Artist Statement

I’m always trying to find connections between things. That art is the juxtaposition of a lot of things that seem unrelated but add up to something recognizable.”    -Pat Metheny

Sweets, text, and vintage photos of interesting people are all things that intrigue me. The colors and shapes of candy, as well as its packaging, has such power over our senses. I am constantly exploring the impact of masterful marketing versus our body’s physical response as sources of our desire for sugar.  The thoughtful utilization of text also plays a role in my work. The use of words and letters is an ever-present means of communicating. Most recently I have incorporated interesting vintage images of figures. Photos from the past evoke a sense of questioning about the lives and personalities of those who came before us. My work strives to combine all of these seemingly unrelated elements to create a world in which their relationships become connected in a new and somewhat believable space.


A Dallas, Texas native, Stacy Crabill moved east at a young age and claimed North Carolina as her home. With a love of the outdoors as well as the arts, her diverse interests are reflected in the varied subjects and themes of her art.

Crabill received a BFA in painting at the East Carolina University School of Art and Design, where she was highly influenced by Paul Hartley, Leland Wallin, Michael Ehlbeck and Ray Elmore. Her work process mimics that of a collage artist- creating a hierarchy of elements on paper, then arranging and rearranging to find a working composition. She sometimes works on the floor, at the table, on countertops or at her easel, until eventually the drawing is transferred to the work surface. It is here that the conversation begins- continuously responding to the last brushstrokes, elements or marks on the surface.  

Beekeeping, gardening, running, raising chickens, a dog, and two teenagers are other passions of the artist. Like her art, she attempts to find a balance in these seemingly unrelated interests.

The artist currently works at her home studio in rural Hillsborough, North Carolina.


Solo Exhibitions:

2020 Juried member Hillsborough Gallery of Arts

2020 Creative Quarantine, Block Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2019 A Series of Fortune Events, DAG Gallery, Golden Belt Campus, Durham NC

2018 Sweet Fortunes and Earthy Finds, Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough, NC

2017 The Secret of Getting Ahead, Delurk Gallery, Winston Salem, NC

2016 I Want Candy, Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC

2013 BIG SUGAR, Semans Gallery at The Durham Arts Council, NC

2013 Sweet Suite, Designbox, Raleigh, NC


Selected Group Exhibitions and Awards:

2019 Panel artist, The Ruby at Duke University, Durham, NC

2019 The Art of Mental Health, The Ruby at Duke University, Durham, NC

2019 SWEET, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Grensboro, NC

2018 The Kitchen Sink, Delurk Gallery, Winston Salem, NC

2018 DAG Members Showcase- Merit Award Winner

2018 NC Artists Exhibition, Duke Energy Center For Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC

2017 Art-o-Mat 2 x 2, Delurk Gallery, Winston Salem, NC

2017 20 Years of Art-o-Mat Retrospective, SECCA Center, Winston Salem, NC

2017 DAG Member Showcase, Durham, NC

2017 DAG Swing Into Spring, Durham, NC

2017 Nasty Woman Art Show, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC

2016 DAG Member’s Market, Durham, NC

2016 Art-o-Mat artist

2015 NC Artists Exhibition, Duke Energy Center For Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC

2012 VAE Contemporary South,  Raleigh, NC

2012 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant recipient

2012 VAE Sale for the Season, Raleigh, NC

2012 DAG 58th Annual Juried Exhibition, Durham, NC

2012 Winter Show, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

2011 Orange County Artists Guild Studio Tour, Hillsborough, NC

2011 Juried Member, Orange County Artists Guild

2010 Consigning Artist, Frank, Chapel Hill, NC

2010 Method, CVA All Member Juried Exhibition, Greensboro, NC

2010 60 Wrd/Min Art Critic, Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC

2009 55th Annual Juried Art Show, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC

2009 Annual Members Show, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC



2010 Carrboro ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC
Encaustic Workshop with Lynn Bregman Blass
2009 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop
2004 Art School at the ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC

1996 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting cum laude