Past Shows

April 30 – May 11: TINY: Attention, Exploded

"The Art of the Cover Up" by Jessica Berkowitz
“The Art of the Cover Up” by Jessica Berkowitz

In TINY, artists consider the miniature, very small, and microscopic. Equal parts childhood fascination and mania, the exhibition is about looking closely at things and changing one’s scale so the world opens up or closes in.

TINY contains 80 works by about 50 area artists, and includes three egg carton “museums” curated by first-thru-third-graders at Watts Montessori Magnet School in Durham; a microscope and prepared slides to pique your inner scientist; a clothesline of tiny books that visitors can write or draw in and leave for others; and site-specific installations on windowsills and in corners.

Artists include Brett Baker, Amanda Barr, Torry Bend, Marissa Katarina Bergmann, Jessica Berkowitz, Andy Berner, Kyra Brogden’s class, Brent Cunningham, Maria DeGuzman, Teddy Devereux, Jan Dickey, Lisa Hosokawa Garber, Gail Goers, sarah goetz, Heather Gordon, Marsha Gordon, Warren Hicks, Michael Itkoff, Mark Iwinski, George Jenne, Carol Kroll, Revere La Noue, Gracelee Lawrence, Stephanie Liner, Libby Lynn, Mario Marzan, Lisa McCarty, Bonnie Melton, Chance Murray, Parasol B, MacKenzie Peck, Chuck Pell, Eric Raddatz, vicToria Ralston, Molly Renda, Courtney Satterfield, MJ Sharp, elin o’Hara slavick, Tom Spleth, Cici Stevens, Alex Stewart, Mary Storms, River Takada-Capel, Martha Thorn, JP Trostle, Brenda Adams van Orsouw, Chris Vitiello, Amy White and Lisa Williams.

Curated by Chris Vitiello


May 14 – 25: Painting Gone Wild: No Limits

EVENTS: Reception: Friday, May 17 during Third Friday Durham

PGWild image 4 carrack

Painting Gone Wild: No Limits highlights the work of a group of painters who have come together under the guidance of Durham artist, Lisa Creed. The exhibit features works from Lisa and nine of her students – Amy Andorfer, Meredith Emmett, Laura Hughes, Marcy Litle, Karin Neuvirth, Jodie Robinson, Marjorie Scheer, Joyce Sherman, and Jeff Smith – and demonstrates a diversity of form and approach alongside the harmony that is created through the ongoing formation of community.


May 28 – June 8: Lost in the Woods

New Paintings by Isti Kaldor


My father once told me that life is filled with sorrow and brief moments of happiness. As a person living with mental illness, these moments, for me, are birthed in the act of creation. Painting a moment in time creates a sense of belonging in an otherwise judgmental world. - Isti Kaldor


June 10 – 16: Summer Community Show

Every few months The Carrack hosts an Open Call Community Show inviting all artists in any medium to display their work in our space. These shows are a great way to meet other artists, connect with the community and experience The Carrack as an exhibiting artist.


June 18 – 29: Evidence of Loss 

Megan Bostic, Adrienne McKenzie, Samantha Pell and Anna Nickels

Evidence of Loss features the work of of four female fiber artists, each working within and through the concepts of death, grief and loss.


July 2 – 13: Snap Shots from America

Illustrations by Ellen Duda

Snap Shots from America is a collection of illustrations and stories from a six month journey around the country taken by local illustrator, Ellen Duda. Her trip was not your average road trip, but a voyage taken with three friends in a retro-fitted school bus, hoping to inspire communities to become part of the food justice movement. This show is a chronicle of the people, places and things that were seen while puttering across the continent on a school bus.


July 16 – July 27: Jessica Dupuis, Travis Donavan, Alyssa Wood and Yun-Dong Nam

Jessica Dupuis

An exhibit exploring the possibilities of clay as a material by three graduates of UNC Chapel Hill, Alyssa, Travis and Jessica Dupuis, with their graduate advisor, Yun-Dong Nam.


