Upfront Gallery & Lobby

Conner Calhoun & Kelly Murray
Re-Surface: Regional Emerging Artists-in-Residence Exhibition
Upfront Gallery

January 6 – 28, 2017

First Friday Gallery Walk:
January  6, 2017

Conner Calhoun

Conner Calhoun earned his BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 2015. He recently had a solo exhibition, House Scarf, at Hosting Projects, Lower East Side NY. Calhoun’s work comes from the medieval past. He says that “Medieval imagery is bizarre because it makes really intense topics easier to digest.” He recently was a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace in 2016.



Kelly Murray

Kelly Sheppard Murray is a native North Carolinian, trained in sculpture with BFA, and MFA degrees from UNCG and ECU respectively. She creates paintings, drawings and sculptures combining natural forms, plants, geometric shapes and repetitive patterns. Her work toggles between representation and abstraction. This interest in the abstract qualities of nature can be found in her dimensional tree-bark collages and mixed media encaustic pieces. Other than natural forms, and patterns, viewers often notice Murray’s love of texture as a key visual element. Murray recently was a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace in 2016.



Gordon Dean, detail

Site-Specific Installation:
Gordon Dean

December 2, 2016 – February 25, 2017

First Friday Gallery Walks:
December 2, 2016, January 6, 2017, & February 3, 2017

Site-Specific Installation:
Tedd Anderson

Davie St Entrance

Tedd Anderson’s mural features the iconic “dry space” characters for which the artist is known set in a landscape filled with swirling, topographic lines, jagged edges, and meditative objects and shapes. A banner with a poem scrawled on its surface runs through the piece, bringing the imagery into a cohesive whole.