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




Congratulations to our artists!

Below are the artists whose work will be exhibited in Love/Hate, Private/Public, Inside/Outside, Gay/Straight.  Congratulations to all these great artists!

Steven H. “Shay” Adams

Jeffery Beam

Justi Branch

Laura Brightwood

Lisa Rose Asher Campbell

Leslie W. Cothren

Reid Coyner

Kelly Cross

Carolyn Davis

Matt DeBellis

Justin Gayliard

Galia Goodman (website not yet operational)

Heather Gordon

EJ Greaves

Robin Harviel

Paul Hrusovksky

Chad Hughes

Steve Kalstrup

Benjamin Keaton

Stacey L. Kirby

Jen Kirkpatrick

Lizzie Lange

Eric Martin

Robert MacNeill

Cyndi McKnight

Jill C. Moffett

Leigh Moose

Bob Nocek

Matthias Pressley

Chuck Rose

Rebbeca Rousseau

Albert Stapleton

Gray Swartzel

Matt Tomko

Sara R. Toothman

Caroline Hickman Vaughan

Whitney Vaughan

Jason Watson

Pete Wyman

Angela Yarber

Susanne Zadeh

Call for LGBTQ Artists in North Carolina

A PDF of the application is available below.  To acquire a Word version of the application, please contact   See below for the full application.

Durham Arts Place LGBTQ Call for Artist

Love/Hate, Private/Public, Inside/Outside, Gay/Straight

The Durham Arts Place announces a call for artwork from self-identified LGBTQ artists for an art exhibit showcasing the artistic strength of the LGBTQ community in North Carolina.  This exhibit is being held during the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, as a venue to continue and expand conversations begun by the film festival, and continues through the week of the North Carolina Pride Festival.  Artworks can be two or three dimensional and cannot exceed 36” in width and 60” in height.  The show will be on view at the Durham Arts Place Upstairs Gallery from August 10th through September 30th.

This is a juried show.  Selections will be made by the curators: Dan Ellison, Lindsay Gordon, and Jennie Carlisle.  Jpeg images of artwork and the filled entry form must be submitted via e-mail to by midnight on July 23rd


entry deadline………………………July 23rd,

admitted artists notified…………..   July 28th

works dropped off at the Durham Arts Place between 9:00am and 8:00pm on August 1st

opening reception………………….August 17th  from 6pm-midnight

selected work pick-up……………….By appointment October 1st-3rd

This show will feature mostly two-dimensional works of art; a very limited number of three-dimensional works may also be accepted.  Artists must self-identify as LGBTQ and must have lived in North Carolina during the past five years.  Works must be original and by the submitting artist.  No copies, mechanical reproductions, molds, or kit work will be accepted.  All work cannot exceed 36” in width and 60” in height, and cannot weigh more than 75 lbs.  The Durham Arts Place reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements.  All two-dimensional work must be dry, wired, and ready to hang.  No clip frames or alligator hangers.  Entries must be hand delivered.  If your work is accepted into the show you must submit an artist statement, no longer than one page typed, single spaced, by August 1st.  Artwork submitted on behalf of an artist requires written and signed authorization from the artist.

The artist is required to donate 25% of any sales to the NC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.  The artist will handle all sales directly.  If a work is not for sale please indicate with NFS value in the appropriate space on the entry form.

The show is open to all living LBGTQ artists who have resided in North Carolina during the past five years.  A maximum of two works of two-dimensional medium, per artist, may be submitted.  All work must be the submitting artist’s original work. 

All entries will be handled with the best care possible, but the Durham Arts Place is not responsible for loss or damage of any cause. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by all rules and regulations as set by exhibition guidelines.

All work must be properly prepared for exhibition (includes framing and wiring).  Artists must abide by all Durham Arts Place policies as posted.  Submission of work gives the Durham Arts Place permission to use images of work for promotional purposes.

Exhibition Entry Form

Artist Information:

Name:                                                                         Date:



State:              Zip:

Phone:                                                             E-mail:

Artwork Information:

Piece #1                                                                      Piece #2

Title:                                                                           Title:

Medium:                                                                     Medium:

Price:                                                                          Price:

Dimensions:                                                               Dimensions:

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