Collective Artist
July / August 2018

Born on Lakenheath Airforce Base in Suffolk, England, and raised in Raleigh North Carolina, J Stacy Utley is a practicing artist who resides in Charlotte North Carolina. Utley’s work addresses complex narratives found within the African American diaspora. Using diverse mediums, his collages, assemblages, paintings and drawings address the topics of displacement, cultural appropriation, religion, race, mental illness and sexuality. Conversant topics of the African American community that shape identities and not always comfortable to discuss. 

Stacy Utley is a graduate of North Carolina State University, College of Design where he received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. He went on to receive a Masters of Fine Art from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge Massachusetts. He is an educator, having experience teaching in both the collegiate and grade school levels.

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, and the Durham Public Arts Commission.

Utley recently was selected to be one of three artist to participate in the spring Artist in Residency with Goodyear Arts, funded by the Knight Foundation in Charlotte North Carolina. His body of work “Dis-place-Meant Something” explores the notion of home, space, and the psychological and physical effects of displacement.


Stacy0096 copy.jpg