Alumnus Showcases Artwork Amid Pandemic

Posted August 21, 2020, 1:05PM

NCCU alumnus Telvin Wallace is an artist who includes a variety of styles in his artwork, from digital graphic design to painted portraiture.

During his time as an NCCU art major, the 2019 graduate participated in various art shows, events on campus and in the Durham community. Moreover, Wallace is well known for gifting portraits to Rock the Lyceum speakers.

His work is currently featured at the Block Gallery at the Raleigh Municipal Building alongside three other local emerging artists. The exhibit, titled “Breathe: Life After Death,” explores American life during this period affected by the coronavirus pandemic, worldwide protests for racial equality and the consequences of social distancing.

The exhibit runs through September 18 and is now only being seen by those entering the building to pay utility bills, however, the City of Raleigh is currently planning a virtual experience.

Meet Telvin, a true Eagle soaring.


The Basics

Name: Telvin Wallace

Degree/Grad Year: Bachelor of Science in Studio Arts, 2019

Hometown: Warsaw, N.C.

Current City: Durham, N.C.

Job/Career: Visual Artist (Painting/Printmaking)


About You

What are your social media handles?

Facebook: Telvin Wallace; Instagram: @thelifeoftelvin

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Creative, ambitious and tenacious

Who is someone who has impacted your life greatly?

My parents, for sure.

Best accounts to follow on social media?

@asafeplaceinsideyourhead; @willart4food; @jpyourlife and @clarenceheywardart

Best piece of advice you’ve received?

“I know that’s not what you see.” -Kenneth Rodgers

What motivates you?

My family, my friends and music.

Favorite quote?

“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

If you could travel and stay anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Abu Dhabi, just to relax, vibe and eat.

What is your life mantra?

Keep everything as simple as possible.



What influenced your decision to select your major?

I choose to major in art was it something that I’ve always enjoyed since childhood.

How did your education prepare for your career?

I had the best professors ever. They challenged me and provided me with all of the information and resources that I needed.

What advice would you give a current college student?

Your junior year in college will be tough; choose to preserve. 



Tell us about your job:

I am an interdisciplinary artist based in Durham, N.C., with aspirations to pursue a master’s degree.

What does your average day look like?

I pretty much paint a lot during the day or work on other things. I enjoy reading and writing as well, so I always find time for that.

Sounds of the Office: What music are you feeling this week?

A lot of R&B and jazz

How has working in your industry changed the way you look at the world?

I wouldn’t say it has changed, I try to separate my discipline from the things of the world, but it’s pretty interesting. It’s one of the fastest growing markets in the world. I feel like the only thing that seems to change is the value of collections or pieces over time.


Judge Me Not: 9 Questions

1.      Maroon or Gray? Gray

2.      10:40 Break or Chicken Wednesday? Chicken Wednesday

3.      Mac or PC? Mac

4.      LA or New York? New York

5.      Hip-Hop or R&B? R&B

6.      iPhone or Samsung? iPhone

7.      YouTube or Vimeo? YouTube

8.      Netflix or Hulu? Netflix

9.      Twitter or Instagram? Twitter


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