The Block Gallery in Raleigh will be promoting disabled artists and their work in the Art Unblocked Exhibit, which will be on display until May 14.
Art Unblocked is organized by Arts Access, which programs manager Megan Bostic says is a small nonprofit organization in North Carolina that works to make the arts more accessible to disabled artists or others interested in becoming involved in the arts.
“We're not giving them a voice, they have a voice,” Bostic said. “We’re just trying to make more space for artists with disabilities.”
Last year, Arts Access partnered with the Block Gallery to find North Carolina artists who identified as having a disability for the inaugural Art Unblocked exhibition. When the pandemic struck, the 2020 exhibit was pushed to be available online only.
This year, 14 artists – ranging from emerging to established – are showing their work in person, while four more artists are showing their work virtually.
“It’s an evolving exhibition idea,” Bostic said. “The Block Gallery at Raleigh Arts has been a great partner who gives us the space and a stipend to curate the exhibit.”
Bostic said Art Unblocked is a fully accessible exhibit – admission is free, there is accessible parking and each piece is accompanied by a written and audio description. Anyone who would like a personalized audio description can email Bostic directly.
One of the 14 featured artists is Gillian Fink, a painter from Chapel Hill. Her creative process starts with searching for images that inspire her – ranging from fairies and Chinese dragons to skylines and aquariums. She depicts the images in detail with acrylic paint markers.
Fink is a prolific artist and said she dedicates time to creative endeavors every day – not just painting, but sewing costumes as well.