August FREE First Friday

By CAM Raleigh | July 25, 2013

Join us for a spectacular FREE First Friday. The evening includes WARP 7 an interactive Creation Station project in the Courtyard created by local artist and NC State College of Design graduate Gabrielle Duggan along with participants in our Art + Design Middle School Summer Studio; an on-site Canstruction project made of canned food built by architects from Cline Design to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina; Pop Up Blue Grass jams with local performers at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; a Celebrity Playlist; and Porchetta food truck in the Parking Lot.

August First Friday also includes two photography exhibitions on view: Melanie Schiff: The stars are not wanted now and Currents—Photographs from the collection of Allen Thomas, Jr.

First Friday admission FREE thanks to our generous sponsors.

Photo courtesy Davis Choun

July First Friday

By CAM Raleigh | July 4, 2013

CAM Raleigh's July First Friday program two ground-breaking photography exhibitions, Creation Station, Food Trucks, and FREE Poof Cotton Candy. AND Speaking of COOL, this First Friday also features a pop up showcase of the 2013 AIA Triangle Design Awards program in the Street Gallery. AIA Triangle is the local chapter of The American Institute of Architects. The showcase represents incredible design from many North Carolina State University College of Design graduates and CAM Raleigh Members. On view through July 15.

July First Friday admission is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors.

March First Friday

By CAM Raleigh | February 8, 2013

CAM Raleigh's March First Friday program includes after-hours access to the galleries, student docents in the Alistair McClymont exhibition, a special reception for the Raleigh Arts Commission's Q-Art Code Project, pop up performances by the Carolina Ballet, new hands-on activities at the creation station coordinated with the Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Fest, music by DJ Grayson Currin, Porchetta and Smiles Cupcake food trucks, and a cash bar.

First Friday Schedule:

  • Q-Art Code Project Reception in the lobby and street gallery from 6:00—8:00 p.m., Remarks at 7:00 p.m.
  • Porchetta & Smiles Cupcake Food trucks in the courtyard from 6:00—10:00 p.m.
  • Student Docents from 6:30—8:30 p.m.
  • DJ Grayson Currin from 7:00—10:00 p.m.
  • Creation Station in the classroom from 6:30—9:00p.m.
  • Carolina Ballet Performances at 8:15 & 8:45 p.m.
  • Cash bar in the street gallery from 6:00—9:45 p.m.
  • Museum open until 10:00 p.m.

About the City of Raleigh Arts Commission Q-Art Code Project:
The City of Raleigh Arts Commission has partnered with North Carolina State University’s Advanced Media Lab to develop a project that provides smartphone users public access to information about the City’s public art collection. Advanced Media Lab students at N.C. State University researched and interviewed artists to develop brief videos on 12 sculptures in the City’s art collection. The resulting videos were incorporated into an interactive website, accessible via QR codes located at the site of each sculpture. Scanning the QR codes with a smartphone provides access to the videos and website.

About the Carolina Ballet Performance:
An excerpt from Variations on Debussy (the last movement of a ballet done in three parts) choreographed and performed by Carolina Ballet Corps de Ballet member Zalman Raffael. Music: Debussy's Claire de Lune.

Admission to March First Friday is FREE through the generous support of the Contemporary Art Foundation Board of Directors and the CAM Raleigh Advisory Board:

A Speedy Love Story

By CAM Raleigh | January 18, 2013

CAM/now Speed Dating – It Can Happen For You!
By Beth Eiserloh Johnson

We are so thrilled to be hosting the second annual CAM/now Speed Dating event on February’s First Friday! It was a great time last year and we were so pleased with the awesome excitement and turn-out we got from local young professionals looking to mingle. Last year’s event seemed to be a hit with all involved and we even had a few actual love matches. One couple in particular met during the event and are happily together still!

Both local creative professionals, Pete and Evette hit it off immediately and struck up a romance that turned into a great relationship. I decided to embarrass them a bit and see if they’d answer my Q&A about their experience and relationship and they were game! So thank you, Pete and Evette for going for it and signing up for Speed Dating last year and also for humoring us with this fun Q&A:

What was the first positive thing that you noticed about the other person during your speed-dating round?
    Pete: Evette looked extremely beautiful but not my usual type. I was slightly intimidated at first but once I started talking to her I realized she was super cool, energetic and unique. Very quickly I felt a connection and completely at ease. The more we talked the more we seemed to have in common.
    Evette: Handsome and incredibly confident. Immediately I was interested in finding out how his brain worked. His gorgeous eyes and attractive beard were very distracting... mmmm.

