Exhibits

Now On Exhibit

To Contemplate What Lies Behind Us: by Susan Fecho

September 6-December 29, 2019
Susan Fecho is a professor of art at Barton College in Wilson. Her innovative exhibition uses a variety of materials (such as fabric, paper, silk, and plants) and techniques. The exhibition has hands on components for visitors to engage with and gently look through. The exhibit will be briefly closed to the public September 30-October 6 for changeover, but will re-open on October 8.

Recent Acquisitions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

September 6-22, 2019
The Maria V. Howard Arts Center acquires art primarily through purchase and donation. This collection represents artwork acquired between 2015 and present day. Some pieces might be familiar to visitors, but other’s may surprise you!

Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s Annual Exhibition (juried by Stan Miller)

October 8-December 29, 2019
We are proud to host the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s Annual Exhibition. This year’s juror is Stan Miller. The show includes 70 works of watercolor from masters of the craft living all across North Carolina. For details on how you can attend their conference weekend and see the show before it opens to the public, please visit their website.

The Odd, the Weird, and the Wonderful: Selections from the Permanent Collection

September 6-December 29, 2019
There are all sorts of incredible works of art stored in our Permanent Collection! This exhibition highlights some of the odd, weird, and wonderful pieces that make the curator and her staff turn their heads! We endeavored to select pieces that haven’t been on display in a while. We hope to surprise you with some incredible works of art from our collection!

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 XXIII

Opens October 1, 2019
In this, our twenty-third year of Salmagundi, we’re excited to welcome 10 new sculptures into our city! Sculptures will be located: at the Senior Center, 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 and listen to the artist’s audio!
Vote for the People’s Choice Award

Coming This Spring

  • The Black Light Project: with photographers Bryce Chapman and Randy Curtis (January 10-April 12, 2020)
  • Markings of Wilderness: by Anne Wilson (January 10-April 12, 2020)
  • Handcrafted: juried by Michelle Davis Petelinz (January 10-April 12, 2020)
  • Where the Dream Began: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Rocky Mount, NC (January 10-April 12, 2020)

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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