Visual Arts Studios, Collectives, Groups and Guilds

These are visual art support groups, collectives or membership organizations of various types, or serving various geographic areas or disciplines.  Triangle ArtWorks strives to include all Triangle groups in this listing, but needs your help in keeping it complete and current.  Please inform us of any changes/additions at

These entries are for convenience only and the information regarding each organization was provided by the organization or from their websites.  Triangle ArtWorks makes NO endorsement or recommendation regarding any of the businesses or organizations listed.  Be sure to review their websites and other sources independently before you patronize them.


Cary Photographic Artists – The CPA seeks to increase awareness of photography as an art form and offer opportunities for display, education and enhancement of photographic techniques.  Their free programs are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at The Cary Theatre, where they host speakers and demonstrations on photographic techniques.  Email Website

Colored Pencil Society of America – Colored Pencil Society of America District Chapter 114 – CPSA promotes colored pencil as a fine art medium and provides a forum for education, communication and recognition of colored pencil artists.  District Chapter 114 meets six times a year at the Cary Arts Center in downtown Cary, and serves its members through opportunities for education, workshops, networking, and art exhibitions throughout the Triangle and beyond.  Anyone over the age of 18 can join the National organization and the District Chapter.   For more information, see District Chapter website  and the National website.

Cary Visual Art – Cary Visual Art’s mission is to promote, inspire, encourage, and support visual art for the uplifting of the human spirit in the Cary Community. To this end, we work with the community to place public art, support exhibitions, participate in festivals and sponsor lecture series and scholarships. Mailing address:  P.O. Box 4322, Cary, NC 27519, Physical Address: Cary Visual Art, Inc., 720 SAS Campus Drive, Bldg U5, Cary, NC 27513,  Website.

The Fine Arts League of Cary – The Fine Arts League of Cary (FALC), which is in its fourteenth year of operation, is a visual arts group of over 200 members including painters, sculptors, photographers and all others engaged in producing visual art as well as those wishing to support these endeavors.  Although its home base is in Cary, NC, the FALC membership includes, and is open to, professional, non-professional and emerging artists as well as supporters of the visual arts from any location. P. O. Box 3361, Cary, NC 27519-3361,  Scheduled Hours: Tuesday 10am to 1pm & Thursday 1pm to 4pm, Website.

The Professional Art Quilter’s Alliance – South – The Professional Art Quilters Alliance is a group of professional artists from across the southeastern United States who come together to promote innovative art quilts, art cloth, and art garments. PAQA-South members share their collective wisdom and experience to encourage new artists, provide educational programs for its members and the public, and sponsor exhibitions of fiber art. Website

Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild – The Guild promotes the lettering arts and provides a source of mutual support for those who are interested in calligraphy, painting, bookbinding, lettering, illumination and old manuscripts, as well as the history and traditions of writing, letter forms, tools and materials.  Our members live in the Triangle area and throughout eastern North Carolina.  We meet five times a year, in October, November, February and March, on the second Saturday of the month.  All levels of calligraphic skill are represented in our groups of beginners to professional. Website

Waverly Artists Group – The Waverly Artists Group is a collaboration of local award-winning artists who create for the sake of beauty. The Group’s gallery has closed, but the website remains with information on existing and new artists, and new workshop offerings.  Website


Clayton Visual Art – Clayton Visual Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of volunteers whose mission is to “bring art to Clayton.” Members include artists and non-artists. The group is dedicated to encouraging artists of all levels and interests to call Clayton their home as an artist’s community. Clayton Visual Arts arranges and stages free monthly art exhibitions and meet-the-artist receptions, coordinates an annual exhibition featuring Clayton High School art students, produces the annual Millstock art festival and the Artalacarte Art Walk and Historic Homes Tour and sponsors two competitions. Website; email; Mailing address: P.O. Box 698, Clayton, NC 27528.


Antfarm – Antfarm was started in 1993 by group of NC State design school students who secured and renovated a 1925 warehouse in Raleigh’s historic Boylan Heights neighborhood. Today, Antfarm is home to a diverse group of artists working in a variety of media (metal, wood, clay, print, paint, drawing, fiber and more) who strive to create exceptional work and share it with the community. Over 40 artists and craftspeople have occupied antfarm’s individual studios over the years. 303 Kinsey St., Raleigh, NC 27603 Contact us for tours and studio availability. EmailFacebook

Artspace – Artspace is a thriving visual art center located in downtown Raleigh. Artspace brings the creative process to life through a dynamic environment of professional artists studios, inspiring and engaging arts education and community outreach programs, and nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Explore your own creativity by engaging in all we have to offer!  201 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601,  Open Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. First Friday of each month until 10, EmailWebsite.

Blam! Studios  301 Kinsey Street, Raleigh, NC. 27603  Website.

Bonded Llama Studios – 1505 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC,  Website.

