Waterworks Visual Arts Center

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Meet the Artists

Thomas received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is currently a Brock Family Instructor in Studio Arts at Duke University.

On view in the Osborne and Woodson Galleries
"No Collars" - Portraits

All of the portraits in this exhibition are designed to be intimate gestures of love and recognition to the subjects represented. I think of a meticulously rendered oil painting as a unique way to mark the significance of my connection with each individual. Some of them are related to me by blood, some I have studied with, and others I met in passing on our commutes to or from work.


Andrea Vail is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA) and the UNC Charlotte (BFA). She is the recipient of the ASC Regional Project Grant; North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship (2016-17); HappeningsCLT Visual Artist Grant; CultureWORKS Richmond Arts and Cultural District MicroGrant; and residencies at Goodyear Arts, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and Elsewhere.

On view in the YPG Gallery

"Artificial Habitats"

Artificial Habitats is a series of tapestries and knotless netted sculpture, which is informed by the resourceful history of rag rug making. A critique of over consumption and an effort to reconcile my own participation in consuming, this body of work pivots at the intersection of the familiar hand of domestic textiles, the interplay of function and decoration, and a playful effort to create objects with more longevity than trending fads.

Angelina received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In 2014, she co-founded the Rick Herrema Foundation, a new national park system located by military bases. The parks provide a wholesome, fun and relacing environments to relieve catastrophic stressors of war. The first park is located on the base at Ft. Bragg.

On view in the Stanback Gallery Hall
"A Study In Contrasts"

The story of a wife waiting for her soldier’s return from war is one of the oldest epic poems in Western Civilization. I tell that ancient story through abstract art. And in so doing, you are invited to what war brings. It is the story of my current life as an artist, mother and Army wife. As you will see, my life is one of leaving and returning.


Sulpy is a nomadic painter and educator, originally hailing from New Jersey. She earned her BFA in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (2008), and her MFA in Painting at Indiana University (2010). Since graduating she has taught drawing and painting in Utah, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and North Carolina. She is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Winona State University, Winona, MN.

On view in the Norvell Gallery

"Bland Intruders" and 

"Non-Memories of the Deuce"

On exhibit are two series called Non-Memories of the Deuce and Bland Intruders. Both
series express my interest in an anachronistic half-reality, and explore my perception of a zeitgeist or a point in time that I can never be a part of. In both series, the work is based on banal and unremarkable settings or moments, which are imagined moments in their respective worlds. This has lead me to investigate not just what experiences I have missed, but to concoct a new reality from the clues I’ve gathered about the past.


Cathy Perry
"Entwined, Interwoven and Surviving Together"