Visual Arts
sculpture salmagundi * permanent collection
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  • Masters of American Photography

    October 7 - December 18, 2016  Masters of American Photography represents some of the most brilliant American Photographers in the 20th century. Including iconic images by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke White and others. Many of these are vintage prints (made by the photographer very close to the time the negative was made) or late prints (made by the photographer or assistant years later). Masters of American Photography is facilitated by Reading Public Museum.
  • The Fifth Element: A Group Exhibition

    October 7-December 18, 2016 The Fifth Element: A Group Exhibition represents the works of five Eastern Carolina University Fine Arts Professors. Included are: Matt Egan, printmaking; Robin Haller, textile design; Jodi Hollnagel-Jubran, sculpture; Hanna Jubran, sculpture; and Heather Muise, printmaking.
  • Eastern North Carolina Watercolor Society

    October 14 - December 11, 2016 This exhibit represents some of the best watercolor artists in Eastern North Carolina. The exhibit shows off different styles, perspectives, techniques, and subjects, but with a common medium: watercolor.
  • KEVA: A Permanent Interactive Exhibit

    Now Open 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?
  • Salmagundi XX

    October 3, 2016 - September 15, 2017 In this, our twentieth year of Salmagundi, we're excited to welcome 15 new sculptures into our city! Sculptures will be located: at City Hall, the Senior Center, the Sports Complex, Monk Square, the Train Station, City Lake, Sunset Park, and the Imperial Centre.
  • Woodworking: A Group Exhibition

    January 31 - May 14, 2017 This exhibition includes the work of four woodworkers and ranges from furniture to sculpture. What makes this exhibit unique is that all artists will also be displaying preliminary sketches to show the artistic process of a woodworker from idea to reality.
  • Lotus Blossom & Dreamweaver

    January 31 - May 14, 2017 Lotus Blossom and Dreamweaver are both North Carolina Native Americans and they both come with a very unique perspective. While one is abstract, one can be described as realistic. One has hard lines and the other is more subtle.

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.

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