Waves To Live By, curated by Conner Calhoun and featuring works from five VCS alumni, opening tomorrow at Lump in Raleigh, NC

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Alumni News, Exhibitions, VCS Alumni | No Comments

Tomorrow evening, Lump gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina will host the opening reception for WAVES TO LIVE BY, a group exhibition curated by VCS alumnus Conner Calhoun featuring works from 11 artists, including VCS alumnae Julia Santoli, Rachel Zaretsky, Jinhee Qwak, Harris Bauer, and Julia Stoddard. Here’s the gallery’s show announcement, including a brief statement from Conner:

Show Off: Waves To Live By

Show Off

July 7 – 29, 2017

This July the Lump interns are curating each side of the gallery and inviting viewers to score their exhibits.  Exhibition guides will act as score cards for visitors to use as they think about the exhibitions and the curating styles.

Curated by Conner Calhoun

Conner Calhoun earned his BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 2015. He’s recently shown his work in Leipzig DEU, Raleigh NC, New York NY and Barcelona SP.

WAVES TO LIVE BY is a group show with works by Julia Santoli, Rachel Zaretsky, Jinhee Qwak, Shaun St. Lucas, Harris Bauer, Tedd Anderson, Doris Guo, Logan Britt, Lizz Thabet, Austin Caskie and Julia Stoddard.

Mourning Dew was the original title of the exhibition, morning spelled with a “u” is what I told everyone. I decided the original title when I listened to that Bonnie Dobson song that everyone else copied. The one about the world ending. Or after the world ending. Whatever wikipedia says. It was gentle and fit the mood of our times. I looped it for six hours and hated “of our times”… the deep excuse for all those new biennials.

I hoped to explore the romantic qualities of dew/condensation/dripping. As a cliche. With all seriousness. In my head I was in the mountains. Fog. Wet grass. Probably early morning. But all the artist were by the sea, they already trickled down those slopes. Quickly like the sixties. Fresh to salt.

The exhibit consist of damp butts, drawings (maybe too many), one photo, two videos, needle felted sex objects, an essay, prints and possibly a performance. Now I’m listening to that song by Tim Buckley.


Lizz Thabet

Shaun St Lucas

Rachel Zaretsky

Logan Britt

Julia Santoli

Julia Stoddard

Tedd Anderson

Austin Caskie


Lump is located at 505 S. Blount Street in Raleigh, North Carolina, and can be reached at 919-757-9533 and lumpraleigh@gmail.com. The space is open Thursday through Saturday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, or by appointment.

Visual & Critical Studies