We are now accepting nominations for the Spring 2020 exhibition of the Black Light Project. The Black Light Project is a nonprofit organization based in Greenville, NC and is designed to challenge the media’s narrative and present the real, everyday black males who impact our lives. Faced with the challenging narratives in the media, the Black Like Project presents the men who are the rule, not the exception. These are our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, friends, and neighbors. They are black and they light our world with kindness, fearlessness, perseverance, love, strength, and humanity.
Learn more and nominate someone today!

Now on Exhibit

Photography from the Charles Killebrew Collection

January 11-April 20, 2019
Charles Killebrew was an Edgecombe county native who photographed the life and times of Rocky Mount and the surrounding areas for many decades spanning from the 1940s through the 1970s. The Killebrew Collection was donated to UNC’s Wilson Library by Braswell Memorial Library with the understanding that the collection would return to Rocky Mount for temporary display. Don’t miss this incredible representation of photography and local history.

HANDCRAFTED Juried Art Show (juried by Wendy Earle)

January 11-April 20, 2019
The Handcrafted Juried Art Show includes artists from around the country and displays only hand crafted art pieces including: ceramics, quilting, jewelry, woodworking, sculpture, and more! This year’s juror is Wendy Earle of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

Teaching Artist Exhibition

February 8-April 14, 2019
This exhibit features teaching artists who currently teach a program or workshop at the Imperial Centre. We are so fortunate to have talented teaching artists at the Imperial Centre and this exhibit is their chance to show off their professional works. We encourage you to check out what classes they teach and sign up!

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

Coming This Summer

  • Interwoven, a solo exhibit by Elaine Fleck (May 3-August 11, 2019)
  • Juried Art Show, juried by Amiri Farris (May 3-August 18, 2019)
  • Daddy’s Home, a solo exhibit by Lamar Whidbee (May 10-August 18, 2019)
  • Arts Center Staff Picks: Selections from the Permanent Collection (April 18-August 11, 2019)
  • Silver Arts Exhibit (May 3-22, 2019)
  • MacKenzie Collection of Model Ships (June 7-August 11, 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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