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UNC–Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University to Debate at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC – Mar. 29, 2014

March 19, 2014


On Mar. 29, 2014, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC, East Building, Museum Auditorium, will host a debate between the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Wake Forest University Debate Team. The debaters will respond to the statement “The objectification of culture into art is damaging to that culture” and will address issues also highlighted in the Museum’s spring exhibition “Estampas de la raza: Prints for the People/The Romo Collection”. The event is free; ticket from Box Office is required.

Lawrence Colación, “Veterano,” 1995, screen print, 37 5/8 x 25 ¾ in., Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo, 2009.43, © 2013 Lawrence Colación

At the conclusion of the debate, audience members will be invited to ask the students questions, offer commentary, and join in a conversation about the topics and perspectives introduced during the arguments.

“The debate explores issues of tradition and identity in works of art and will be a great lead-in to “Estampas de la raza,” which addresses these topics as pertaining to Hispanic culture in particular,” says Jennifer Dasal, the NCMA’s associate curator of contemporary art and the curator of “Estampas de la raza”. “We are hoping for lively, thought-provoking audience involvement to start a discussion about these extremely important issues.”

This is the third college debate that the Museum has held in conjunction with a special exhibition and the first to feature two universities taking opposing sides of an argument.

Deborah Reid Murphy, the Museum’s coordinator of adult programs, says college debates are valuable for both the students and the Museum. “This is a special opportunity for college students to take center stage—literally—and discuss issues addressed by these significant works of art,” Reid Murphy explains. “The debate allows us to start a multigenerational conversation between the students and members of the audience that is sure to uncover many different viewpoints and stories.”

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

For further information call the Museum at 919/839-6262 or visit (

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Hosts Art of the Auction Benefit – June 8, 2013

May 4, 2013


On June 8, 2013, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC, hosts its third annual Art of the Auction, a benefit that supports the NCMA Foundation. A silent auction features juried works by more than 70 local artists as well as items that reflect the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. A live auction, led by auctioneer Ben Farrell, features one-of-a-kind experiences, works of art, and other exclusive packages.

Part of the night is dedicated to “Fund the Future,” a special paddle raise that invites attendees to offer donations for the Museum’s education department, exhibitions, and other programming. The event also includes hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and a signature cocktail, all catered by the Museum’s Iris restaurant, as well as a DJ. Visitors to the Museum can view all auction items during the Auction Preview Party on May 17, 2013, free to the public, during which winners of a juried competition will be announced. The items will be on display until the auction on June 8, 2013. One work of art will be chosen by distinguished Asheville, NC, artist Hoss Haley as Best in Show, earning $3,000 and inclusion in the live auction. Two additional cash prizes will be awarded to artists whose work the jurors consider exceptional.

Highlights of the silent and live auctions include:

Weddings and events

Auction attendees can bid on the Matrimonial Masterpiece, a wedding ceremony and reception package at the NCMA. The turnkey wedding event, which can also be used for a corporate or other event at the Museum, includes bar service, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a custom wedding cake, a floral package, linens, DJ, and planning services.

Food and wine experiences

“A Fine Wine Takes Time,” an at-home wine-tasting party for up to 12 people, features a Wine Authorities expert along with artisan cheeses, salami, olives, crackers, and eight wines to sample.

Winners of the “Plein-Air Romance” package are invited to a romantic dinner for two in the secluded North Courtyard at the NCMA with a three-course meal provided by Iris restaurant.

Those with a sweet tooth can bid on “Let Them Eat Art!”, a two-tier cake, custom designed and hand painted by NCMA Executive Pastry Chef Jennifer Hicks, that serves up to 20 people.

The “Twilight Dinner Party and Tour” for 10 with Larry Wheeler package is a private evening hosted by Museum Director Larry Wheeler with a sunset cocktail hour in the Rodin sculpture garden, a personalized tour, and a three-course dinner.

The Travel category, below, has details on a wine-tasting trip to Napa Valley.

Luxury fashion items

Bidders can win four tickets and backstage passes to the Wes Gordon Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week. This is Wes Gordon’s first runway show, and tickets are not for sale to the public.

Fashion lovers can also bid on two tickets to the Raleigh Denim Presentation at New York Fashion Week, which includes a sneak peek backstage. The winner also receives two pairs of Raleigh Denim jeans.

Other fashion items include custom-designed fashion pieces from Raleigh Fashion Worx designers, a Holly Aiken bag, and jewelry designed by William Travis.

Porsche items and experiences: Several auction experiences, items, and packages relate to the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed.

Attendees can bid on a Virginia International Raceway (VIR) membership, which includes a $3,000 initiation fee and full year of monthly dues, or a VIR package, which includes dinner for two, a spa experience, one night’s lodging, and VIR box seats.

