Now on Exhibit

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2017 Summer Opening Reception

    Wednesday, June 21 from 6 – 8pm
    This seasons opening reception is free and open to the public! Awards for the Juried Art Show will be announced at 6:30pm. Vinyl music featuring artists from Backstage Pass provided by the Young Professionals of the Twin Counties. Refreshments will be served.

  • Juried Art Show

    June 9-September 10, 2017
    This years Juried Art Show was juried by Harriet Hoover of the North Carolina Museum of Art. Our Juried Art Show represents all media ranging from painting and photography to sculpture, metal, installation, and more! There’s something for everyone at the Juried Art Show!

  • Women of the Red Earth

    June 9 – September 10, 2017
    The exhibition Women of the Red Earth features the poems of Tonya Holy Elk Locklear, who is Lumbee/Oglala Lakota, and the visual art work of Margie Beth Labadie, who is Ashkenazi-Levi. In this synergistic series, artist Margie Beth Labadie visually illuminates the literary works of Tonya Holy Elk Locklear. Visually striking Native American objects entice viewers to come closer to read newly written, untold histories of Native Americans who continue to struggle in an overwhelmingly non-indigenous United States.Tonya and Margie hope that their Native American – Non-Native American collaboration will cross cultural boundaries and open up lines of communication between all communities.


  • Mark Gordon Pottery October 6-December 17, 2017
  • Dan Finch and Finch Students October 6-December 17, 2017
  • NEW Sculpture Salmagundi XXI Opens October 2017

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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