Visual Arts
sculpture salmagundi * youth exhibitions * permanent collection
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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