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. 


Alexa Turnbull
Intern/ Event Coordinator

Born and raised in small Florida beach town, Alexa is currently working on a MFA degree at Western Carolina University. Best described as a jack of all trades, master of none. With a background in Dance driving them, Alexa is now focused on finding a place where printmaking and performance combine to understand how the body communicates, navigates and deconstructs barriers in our environments. Alexa relies on their cat (Barnacle), b-complex, coffee and plants to get through the day. Often reading 3 books at a time, Alexa’s free time is usually spent outside making friends with bugs or inside painting their face. Oh, and Alexa has shown work nationally and internationally.


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.


Coco Nuco
Volunteer/Event Coordinator

Coco Villa, the founder of Casa De Coco, is a sustainable fashion designer, photographer, and director of movement and film. Meanwhile residing in Asheville, North Carolina, Villa travels the world working with artists, designers, and other businesses to realize their creative branding needs through the photographic medium, dance, fashion design, and creative direction as well as sharing her craft by facilitating workshops and experiences on natural dyes, and movement.

She has taught, exhibited, and performed nationally and internationally including, Brooklyn Grange in New York City, Berklee School of Music in Valencia, Spain, Casa Rosada in Bogota, Colombia, Asheville Area Arts Council in Asheville, North Carolina, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in Boston, Massachusetts and many more.