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Current Exhibitions


 

Jessica Forrestal: ConStructs and ConFines

Artist-In-Residence: December 18, 2018 - February 6, 2019
Exhibition On View: February 7 - March 30, 2019
Campus Commons Gallery, Campus Commons

Reception: Thursday, Feb 6, 4-7pm     |    Artist Talk: Thursday, Feb 21, 5-6pm      Workshop: TBA,  RSVP HERE!

UNC Galleries is proud to welcome artist and UNC Alumna, Jessica Forrestal back to campus as the inaugural Artist-In-Reseidence at the new Campus Commons Gallery. Forrestal will occupy the newly constructed, state of the art gallery facilities located in Campus Commons from mid-December through early February. During her residency, guests are encouraged to stop by the gallery to directly engage with the artist and watch the work unfold, invade, and sprawl across our new gallery walls!

While in residence, Forrestal will complete a new series of site-specific, black and white drawings directly on the gallery's floor and walls. The artist's hand-drawn installations require intensive labor and crafting as she challenges concepts of quality, disposability and time. Much of Forrestal's work explores American consumer culture, mass production, consumption, and disposal of objects that are meant to promise functionality and life improvement. The artist riffs off of the authoritative style of a diagram and investigates the intersection of humans, objects, and environment. 

Jessica Forrestal holds an MFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, a MA in Art and Design from University of Northern Colorado and a BA in Art from Colorado State University.  Jessica was recently an artist-in-residence at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, Colorado where she debuted a new collection of wall drawings. She was also awarded the opportunity to display her work publicly by a Brooklyn-based non-profit called SaveArtSpace. She has participated in group and solo shows in Brooklyn, New York, and in the Denver area.

Jessica Forrestal


Agnes Ma: Please, Stay On the Trail

October 25 - November 30, 2018
Oak Room Gallery, Crabbe Hall

This installation by Agnes Ma, Adjunct Faculty SoAD- Foundations & Digital Fabrication, highlights work created during a summer residency at Yellowstone National Park. In addition to teaching, Ma has built a digital fabrication lab and helped to incorporate new digital technologies into the UNC School of Art & Design curriculum. She received a master of fine arts in metalwork, jewelry design, and digital fabrication from Northern Illinois University and received a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work combines traditional craft and modern methods of fabrication to examine the relationship between humans and their surrounding environment.

Agnes Ma


Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery: In A New Light 1 & 2

Murals Are Permanently On View In Crabbe Hall Lobby

The lobby of Crabbe Hall, which houses our Oak Room Gallery and studios, served as a blank slate for duo Andrew Bablo and Pat Milbery to revitalize. The east coast/west coast collaboration between Andrew Bablo and Pat Milbery results in an unprecedented revitalization of Crabbe Hall lobby. Built in 1919, the building houses UNC’s Oak Room Gallery and Visual and Performing Arts studios. Bablo and Milbery were inspired by the architecture and characteristics of the building such as its original oak doors, green marbled baseboards, and sky high arches and wanted their footprint within the space to compliment, not detract, from the classic beauty of the building’s interior. 

Pat Milbery is, above all, a creative collaborator, as well known for the large-scale murals he's created alongside some of the most prominent street and graffiti artists in the world as he is for the playful photo shoots and video parts he's participated in as a pro snowboarder. His vivid street art collaborations adorn the walls of dozens of boutiques, breweries, residences, bars, and other businesses in Denver, around the Rocky Mountains, across the country and around the globe, and he's helped curate and create major art installation projects for brands including the Ford Motor Company, X Games, Budweiser, Zumiez, Loveland Ski Area, Wahoo Fish Tacos, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. He has shared snowboard contest podiums with the likes of Shaun White and Travis Rice, and the Snowboard Camp Tour he founded to make freestyle riding more accessible to kids is now entering its second decade. He's also the co-owner of So-Gnar, an umbrella collective responsible for the Snowboard Camp Tour, the So-Gnar streetwear and apparel line he helps design, and the Shredded Beats hip-hop concert series he promotes. He's equally proud of his Minnesota roots and his 17 years of Colorado transplant status, and splits his time between Denver and Golden and wherever his van full of snowboard gear and aerosol cans take him.  

From design to production, Andrew Bablo builds, crafts and experiments through the use of various media. Seeing no boundaries or limitations, he loves to work interactively, large-scale and in the eye of the public. Bablo started his career in branded and licensed apparel design, working with major league sports teams across the country. He spent years creating garments for several retail brands including Reebok and ’47. Later, Bablo collaborated with the industry’s top artists, athletes and brands as the former Editor-in-Chief of Steez Magazine. Over the course of nine years and 35 issues, Bablo grew the magazine from a black and white photocopier to a major publication, distributing throughout thousands of major newsstands such as Barnes & Noble in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, Bablo founded Steez Design, bringing his artistic background to the commercial design world. Bablo graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. Currently residing north of Boston, he works as an artist, designer and entrepreneur.

Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery, Crabbe Hall lobby mural

Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery, Crabbe Hall lobby mural

Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery, Crabbe Hall lobby mural

Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery, Crabbe Hall lobby mural