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First Friday Reception: Feminine Spectrum

FEMININE SPECTRUM, a project that includes the work of 16 artists and a suite of 9 programs created in collaboration with guest curator Stacey L. Kirby, continues through the month of May. Writer, artist and musician, Christy Jean Smith, will be performing music from her new project LIVE in the gallery at 7 pm.

FEMININE SPECTRUM is the first curatorial project by artist Stacey L. Kirby that celebrates works by the creative community who identify as being on the feminine spectrum. Kirby takes a personal approach to the exhibition by selecting artists that have inspired the expansion of her own spectrum throughout her gender identity journey in and outside of the South as a queer cis female artist.

...teachers - artists - mentors - activists - educators - parents - musicians - siblings -partners - dancers - explorers…

Carson Efird
Daniel B. Coleman
Ellie Ga
Heather Gordon
Beth Grabowski
Harriet Hoover
Katie Johnson
Ann Kalmbach
Tatana Kellner
Heather McEntire
Marie Garlock
Ntsiki Nconjana
Susan Harbage Page
Elin O"Hara Slavick
Christy Smith
Andrew Synoweiz

Visitors to VAE will be invited to reflect on perspectives of the feminine as they experience painting, sculpture, performance, installation, works on paper, video, music, etc. Parenthood and familial roles, public and personal health and the evolution of gender identities are topics within FEMININE SPECTRUM. Kirby invites visitors to contemplate their own gender identity and influences as she acknowledges her limited representation of an ever-evolving spectrum.


Stacey L. Kirby is an artist from the American South currently based in Durham, NC. Kirby’s 'performative interactions' and collaborative projects combine installation and performance in both alternative, private and public spaces. Fueled by the current political climate and issues of citizenship, Kirby invites visitors to become active participants in her work to empower the voice within all of us.

Kirby is a recipient of the ArtPrize Eight Juried Grand Prize (2016), the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists (2014-15), an ArtPrize Pitch Night Grant (2016) for North Carolina and an Indies Arts Award from the Independent Weekly (Durham, NC) for her participation in the BAIN Project (2009). She is nominee for the Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2017) a finalist for the 1858 Prize by the Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC) for contemporary southern art. Kirby has also been awarded artist residencies throughout the U.S. including the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), the Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL) and Artspace (Raleigh, NC). She is also a recipient of grants from the Durham Arts Council and the United Arts Council of Wake County.

Kirby's performances take place in various environments such as vacant historic buildings, protests, festivals as well as traditional art spaces. Kirby has performed and exhibited at ArtPrize Eight (Grand Rapids, MI), the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem, NC), the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (Durham, NC), Contemporary Art Museum (Raleigh, NC), North Carolina Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design (Charlotte, NC), Bard College, Flux Factory (Queens, NY), Fraction Workspace, (Chicago, IL), California State University in Fresno, Wellesley College (MA) and District Fine Arts, (Washington, DC). Her work is represented in the Duke University Rare Book Collection and other private collections. Kirby has a dual degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Studio Art and in Visual Communications in School of Journalism and Mass Communication.