Mural Advisory Committee

Adria Gunter

Adria is from Durham, NC and is the Curatorial Assistant at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

The Nasher Museum is a major center for the arts in Durham and the surrounding region. Since opening in 2005, the museum’s collection strategy continues to emphasize contemporary works by diverse artists who have been historically underrepresented, or even excluded, by mainstream arts institutions, maintaining a particular focus on artists of African descent.

Recent projects and exhibitions Adria has worked on include Composition 21, a 21-person performance art piece by Naama Tsabar; Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, a groundbreaking exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art that centers around the development of contemporary Indigenous art in the United States and Canada; and the Nasher Museum collection-focused exhibition, Cosmic Rhythm Vibrations.

Prior to joining Nasher, Adria earned a bachelor of arts degree with honors from Elon University as a dual degree in art history and arts administration, with a research focus on contemporary art of the African Diaspora.

Antonio Alanís

Antonio is from Durham, NC and is the Education Manager at El Centro Hispano, Inc. He oversees the Education Department’s  School Readiness & Achievement and Adult Education Programs. Antonio also serves on the Public Art Committee for the City of Durham

Antonio holds a B.A in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Arts in Education from Wake Forest University.  He has taught Spanish in elementary, middle and high schools. As a cultural promoter, Antonio designs curricula to teach literacy and cultural awareness about Latin America.

He believes that the arts can be a conduit to springboard conversations between diverse people to create understanding and awareness of Latinx people’s experience in the United States.

Greg Mike

Greg is a mural artist from Atlanta, GA and the founder and creative director of ABV Agency / Gallery, a multi-platform studio specializing in branding, apparel design and visual production. ABV also functions as a gallery exhibiting artists from around the world,  highlighting emerging talents alongside globally recognized names.

In 2015, Greg Mike founded OuterSpace Project, an event series that merges public art, live music, design, action sports and culture in Atlanta, GA.

Born and raised in Connecticut, childhood trips to NYC in the mid-’80s exposed “Greg Mike” Mensching to the creative potential of reinventing public spaces through art and design. Always obsessed with the boundless energy and crisp line work of iconic American mid-century cartoons, by his early teens Greg began using the walls of his native state to fuse these two passions together. Mixing the take-no-prisoners bombast of classic NYC street art with the eagle-eyed precision of mass market illustration and animation has been his goal from the beginning.

Laura Ritchie

Laura is from Durham, NC and is the co-founder and former director of The Carrack, a zero-commission community art space in Durham, NC.

A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Ritchie has studied at UNC-Chapel Hill (BFA), the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy and the Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College. She is a National Arts Strategies 2015 Creative Community Fellow and a 2014 Indie Arts Award winner. Ritchie serves on Duke Performance’s Advisory Board, on the Board of Directors for Elsewhere and The Carrack, and on the Public Art Committee for the City of Durham.

Through community-engaged projects, Ritchie strives to be a catalyst for collaborative, interdisciplinary work across the arts in North Carolina. This Fall, Ritchie completed a curatorial residency at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Charlotte.

 

Monét Noelle Marshall

Monét is an artist, director, playwright, curator & producer based in Durham, North Carolina.

A 2018 Independent Weekly Arts Award winner, Monét serves as the Founding Artistic Director of MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, producing new works by and new opportunities for Black playwrights. Recent projects include the “Buy It Call It” performance installations, a trilogy in response to the systemic oppression Black artists encounter in the art world, the toll of capitalism on their minds and bodies, and the process of reclaiming one’s holiness and self-worth. That body of work earned her the 2018 Mary B. Regan Community Artist Fellowship from the NC Arts Council.

She is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Ella Pratt Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. She is currently working on Bring Me My Purse, a multidisciplinary, multi-phase project about the economic reality of Black women, gender nonconforming and non binary folk. 

Monét uses arts-based strategies to share information, open spaces for deeper and more meaningful conversations and guide individuals and groups to more dynamic solutions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Professional Theatre from North Carolina A & T University and is a member of Durham’s Public Art Committee. 

 

Scott Nurkin

Scott is from Chapel Hill, NC, a mural artist and the founder of The Mural Shop.

Scott attended the Lorenzo di Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy and graduated with a BFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college, Scott began a 3-year apprenticeship with master-muralist Michael Brown at Brown Fine Art Studios in Carrboro, NC.

In 2004, Scott founded The Mural Shop, providing a multitude of professional artistic services including illustration, fine art, graphic design, custom and vintage signage, and most of all, murals.

He has created hundreds of murals and illustrations for a broad clientele ranging from homeowners to professional sports teams.

 

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