Those interested in classic rock and roll can bid on an exclusive viewing of the installation of Janis Joplin’s iconic Porsche in the Museum’s West Building for the Porsche by Design exhibition.

Other Porsche items include a Porsche 917 Salzburg Chronograph Limited Edition Watch and a boudoir photo shoot with a Porsche automobile with Story Photographers.

Arts, crafts, and architecture items and experiences

Exclusive tours of several local artists’ studios—potter Mark Hewitt, painter Page Laughlin, and mixed-media artist Stacy Lynn Waddell—are up for bid, along with a pot by award-winning potter Ben Owen III.

Shen Wei, of Shen Wei Dance Arts, selected and signed a one-of-a-kind abstract painting created by dancers during performances last summer at the Museum (The Art of Shen Wei).

Attendees interested in architecture may bid on “Allure of Architecture”, an overnight trip to South Carolina’s Auldbrass Plantation, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is open to the public only two days every two years.

Over 75 other works of art are up for bid, including works by Ben Galata, Annie Wharton, and John Rosenthal, as well as the juried “Best of Show” winning work. Participating artists include: Sampada Agarwal, Katherine Armacost, Harriet Bellows, Carson Boone, Elke Brand, Kristalyn Bunyan, Jarrett Burch, Jean Chevalier, Jen Coon, Annie Cramer, Heather Evans Smith, James Fanjoy Labrenz, Kiki Farish, Madlyn Ferraro, Melinda Fine, Anne Fiske, Ross Ford, Paul Gala, Andrew Giovinazzo, Jillian Goldberg, Jim Haberman, Murry Handler, KG Hunter, Bailey Hurt, Jose Jimenez, Isaiah Johnson, Natasha Johnson, Gregg Kemp, Joyce Watkins King, Trish Klenow, Billie Mann, Carolyn Martens, Suellen McCrary, Gail H. McIntosh, Trena McNabb, Kelsey Melville, Jean Gray Mohs, Wendy Musser, Thu Nguyen, Constance Pappalardo, Madonna Phillips, Holden Richards, Karen Rose, Eric Saunders, Laura Sellers, Jonathan Sherrill, Julia Silbermann, Julia Staples, Russell Trent, Barbara Tyroler, Saksit Usawanatsakun, David Vanderlaan, Jessica C. White, Danielle Suhrland Wilcox, Dall Wilson, Angela Zappala, Giuseppe Zappala, Andre Rain, Brendan Dacey, Jimmy Black, TRUE David, Paris Alexander, Ivey Blair, Tiffany Coley, Mark Gordon, Phil Hathcock, Scott Hazard, Renee Leverty, Carol S. McReynolds, Nancy Raasch, Eric Serritella, Madelyn Smoak, Renee Snell, Alison Sobel-Read, Scott Stockdale, Sarah Tector, Dina Wilde-Ramsing, Phil Morgan, Ben Owen III, Ben Galata, Matt Christie, William Travis, Shen Wei Dancers, Annie Wharton, John Rosenthal,  Zac Schel, Keely Cansler, and Anthony Wilson.

Music experiences: The auction includes a selection of music-themed experiences and parties, many with a special catered meal.

“Bluegrass and Barbecue” is a dinner-music combo for up to 25 guests, featuring a picnic-style gourmet barbecue spread, local beer, wine pairings, and a live bluegrass performance by the Hey Brothers.

Winners of the “Concert Cookout” can enjoy a summer evening on the VIP patio at the Museum Park Theater while watching a movie-music combo (Dale Watson concert followed by Bernie or Lost Bayou Ramblers concert followed by Beasts of the Southern Wild) and eating an Iris-catered cookout dinner.

Travel experience: An unforgettable travel experience is up for bid during the live auction.

The winner of “The Art of the Vine” receives a stay at Meadowood Napa Valley resort, wine tastings and tours at Ma(i)sonry manor and other wineries, a bottle of wine, and a luxury stay at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts. The Museum opened West Building in 2010, home to the permanent collection. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

For further information call the Museum at  919/839-6262 or visit (

Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, Offers Installation Events Beginning Apr. 19 and 20, 2013

April 3, 2013


Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, will have two events marking the opening of a group of four art installations on the Penland campus. The installations are the work of Dan Bailey, Alison Collins, Kyoung Ae Cho, and Anne Lemanski, and they are part of a project called “0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art,” which is a collaboration between Penland School and the North Carolina Museum of Art. The opening events will include a evening slide lecture on Apr. 19 and an afternoon walking tour on Apr. 20, 2013.

