Exhibits

Please join us for the Spring 2017 Opening Reception!


Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00pm

This reception is free and open to the public. Join us for live music, refreshments, and Handcrafted award announcements. A special thank you to our partner, Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation for making this reception possible.

Now on Exhibit

  • Handcrafted Juried Exhibition

    January 29 – May 14, 2017
    This years Handcrafted Juried Exhibition was juried by ECU professor, Mi-Sook Hur. The Handcrafted show exhibits craft mediums such as: clay, glass, wood, fiber, metal, found objects, and more. This year, our show features 38 works of art from 35 artists, who live around the nation!

  • Four Ways With Wood


    January 29 – May 7, 2017
    Four Ways With Wood feature four woodworkers from North Carolina (Graham Auman, O’Neal Jones, M.O. Smith, and Anthony Ulinsky). Two of which build furniture. The other two build sculpture. This exhibition focuses on process. It asks the question: how does an artist get from an idea to a finished product? You’ll see sketches, paintings, models, and the finished product.

  • Woodland Indian Journey

    January 29 – May 14, 2017
    This exhibit features the works of two North Carolinian based Native American artists: Lotus Blossom and Dreamweaver. This exhibition is designed to show how two life partners influence each other’s artist work over time. Their exhibited works span at least twenty years.

  • KEVA: A Permanent Interactive Exhibit

    Now Open
    KEVA is an innovative, interactive exhibit that encourages visitors (regardless of your age) to build! The KEVA planks are simple in their design, which forces the visitor to think outside of the box to make miraculous works of art! Sit down and stay a while. What can you build?

  • Salmagundi XX

    October 3, 2016 – September 15, 2017
    In this, our twentieth year of Salmagundi, we’re excited to welcome 15 new sculptures into our city! Sculptures will be located: at City Hall, the Senior Center, the Sports Complex, Monk Square, the Train Station, City Lake, Sunset Park, and the Imperial Centre.

Upcoming

  • Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone

    June 16 – August 13, 2017
    Backstage Pass is a photographic exhibit coordinated by Mid-American Arts Alliance. This exhibit explores how the lens of one artist’s camera captures and helped define one of the more important eras in rock-n-roll history! Featured musicians include: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, and many more!

  • Distant Transmissions

    June 9 – Sept 10, 2017
    This solo exhibition by Christine Zuercher features distant planets and an extraordinary journey. Zuercher’s show includes photography, sound, and found objects that represent her fictional journey as an interstellar space explorer. Once you experience this exhibition, please remember to stop by the Cummins Planetarium to see “Astronaut,” in order to hear the real story about what happens to the human body in outer space.

Sculpture Salmagundi

The Sculpture Salmagundi (meaning an eclectic mixture of people, ideas, or objects) is a national juried exhibition hosted by the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department through the Maria V. Howard Arts Center each year. The exhibition draws artist participation from across the U.S., increasing awareness of Rocky Mount among nationally recognized artists and bringing new visual ideas to our community through the selected sculptures.

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Permanent Collection

The Arts Center Permanent Collection consists of 400 + works by artists primarily from North Carolina and the southeast. The collection includes key regional artists such as Frances Speight, Sarah Blakeslee, Ben Owen, Sr., Mark Hewitt, Cynthia Bringle, Billie Ruth Sudduth, Hobson Pittman and Louis Orr. The current emphasis for new acquisitions is fine craft with a concentration in ceramics. Acquisitions are funded through the City of Rocky Mount, the Friends of the Arts Center, Wilkinson Acquisition Fund and private donations.

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