Now on Exhibit

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting

September 30-December 23, 2018
LUSTER:  Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting is a collection of paintings from 15 artists who specialize in realist and hyperrealist paintings of cars and motorcycles.  From vintage classics to the modern-day hot rod, these artists represent the very best of modern automobile artists.

Motorcycles on loan to the Arts Center from Rock City Powersports. Thank you to all of our Fall sponsors who made this exhibition possible!

THE SHAPE OF COLOR: Sculpture and Paintings by Mary-Ann Prack

September 28-December 30, 2018
Mary-Ann Prack’s exhibition is bright, beautiful, and contemporary. All audiences will be delighted by her sculptural forms and abstract paintings.

“Through the many turns of my artistic evolution, the line remains a consistent and identifiable element in my work.  The simple elegant beauty of line connects my art forms, from early architectural renderings, drafting, drawing, sculpture and now painting. Through all modes, when written, drawn, painted or etched in clay, line is an essential element that gives character and definition to my art.” Mary-Ann Prack

LUSTER: Photography Contest

September 28-December 30, 2018
The theme for this photography contest is LUSTER: Automobiles and Motorcycles. And the best part is: You’re the judge! Place your vote for your favorite photograph and the winning artist will be accessioned into our art collection and win a prize! Vote by November 3rd, winner will be announced the week of November 5th.

Expressions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

October 5-December 30, 2018
This collection of art pieces were selected for their faces and expressions. We hope you will relate and delight over the emotion and variety of mediums represented in our Permanent Art Collection.

Nash Rocky Mount Schools Display

December 7-December 30, 2018
On display through the month of December 2018. Admire and celebrate the hard work and creativity of our local students!

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

Thank you to our Fall Sponsors

Coming This Spring

  • Watercolor Society of North Carolina Traveling Exhibition (January 4-January 31, 2019)
  • Killebrew Collection Exhibition by UNC Library System (January 11-April 21, 2019)
  • HANDCRAFTED Juried Art Show juried by Wendy Earle (January 11-April 21, 2019)
  • Where the Dream Began & Selections from the Permanent Collection (January 4-April 14, 2018)
  • Imperial Centre Teaching Artist Exhibition (February 8-April 14, 2018)
  • NRMS Exhibit (March 2019)
  • Silver Arts Show (May 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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