Now on Exhibit

  • Clay Pots, Clay Sculptures: Works by Mark Gordon

    October 6 – December 24, 2017
    Mark Gordon is a Professor of Art at Barton College in Wilson, NC. This exhibition reveals Gordon’s versatility and creativity as an artist of traditional forms and abstract sculptures

  • 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?

  • NEW Sculpture Salmagundi XXI

    Opens October 2017
    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.

  • Dan Finch Potters

    October 6 – December 17, 2017
    Dan Finch is a potter who lives and works in Bailey, NC. He teaches a wide variety of students at various stages of learning in his studio. This exhibition celebrates Dan Finch and his students. More specifically, it shows the vast variety of skills, interests, and personalities of a group of potters that teach, learn, and work together.

  • Our Living Past: Photography by Timothy Duffy, Coordinated by Music Makers Relief Foundation

    October 6 – December 24, 2017
    Timothy Duffy uses black and white portrait photography to capture the essence of his subjects. Many of Duffy’s subjects are also musicians represented by the Music Maker’s Relief Foundation, which helps support jazz, blues, and folk artists throughout this region of the country.

  • Dynamic North Carolina Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    October 6 – December 24, 2017
    Experience thirty pieces from the Permanent Art Collection featuring North Carolinian Artists. In this exhibit, we celebrate the dynamic artists represented in North Carolina. We are proud to have so many of these artists represented in our permanent collection and these are just a small grouping of what we have. On exhibit includes: ceramics, painting, photography, glass, stone, weaving, mixed media, and more.


  • A Palette of Rust and Dreams: A Solo Exhibit by Karen Healey


  • A World in Colored Pencil: A Group Exhibition featuring the North Carolina Colored Pencil Society


  • The Handcrafted Juried Exhibition: Juried by Will Hinton


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.
Click here to vote for People’s Choice Award
Download 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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