April 16 – 27

New Work by Laura Ginn

Ginn’s work consists of a rigorous investigation of survival skills; an ongoing photographic narrative exploring issues of self-empowerment, immediate connections to the physical world, and contemporary American identity, particularly from a woman’s perspective. Photographs, workshops, performance work and handcrafted objects are combined to create a three dimensional sensory experience for the audience. Ginn currently resides in Saxapahaw, NC. She has recently exhibited in New York and Atlanta.

 April 8 – 13

OPEN CALL Spring Community Show



March 26 – April 6

DISTANCES + RELATIVITIES: The Work of Joel Wanek and Peter Lisignoli


Duke MFA students Peter Lisignoli and Joel Wanek will premiere their thesis films at The Carrack Modern Art in downtown Durham on Friday March 29 at 8:00pm. Members of the inaugural graduating class of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program, Lisignoli and Wanek will turn The Carrack into a makeshift microcinema that will house a variety of screenings, performances and still images exploring the poetic nuances of street photography and the expressive possibilities of moving image archives. Their thesis exhibit will be on view, free and open to the public at The Carrack from March 26 through April 6.

For more information about Duke’s new MFA program in Experimental and Documentary Arts program and MFA|EDA 2013, the inaugural thesis exhibition at MFA|EDA at Duke from March 22-April 14, 2013, please visit


March 12 – 23

Ternary: 3 Durham Abstract Painters

Work by Joe McDonough, Ross Ford and Ryan McKellar

Ternary: 3 Durham Abstract Painters is a show by three young artists unified in their bold use of color and commitment to working in Durham. Inspired by the Washington Color School, Joe McDonough, Ross Ford and Ryan McKellar wish to reignite a serious conversation about color and abstraction in Durham.


Our History in Stitches

African American Quilt Circle of Durham

2.26 – 3.10.13

New Uses for Old Things

New work by Robin Walker

2.12 – 2.23.13

Robin Walker_poster

Inventories & Observations

Illustrations by Iris Gottlieb

1.29 – 2.9.13Iris Gottlieb

 — 2013 —

Winter Community Show

On View December 14 – 15

Winter Show Header

T4GB Listening Party with Shirlette Ammons


T4GB Listening Party

before you were even born

still and moving images by Shanna Jackson

On View December 7-9, 2012

Shanna Jackson_Carrack

Jim Lee

On View November 27 – December 6, 2012

Jim Lee

Paper Worlds:
Collage Works by Anna Troupe and AIRigami Installation with Mills Park Middle School Origami Club

November 19 – 25, 2012

Reception: Friday, November 23, 6 – 9 pm

Local artist Anna Marie Troupe shows her collage imagery of mental and literal landscapes, alongside “Airigami” – an installation of everything that belongs in the sky, in origami format, created by the Mills Park Middle School Origami Club, with contributions from friends in Japan.


Women of the World Poetry Slam Qualifier

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Come be a part of a new season of competition at the Jambalaya Soul Slam. In November, women poets will be competing to represent Bull City at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis, MN. The competition is held every March during Women’s History Month in select cities across the country. These poets will also be competing for a cash prize and a chance to earn a spot on the 2013 Bull City Slam Team.

This event features Shelly Bell from Alexandria, VA


War is Trauma – Art is Healing

A portfolio of handmade prints made by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Jeremy Berggren’s print for the project, ‘Strange Fruit’

November 9 – 18, 2012

Strange Fruit by Jeremy Berggren

War is Trauma – Art is Healing is an installation of War is Trauma, a portfolio of handmade prints produced by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Jeremy Berggren’s print for the project, Strange Fruit. For War is Trauma, over 30 artists from Justseeds, IVAW, and our allies have each created a print that addresses “Operation Recovery,” its larger goals of supporting service member and veterans right to heal, GI resistance, challenging the culture of militarism in the US, and ending the war in Afghanistan. Strange Fruit was an original drawing created by Jeremy Berggren for the portfolio. In working on the project, Jeremy was a novice screenprinter and attempted to make the prints himself only to run into obstacles; eventually having another artist involved print his image for the portfolio. Left with over 100 trials, proofs, and misprints War is Trauma – Art is Healing is a visual representation of the impacts of military service and the catharsis that can come when our pain and suffering is translated into a creative medium.


