With approximately six new exhibitions each year, there is almost always something new to see at the Gregg. These engaging shows present diverse artists, cultures, media, and techniques and examine the regions where art and design intersect with science, engineering, math, and technology. Many originate at the Gregg, while traveling exhibitions from other institutions are sometimes brought in to broaden the range of perspectives offered. Each offering is enhanced by related programming, and many are accompanied by thought-provoking publications. 

The Five Talents, 2019: A ribbon of canvas with writing on it.

through May 7, 2021

Objects of Intention
by Stephen Althouse

Black-Sanderson Gallery

The Five Talents, 2019

Beginning as sculptures, these powerful and startling images of age-old agricultural implements provide a visual language used to comment on the human condition. The photographic prints are extremely large scale, 9 feet wide in some cases, and feature sculptures created by sculptor-photographer Althouse using manmade objects, cloth, tools, and simple farm machinery.

Cold Heart, 2018
Ceramic sculpture resembling a human heart

through June 27, 2021

Animate Earth –

Adventures in Mimetolithia
by Andy Nasisse

Woodson Gallery

Cold Heart, 2018

For the past several years, Andy Nasisse has explored the figure in the landscape, engaging with what is probably the most basic impulse of the human imagination:  the tendency to “see things in things.” Nasisse plays with this deeply planted instinct by focusing his lens on naturally eroded rock formations in the Southwest and South, while making clay pieces that challenge the viewer to discern the intentionality that went into creating them.

Daniel Johnston and his assistant installing a structure at the Gregg Museum

through July 18, 2021

A Thousand Throws –

Adams Gallery

Artist Daniel Johnston during the installation of A Thousand Throws

Johnston combines his interest in architecture, engineering, installation art, and various traditions of making pottery to create works that control space and environment. By changing the way people interact with the pots by altering light, position, and how the pots exist in the spaces he creates, he intends to evoke emotion, and feed the viewer enough information so they might take a journey. At his studio in Seagrove, NC, Johnston uses local clay to make his pots, and fires them in a 900-cubic foot kiln that reaches temperatures of 2400 degrees. In 2008, he began numbering his large pots – often 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet in width – in an effort to keep track of the progression of his work over his career. The installation at the Gregg will include his one-thousandth large pot, reflected in the title of the exhibition.

June 3 – Jan 9, 202

Chris Hondros
Conflict Photography

Will Henry Stevens

Pastels and drawings

The Thomas E. Cabaniss Gallery in the Historic Residence

Top: US Soldiers on Special Operations in Afghanistan, 2002

Bottom left: Untitled, Abstract forest with two trees

Chris Hondros – Conflict photography
An NC alumnus, photographer Chris Hondros was killed in 2011 while working in Libya, along with film director Tim Hetherington. Before his death Hondros had arranged for Getty Images to gift the Gregg a selection of his award-winning photos, many of which will be on display in this exhibition. “Hondros,” a documentary of the life and legacy of this talented war photojournalist, directed by Greg Campbell, is also available on Netflix. Read More…

Will Henry Stevens – Pastels
Stevens (1881 – 1949) was an American modernist and impressionist painter and naturalist. He is best known for his paintings and tonal pastels of the rural Southern landscape, abstractions of nature, and non-objective works, created while he summered in Asheville, NC. Using pastels of his own making, he was influenced by, among others, the impressionistic paintings of the Sung Dynasty, the poetry of Walt Whitman, and modernists Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.
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Gregg exhibitions support and enhance the curriculum of the university’s classroom teaching by offering opportunities for professors to incorporate class visits, individual assignments, or research projects as well. Contact the museum’s Curator of Education to make arrangements; it may be possible to customize our offerings to meet the needs of particular courses or syllabi. K-12 teachers are also encouraged to consider making use of the Gregg’s exhibitions and resources.

All exhibitions are accessible, and admission is always free. Large-print gallery guides for the seeing-impaired and other accommodations can be provided on request.