• Flying Tigers
    May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - For three days only join us for a photo exhibition of the WWII era Flying Tigers and their Chinese counterparts. A collection of photographs profiling pilots from both countries will be on display at Chapel Hill Public Library over Memorial Day weekend, starting with a public reception at 10:00 am Saturday, May 26 in Meeting Room B. Before the United States entered World War II, American pilots from the Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps volunteered for and became official members of the Chinese Air Force. Called “The Flying Tigers,” these pilots protected mainland China from the Japanese Air Force, trained their Chinese counterparts, and formed bonds that lasted for more than 70 years. The exhibition is the work of Henk Liu, a Visiting Professor and research collaborator in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. He started interviewing the surviving pilots in 2005 to document the varied lives they lived post-war. In addition to the Flying Tigers, Liu interviewed Chinese veterans, including the 104-year-old General of the Northeastern Chinese army. “I hope this exhibition can help the outside world better understand China's history in World War II, especially the period when pilots from China and the US fought side by side. I hope these pictures will make you feel the dignity of those veterans.” There are 32 select photographs in the series. They feature a range of people, from a celebrated Major General to a pilot who spent most of his life impoverished following an arrest during the Cultural Revolution. Susan Brown, Chapel Hill Public Library Director and Executive Director of Community Arts & Culture, says this show presents local residents with a chance to learn about a lesser known piece of history, “Professor Liu presented us with a great opportunity to both commemorate veterans on this Memorial Day holiday, and make connections to our neighbors with a shared, yet new, history.” The Flying Tigers Exhibit will be at the library from Saturday, May 26 – Monday, May 28. Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, the library will only be open from 1:00 – 5:00 pm on the 28th. Bilingual volunteer docents are available to engage with visitors and talk about the exhibit and the Flying Tigers.
  • RedBall
    September 25, 2018
    9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    - RedBall Project is a traveling public art work by Asheville-based artist Kurt Perschke. Considered “the world’s longest-running street art work,” the piece features a 250-pound, 15-foot-diameter inflatable red ball that is installed in both unlikely and familiar sites within a city. A blend of architectural intervention and community engagement, the piece has been to over 25 cities around the world, including Abu Dhabi, Taipei, Perth, London, Barcelona, St. Louis, Portland, Sydney, Scottsdale, Chicago, and Toronto.

    As its gift to town and campus in celebration of its sixtieth anniversary, the Ackland Art Museum is bringing this internationally renowned sculptural installation to Chapel Hill for a week-long performance beginning 20 September 2018. Over seven consecutive days, the giant ball will move through Chapel Hill, changing its location daily and playfully inviting all audiences to reconsider their everyday surroundings with a fresh perspective. The artist's only public talk will be at the library at 4:00.
  • Pop-Up Show and Sale
    March 8, 2019
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    - Part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk and held at 109 East Franklin Street
  • Pop-Up Show and Sale
    March 9, 2019
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk and held at 109 East Franklin Street
  • Quilts of Orange & Durham
    March 16, 2019 - March 17, 2019
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Looking at Performance
    May 23, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - How do we make sense of performance? Is there a right way to do it? What's the audience's role? These are questions central to The Commons, a new residency for locally based performing arts at Carolina Performing Arts that will culminate in a festival of performances (May 30-June 1).

    Associate Director of Engagement Amanda Graham and Postdoctoral Fellow Alexandra Ripp will share ways of interpreting dance, theater, and performance art, from the most traditional to the most experimental. In preparation for the performance weekend, Commons artists Megan Yankee and Justin Tornow will join to give a preview of the works they will premiere.

    Meeting Room B
    The Commons festival will take place May 30-June 1, at CURRENT Artspace + Studio (123 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill). Tickets to performances will be $5 each and can be purchased on Monday, May 20. Links to tickets and more information about The Commons available here.
  • Ephemeral Streams
    August 4, 2019
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Join artist-in-residence Ayla Gizlice on a nature walk to observe nearby ephemeral streams, some of the smallest capillaries of our water system. A workshop in creating cyanotype prints using gathered materials will be held following the walk. This free workshop is intended for adults and school aged children.

    Space is limited.
    Click here to register

    Background: This summer an art studio on 109 East Franklin Street is filling a vacant storefront in downtown Chapel Hill, offering visitors a chance to watch four talented local artists at work. Each artist receives a $1,000 stipend and the use of the studio for the summer months. In exchange, the artists agree to work “in the open,” meaning that during certain hours members of the public can come in, watch them work, and talk to them about their art.

    Each artist will also teach two community workshops during the summer. Click here for a full list of open workshops

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