” been as an artist and person living in the Triangle?
- Is “home” a place of comfort, safety, and warmth, or something else?
- Is “home” positive, negative, or something in between?
Sixty-four visual artists submitted 148 works of art; 26 writers submitted 52 written works. Submissions were juried by panels of visual and literary artists. Works by 54 visual artists were selected for the exhibit and 16 writers were selected to read their submissions aloud during the opening event on Friday, April 1.
Twenty percent of proceeds from work sold will be used to create an Emergency Housing Fund for artists in partnership with the Department of Housing.