2018 Spring Opening Reception

Wednesday, February 7 from 6-8 pm
Free and open to all. Please join us to enjoy refreshments and entertainment. Handcrafted awards will be announced at 6:30 pm.

Now on Exhibit

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

    January 26- May 13, 2018
    This exhibition documents two trains that run between Rocky Mount and Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a photographic essay that depicts life along the railways in the piedmont region of North Carolina and is a vignette of a train journey as seen through the eyes of a traveler. A Palette of Rust and Dreams includes photographs and audio.

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

    January 26- May 6, 2018
    A World in Colored Pencil features over twenty North Carolinian colored pencil artists with a wide range of experience in the field. You are invited to use these still life’s, portraits, landscapes, and more as inspiration for your own creations in the galleries. At the end of the exhibition, we will tally the People’s Choice Award, so please cast your votes when you visit!

  • The Handcrafted Juried Exhibition: Juried by Will Hinton

    January 26- May 13, 2018
    The Handcrafted Juried Exhibition features artists from around the nation specializing in craft media including: clay, metal, wood, fiber, stone, paper, glass, and more. Award winners will be announced at our Artist Reception on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6-8pm. This reception is free, open to the public, and includes refreshments and entertainment.

  • Where the Dream Began: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina: Curated by Alicyn Wiedrich

    January 26- May 13, 2018
    This exhibition highlights the extraordinary history of civil rights activists visiting Rocky Mount, their influences, and beyond. Alongside this 8-panel exhibition are selections from the Maria V. Howard Permanent Art Collection.

  • 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?

  • 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 Soon

  • Sweet Surrender by Margaret Morrison, June 8-September 9, 2018
  • Metalicious by Allison Pack, June 8-September 9, 2018
  • A Retrospective by Robert Irwin, June 1-September 2, 2018
  • Juried Art Show juried by Anna Lee, June 1-September September 9, 2018

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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