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2019 Programs at the Gregg

Thursday, January 17, 6pm. Artist talk with Matt McConnell.

McConnell discusses his participation and work created for the 20th Edition Islamic Arts Festival at the Sharjah Arts Museum in the United Arab Emirates in 2017. The exhibition, one of the world’s most renowned Islamic Arts events, featured artists from 30 countries. Since 2001, McConnell Studios has created custom designed sculpture, lighting, and architectural installations for public, commercial, and residential clients.


Thursday, January 24, 6pm. Lecture – In the Realms of the Self-Taught.

Every town has at least one—a house covered with hubcaps or homemade signs or flattened beer cans, or surrounded with hundreds of dolls dangling from the trees or shaped like a flying saucer—the kind of places one might take friends from out of town when one wants to amaze them with something really local and truly unusual. Gregg Museum director Roger Manley has visited hundreds of places like this, and leads the audience on a trip through the offbeat world of self-taught creativity.


Thursday, January 31, Performance at 6pm and 7:30pm. Inspired Echo – Faculty Dances

Teaching Associate Professor and Department Head Beth Wright Fath (Health and Exercise Studies NC State), Panoramic Dance Project Director and Lecturer Francine Ott (Dance Program/Arts NC State), and Teaching Associate Professor and Dance Minor Coordinator Autumn Mist Belk (Health and Exercise Studies NC State) will present an evening of choreography surrounded and inspired by Vernon Pratt’s artwork.

Beth Wright Fath performs Rev, Part 1, a solo choreographed for her by Maryland-based dance artist Joan Nicholas-Walker. The prelude to a larger work to be completed in 2020, Rev, Part 1 is a study in contrast; indirect busyness verses direct form. Nicholas-Walker was inspired by Vernon Pratt’s love of jazz music and is striving to create a visual and physical representation of the musical score composed by John Coltrane as performed by Thelonius Monk.

Performing a solo (self-choreographed), Francine Ott dances The Proposal, which investigates the question, “How do you receive what you have prayed for, now that it is here? You have done all the preparation, now it is time to walk it out.”

Presenting the only group dance on the concert is Autumn Mist Belk (Health and Exercise Studies). Belk will join three other professional dancers (from Raleigh-based Code f.a.d. Company) to perform her newest choreographic work, 4×4. Belk’s quartet is a direct response to Vernon Pratt: All the Possibilities of Sixteen, and explores all the ways four dancers can embody the spirit of the visual artwork through gesture, acrobatics, and the human form.


Wednesday, February 6  12 Noon. Gallery Tour of Vernon Pratt’s All The Possibilities of Sixteen.

Presenter William Dodge, Vernon Pratt collector and founder of The Vernon Pratt Project, is a local Raleigh architect and graduate of NC State’s College of Design. The Vernon Pratt Project has helped to facilitate gifts of the late Vernon Pratt’s art (on behalf of the Pratt family) to various museums and institutions, including the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University, Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro, and the Western Carolina Fine Art Museum.


Thursday, February 7,  6pm. Opening reception for BorderLands – Evidence from the Rio Grande by Susan Harbage Page and Explorations — Science Sculptures by Christina Lorena Weisner


Thursday, February 14, 6pm.  Artist-In-Residence and Arts Village student presentation

After working with NC State Arts Village students in a 2-week living and learning residency, Cameroonian multi-media artist Jean Michel Dissake presents works that incorporate recycled and found objects. In his own work, Dissake uses vines, wood, termite dust, fabric, wire, aluminum, computer parts and other objects to create large scale sculptures and tapestries that convey ideas of oneness and unity with each other and nature.‘Babenga – The Sacred Forest’, works by Jean Michel Dissake will be on display at the Gregg Museum June 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021. 


Thursday, February 21, 6pm. Artist talk with Susan Harbage Page, Borderlands – Evidence from the Rio Grande

includes photographs Harbage Page took at the U.S./Mexico border along with found objects (shoes, wallets, eyeglasses, toothbrushes, toys) dropped by immigrants in their haste to get across or escape the border patrol. Professor Harbage Page is an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, and teaches courses in art and social change, borders, feminist thought, photography, and identity and gender in contemporary art.


Thursday, February 28, 6pm. Artist talk with Christina Lorena Weisner, Explorations — Science Sculpture.

An assistant professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the College of the Albemarle, Christina Weisner makes functioning sculptures from scientific instruments of various sorts, including undersea seismometers and hydrometers. Her work, which often employs elemental materials like seawater, meteorites, or soil, has been shown both nationally and internationally.


Thursday, March 7, 6pm. Curator in Residence Ana Estrades

Ms. Estrades discusses her research for the Gregg’s upcoming Spring 2020 exhibition on Mary Ann Scherr, a legendary jewelry artist, industrial designer, and educator. The exhibition will include works from the Gregg’s permanent collection as well as numerous private collections. Estrades holds an MA in decorative arts from the Bard Graduate Center, NYC, and in the Spring of 2018 she taught the first Gems and Jewelry semester-long course at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in Manhattan.


Thursday, March 21, 6pm. Opening reception for Southern Surreal — Masterpiece Furniture by Tilden Stone.

Enjoy refreshments while Rick Ramseur, great-nephew of North Carolina’s grand eccentric master furniture maker Tilden Stone, presents a magic show and musical saw performance in tandem with his spritely sidekick Myra.


Thursday, April 4, 6pm. Eco-Film Series screening of Ghost Bird

With renowned documentary film director and producer Scott Crocker. Q&A to follow. This non-fiction feature documents the search for the Holy Grail of birding, the giant Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, long believed to be extinct. Crocker’s award-winning films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and at film festivals and exhibitions around the world. Please check the Gregg Museum website for details on other screenings. 


Thursday, April 11, 6pm. Yoga in the garden.

Class led by our Hillsborough Street neighbors, the Alexander Family YMCA. Bring a mat or beach towel and enjoy the surrounding beauty and serenity of your practice.


Friday, April 12, 6pm. Flor de Toloache Mariachi.

In conjunction with NC State LIVE and Susan Harbage Page’s Borderlands, enjoy music and conversation with Grammy-Award-winning musicians who are changing the contemporary mariachi music scene. This free event is a preview of their concert performance in Stewart Theatre on Saturday, April 13.

Thursday, April 18, 6pm. Guided tours.

Hear the stories behind the art.


Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm Interactive Light Installation in the Garden.

Join artist Jaclyn Bowie for an immersive and collaborative project that will be projected on the exterior walls of the Gregg Museum. The projections will be inspired by the museum’s spring exhibitions and the natural surroundings of the surrounding pollinator garden. Bowie develops narratives with audiences and translates them into interdisciplinary works and exhibitions including performance, film, and illustration.







You can check out past events on our Past Programs page.


The Gregg Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5 pm, Thursdays until 9 pm, First Fridays until 7pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Events are open to the public and admission is free.

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design strives to maintain the best accessibility standards possible. If you need access accommodations or have suggestions for improving accessibility at the Gregg, call 919-515-3503 or e-mail prior to your visit.