Art Lab aims to help local artists launch careers

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A new arts incubator is helping launch the careers of local artists in Eastern Carolina.

The Arts Lab officially opened in Uptown Greenville on February 1.

The space serves as studio space for four local artists looking to get their start. They use the free space to create all kinds of art from metal sculptures and paintings to jewelry, books and other forms of mixed media.

"To be able to have this space, to have the room, to be able to have the group of artists that are in here to work with is just really fantastic," said metalsmith and mixed media artist Liz Steiner.

Artists apply to participate in the program and can be granted studio space for 1-3 years.

Two of the current four resident artists are ECU graduates.

"We want everyone to come and we want it to be almost symbolic of a place where diversity comes together," said sculptor Jordan Parah.

The Arts Lab is inside a studio garage space attached to the A Time For Science Museum on Dickinson Avenue. Its open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 12pm-8pm and on Saturdays from 2-8pm.

The Art Lab is partially funded by Ms. Harvey Wooten and is also supported by the Pitt County Arts Council and other partners.