“Once upon an airplane banter, the woman next to me described the Triangle as ‘magical.’  SMASH! celebrates and connects the talented and diverse creative community essential in sustaining this magic. Get SMASH!ed, make some like-minded friends, and replenish your creative superpowers!”

Kathryn L. Brown, Lecturer in Arts Entrepreneurship at NC State University

“Attending SMASH was one of the smartest things I did when I was getting back into the arts scene in the Triangle. It allowed me to network with arts folks and sparked collaborations that are alive to this day. I look forward to attending each year because I know I’m going to connect with familiar faces, meet new ones, and exchange ideas in an atmosphere buzzing with creativity.”

Amy Sawyers-Williams, Coordinator of Arts Outreach and Engagement, NC State University

“SMASH 2017 was a huge success for our art majors to be involved in. We have “Triangle Artworks” in our Art 482 Professional Practices for the Studio Artist course as a topic to study how not-for-profits benefit and advocate for our arts community. SMASH allowed them to see first hand the energy, generosity, support and opportunities they have at their fingertips. SMASH also showed them that they must engage and become involved in that community from shaking a strangers hand, asking questions and beginning to promote themselves. SMASH was an art world in their own backyard they didn’t know existed.”

Lisa F. Pearce, Associate Professor of Art
Gallery Director
Studio & Art Ethics
Meredith College Art Department

“Triangle Art Works’ SMASH event is something I look forward to every year. It’s one of the few, if not the only event, that draws the arts community from the entire region to celebrate, network and dream of the future.”

Charles Phaneuf
Executive Director
Raleigh Little Theatre

“I loved SMASH last year. The people in the room make it so valuable; the connection, interaction, and inspiration are phenomenal. I had multiple great conversations. I caught up with people I’d been meaning to see and others I’d been wanting to meet. I met great artists and industry people whom I knew nothing about previously. Plus the Frontier is a terrific space. All and all SMASH was an amazing event. I can’t wait for 2019. (Oh, and the crepes!)

Aaron Mandel
Clarion Content
“We curate your city, Durham…”

“Typically I’m not one for attending a lot networking events. I find it overwhelming to jump into so many small talk conversations. But there is something special about the vibe at SMASH that makes me feel 100% at home with the people in the room. A common bond of our vocation and location and, by nature of showing up, a desire to connect and collaborate. The format of the event makes it easy to find common ground quickly and without pressure. Always a fun time!”

-Beth Eiserloh Johnson, Owner Small Frame Marketing

“I attended SMASH! (2017) which opened my eyes to the business of art and artists as businesses. The event was well organized with influencers on the corporate art buying side, philanthropy organizations which support the arts, artists and freelancers, and vendors that help artists free up their time to create art instead of having to work on their business. SMASH! is the arts event to attend in the Triangle hands down.” —

Kevin Seifert, owner Photoendeavors, LLC and Lobby Art Connect