NOTICE: In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will suspend public operations until further notice. All events and programs are canceled during this time. Please check our website and social media for updates.
Please enjoy some of our digitized exhibitions.
In 2014, the Imperial Centre honored twelve incredible, local women by featuring them in a breathtaking exhibit that explores the physical and spiritual beauty of black women: Women of a New Tribe. Now, only six years later, we have created this digital exhibition to commemorate and remember this powerful moment with approximately 350 people came together under our roof to celebrate beauty, art, and community. The digital exhibit includes the short documentary featuring interviews from the women and a gallery of photos.
Explore the digital exhibit!
In our twenty-fourth year hosting Salmagundi, we’re excited to welcome 5 new sculptures into our city! Sculptures are located at: the Imperial Centre, the Senior Center, the Train Station, the Sports Complex, and Sunset Park. We will launch a digital exhibit, some video footage of install and artist interviews, and comments from the juror for our virtual reception. Stay tuned for our announcement of when this exhibit will launch! All sculptures will be open for public viewing on October 1st and will stay on display through September 2021.
Eighteen years ago, the Imperial Centre hosted a unique retrospective about local folk artist Lena Bulluck Davis. Twelve Lena Bulluck Davis paintings have been on extended loan from the family since then and we are proud to maintain them in our space. With the collaboration of the heirs of the estate, the Imperial Centre is happy to bring you a digitized exhibit of the pieces currently housed here, with bonus material about the family, homestead, and more! Stay tuned for our announcement of when this exhibit will launch!
North Carolina has an extremely robust and supporting artist community. One, artform in particular that we’re known for is clay and ceramics—just look at Seagrove, and you know what we’re talking about! The Imperial Centre has a large and varied collection of clay featuring renowned artists. This digital exhibit will feature some of our most precious pieces and will include digital content about the history and importance of pottery in North Carolina. Stay tuned for our announcement of when this exhibit will launch!
In partnership with the Black Light Project, the Imperial Center hung eight enormous banners featuring local, black, unsung heroes of our community. Through this project we are shining a light on all of the incredible men that make our community a better place to live. Learn more about these eight men, the Z. Smith Reynold’s Inclusive Public Art Grant, the Black Light Project, and more by clicking here.
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.
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.