CAMraleighThis Friday, December 2, CAM Raleigh will be bustling with a variety of cool artsy things to do and see. For this month’s First Friday, the museum will be open until 10:00pm. Admission is $5 and free for CAM Raleigh members, children 10 and under, NC State students, faculty, and staff. Join CAM Raleigh as a member at First Friday and get in free with a friend. Museum memberships start at $25.

In collaboration with Durham’s Museum of Life and Science, CAM Raleigh First Friday visitors will be greeted in the lobby with interactive activities, part of Experimonth: Race, a social media experiment exploring race relations in the Triangle. Music and a cash bar will also help create an fun atmosphere for people to relax and recharge after the long post-holiday work week.

“December First Friday is going to be a blast!” says Nicole Welch, CAM Raleigh’s Curator of Education “I am especially excited about our newest creation station project dreamed up by our education intern, Anna Gonzales. Museum guests will have tons to do in addition to viewing our current exhibitions.”

The creation station will operate from 6:30 to 9:00pm, where museum guests can all participate in a new hands-on project inspired by works featured in both exhibitions (Deep Surface and ID:ENTITY). All materials and instruction will be supplied by CAM Raleigh and are free with admission.

CAM Raleigh will also be hosting a special animation screening featuring an exciting compilation of NC State College of Design Advanced Media Lab Art + Design student work spanning 15 years from 6:00-10:00pm in the classroom area.

And of course, the meat to all that gravy are the two amazing exhibitions currently on display at CAM Raleigh that all First Friday guests will be able to dive into and enjoy. Currently in the main gallery is Deep Surface: Contemporary Ornament and Pattern, the first major exhibition to examine the re-emergence of ornament and pattern over the last 15 years. Deep Surface celebrates its reinvigoration as a communicative, functional and beautiful form of cultural expression, with pieces and objects from across all of the disciplines of design.

In the lower level Independent Weekly Gallery (as part of the Emerging Artist Series), CAM Raleigh presents the newest exhibition ID:ENTITY Self: Perception + Reality, a group exhibition which explores the complex relationship between the “self” and the world. This exhibition engages in a highly technical, visual dialogue that includes interactive surfaces, Microsoft Kinect™ technology, and dynamic digital wall projections. The artists featured in ID:ENTITY use a wide range of cutting-edge software technologies to create interactive imagery and inspiring environments that engage viewers with sensory experiences that touch on the way technologies are altering the way in which we all relate to each other.

Come explore and discover Raleigh’s contemporary art gem, CAM Raleigh, this Friday night. Learn more about the new museum, this Friday’s events and current exhibitions online at CAM Raleigh is located at 409 West Martin Street between Harrington and West streets in the heart of Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

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