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Artspace to Offer Performance Video Class with Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet

Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet

Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, Walk

This summer, artspace, a non-profit visual art center located in downtown Raleigh, will offer a Performance Video class, led by Community Artist-in-Residence Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet. This College Prep class is offered to rising 9th-12th graders and will take place over the course of 4 Wednesdays (July 10, 17, 24, & 31) from 6-9pm. Tuition and materials fee is $85/$75 for members. Supply list provided upon registration.

Performance Video will introduce performance video art to students through a short discussion and viewing of contemporary art by artists such as Kate Gilmore and Oliver Herring. Working as a group, students will brainstorm fun choreographed tasks to make up their own group video. Once recorded, students will learn the video editing process, using the accessible software iMovie. The final result will be an edited video that can be posted on YouTube to share with friends and family.

Spencer-Stonestreet will use her time as a Community Artist-in-Residence to create Dragging, a new video performance and installation. Inspired by her previous project, Walk, in which she walked the three-mile journey her grandmother took from her home to the mill she once worked, with a kitchen table tied to her arms, Dragging elaborates on the concept. The artist will tie an entire formal dining room furniture set, complete with plates, silverware, and centerpieces, and then go for a walk on a rural road bordering a tobacco field in Wake County. Intrigued by the juxtaposition of items usually stored and used indoors against an agricultural backdrop, she wishes to explore issues of labor, power, femininity, wealth, and desire. She will record the performance on video, and the dinnerware will remain in her studio after the performance. Select components of the performance, with the video, will be incorporated in an exhibition to take place in Gallery 2 in May 2014. Facets of this performance will also appear in an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh earlier in 2014.

Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet is a mixed media artist who lives and works in North Carolina and Virginia. She is an Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Hampton University, teaching Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Humanities, as well as special topics in Mixed Media. She completed her Masters in Fine Art from UNC-Chapel Hill and was a da Vinci scholar at NCSU where she received two bachelor degrees in History and Art & Design. She was the 2011 recipient of the Logan Prize, and the 2010 recipient of the Community-Campus Partnership Fellowship from UNC-Chapel Hill. Most recently, she was selected to receive a 2012 North Carolina Arts Council artist fellowship award.

To register for Performance Video with Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, contact artspace at 919.821.2787. Inquiries should be directed to Shana Dumont Garr, Director of Programs & Exhibitions at


artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of more than 100 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986. For more information about artspace, exhibitions, programs, or membership, please visit

July 10, 2013 6:00 PM
July 31, 2013 9:00 PM
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