Art of Cool

Join us for an Art + Music Hang with our friends from The Art of Cool Project! Come to CAM after work to learn about the upcoming Art of Cool Festival, enjoy good vibes, great music, and cool people. AOC Art + Music Hang happens at CAM the fourth Wednesday of each month. Each week resident mixologist DJ Mic Check will be spinning hits featuring music by a different 2017 Art of Cool Festival headliner. Admission is FREE 6-8pm and our exhibitions are open.

The 2017 Art of Cool Festival is scheduled for April 28-30 at various venues in Durham and will feature music by Common, Revive Big Band, Rakim, George Clinton and many more incredible artists. For more information, check out

About The Art of Cool Project:
AOC is a jazz presenting 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in Durham, NC. AOC is dedicated to presenting and promoting live jazz (and related music) in unique venues throughout the Triangle. The two major programs are Art of Cool Festival and StArt of Cool, a jazz education program. AOC describes itself as "the rhythm of the Bull City that connects music and art to people."

Start: April 19, 2017 6:00 pm
End: April 19, 2017 8:00 pm

Studio 409

Studio 409 turns the Museum into a working studio. Meet new friends, explore the current exhibitions and create amazing art to take home. Admission and materials are free. Drinks + light snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP to

Studio 409 is sponsored by Jerry's Artarama Raleigh and meets on the third Monday of every month.

Start: April 17, 2017 6:00 pm
End: April 17, 2017 8:00 pm

So & So Poetry Reading #102

So & So Poetry Reading #102

The event will feature readings by three local poets and writers: Richard Lucyshyn, Hassan Melehy and Allison Titus.

Our exhibitions will be open so come on out to enjoy some art for your eyes and your ears.

Admission is free. Please RSVP via Facebook.

Richard Lucyshyn is a poet and visual artist living in Richmond, VA with his wife, children, and animals. Geoffrey Tungsten's Grievesome River, a chapbook of poems and illustrations, was published by Sybil Press in 2016. Some of his poems have appeared in Sprung Formal, Incessant Pipe, The Hollins Critic, and Glitterpony with newer work forthcoming in Gramma Daily. He teaches poetry and creative writing at The College of William and Mary.

Hassan Melehy has lived all over the United States and written poems on the way. Some of them have appeared in The Hat, nthposition, Borderlands, Redheaded Stepchild, and The New Formalist, among other journals. His verse is eclectic but probably owes more to experimental practices, from the sixteenth century to the present, than anything. A Modest Apocalypse (Eyewear, 2017) is his first collection. He’s also written three books of literary criticism, most recently Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory (Bloomsbury, 2016). He teaches French and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, USA.

Allison Titus is the author of two books of poetry, The sum of every lost ship and The True Book of Animal Homes, and a novel, The Arsonist's Song Has Nothing to Do With Fire. Recent poems have appeared in A Public Space and Tin House, and she is a recipient of an NEA fellowship in poetry. She currently teaches in the low-res MFA program at New England College.

About So & So:
The So and So Series began in Boston in 2006 and moved to Raleigh in 2009. Readings are curated and hosted by Chris Tonelli and feature a mix of early-career and established local and national poets. For more information, visit

Start: April 13, 2017 8:00 am
End: April 13, 2017 10:00 pm
Venue: CAM Raleigh

Urban Drawing at Saint Augustine’s University

Join us for an extra special day of Urban Sketching as we participate in "Envision Saint Agnes" -- a placemaking/artmaking event.

The "Envision Saint Agnes" project invites all creative thinkers, artists and art lovers to come out to the Saint Augustine’s University campus for a day of creating art and joy inspired by Saint Agnes Hospital. Put your crayons, cameras and creativity to work making art that envisions the past, present and future of this historic Raleigh landmark. For more information, visit and search Block Gallery/Artist Calls.

***Please note that the group will meet at St. Augustine's campus (1315 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh) on April 8 instead of CAM.

For more information, please visit our Facebook event page. 

CAM Raleigh urban sketching is a group dedicated to sketching from direct observation in the trenches of the warehouse district. With so many changes happening around CAM Raleigh at lightning speed, we have spent the better part of many Saturday afternoons with a sketchbook in hand capturing the stories and beauty of the changing landscape. We are a diverse group of varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds who are truly sketchy at heart. During the sessions we often draw each other in action. Our mediums range from pencil, pen, pastels,watercolor, mud, coffee, or whatever unique medium we can think of. All of these sketches were done on location during the second Saturday of each month with the fantastic support of CAM Raleigh. We are a regional chapter of the international Urban Sketching community.

We draw the world around us. We don't use photographs. We try to be supportive and encourage all people at all skill levels to share our passion. We don't charge money to join the group or to sketch together. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
Our drawings are a record of time and place.
We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
We support each other and draw together.
We share our drawings online.
We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Start: April 8, 2017 2:00 pm
End: April 8, 2017 4:00 pm

First Friday sponsored by NCSU Libraries

Join us April 7th for a special First Friday event: "Shaping Our Genetic Future" sponsored by NCSU Libraries.

In addition to CAM’s incredible exhibitions, music, and food trucks the evening will include several fun and interactive science-inspired exhibits for the whole family. Seven artists will be showing and talking about their work, which explores questions and implications around humanity's genetic future. You'll get to touch extracted DNA, consider the perfumes from extinct flower species, and hear the improvisational acoustic band Cyanotype interpret genetic code as a musical score. Participating artists include Kirsten Stolle, Adam Zaretsky, Christina Agapakis, Paul Vanouse, and the Center for PostNatural History.

Admission is FREE for everyone 6-10 PM. 

For more information, please visit our Facebook event page and the NCSU Libraries website. 

CAM Exhibitions on view:

untitled installation by Leonardo Drew
On view through June 11

Without War Paint, by Mathew Curran
On view through May 7.

0-11, by Boris Bidjan Saberi
On view through May 7.

Start: April 7, 2017 6:00 pm
End: April 7, 2017 10:00 pm
Venue: CAM Raleigh