‘Lithopedia’ Pre-Order and Launch Party

Presented by Bull City Press in partnership with The Hinge Literary Center

November 9, 2012


Nesting Behavior

October 26 – November 8

Nesting Behavior is a collaborative effort of 8 artists. The idea for this small group show was sparked by a meet up of Maryah Smith-Overman and Ben Barry, who shared their art and craft together and realized that they were both interested in the challenge of making new work within the boundaries of a theme. They decided to branch out, inviting other artists and craftspeople who were working in various media. The upcoming show is comprised of Erin Hammeke (blacksmith), Jessica Kemp (printmaker), Stacey Kirby (interdisciplinary artist), Ben Barry (photographer), Ann Woodard (multi-media artist), Maryah Smith-Overman (woodworker), Alix Blair (photographer), and Steve Walls (painter). The artists explore human and animal behaviors, relationships, and their living environments with their works that interpret the theme Nesting Behavior.


Steven Silverleaf

October 14 – 25



Chance Murray and Katharine Whalen
September 22 – 30

Chance Murray and Katharine Whalen

Selenotropic is a collaborative exhibition of works by Katharine Whalen and Chance Murray. The project began simply enough, but soon gave evidence of a vastly interconnected world. While working on the plans for the exhibition for instance, it was discovered that each artist possessed a gigantic dictionary printed in the 1900’s, the cover of each pasted with an ugly brown corduroy. In it’s own unique way the Idea for the show grew, and the pieces involved, for an unknown reason, feed off of one another. The exhibition promises to be a vibrant exploration of everyday life, it’s growth and it’s decay, with excursions into unknown and sometimes dark spaces. It doesn’t stay dark long, however, for the corduroy dictionaries explanation of “selenotropic” reads: “curving or turning toward the moon: said of certain growing plant-organs which under favorable conditions are influenced in the direction of their growth by moonlight.”
The exhibition was also on display at Outsiders Art & Collectible in Durham, N.C. through September 3. Outsider’s is located at: 718-C Iredell St Durham, NC 27705.


The Green Season : Rice Field Geometry of Burma, Cambodia and Thailand

Paintings by Pamela George 

September 11 – 21

Pamela George

Pamela George will present a new body of oil, acrylic and cold wax paintings at the Carrack inspired by scenes she encountered while living and teaching in ChiangMai, Thailand. This series of images captures her impression of the verdant rice fields of Thailand, Burma and Cambodia during the “Green Season,” a time when the fields are flooded and baby rice is planted.
Pamela George is a local painter and professor – formerly at North Carolina Central University and now at Duke University. 
The Cliché of Banality
Chelsea Masters
September 7 – 9


Chelsea Masters
Chelsea Masters is an emerging artist who has been experimenting with glitter to transform everyday objects since 2010. Inspired by excess, both mundane and lavish, Chelsea adds a mesmerizing exterior of glitter to her objects to complement or oppose the the object’s facade, and thereby reveal its true nature. This project is a compilation of an impression formed by infomercials, fashion, YouTube, repetitive (non)variety, exclusivity, futility and delusion.
Chelsea is a 2011 Duke University graduate and holds a degree in political science with minors in art history and psychology. As an activist, she worked with filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman and a sex-positive non-profit organization to illuminate and combat rape culture on Duke’s campus. She recently concluded a public policy internship at the Sexuality Education and Information Council of the United States in Washington, DC and intends to pursue a masters of science in sociology and gender.

Sails and Spars, Stormy Weather and Settling Seas: An Impression of the Neuse River
By Ed and Melissa Walker
August 31 – September 5

Ed and Melissa Walker

Ed and Melissa Walker will construct an installation that incorporates sails, video and sound to create an impression of their marina on the Neuse River.  Both artists feel a personal and aesthetic connection to the subject; boats and water have long been the subjects of Melissa’s paintings and Ed’s sculptures assemble and weave together collections of found objects, both natural and manmade. Their collaborative exhibit will create a new environment in The Carrack that will let people explore new pathways and perhaps feel a little wind in their sails.Melissa Walker is a North Carolina artist and art educator who specializes in abstract mixed media collages and landscape painting in watercolor or pastel.
Sculptor Ed Walker is founder and owner of Carolina Bronze in Seagrove, NC.



