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!
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.
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 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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.