New local art exhibition showcases solar powered art: Opening June 15th

Opening weekend of new art exhibition showcases solar powered art

Weekend festivities open to public



FORM SPECIAL, presented by the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Raleigh in partnership with the North Carolina Solar Center at N.C. State University, and Andy Hall, artist and creator of FORM SPECIAL.



CAM Raleigh’s latest Independent Weekly Gallery Emerging Artist Series exhibition, FORM SPECIAL: Solar Projects and Site Collages, is a new body of artwork commissioned by CAM Raleigh and created by Andy Hall. Events will be held as part of the opening weekend of the exhibit, including an opening night viewing for the public, a solar bike ride, Family Day, and an artist talk given by Andy Hall.  The weekend will also mark the beginning of a speaker series that will continue until September on the state of sustainable energy in Raleigh and North Carolina.




Friday, June 15, 2012

Opening Reception: 6-9pm; Open to the public. Museum admission is $5.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Artist In-Gallery Talk: 3pm

Join artist Andy Hall for an informal gallery talk and tour of his exhibition.  The tour is free with museum admission and members.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

CAM Raleigh Family Day: 12-3pm

Triangle area families are invited to CAM Raleigh for an afternoon of hands-on activities related to energy.  A special family-friendly exhibitions tour will take place at 2:00 p.m. Family Sunday activities are free with admission. CAM Raleigh members and children 10 and under are granted free admission.


Raleigh Solar Bike Ride: 12-4pm

Come join us on a bike tour that will go by several solar installations, with tours at one installation downtown and one at the PNC Arena. Registration is $10, and includes museum admission to FORM SPECIAL. The bike ride will leave at 1pm.  To register, go to:


Future events & speaker series


Friday, July 20th: 6:30pm

Paula Thomas, Director of Sustainability for the City of Raleigh will speak about the status of clean energy in North Carolina and the steps Raleigh has taken to become a sustainable city.


August 17: 8pm

AV Geeks screening on the history of solar energy


September 15th

Isaac Panzarella, Clean Power & Efficiency Manager for the N.C. Solar Center will speak about how North Carolina became an emerging leader in clean energy and the state of clean energy policy.



Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh

409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603



Andy Hall’s innovative exhibit includes T.G.I.F., a neon sign powered by a solar panel that diverts sun energy into a battery and Fresh Watts, a solar-powered karaoke machine. His work emphasizes the advancements made in photovoltaics and solar thermal technology.  The partnership between CAM Raleigh and The N.C. Solar Center brings together the art, design, and energy communities in a public conversation that raises awareness of the new dynamic approaches needed to address our energy challenges.


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Sponsors include:

SunPower Corporation for donation of a solar PV panel to power Andy Hall’s art work:


Supporters include:

City of Raleigh and the NC Sustainable Energy Association



About CAM Raleigh:

CAM Raleigh is a non-collecting museum that explores what’s now and presents an always-changing museum experience. FORM SPECIAL is organized by CAM Raleigh. It is curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, executive director of CAM Raleigh and coordinated at CAM Raleigh by Kate Shafer, gallery and exhibitions manager. CAM Raleigh is a collaboration between the Contemporary Art Foundation, the community of Raleigh and North Carolina State University’s College of Design. CAM Raleigh is generously supported by the Contemporary Art Foundation, North Carolina State University, individual and corporate members, private and corporate foundations, and government agencies. Information about CAM Raleigh’s exhibitions, programs, and special events is available on the CAM Raleigh website at Twitter: @camraleigh


About the N.C. Solar Center:

The North Carolina Solar Center, at N.C. State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. The N.C. Solar Center serves as a resource for innovative, clean energy technologies through demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. It also administers the Database of Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), a resource providing financial incentives and policies. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: Twitter: @NCSolarCenter



Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340,

Elysia Borowy-Reeder, CAM Raleigh, 919-513-7200,