August 19, 7:00 p.m.

“Not Working” in Raleigh-Durham

Readings by DW Gibson and Bridgette Lacy, screening and discussion

On August 19 at 7PM, The Carrack Modern Art in downtown Durham will host DW Gibson as he reads from his new book, ‘Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy.’ Bridgette Lacy, a resident of Raleigh and one of the people featured in the book, will read alongside Gibson. There will be a discussion about the Not Working Project, including a preview of the forthcoming documentary and a follow up interview with Lacy.

In the summer and early fall of 2011, the writer DW Gibson set off on a journey across the United States. His purpose: to interview Americans who have lost their jobs in the ongoing economic disaster that has destroyed the livelihood of millions. Gibson’s book, which is an oral history based on the journey, takes the pulse of the victims of today’s financial crisis and delivers a prognosis combining a mix of pathos, anger, solidarity and humor. Bridgette Lacy’s story of unemployment includes writing a monthly column on the subject for the News & Observer.

Inspired by the great oral historian Studs Terkel, whose Working dominates the canon of American social history, Not Working is a project of burning importance for America today, a critical intervention in an election year when stubbornly immovable unemployment rates are certain to be the central issue. Through the Not Working Project, we see unemployment not as a statistic but as a real tragedy in the lives of many Americans whose compelling stories demand to be heard.


August 10 – 23. Reception: Aug. 17, 7 – 10 p.m.

Paintings by Juan DiGiulio


July 30 – August 8

Constructing ”Secrets” at the Carrack

 Reception: August 3, 8 – 10 p.m.

LeahWilksDance and HaaStudios present

a developmental performance and installation of
“Secrets I Never Told My Mother”


“Secrets I Never Told My Mother” uses video design, audio documentary, and the movement of five dancers to explore the practice of secret- keeping, and the societal expectations and human reasoning that accompany it.

“Constructing ‘Secrets’ at The Carrack” is a developmental presentation of scenes from the performance. Admission is FREE and refreshments will be provided.


“Constructing ‘Secrets’ at The Carrack” is part of a ten-day residency (July 30 – August 8) at The Carrack Modern Art awarded to LeahWilksDance to explore and develop this new piece. Participants will experience a fully interactive installation where secret-keeping and the implications of secrets will be explored through writing, music, audio documentation, video projections and movement.
Drop-ins are welcome during the residency, weekdays from noon to 6pm and weekends from 2pm to 7pm. FREE admission.



Visit to explore the performance.


July 27 – 28

NC Sound and Visual Symposium at the Carrack featuring art by Durty Durham Art Collective

July 27, 5:00 p.m. – Midnight: Performances by Carlitta Durand and The Real Laww

July 28:

Noon – 4:30: Audio/Visual Seminars

8:00 – Midnight: Performances by Team Platinum and Gold, The Black Experience, Brand New Life

Tickets at


July 21 – 22

Experimental films presented by Durham Cinematheque

July 21, 8:00 p.m.: Screening of Mixed Ensemble and Just Bugs with live performance by Fontana

July 22, 8:00 p.m.: FILMISTORY.3

Tickets: $5-$10, sliding scale

Contact: Tom Whiteside at


July 16 – 26, Reception: July 20, 7 – 10 p.m.

So Far… 

Paintings by Josh Williford

July 16 – 26

Opening reception: July 20, 7 – 10 pm during Third Friday Durham


 Only A Moment

Multimedia work by Marc Russo, Greg Carter, and Francesca Talenti.

On View July 5 – 11, 2012

Opening reception: July 6, 7 – 10 PM


Jëf Jël

Afro-Sufi Graf Art by Bamba Niass

June 18 – 28, 2012

In his hometown of Dakar, Senegal, Bamba Niass is at the forefront of the West African muralist movement, where his work fills entire city blocks with depictions of the Senegalese Sufi saints, bold designs, and tributes to the neighborhood.

