Now on Exhibit

  • Sweet Surrender: A Solo Exhibition by Margaret Morrison

    June 8-September 9, 2018
    This sweet exhibition is larger than life! Come to experience Morrison’s large-scale, realistic paintings of desserts. The desserts range from chocolate covered strawberries to gummy bears, from Hershey’s Kisses to cheesecake.

    View her online exhibition catalog here. Catalog arranged and hosted online by Woodward Gallery.

  • Metalicious: A Solo Exhibition by Alison Pack

    June 8-September 9, 2018
    Pack’s metal sculptures of ice cream cones, cupcakes, and more are both appetizing and witty. Many of her works comment on sexuality, craving sweets, relationships, and more. Her works are a combination of jewelry and metalsmithing. Pack will be teaching a workshop on Shaping Forms on Saturday, June 16. For details and registration, visit our Programs page.

  • The Juried Art Show: Juried by Annah Lee

    June 1- September 9, 2018
    The Juried Art Show features artists from around the nation. Our Juried Art Show is our largest and most diverse exhibition of the year. This year, we accepted approximately 50 works of art into the show. Works range from panting and photography to sculpture, jewelry, and more. Award winners will be announced at our Artist Reception on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 6-8pm. This reception is free, open to the public, and includes refreshments and entertainment in collaboration with the Young Professionals of the Twin Counties.

    The winners of the Juried Art Show have been announced! View our blog post here.

  • A Retrospective: A Solo Exhibition by Robert Irwin

    June 1-September 2, 2018
    Robert Irwin has a sculpture and painter since the 1960s. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, he was forced to give up his art–or so he thought. A Retrospective is a solo exhibition by Robert Irwin featuring works pre- and post- diagnosis and highlights an artist’s journey through life and art. Featured work from this show is pictured to the right of this page has never before been displayed: Athens Train Station, 1963.

  • 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 XXI

    Open through September 2018
    In this, our twenty-first year of Salmagundi, we’re excited to welcome 17 new sculptures into our city! Sculptures will be located: at City Hall, the Senior Center, Monk Square, the Train Station, City Lake, the Dog Park, Sunset Park, and the Imperial Centre.

Coming This Fall

  • LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting (September 30-December 23, 2018)
  • THE SHAPE OF COLOR: Sculpture and Paintings by Mary-Ann Prack (September 28-December 30, 2018)
  • Photography Competition (September 28-December 30, 2018) Learn more about how you can submit.
  • NEW Sculpture Salmagundi XXII (October 2018-September 2019)

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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 winner of the People’s Choice Award
View Exhibition Pictures

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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