Laura Ritchie is co-founder and Executive Director of The Carrack. A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Ritchie has studied at UNC-Chapel Hill (BFA), the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy and at the Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Duke University.
Ritchie is a National Arts Strategies 2015 Creative Community Fellow and a 2014 Indie Arts Award winner. She has juried exhibitions for Windows on Chapel Hill, the Durham Art Guild, Artspace and the Block Gallery in Raleigh, served on panels for the Duke University Women’s Center, ArtCon Duke, Artspace and the Visual Art Exchange Ignite Conference, and is a member of the Exhibition Committee at Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, North Carolina. She also co-created the Creative Mentorship Program which, through a partnership between the Durham Art Guild and Student U, pairs emerging high school-age artists with local professional artists to take ownership of their artistic ability and unique creative voices.
Through The Carrack and other community-engaged projects, Ritchie strives to be a community catalyst for collaborative, interdisciplinary work across the arts in the Triangle region of central North Carolina.
Kerry Crocker is the Director of Operations and Fundraising Event Coordinator for The Carrack. She first joined The Carrack in 2013 after spending time there with long-time friend and excellent volunteer Libby Lynn. The following year, Crocker organized and curated interface || interference, a juried group exhibition at The Carrack. After working on the show within The Carrack’s framework, being given resources like space, access to great volunteer person-power and exhibition advice, all for free, she became hooked. Crocker then started volunteering regularly to staff the gallery and realized how much she enjoyed the opportunity to have interesting conversations with complete strangers.
In 2015 Laura Ritchie invited Crocker to come up with a new format and concept for The Carrack’s fall fundraiser. Crocker created The Muse Masquerade, a multi-experiential masquerade party at 21c Museum Hotel.
Crocker received a BFA from The Atlanta College of Art a very long time ago before it became subsumed by the Savannah College of Art and Design. After working in software development for many years she started making artwork again under the moniker parasol b, focusing on making paintings that contain encoded data.
A brilliant team of local volunteers keeps The Carrack open during the week, organizes and staffs fundraising events, meets quarterly to make organizational decisions, designs promotional materials, maintains the website, assists artists and visitors, and more.
Andrew Fine, Annick Le Goff, Brian Stoner, Chris Vitiello, Jessica Kemp, Jim Lee, Libby Lynn, Pedro Lasch, Saba Taj, Susan Harbage Page, Tim Walter
Anna Jojic, Anna Wallin, Brian H. Thompson, Carin Walsh, Caroline Crawford, Catherine Edgerton, Dionne Liles, Erica Hamilton, Jessica Kemp, Jon Fuller, Julia Harmon, Leslie Caldwell, Libby Lynn, Lindsey Atwell, Liza Chabot, Ruchi Patel