On Friday, Apr. 19, the four artists will each make a short slide presentation about their work. They will be joined by Linda Dougherty, the museum’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art, who will give an overview of the project. This event will take place in the Northlight building at Penland at 8pm. On Saturday, Apr. 20 there will be a walking tour of the four installations beginning at 1:30pm. Penland’s director, Jean McLaughlin, will make some introductory remarks at the Pines Portico and then each of the four artists will speak when the group visits their installation. The installations will remain on view through Aug. 31, 2013.

Filmmaker, animator, and photographer Dan Bailey has created a two-part work using time-lapse and low-altitude aerial balloon photography. “Looking Up” is a slow-moving time-lapse video of the sky over Penland. The vantage point is reversed in “Looking Down”, a large printed wall piece that is a collage of photographs of the campus made over many months using a camera attached to a helium balloon.

Alison Collins’s “Temps Perdu” will fill the Dye Shed, a historic log structure at Penland, with hundreds of yards of muslin and hundreds of muslin leaves. On the yardage is text from Marcel Proust’s novel “In Search of Lost Time”. On the leaves are words that refer the things the artist herself has lost. The text is written using a dye Alison made from the rust that collected under some of her steel sculptures.

Anne Lemanski’s “Extirpated” is about animal species that once inhabited this region but have disappeared with no hope of return. The format of Lemanski’s piece is a series of clotheslines suspended between steel supports based on the contour of Kentucky long rifles. Hanging from the lines will be silhouette images of species that have disappeared from Mitchell County.

Kyoung Ae Cho’s “Shining Ground,” memorializes her discovery of mica the first time she visited Penland in 2000. The piece incorporates mica collected from the banks of the Toe River into vertical panels made of cloth, pins, and wood, which will be installed on the outside of the Northlight building. The piece is her attempt to recapture, many years later, the moment of quiet surprise when she first saw the ground covered with the sheen of mica sand.

The other component of the “0 to 60″ project is a major exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. The exhibition, which is open now and runs through Aug. 11, 2013, includes work by the four installation artists along with twenty-eight other artists, many of whom have connections to Penland. This exhibition engages the viewer in an experiential and conceptual journey through time, looking at how time can be used as form, content, and material, and how art is used to represent, evoke, manipulate, or transform time.

For information about the Penland installations and the events on April 19 and 20, call 828/765-2359 or visit ( For information about the exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art, visit ( Penland School of Crafts is located just off Penland Road, near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in Western North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, printmaking and letterpress, photography, textiles, and wood. The school also sponsors artists’ residencies, an outreach program, and a gallery and visitors center. Penland is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution which receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

For further information call Robin Dreyer at 828/765-0433 or visit (

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Announces Holiday Hours

December 20, 2012


Director Lawrence J. Wheeler announced today that the North Carolina Museum of Art, normally closed on Mondays, will open its East Building to the public on New Year’s Eve in honor of two visiting exhibitions, Still-Life Masterpieces: A Visual Feast from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print. Still-Life Café and the Special Exhibition Store will also be open on Dec. 31.

When: Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, 10am to 5pm

Where: East Building, North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC.

The West Building, home to the Museum’s permanent collection, will remain closed on Dec. 31. The Museum will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. A full schedule for the Museum campus can be found online at (

The Museum will be open regular hours prior to Dec. 31 and after Jan. 1: Tuesday–Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am to 5pm; Friday: 10am to 9pm; Closed Monday (except Dec. 31); and Museum Park open daily from dawn to dusk.

Visitors may purchase tickets for Still-Life Masterpieces and Edvard Munch at (, by phone at 919/715-5923, or in person at the NCMA Box Office. The Still-Life exhibition closes Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at 5pm.

The NCMA is the only US venue for Still-Life Masterpieces, an exquisite assemblage of more than 70 still-life paintings and decorative arts by masters from the past four centuries.

The prints featured in Edvard Munch, often derived in subject matter from the artist’s paintings, highlight the intensely remembered moments in his life, compelling viewers to confront themes of loneliness, lust, despair, and death.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Sees the Light – LED Light

June 14, 2012

Imagine never having to change another light bulb. That’s just one of the advantages of the newly installed LED (light-emitting diode) lighting at The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive near Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, NC, replaced more than 500 lights in public spaces (excluding the galleries and stage lighting) with state-of-the-art LED lights.

Elumenus, a leader in LED replacement lighting and distribution of lighting products that are environmentally friendly, handled the project along with SECCA’s facility manager Mark Graves. The project was privately funded by a grant provided by the John Wesley and Anna Hogin Hanes Foundation.

