Current Art Exhibit On Display

Artists: Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp | Title: “Tintypes: A Community Portrait”| Exhibit Dates: August 10, 2018 – February 4, 2019| Exhibit Description: The Durham Art Guild and the Triangle Community Foundation present “Tintypes: A Community Portrait,” the first showcase of the 2018-2019 Triangle Community Artists Gallery exhibition season. This exhibition is a collaborative project by artists Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp. Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp were the recipients of the first Click! Photography Festival PIC Grant. The goal of the project, Tintypes: A Community Portrait was to engage with the community and bring people together through the wet plate collodion photography process. The idea was similar to that of the bookmobile or the ice cream truck where people come out of their houses and on to the street to engage with each other and in the process, create a large community portrait. The project had them taking their mobile tintype unit out into the community, setting up across the Triangle in downtown Durham, in Habitat for Humanity worksites and neighborhoods, and finally at a residential/warehouse/art- studio located in Raleigh. Hoping to include a few participants from each location, instead what happened was an overwhelming interest from the community. Their sessions were filled by noon with some electing to wait in line for hours to get a tintype made. In the end, they made over 80 tintype portraits and in the spirit of a true collaboration, families, friends, couples, and individuals came out to participate in the mobile tintype project. Sitters decided how they wanted to pose while collaborating with the artists to create their own unique portrait. In the true spirit of community, this project aims to bring people together through and bridge art and community in a collaborative process. Tintypes are created using the wet plate collodion process which dates from the mid-1850s and was in widespread use through the 1870s. To make a collodion photograph, collodion is applied to a plate just before use. The photograph is captured, developed, and rinsed before the plate is allowed to dry. The process takes roughly 15 minutes from start to finish, while the photographer goes into the mobile dark-room, pours the emulsion and processes the plate. Wet Plate Collodion process is the antithesis of what 21st-century photography has become. We live in an era where portraits are stored in phones, and in digital files. The wet plate process is a very slow process relative to the point, click, and post online era in which we live. Our hope is to bring the portrait back to life through the object based tintype and to encourage dialog about art and community.| Exhibit Teaser | Public reception: Will be announced shortly.

Past Artists

The Foundation has had the pleasure of having the works of these fine local artists on display in our gallery in past exhibits. We encourage you to visit their websites, go see their art in person, and learn more about their artwork and journeys. Let them know we sent you!

  • Sass Art – painter focused on exploring the complexities of femme identity through up-close portraits
  • Moriah LeFebvre – mixed media focused on the changes in downtown Durham
  • Veronique Moses – photographer, documentary work
  • William Thomas – painter focused on representations of diverse people in his social circle
  • Lisa Creed – painter focused on two distinct types of art: abstract and sky & sea
  • Frank Myers – photographer, has done extensive work with Jazz musicians
  • Bruce Mitchell – painter focused on realism, medium: oil painting

Why does the Foundation have an art gallery?

Because we believe that a strong commitment to the arts is an important part of our vision for the community.

As part of Our Focus on regional cultural arts, the Foundation’s office space also serves as a rotating art gallery, for two main reasons: to support and foster local artists, and to encourage our community to connect and engage in meaningful conversation inspired by art. The Triangle Community Artists Gallery, housed within our office space at the Frontier in partnership with the Durham Art Guild (DAG), hosts artwork from local artists for periods of six months at a time. All artists in the gallery are chosen by a jury panel of fundholders and donors with an interest in the arts. The art on display, unless marked, is available for purchase. We are proud of this partnership with DAG, our jury of community leaders and arts-minded fundholders, and the artists we have the great pleasure of showcasing each cycle.

The gallery is open during business hours (M-F, 8:30 am- 5 pm). We are located at 800 Park Offices Drive, Suite 201, Research Triangle Park. Please contact our Office Assistant Holly Moore at 919.328.4002 in advance if you’d like to stop by so that we are available to welcome you.  We hold an opening reception at the start of each new exhibit cycle, you can find out more information and rsvp to current events here.

Interested in learning how to turn your office into a curated art gallery? Click here to learn more about the DAG Art@Work program, and see how they can help you get started today!