The Durham Arts Place Announces…

 Love/Hate, Private/Public, Inside/Outside, Gay/Straight: LGBTQ Art in North Carolina,  Durham Arts Place, Open August 10, 2012.

Durham, NC – The Durham Arts Place presents Love/Hate, Private/Public, Inside/Outside, Gay/Straight: LGBTQ Art in North Carolina  in the Durham Arts Place Upstairs Gallery from August 10-September 30th 2012.  The public is invited to the free opening reception on Third Friday, August 17th, from 5-7 PM (and continuing until 11pm).   The Upstairs Gallery will be open for the reception, whenever artists are working in the building, and by appointment.

This exhibit brings together artwork made by queer people from across the spectrum living in North Carolina.  It is an examination of the complexities of identity and cultural expression through the work of over 40 artists. A diverse range of works will be shown, filling the gallery floor-to-ceiling.  The exhibition brings LGBTQ art out of the closet and into the public sphere for a riotous celebration of queer life and culture.

The featured artists include:  Steven H. “Shay” Adams, Jeffrey Beam, Justin Branch, Laura Brightwood, Lisa Rose Asher Campbell, Jen Coons, Leslie W. Cothren, Reid Coyner, Kelly Cross, Carolyn Davis, Matt DeBellis,Justin Gayliard,Galia Goodman, Heather Gordon, EJ Greaves, Robin Harviel, Paul Hrusovksky, Chad Hughes, Steve Kalstrup, Benjamin Keaton, Stacey L. Kirby, Jen Kirkpatrick, Lizzie Lange, Robert MacNeill, Eric Martin, Cyndi McKnight, Jill C. Moffett, Leigh Moose, Bob Nocek, Matthias Pressley, Chuck Rose, Rebecca Rousseau, Tim Simkin, Albert Stapleton, Gray Swartzel, Matt Tomko, Sara R. Toothman, Whitney Vaughan, Jason Watson,Angela Yarber, and Susanne Zadeh.

Works range from the campy to the serious. Images of the body as a locus of identity and desire comprise one major theme of the show. In his painting “Wrestling with it” Chad Hughes, features a man “wrestling” with an inner daemon given physical form.  EJ Greaves and Shay Adams (now deceased) provide gently humorous self- portraits, and Caroline Vaughn’s photograph of a couple supporting their nursing child shares a tender moment of family intimacy and motherhood.

Another major theme to emerge from the open call is that of a queer engagement with Judeo-Christian narratives and visual traditions.  Look for photographer Gray Swartzel’s provocative contemporary reading of the sacrifice of Isaac, “Genesis 22:2;  Kelly Cross’s  two painted portraits wittily titled “Adam” and “Steve” and Jill Moffett’s mixed media “Mothers and Child” as holy family, among others.

The artists’ reception on August 17th from 5-7 PM (and continuing until 11PM) is part of downtown Durham’s Third Friday gallery tour.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Durham Arts Place , 305 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701.

About the Durham Arts Place

Durham Arts Place, founded in 1996, provides affordable artist studio spaces to over 20 artists.  In addition to the studios, the building houses Through This Lens gallery and frame shop – a gallery of fine art photography and also the Durham Arts Place Gallery, a gallery space curated by artists exhibiting the works of Durham area artists and others.  The gallery is open most Third Fridays and by appointment by calling 919-491-4625.  Durham Arts Place is located inside the Loop in Downtown Durham, 305 E. Chapel Hill Street.


Love/Hate, Private/Public, Inside/Outside, Gay/Straight: LGBTQ Art in North Carolina

Is being curated by Jennie Carlisle, Lindsay Gordon and Dan Ellison.


Reception:  Friday, August 17, 2012, 5 p.m to 7 p.m (and continuing until 11 p.m.)

Love/Hate, Private/Public, Inside/Outside, Gay/Straight: LGBTQ Art in North Carolina

In the Upstairs Gallery

Durham Arts Place

305 E. Chapel Hill Street

Durham NC, 27701


Exhibit runs August 10 – September 30th  Open daily, irregularly and by appointment