Contemporary Art in the Triangle
This talk will focus on the contemporary “art scene” in Raleigh and the Triangle. Topics covered will include CAM (Raleigh’s new contemporary art museum); local galleries and artists; how artists go about promoting their work; the ethics of art in these times; and the relationships galleries have with artists.
Our speaker, Lee Hansley, is the the proprietor of the Lee Hansley Gallery, currently located in the heart of Glenwood South. Since 1993 this gallery has featured the work of numerous American artists working in the modernist vein. Rooted in the Bauhaus tradition, it maintains an art historical attitude in the manner in which exhibitions are organized and staged.
Mr Hansley studied journalism, studio art, and art history at UNC Chapel Hill and East Carolina University. Before opening his gallery in Raleigh he was curator of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, Promotions/PR Director for WUNC Radio, Festival Director for CenterFest in Durham, and other positions in the arts and journalism. He has been involved in numerous community arts activities, which include founder (and current Board member) of Raleigh’s contemporary art museum; member of the Board of Directors on the NC State University Gallery of Art and Design; and a former member of the Raleigh Arts Commission Public Art Committee. Mr. Hansley was chairman of the Raleigh Arts Commission during the time the Performing Arts Center was created downtown and is credited with spearheading that project. He is a Raleigh Medal of the Arts recipient, cited for his advocacy and community service in the fine arts.