May 3 - June 22, 2019
VAE Main Gallery
309 W. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
First Friday Receptions: May 3 & June 7, 6-10PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11AM-6PM, Saturday 11AM-4PM

Contemporary South is one of VAE’s longest running and most popular recurring projects. This annual exhibition and suite of programming surveys the contemporary art communities in the 11 states that comprise the regional south. Each year the exhibition showcases contemporary works by a diverse group of artists in order to track trends in technical skill, materials, and artistic conceptual thinking. VAE brings this cross section of southern art to Raleigh as our contribution to the city’s goal of being “The Arts Capital of the South. This year’s exhibit was juried by Rachel Reese, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia.


Tamara Bagnell - SunDrip
Morgan Benshoff Let Me Get in My Thing
Annie BlazejackHabitat
Erin CanadyTen Years pt. II
Jessi Clodfelter - Self Portrait in Green
Nicholas Fagan - Rabbit looking into Void
Skylar Farrow - A New Life
Emily Furr - J&P Coats
Anne Herbert - Night Bloomer
Haylee Horn - Oh to hold
Kori Horvath - Gaze
Elliot Keeley - Divider
Alexandra KnoxConsume
Llucy Llong AKKUB
Connor McNerneyA Real Stick
Sean MickChaos
Julia Morrisroe Y/Our Eyes Open
Juan NegroniLandscape in foreground
Jeff NewellA Momentary Expediency into Line
Richard Nickel - The Family
Cache Owens Fantasma 5
Dusty Rhodes“Study” for LOVEwork, Capitol Square, Richmond
Zoe SassonThe Funny One
Barbara SchreiberGreen House
J.D. Scott - Sky Pieces
Kristen Solecki - Conservation of Energy
Hannah Surace - Vessel IV
Katherine Toler - waiting room
Carlos Vargas - 74/40001/45


1st - Richard Nickel
Nickel Family Jingle Company,
2nd - Stephanie Paine Diver
3rd - Jeffrey MoserBerlin Transport Loop

Portrait of Rachel Reese

COSO19 Juror: Rachel Reese, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah. Reese held prior positions at Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta; Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. Reese is also the former editor of BURNAWAY magazine in Atlanta.

At Telfair Museums, she stewards the permanent collection of modern and contemporary art as well as organizes temporary and special exhibitions in the Jepson Center--including 20 exhibitions, with associated acquisitions, that have garnered multiple awards and myriad press. Among them include solo exhibitions with Carrie Mae Weems, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Nick Cave, William Wegman, Triple Candie, and a group exhibition titled Generation with Iraqi-Canadian artists Sawsan AlSaraf, Sundus Abdul Hadi and Tamara Abdul Hadi.

Reese’s recent publications include Radical Plastic (Cue Foundation, 2016), Jiha Moon: Double Welcome (Halsey Institute, 2016), Pratfall Tramps (Atlanta Contemporary, 2015). As an arts writer, Reese was a former editor of BURNAWAY magazine in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews appear in BOMB Daily, Temporary Art Review, TWELV Magazine, and ART PAPERS, among others.

She has taught Critical Issues art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. Reese is the 2018 consulting curator for the Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island. Reese holds an MFA from City College New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia.

Events and Projects

May 3, 6-10PM - First Friday
May 23, 6-8PM -
Member Meet + Greet with Valerie Hillings, new director of NCMA
June 1, 2-6PM -
Epic Speed Date + Curator Talk with Rachel Reese
June 7, 6-10PM - First Friday

VAE works to make all of our exhibitions, programs, and facilities accessible to all people who appreciate creativity! VAE is a single story facility and all galleries, offices, and facilities are physically accessible. VAE is happy to provide audio description tours, ASL interpretation for our exhibition and/or special events, and/or make documents available Braille or large print. A two-week advance request for these accommodations is appreciated! Please email Kyle to let us know how we can make your visit happen!