Barton Art Galleries Welcomes Artist-in Residence Stacey Kirby in October

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Vital Records exhibit with Stacey Kirby

WILSON, N.C. — October 15 — The Barton Art Galleries at Barton College welcomes Durham-based artist Stacey Kirby in October. Her exhibition, Vital Records, will be on display October 18 through November 19. Kirby is scheduled to be the Artist-In-Residence October 18 – 30.

On Thursday, October 21, the Barton Art Galleries will host a reception and performance by Stacey Kirby from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will be directed into the gallery in small groups to view the installation and performance.

This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Social distancing and masks will be required when visiting this exhibition. To make reservations for this event or to visit the Barton Art Galleries on a future date, please contact Maureen O’Neill, director of exhibitions and educational programming, at moneill@barton.edu or 252-399-6476. 

About the Artist — 

Stacey Kirby has worked over the past decade on a series of “performative interactions,” or performances set within art installations that are activated by viewer participation. Kirby’s work is intended to prompt dialogue about identity, community, civil rights, LGBTQI rights, and immigration. These performative interactions foster conversation about community, civil rights, and belonging in the United States. Kirby uses humor to reinvent the bureaucratic process to empower people to share their voice. The Barton College Art Galleries’ interns and the ArtWorks Cohort members will assist Kirby in her installation and performances while artist-in-residence.

Kirby holds a dual degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in studio art and journalism and mass communication. She is a past recipient of the ArtPrize Eight Juried Grand Prize; the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists; ArtPrize Pitch Night Grant for North Carolina and an Indies Arts Award from INDY Week (formerly the Independent Weekly).

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