The Carter Building  –  The Carter Building at Glenwood South, located at 12-22 Glenwood Ave in Raleigh, NC, houses the studios and businesses of more than 75 creative professionals. An eclectic mix of artists, commercial photographers, design studios, boutiques and yoga are all located under one roof. Virtually all mediums are represented: acrylic, oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, photography, clay, and jewelry. Get to know the artists in their studios and experience their individual style and approach to art while looking for your first piece of original art or adding to your extensive collection.  The Carter Building at Glenwood South invites you to join us for the First Friday ARTwalks on the first Friday of every month. Website,

Imurj – The Imurj collaborative arts community is composed of artist members that utilize member resources in the downtown Raleigh location and on the Imurj website. Designed with the artist and fan in mind, the Imurj space promotes the growth and development of North Carolina based artists. Through a wide range of workshops, performances, lectures, and classes Imurj is curating a new type of venue. The 6,000 square foot space allows members to perform, engage, and create in the cafe, main event space, gallery, art studio, and production studio. Imurj facilitates access to services that artists need to elevate their careers. Website

Litmus Studios – 312 Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601,  Email, Website.

Carolina Mixed Media Guild – Founded in 2002, the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild is a vibrant group of artists dedicated to all things mixed media.  Our members include professional artists as well as those who create simply for the love of it.  Activities include technique demos, field trips, “Play Days”, challenges, swaps, group shows, community outreach, and charitable giving. Visit our blog, Facebook page or Yahoo group to see what our dynamic artists are up to, and if you’re so inclined, please join us. Website   Email 

Triangle Origami Folders United -TOFU is a group of paper folders with the goal to share origami with all who are interested. TOFU is an OrigamiUSA Regional Group.  Website

Triangle Potters Guild – PO Box 10161, Raleigh, NC 27605, Website.

Visual Art Exchange – Visual Art Exchange (VAE) is a non-profit gallery and art association that supports emerging artists through exhibition opportunities (juried, non-juried and curated), business education and its interdisciplinary art festival, SPARKcon. VAE also hosts monthly artist nights, peer critique groups and creates public art projects through its Exchange Mural Project.  325 Blake Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601, , Email, Website, Sparkcon Website

Durham County

Bull City Arts Collaborative – 401-81 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701, Website.

Claymakers Studio – 705 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701,  Email, Website.

Durham Art Guild – 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC. 27701, EmailWebsite.

Durty Durham Art Collective – Durty Durham is a collective of artists in Durham, NC, with a studio space at 305 E. Chapel Hill Street, part of the Durham Arts Place.  As described by the Independent Weekly’s Ashley Melzer:  “Hosting shows and exhibitions at their studio space, Durty Art provides free outlets for local musicians and artists to present their work. A labor of love, design and destruction, this amorphous crew accepts anyone who dares imagine his or her way into its bounds.”  Website

Golden Belt Artist Studios – Work in one of 35 sky-lit studios that wrap around curated gallery ROOM 100.  Be a part of a vibrant urban arts campus and share your work during Third Fridays and other events.  Individual and shared studios. Application required.  807 East Main Street, Building 3, Durham, NC 27701  Website

Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio and Foundry – Liberty Arts is an arts collective located on Pearl St in Durham with a foundry in downtown Durham at Durham Central Park. Our mission is to enrich our community with arts experiences that inspire, empower, educate, and entertain. We: facilitate the creation of quality, saleable works of art; attract innovative and accomplished artists; educate aspiring artists and incubate their careers; inspire enthusiasm in our community for the arts; and provide easy access to skills associated with the industrial arts. Our spaces are available for rent on a long-term basis at very affordable prices. Becoming a Liberty Arts Artist is also a commitment to a community. Our artists serve on committees and volunteer their time to support the mission of the organization and make the collective function and grow. Mail: PO Box 25491, Durham NC 27701 Physical: 918 Pearl St, Durham NC 27701. 919- 294-8006. Website Email

 Monkey Bottom Studio Collaborative and Gallery – 609 Trent St. Durham, NC, 27705. Website.

Chapel Hill/Orange County

Orange County Arts Guild – PO Box 216, Carrboro, NC, 27510, Website

Subverbal Collective – Members of Subverbal hold a deeply rooted self-motivation for artmaking in the contemporary world. We embrace the truth of materials, and connect our making to our relationships with land, body, gender, consumer culture, and temporality. Subverbal exists to support each other, to seek connections with other emerging art professionals, to build community, and to provide a space for critique and dialogue. In bringing together our separate creative practices, the work of the collective itself becomes an artwork. As artists, teachers, and arts professionals, Subverbal hopes to enrich not only our own endeavors, but also the creative life of our community. Website

Triangle Visual Artists, LLC – Triangle Visual Artists is a group of artists formerly Chapel Hill Art Gallery who are on the move as a virtual gallery. The group is comprised of both 2D and 3D artists looking to exhibit and sell their work in businesses, at special events, and other public venues. Website Facebook.

Chatham County

Artist Studios at Fearrington Village – Artist Studios of Fearrington Village is a community of visual artists who have come together to support one another, promote our art, open our studios and share our vision of Fearrington Village as an arts destination. Website

Chatham Artist Guild – P.O. Box 68, Siler City, NC 27344,  Website  Email


The Triangle Comics Creator Network – The TCCN is a community of writers and artists who gather regularly to support each other in the creation of comics and graphic novels, whether we are seasoned professionals or just starting out. Gatherings include unstructured hangouts, workshops, group outings, and more. Comics-adjacent folks – critics, publishers, illustrators, etc. – are welcome, as are friends and family! TCCN is a collaboration of Durham County Library and Chapel Hill Public Library. Website.