Fast Facts


In the mid-1960s, the university began acquiring artworks to enliven and enhance its campus. Not long after, a professional curator was hired to care for and keep track of the art, eventually shifting the initial goal to that of creating temporary exhibitions while focusing primarily on collecting objects that could be used for teaching and research. By the early 1970s, the growing art collection was being administered under the aegis of an office called the Visual Arts Center. In 1992, the VAC moved into a newly-built wing in Talley Student Center, housing two galleries, staff offices, and collections storage rooms. Designated the Gallery of Art & Design in 1998, its programs and holdings continued to develop at a tremendous rate.

The unit was renamed once more in 2007 as the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, in honor of John N. and Nancy C. Gregg. In 2010, in light of the renovation of Talley Student Center, the chancellor’s former residence (near the Memorial Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh) was approved as the new permanent site for the museum. The renovated historic home, along with a contemporary wing housing 15,000 square feet in galleries and educational space, reopened in August of 2017 as the new permanent home of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. Today the permanent collection includes more than 35,000 objects.


  • Currently eleven professional staff (eight full time, three part time)
  • 10-12 student interns each year


Housed in its recently completed museum facility located at 1903 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27607


  • Exhibitions – The Gregg typically organizes 6-8 exhibitions a year, which generally reflect its collecting strengths in textiles, ceramics, photography, decorative arts, outsider/folk art, contemporary art, and ethnographic art.
  • Educational Programming includes lectures, films, tours, workshops, symposia and demonstrations. These are held regularly to augment the current exhibitions and highlight work from the Gregg’s permanent collection, and for general cultural enhancement.
  • Class Visits and Group Tours – Classes and individuals from NC State as well as other colleges, universities, high schools, retirement communities, interest groups and professional organizations often visit Gregg exhibitions and explore its permanent collections. The Gregg Museum freely welcomes all visitors, researchers and art appreciators.
  • Student Internships are available for course credit each semester. Students learn skills like cataloging, exhibition design, gallery installation, digital photography, exhibition graphics, marketing, and object handling, while helping staff run the museum.

Contact Information


Gregg Museum of Art & Design
NC State University
Campus Box 7330
Raleigh, NC 27695-7330 USA


Gregg Museum of Art & Design
NC State University
1903 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh NC 27607  USA