Do you recall what you talked about in your 7 minute speed-dating conversation?
    Pete: I asked her what her hobbies were and what she was passionate about. She said she liked diverse music, weird art, good food and skateboarding. She talked about her creative career that she enjoyed. I thought it was too coincidental as I'm passionate about the same things and also have a creative career that I love. I was intrigued but it seemed almost too good to be true so I was optimistically skeptical. I needed to find out more.
    Evette: He is the only person that has ever trumped me at coolest job. Then to go on to say he loved skating, snowboarding ... did I mention the handsome face and beard? At one point I smacked the girl friend I came with and asked "have you met Pete?" I knew they spoke prior to me. As to say "holy s**t this guy is awesome!" I was overwhelmed.

What was your first date after the CAM speed-dating event?
    Pete: For our first solo date I took her to a hockey game. We destroyed the other team 5 to 1 so it was a super fun time. There were fights, a little blood on the ice, and we got free queso after the 5th goal. We didn't want the night to end so after the game we shot some pool, listened to music, then finished the evening with a few Dethklok episodes ... laughing uncontrollably until the wee hours of the morning.
    Evette: We went to a hurricane's hockey game together. So fun and comfortable. The night was like being with a childhood best friend ... they know your quintessential self. I still have my ticket stub from that night in my wallet. "Free queso!!!!!"

How does art (of any variety) play a role in what you like to do as a couple?
    Pete: It factors into everything. We have very similar tastes in art, music and food so we love going to museums, concerts and new restaurants. We love exploring, eating and adventuring so living a creative life together is the most compatible and fun relationship I've ever had.
    Evette: It plays a daily role. We seem to consistently be going to galleries, creating delicious meals, attending shows/concerts, hiking, critiquing, magical daily happenings.

What are you top 3 favorite qualities about the other person?
    Pete: She is the most loving, passionate and caring person I have ever met. She is extremely driven and athletic. Most importantly she's a genuinely happy person and loves living life to the fullest. I'm the luckiest guy on the planet to have her in my life.
    Evette: Pete is incredibly generous, tender hearted, and the sweetest person. He is the love of my life and my best friend.

Do you have “a song” as a couple?
    Pete: "I love your face" by Kali Briis. Amazing song but a million times better while watching the music video. We have a bunch more but that was one of our first.
    Evette: Yes many! But I'm sensitive to keeping those for us. I hope you understand.

Describe each other with just 2 words:
    Pete: Vivacious, Benevolent
    Evette: Quietly Strong, Tender Heart

What is your favorite downtown Raleigh spot (for food/drinks/date night)?
    Pete: Too many to list but a few in the Raleigh/Pittsboro/Carrboro area are: Oak Leaf, Kings, Pooles, Neptunes, Beasleys, Cat's Cradle, Acme, Lantern, Captial Club, NCMA, Flanders and of course CAM. The most special evenings are reserved for chilling at either of our homes absorbing art, music, food and drink. Just being together and relaxing is the best, we can have fun anywhere.
    Evette: Poole's, Capital Club, Kings, Beasley's, Fox Liquor, Oak Leaf, Neptunes, Raleigh Times, Acme, Glass Half Full, Cradle, 506, Lincoln, home is the best!

Do you have any advice for future CAM speed-daters?
    Pete: Be yourself and hope the compatibility gods are smiling upon you.
    Evette: Meet new friends and expect the best.

Maybe it’s time for you to meet your creative love match as well…sign up for a speed-dating slot by filling out this online form by Wednesday, January 30 at 5pm. Please note this event has limited space and last year we filled up fast! Only serious RSVPs please, as this event is in high demand. 

Couples take note...pass this along to your I-Can't-Believe-You're-Still-Single friends and then come with them to the event. You can browse the galleries and participate in other First Friday events while they speed date.

First Friday admission is $5 and FREE to all members.

June First Friday

By CAM Raleigh | January 14, 2013

CAM Raleigh's June First Friday program includes after-hours access to the galleries, new hands-on activities at the creation station, music by local DJs, food trucks, and a suggested donation bar.

Join artist Jeff Whetstone for an artist talk at 8:00pm followed by a Q&A session regarding his video FRAME/ABLATE. This exhibition is part of the museum's exhibition program CAM/lab, which features short-run exhibitions of works-in-progress, promoting our guiding principles of being "freshly made, facing forward and changing together". The forum allows artists to display their works in a semi-formal manner outside of their studio.

June First Friday is FREE thanks to the generous support of CAM Raleigh Board Member and Hughes Pittman & Gupton Partner Tim C. Gupton.