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.
Leatha Koefler is a found objects artist from Raleigh, NC. Primarily, Koefler works with technologies that have, aged out of importance. Yet, as Koefler’s work aptly convey, have not lost their importance. These technologies hold memories of family, friends, classic films, and endless content. I hope audiences will reminisce and marvel over Koefler’s incredible innovation, imagination, and inspiration.
Check out the digital exhibit!
In celebration of Black History Month, we pulled pieces from our Permanent Art Collection featuring black artists, black history, and black subjects. All month long, we will highlight artist such as Synthia SAINT JAMES (painter and speaker for the Unity Breakfast several years ago), Scott Nurkin (mural painter who created the Thelonious Monk mural in Downtown Rocky Mount), and others. Coming soon (Feb 2021).
Maria V. Howard was a renaissance woman. Originally from Germany, she moved to Rocky Mount with her disband in the late 1940s and made this town her home. She was a painter, seamstress, master gardener, writer, choir singer, art supporter, advocate of this community, and so much more. Explore the woman behind the name of our Arts Center. Coming soon.
In partnership with the Education Building, we will offer a four part series featuring talks on the following subjects: writing an artist proposal, how an exhibit is curated and installed, collections management 101, highlights from our Permanent Art Collection. Dates and registration information will be coming soon.
This unique program will feature 4 students (18 years or younger) for a week-long mini-exhibit on our website and social media channels. Details and deadlines for this unique student experience are coming soon.
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.