Born on Lakenheath Airforce Base in Suffolk, England, and raised in Raleigh North Carolina, J Stacy Utley is a critically acclaimed artist whose work addresses complex narratives found within the African American diaspora. Utley is limitless in his experimentation with medium, shaping his body of work in ink, watercolor, oil and chalk pastels, acrylics, and found or sourced objects. His collages, assemblages, paintings and drawings address the topics of displacement, cultural appropriation, religion and race. Conversant topics of the African American community that shape identities and are not always comfortable to discuss.
Utley is a graduate of North Carolina State University, College of Design where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. His career as an architect/designer has both influenced and provided a rich source for his work. He went on to receive a Masters of Fine Art from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge Massachusetts. Utley has shown nationally, exhibiting in solo exhibits and numerous group exhibitions. His executed works can be found in private, public and university collections including North Carolina State University and Johnson C Smith University. He is a public artist and have received commissions from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte NC, the Durham Public Arts Commission, and the Raleigh Arts Program.