Now On Exhibit

The Black Light Project: Photography by Bryce Chapman and Randy Curtis

January 10-April 12, 2020
The Black Light Project is a photography exhibition featuring artists Bryce Chapman and Randy Curtis. This exhibition is produced by Tonya Jefferson Lynch as part of her nonprofit organization, the Black Light Project (learn more here). Thirteen men from Rocky Mount were nominated by the community and selected to be part of this exhibition. The men on display are our husbands, sons, fathers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends who shine a positive light on our community despite not often receiving recognition for their efforts.

Markings of Wildness: A Solo Exhibit by Anne Willson

January 10-April 12, 2020
Markings of Wildness features contemporary basket weaving by Anne Willson. Although her baskets are woven to appear random, much planning and foresight goes in to the construction and stability of each form. Included in the exhibit are traditional woven baskets, but most of the works are abstract and challenges how the viewer defines a vessel. Explore the exhibit online!

Handcrafted juried art show (juried by Michelle Davis Petelinz)

January 10-April 12, 2020
The Handcrafted juried art show is one of our most innovative juried exhibitions of the year. It is applicable to any artist working in craft media, such as: clay, fibers, glass, paper, jewelry, metal, found object, mixed media, and everything in between. This year’s juror is Michelle Davis Petelinz. Explore the exhibit online!

Where the Dream Began: Martin Luther King, Jr. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

January 10-April 9, 2020
In honor of Martin Luther King’s Birthday and Black History Month, the Arts Center is proud to display this exhibition again this Spring. Included in the exhibit are informative panels about the history of Rocky Mount and the role Dr. King played in its history; a short documentary with segments of Dr. King’s original “I Have a Dream” speech; and selections from our Permanent Art 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

Open through September 2020
In 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

Z. Smith Reynold’s Inclusive Public Art Grant: The Black Light Project

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 incredible men, the Z. Smith Reynold’s Inclusive Public Art Grant, the Black Light Project, and more by clinking here.

Coming This Summer

  • Juried Art Show: juried by Susan Alta Martin (May 1-August 16, 2020)
  • Solo Exhibition by Amrir Farris (May 8-August 16, 2020)
  • Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints (May 15-August 16, 2020)
  • Black Light Project & Women of a New Tribe: Selections from the Permanent Collection (May 1-August 16, 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 second 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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