Who We Are.


Colby Caldwell
Program Director

I find myself pulled between looking at Carolina Panther updates on Twitter and searching for obscure 80's Goth records on Discogs. It's a toss up.
Sometimes, while walking, I imagine what nature must think of this century.
When all else fails, I watch the opening scenes of Tarkovsky's Mirror.

Colby is the co-founder and program director of Revolve. From 1997 to 2001, he taught in the art and photography departments at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and in 2002 he went on to serve as associate professor of art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His photographic work is represented by HEMPHILL in Washington, DC, and Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally since 1988.

how to survive your own death, Caldwell’s most recent solo show, opened at HEMPHILL in January 2016. His previous two solo shows – gun shy and spent – opened concurrently at HEMPHILL and Civilian Art Projects in Washington, DC in March of 2012, and were reviewed in Art Forum, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and other publications. 


Avey Menard
Gallery Preparator/ Event Coordinator

i am here to lend a hand.
a young alchemist in search of great work (magnum opus).
big fan of mystery and charm.
ask me about translation//transformation//transmutation.

Avey is a body-adjacent artist, working through concepts of being, materiality, and the seduction of representability in performance, ritual practice, sculpture, and installation. Currently focused on projects about mirrors, transparency, and life as a twin. Their formal training is in organizing community through art, and their trade lies in art handling, installation, preparation, artist liaison, and event coordination. They were first drawn and have now returned to WNC to work on the art of the crafts and the craft of the arts.


Anna Helgeson
Exhibitions Director

Anna is an artist, writer and curator living in Asheville, North Carolina. Interested in the history of othering, Helgeson gravitates towards topics related to race, gender, and queerness. She received a BA from Ripon College, and a MFA (Cum Laude) from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has exhibited, performed and lectured throughout the United States including at Work Gallery (Detroit, MI), The Milwaukee Art Museum, Lucky Star Gallery (Milwaukee, WI), MIAD (Milwaukee, WI), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Union Gallery, Rose Street Gallery (Burlington, VT), The University of North Carolina, Asheville Queer Studies Conference (Asheville, NC), Revolve Gallery (Asheville, NC) and is featured on the website “Reframing Photography; Theory and Practice” (Routledge Press).

She has curated over a dozen exhibitions on topics ranging from rejection (Dust on the Corner Gallery) to pin-up culture (Broad Vocabulary), she is part of the photo+ team orchestrating gatherings in Asheville to spotlight the intersection of photography and culturally relevant topics, and is on the editorial board of Holler magazine.


Nicole DeMan
All-Around Assistant Extraordinaire

I share a birthday with John Cage, Freddie Mercury, and Werner Herzog.
I'm endlessly inspired by the life and work of Patti Smith.
My favorite photographer is Tina Modotti.
I've given up drinking coffee more times than I can count. Current status: drinking coffee.

After spending a decade living and working in Asheville, this art school drop out finally decided to go back to school to finish a degree. There is so much freedom in starting over, and I'm exploring my interests in photography, painting, installations, music and film. Revolve has played a big part in keeping me curious, as I recommit to my art practice. Spending time at Revolve energizes and nourishes my creative side. I enjoy being a part of this vibrant community.