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Cultural Passport Series: An Evening at the Gregg

Wednesday, March 4
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beer & wine   
During An Evening at the Gregg, the registrar and docent team will be available to provide guests with a behind-the-scenes look at certain pieces in the current exhibitions.
The Cultural Passport Series is a special partnership that brings together Friends of the Gregg, Friends of the Library, Friends of the Arboretum, and College of Veterinary Medicine to celebrate and share their passions for art, literature, nature, animals and science!

Members Preview: Design by Time and All that Glitters

Thursday, January 23 at 5:30pm

RSVP is required for this event.


Friends of the Gregg members are invited to privately tour our two exhibitions opening next week before they open to the public. From the Pratt Manhattan Gallery comes Design by Time, an exhibition with work from 22 international designers portraying time and its dynamic effects on fashion, furniture, textiles, vessels, and more. During the preview, members will have the opportunity to explore this exhibition with its co-curator Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared.

All that Glitters—Spark and Dazzle from the Permanent Collection, showcases some of the most visually stunning objects from the Gregg’s collection, and uses them as points of departure to probe some of the deeper cultural, psychological, and even evolutionary impulses that may have brought about their creation in the first place. Director Roger Manley will guide members through this exhibition during the preview.

Friends of the Gregg are encouraged to join the public for the opening reception that begins promptly following the members preview. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kristin Hartzell at 

Members Preview: Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology – Shaping our genetic futures 

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Friends of the Gregg members are invited to view the exhibit before it opens to the public and hear directly from guest curator Hannah Star Rogers, an independent curator and Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh.

Cultural Passport Series: J. C. Raulston Arboretum’s Moonlight in the Garden

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – 7:00 pm9:00 pm

We’re excited to announce that the Cultural Passport series is back! This special partnership brings together Friends of the GreggFriends of the LibraryFriends of the Arboretum, and College of Veterinary Medicine to celebrate and share their passions for art, literature, nature, animals and science!

Be one of the first to see this year’s creative installation of Moonlight in the Garden! Your senses will be delighted when the gates open on this crisp November evening.

For this evening only, you’ll find delectable eats, wine, and beer from Carolina Brewing Company. Come and enjoy this magical night with live music on the Great Lawn and fire pits with marshmallows to roast. The evening’s entertainment is The Antique Hearts. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a cup of hot apple cider during this unique fund-raising event.

Friends of the Gregg members are able to purchase tickets for this event at the Friends of the Arboretum member price: $35 for preview night, $10 for all other nights.

Advance tickets are required. No tickets will be sold at the gate for this preview evening. Tickets will be limited to reduce the crowd and enhance your experience. Members may purchase tickets for themselves and their guests. This will be the only evening where beer and wine will be served.

Be sure to check out the complete Moonlight in the Garden details. Each crisp November evening is perfectly paired with live music, food trucks (Thursday through Saturday only), fire pits, and marshmallows.

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Members-Only Meet & Greet with guest curator Professor Randall Kenan


Fantastic Fauna-Chimeric Creatures, Members-Only Meet & Greet with curator Dr. Beauvais Lyons


Friends of the Gregg Annual Membership Celebration


Photos by Stephan Herzog

Rural Avant-Garde: The Mountain Lake Experience, Members-Only Preview


Photos by Robert Davezac

Our Living Past: Photographs by Timothy Duffy, Members-Only Preview


Art2Wear, Members-Only Meet & Greet with the Designers & Models


Vivian Beer and Elizabeth Brim, Members-Only Reception at ShopSpace


Design Duet: The Creative Lives of Robert Black and Ormond Sanderson, Members-Only Preview


Bob Trotman: Business as Usual, Members-Only Preview


Private Opening