Visual Arts
sculpture salmagundi * youth exhibitions * permanent collection
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The Maria V. Howard Arts Center invites you to obtain a space at the second Annual Art Garden Visual Art and Flower Fair at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences! In 2013 we kicked off the inaugural Art Garden with great success, celebrating visual arts and gardening, two areas beloved by our namesake, Maria V. Howard.

Art Garden is designed for artists and flower enthusiasts from our community creating original work, executed by their own hand, and of high quality to share their talents with their community. Art Garden will be a two-day event on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Visual Artists from across our region are invited to register for a 10’x10’ booth space for a registration fee of $50.00, to showcase and sell their wares. This is a juried event! Artists are assigned spaces by selection from the Art Garden Committee. Works of all types and themes are accepted for selection. Please see the prospectus for more information. The Arts Center will not collect any commission from sales by participating artists. We encourage participating artists to demonstrate their techniques at their booth during the day to engage visitors and continue a tradition of learning so appreciated by Maria V. Howard.

Use the link below to download a prospectus and Art Booth registration form. Please share this opportunity with friends and artists throughout the region, and return your registration as soon as possible to be eligible to gain a place in Rocky Mount’s second annual celebration of Art and Gardens! Registrations are being accepted now! If you have any questions, please give us a call. We look forward to your participation as an artist or as a guest!

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.


Young at Art
Nash and Edgecombe Elementary and Middle School Students
Arts Education Building at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences

New Aesthetic
Nash-Edgecombe High Schools Juried Art Competition
The New Aesthetic Exhibition showcases art from students enrolled in 9th-12th grades in public, private, and home schools in Nash and Edgecombe counties. This exhibit is located in the main galleries during the Spring Exhibitions each year.

The Arts Center Permanent Collection consists of 400 + 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. The current emphasis for new acquisitions is fine craft with a concentration in ceramics. Acquisitions are funded through the City of Rocky Mount, the Friends of the Arts Center, Wilkinson Acquisition Fund and private donations. Click HERE to view selected works from the Permanent Collection