“Our old fluorescent lighting system is being phased out by a federal government energy mandate,” said Graves. “Even if we could get replacement bulbs other parts would be unavailable for us to purchase in case of needed repairs. Replacing the old system with LED lighting makes sense not only for energy savings but the on going maintenance of difficult to access lighting fixtures.”

Some of the advantages of LED lighting are: a very long lamp-life (the warranty promises that these lights will provide 28 years of lighting), the lights burn cooler, the light is crisper, and the light is constant rather than the flickering of florescent tube lighting.

“Another key advantage will be the cost savings,” says Mark Leach, SECCA’s executive director. “We will be using only a quarter of the wattage that we were previously using and thus bringing increased efficiency and lower utility costs.”

In addition to the LED lights inside, SECCA also has solar parking lot lights.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA is also a funded partner of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund. Admission to SECCA is free.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more visit (

For further info about SECCA visit (

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Offers Several Lectures

June 7, 2012

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, will offer the following lectures including:

On Sunday, July 1, 2012, at 2:30pm in the East Building Museum Auditorium – Lecture – “Forgotten Paint”. British 18th-century painting gave us Constable, Gainsborough, and Turner. It also gave us some of the worst paint of all time. This lecture by NCMA conservator Perry Hurt illustrates the changes for painting and painters rooted in the Renaissance, blossoming in the 18th century, and setting the stage for the impressionists and modern painting. Free; ticket from Box Office required.

On Friday, July 13, 2012, at 11am in the East Building Museum Auditorium – Lunch and Lecture – “Designer’s Choice”. NCMA exhibition designer Shannon Harris leads a group through the exhibit “El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa” and discusses the design process behind the exhibition. $23 Members/ $28 Nonmembers. Note: Registration limited to 25. Walking required. The discussion continues over a lunch catered by Iris, the Museum Restaurant. Register at ( or call the Museum Box Office at 919/715-5923. Registration and payment for the combined program required by 4pm on the Wednesday before the event.

For further info call the Museum at 919/664-6795 or visit (

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Launches First iPad App – Lets Viewers Virtually Experience the Rodin Collection

May 11, 2011

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, launches its first official iPad app with the release of “Rodin.” The free mobile application, which is now available on the iTunes App Store, allows users to virtually experience the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation’s generous gift of 30 sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin.

Featuring high-resolution images, a 30-minute documentary video, and commentary by Curator of European Art David Steel and Director Lawrence Wheeler, the application allows users to engage with the art of the NCMA in an entirely new way.

“In the 21st century, the way we communicate is constantly changing,” said Wheeler. “Now with the Rodin iPad app, we can reach entirely new audiences and let our visitors have access to a collection in the Museum they know and love any time they want.”

The behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s Rodin collection includes exclusive interviews with donor Iris B. Cantor and Thomas Phifer, architect of the Museum’s new West Building, where the Rodin collection is installed. The application also offers information about Rodin’s life and essays on selected highlights, such as The Thinker and The Three Shades.

“It really opens your eyes to the collection in a whole new way by giving a behind-the-scenes view of how the gift came to be and how everything was put into place,” said Steel.

The documentary video as well as additional information on the Museum’s Rodin collection can also be accessed at ( on any digital platform for free.

The NCMA is home to the most extensive collection of Rodin sculpture between Philadelphia and the West Coast. Featuring works from all phases of the master’s career, and beautifully installed both indoors and out, the collection offers visitors the opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of Rodin’s formidable genius.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the Southeast. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum recently opened its new gallery building, home to the permanent collection. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Beverly Eaves Perdue, governor, and an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, Linda A. Carlisle, secretary.

Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and Museum Park is free. Museum hours are Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday–Sunday, 10am-5pm; Friday, 10am-9pm; Closed Monday.

For more information about the Museum, visit (

Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, Offers Trip to North Carolina Museum of Art

November 19, 2010

The Randolph Arts Guild in Asheboro, NC, invites you for a big ole’ slice of Americana on Jan. 14, 2011. The Guild is excited to offer an all day journey to the newly renovated North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. There we will take in 40 original works of art and a complete set of 323 Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets by Norman Rockwell.

The trip includes motor coach fare, lunch in the museum cafe, a tour of the Rockwell exhibition, and plenty of time to check out the rest of the museum. Other exhibits include works by illustrator Eric Carle and NC wood sculptor Bob Trotman.

Space is limited. The cost is $50 for Guild members, $60 for non-members. The registration deadline and mandatory organizational meeting are on Dec. 1, 2010, at 5:30pm at the Guild. All registration fees are due at this meeting.

The Randolph Arts Guild is located at 123 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro.

For more information contact the Randolph Arts Guild at 336/629-0399 of visit (


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