Jëf Jël is about the philosophy of Bamba’s Sufi group from Senegal. This tariqa, Mouridia, came from the leadership of early 20th century Senegalese Sufi saint Cheikh Amadou Bamba (also known as Serigne Touba). Through a process of intensive Qu’ranic study, service, exile, and the writing of mystical poetry, he founded a philosophy of peaceful resistance and valor by which the Senegalese survived French colonization and built a new, nonviolent society, rich in faith and the arts.


Home is in You

Community show featuring work by Wendy Kowalski to benefit Church World Service

June 15 – June 17, 2012

Wendy Kowalski, Aron’s Aerosport (In Vitro), work in progress

Home is in You is a one-weekend-only art exhibition that explores conceptual and aesthetic representations of refuge, home and fantasy in light of internal refugee awareness month. The show features a collection of new works by Wilmington-based painter Wendy Kowalski, as well individual works by local artists.

The exhibit will reserve one wall of the gallery for artists who wish to share a single work of art that explores interpretations, concepts and representations of home. Participating artists will donate a portion of the proceeds of art sales to Church World Service, a non-profit agency in Durham that supports refugees in the Triangle. Curated by Adrian Schlesinger.



Remarks by The Real Laww in a State of the Union Address

June 14, 2012

“Be A Laww Abiding Citizen” — The Real Laww will address his fellow DURMites to talk about what it means to be nominated for The Carolina Music Awards Male Hip Hop Artist of the Year as well as “International Laww” being nominated for Music Video of the Year! Jay Lawrence is an active Marine who served for two and half years overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, returning in August of 2011 to his beloved Bull City. Dedicating time to his music and production, a short 9 months after his return The Real Laww became a nominee for the CMA’s…and is currently on the lineup for this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival to take place September 6-8th in Raleigh, NC. His charitable interests include giving to the wounded warrior’s project with the “Give to those who Gave” campaign and concert, in addition to victims of domestic violence through “Skate Away The Hate.”

Doors at 7pm. Festivities will begin at 7:30p – 9:00p, this event is FREE to the public. Enjoy Live Performances, Art Displayed by Vanilla Gorilla, Event Catered by Latoya Newsom of C’est Ma Joie, voting booths will be available for the public to Rock The Vote!

For more information, contact Jay Lawrence at, or on Twitter: @TheRealLaww and visit you can RSVP to this event via Facebook. Sponsored by: Runaway Clothes | Type Media | Deja Mi | TRL Music Group



Installation by Kal Fadem

June 8 – 13, 2012

Local artist Kal Fadem (b. May 26, 1988, d. October 12, 2009) will install his exhibit Birthday at the Carrack tomorrow. Birthday is a time-sensitive, place-sensitive deconstruction of the social prerequisite surrounding art, art shows and artists.


just between us

an art experience by sarah goetz

May 29 – June 7

just between us is a body of work by local artist sarah goetz which explores the human ability to form connections – between each other, between ideas, between spaces. Within the abstract spaces of color in her works, sarah hides momentary truths, fragments of experiences and condensed epiphanies. just between us explores these ideas through multiple different media: abstract watercolor paintings, ink on projected 16mm film, live personal engagement, and enveloping paper installation.  All are journeying toward the same goal: to acknowledge our universal need to connect and our capacity to do so despite differences in language, time, and space.

About the artist: sarah goetz is a Durham artist who works primarily in installation, moving image, and painting, trying to make tangible the ephemeral connections between people, ideas, and aesthetics. sarah looks for the visually delicious and the conceptually poetic and seeks to create intense immersive experiences. She received her undergraduate degree in making/ thinking/ looking/ feeling/ talking about the visual in space & time from Duke University, where in 2011 she won the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts, the Julia Harper Day award in Documentary Studies, the Sue & Lee Noel Prize in Visual Arts, Distinction in Arts of the Moving Image, and Highest Distinction in Visual & Media Studies. To see her past work, visit, to get updates follow on Twitter @sarahvgoetz or on Tumblr at



Poster Art & Illustrations Jamie B. Wolcott

May 14 – 24

A ‘calabash’ is a gourd historically used for carrying water and constructing musical instruments in many parts of the world. “Calabash at the Carrack” will be the first in a series of Calabash events led by Jamie B. Wolcott and Curtis Eller. It merges poster art, music, theater, and film into a 4-day weekend at the lovely Carrack Modern Art Gallery in downtown Durham.

