We are now accepting nominations for the Spring 2020 exhibition of the Black Light Project. The Black Light Project is a nonprofit organization based in Greenville, NC and is designed to challenge the media’s narrative and present the real, everyday black males who impact our lives. Faced with the challenging narratives in the media, the Black Like Project presents the men who are the rule, not the exception. These are our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, friends, and neighbors. They are black and they light our world with kindness, fearlessness, perseverance, love, strength, and humanity.
Learn more and nominate someone today!

You’re invited

Please join us for the Summer 2019 Opening Reception at the Arts Center from 6:00-8:00 on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. This reception includes live music by Denver Nixon and refreshments. The AKA sorority is generously supporting our exhibits and reception. Juried Art Show award announcements will begin at 6:30pm.

Now on Exhibit

Juried Art Show (juried by Amiri Farris)

May 3-August 18, 2019
The Annual Juried Art Show (JAS) is our most popular juried exhibition to submit to. This year was one of the most competitive year’s we’ve seen! Amiri Farris, professor of Foundation Studies and Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), was out 2019 JAS juror. The show represents artists from around the country and includes media that ranges from drawing and painting to sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and everything in between.

Interwoven: by Elaine Fleck

May 3-August 11, 2019
This delightful art exhibition will make viewers stop to get a closer look. Elaine Fleck uses an innovative approach to painting by using fabrics throughout her art pieces. Fleck’s whimsical style is sure to excite viewers of all ages.

Daddy’s Home: by Lamar Whidbee

May 10-August 18, 2019
Lamar Whidbee is a contemporary portrait artist from the Triangle Region. He has worked closely with the Black on Black Project to produce the work and the idea. Daddy’s Home is a little different from our usual shows. Whidbee’s style includes adding to his paintings by painting around them on our walls.

Black & White Photography: Selections from the Permanent Collection

May 10-August 18, 2019
Photography has become an incredibly accessible art form-everyone has a camera in their pocket these days! But what separates a picture from a photograph is incredible skill, technique, and patience. This collection of black and white photographs reveal the true artistry of photography because the artists are limited here by shadow and light.

Arts Center Staff Picks: Selections from the Permanent Collection

April 18-August 11, 2019
We had our part time Arts Center staff select their favorite 2-3 pieces from the permanent collection for display. Each staff member described why the piece is their favorite in an effort to show that art can be for anyone and to get our visitors talking about art! Please vote for your favorite piece in this exhibit while you’re hear. The winning staff person will get bragging rights!

Silver Arts Show

May 3-22, 2019
We are happy to support the Senior Center’s Senior Games by hosting their Silver Arts Show. Come and support to see our incredibly talented local seniors.

MacKenzie Ship Collection

June 7-August 11, 2019
Robert MacKenzie built model ships throughout his life. This tedious task is a real artistry and we hope you’ll delight in his ships of every shape and size!

KEVA: A Permanent Interactive Exhibit

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?

A Life of Creativity: A Permanent Interactive Exhibit

A Life of Creativity features stations where visitors of all ages can experiment with new forms of art including: drawing, writing, tapestry, building, matching, and more. All activities were inspired by the local renaissance woman, Maria V. Howard. Howard was born in Belgium and moved to Rocky Mount with her husband after World War II. She was a master gardener, painter, writer, fashion designer, seamstress, embroider, and community activist.

Sculpture Salmagundi XXII

Open through September 2019
In this, our twenty-second year of Salmagundi, we’re excited to welcome 10 new sculptures into our city! Sculptures will be located: at the Senior Center, Monk Square, the Train Station, City Lake, Sunset Park, and the Imperial Centre. Engage with the sculptures on Otocast! Use the free app to vote for People’s Choice Award, listen to the artist’s audio, and visit all 10 sculptures to win a prize!
Vote for the People’s Choice Award

Coming This Fall

  • Solo Exhibit by Susan Fecho (September 6-December 29, 2019)
  • Watercolor Society of North Carolina Annual Exhibition (October 6-December 29, 2019)
  • Selections from the Permanent Collection (September 2-December 29, 2019)

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.This year, we encourage you to experience each sculpture in person and through the mobile app Otocast. With Otocast, you can hear audio from the artists, get GPS locations on each sculpture, and vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Learn more about the first winner of the People’s Choice Award
View Exhibition Pictures
Vote for the People’s Choice Award

Permanent Collection

The Arts Center Permanent Collection consists of 500 + 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. Acquisitions are funded through the City of Rocky Mount and private donations.

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