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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
March 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; no RSVP required. Everyone welcome. Join Event on Vimeo!

In Conversation continues with NYC-based artist John Felix Arnold III, the last resident artist in the Rubenstein Arts Center painting studio before the pandemic. Wanting to bring art to the entrance area by WXDU, Bill Fick, the Ruby’s assistant director for visual and studio arts, asked Arnold to create an installation involving Duke drawing students in the process. For Arnold, who was born and raised in Durham, the project became a meditation on his hometown intensified by his mother’s health crisis—until the work was cut short by everybody’s health crisis. Join Arnold to learn about this work-in-progress, growing up in Durham, his career pathway, and his upcoming exhibition at Anchorlight in Raleigh (Mar 2021).

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About John Felix Arnold III

John Felix Arnold III was born in Durham, NC. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 2002. He has exhibited with SFMOMA, B.R.I.C. Arts, The Luggage Store, Aggregate Space, FFDG, Joseph Gross Gallery, and Tokyo’s Spes-Lab Experimental Art Space. He is a Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Grant Awardee, two time Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Nominee, represented by the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, and can be found in Takashi Murakami’s private collection. He has worked extensively with Hirokazu Kosaka at the Japanese American Creative Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. He is featured in Aggregate Space Gallery’s First 50 Retrospective Art Book, and his work has been covered by press outlets such as The San Francisco Chronicle‘s “96 Hours,” Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and Common Magazine (JP).

About In Coversation

This free online public conversation series is presented by Duke Arts and Duke Performances (Fridays at Noon, Jan 29 through April 16). Join faculty-invited visiting artists and artists from Duke Performances virtual Spring 2021 season for behind-the-scenes insights into their work.

Before life moved onto virtual platforms like Zoom, Duke Arts and Duke Performances hosted casual artist talks in Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center and in a variety of Durham community venues like the Pinhook and Cocoa Cinnamon. We miss these opportunities to connect with our audiences and artists, and we hope you’ll join us for this new venture.


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