The artwork of Jamie B. Wolcott will go up on May 14th. The performances will begin the evening of May 17th and run through the 20th. The artwork will come down May 24th.

Expect appearances by Curtis Eller, Beloved Binge, New Town Drunks, Django Haskins, Crystal Bright, Steph Stewart, Magician Michael Casey, Jim Haverkamp, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and more! We’ll be posting a complete schedule shortly!

For more information, a full schedule, or questions, please view



A Compilation of Images created by Photography Students of The Art Institute of Raleigh – Durham

May 11 – 13, 2012

This exhibition is a collection of digital inkjet prints created by the talented students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. As part of their curriculum, they study various genres of photography, including but not limited to commercial, documentary, fine art, portraiture, large format and editorial photography. This body of work demonstrates the students’ passion, creativity and hard work.



April 30 – May 10

Nico Amortegui, aka MALO, is a Colombian artist who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. He uses a variety of media to produce inspiring works of art about love, spirituality and strength – with a distinct South American style.


April 27-29: Carrack Spring Community Show

The Carrack reserves several weekends a year for group exhibits that are open to the community. 31 local artists participated in our Spring show!

April 28: The Short Films of Bill Brown


April 17 – 26: Drawing from the Inner Self: Solo Exhibit and Group Drawing Workshop with Janet Shaughnessy.

Thresholds: New Work from Emerging Artists

April 10 – 15

Technicolor Muslimah

Paintings by Saba Barnard

March 24 – 31

SOLA :: Aimari and Alex Young

Performative Installation by Marissa Katarina Bergmann and Alexandra Young

March 13-23

Josh Lim

This installation explored the intersection between science fiction narratives, digital cinematography, sound synthesis, organic forms, antiquated technology, performance art, the collective experience of several hundred trees and the impermanence of all things.

March 9 – 11

Paintings by Gray Griffin and Ben Schikowitz

February 27 – March 2

Glass, Trash and Ash

Paintings by Susan Mergenthaler, Sculpture by Brian Mergenthaler and Glass by Joe Grant

February 24 – 26


Mixed Media Art by Melissa Smith

February 13 – 23

Today I Love You

Sharpie Art by Dipika Kohli

February 10 – 12


Sculpture by Gracelee Lawrence

January 31 – February 9


 Paintings by Sandra Elliott

January 27 – January 29

 a sense of place

Interactive installation by Michelle Gonzales-Green

Monday, January 16 – Thursday, January 26


Large scale paintings and sculpture by four local artists

January 5 – 15, 2012

IMPROMPT2 Community show

Featuring work by 30 Durham artists for one weekend only.

December 16 – 17, 2011

OBJECT – IFICATION: Photographs by Andrew Fine

December 6 – December 15

Structural Interventions

Carlos MARE 139 Rodriguez and John Wendelbo

  Donald Martiny: Paintings

October 22 – November 5, 2011

   PoPuP 3: Community Art Show to Benefit the Carrack

October 21st, 7-10PM during Third Friday Durham

Catherine Howard: Veil Tease

October 1 – October 19, 2011

Installation and Panel Discussion in conjunction with the Duke Center for Eating Disorders


September 17- 30, 2011

9/11 Memorial Exhibition

September 3 – September 16, 2011

Installation by Steven Silverleaf, Photographs by Jenny Warburg

with Sculpture by Jim Lee

Katie Frohbose and Guy Hochman

Aug 18 – Sept 2 2011

Photographs of urban alienation in Rocky Mount, NC and Poland

John Wendelbo

Aug 23 – Sept 1 2011

Ad-Hoc sculptures: temporary compositions with carbon steel industrial waste and recovered stainless pipe

Digital Sculptures, Video projections and DJs at the Carrack for THIRD FRIDAY DURHAM

July 15, 2001: 7-11

See you there! definitely make the detour through Parrish Street to see the digital show on the walls of Durham and the work inside too!


July 14 – July 28 2011