To accompany and enhance its exhibitions and other educational activities, the Gregg Museum schedules a wide range of programs, including lectures, artist residencies, film screenings, virtual and in-person tours, and other immersive art experiences throughout the year. All are open to NC State and general public audiences alike and provide a welcoming environment in which to discover and exchange ideas.
Opening Reception: BLOW UP II
Saturday, November 4, 1 – 4 p.m.
The Gregg Museum invites you to an opening reception to celebrate our last exhibition of 2023 with the Raleigh Bubble Man, snacks from Dusty Donuts, and plenty of family-friendly fun! BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the imaginative ways that air is used as a medium to create large-scale sculptures. The artists in BLOW UP II translate everyday materials and imagery into larger-than-life, yet nearly lighter-than-air art that is rich with meaning, resulting in a wide array of works that are figurative, conceptual, or abstract. BLOW UP II was organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA. This opening reception is FREE and open to the public.
Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m.
In collaboration with NC State’s College of Design, the Gregg Museum is hosting a lecture by Shawn Protz as part of the 2023 Architecture Lecture Series. Protz will discuss pneumatic architecture and architecture’s relationship to air systems generally. He has worked with students to build immersive inflatable experiences at the NC State School of Architecture and the School of Architecture at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Protz is an assistant professor of architecture at the College of Design. Prior to arriving at NC State, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at The School of Architecture (at Taliesin), the University of Arizona, and Auburn University. He has explored a range of subjects spanning from structural and environmental systems to digital representation and fabrication; past classes have covered design communication, building information modeling, climatic design, housing, inflatable architecture, and tectonics. At the NC State School of Architecture, Shawn focuses on building a vibrant digital culture, and develop coursework and research projects exploring emerging digital systems and materials. Presently he is pursuing techniques and applications for 3D-printed ceramics.
Staff-Guided Tour of BLOW UP II
Thursday, December 7, 3 p.m.
Join Gregg Education staff for a tour of BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art. This exhibition spans two of the Gregg’s main galleries, featuring
Thirst4Architecture Happy Hour with NCModernist
Thursday, January 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
The Gregg Museum is partnering with NCModernist to host a Thirst4Architecture Happy Hour. Did you know that North Carolina is one of the largest concentrations of Modernist houses in America? NCModernist is a 501C3 nonprofit educational archive that provides donors, volunteers, and advocates information and organization to document, preserve, and promote North Carolina’s legacy of exceptional residential Modernist architecture. NCModernist is an influential community of architecture fans continually hosting wildly popular Modernist events, giving thousands of people access to the most exciting residential architecture past and present. Come to socialize and enjoy the Gregg’s current exhibitions with wine and light hors d’oeuvres in the museum’s main lobby. Registration will be required. Link to follow soon.
Film Screening of The Red Balloon (1956)
Thursday, January 25, 6 p.m.
This Academy Award-winning 1956 French film short written and directed by Albert Lamorisse captures the adventures of a boy who befriends a seemingly sentient red balloon and follows it through the streets of Paris. Shot in beautifully muted Technicolor, this beguiling allegory of innocence and transcendence has inspired generations of viewers to let their imaginations take flight. This film is presented in conjunction with the Gregg’s current exhibition, BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art, on view through January 27.
Artist Talk with Ceramicist Paul Devoti
Thursday, February 8, 6 p.m.
Paul Devoti’s work, Twenty Day Turtles was commissioned by the Gregg Museum from a grant provided by the Windgate Foundation and is currently on display in Selections from the Collections in the Historic Residence. Devoti will discuss the techniques used in creating this piece and share the artistic journey that led him to build Atlantis Studio in San Juan De Oriente, which combines 2000 years of local cultural heritage and bold, contemporary design innovations. After the program there will be a Q&A session and attendees will have the opportunity to see Devoti’s work in Selections from the Collections.
Wellness Day: Yoga in the Galleries
Tuesday, February 13, 3:30 p.m.
As part of NC State’s Wellness Day, the Gregg Museum is hosting a free yoga session in the galleries. Please bring a mat or towel to take advantage of yoga’s relaxing movements, and learn about certain breathing techniques that can help calm the mind and relieve stress. Wellness Day is an effort to provide staff, faculty and students an opportunity to reflect on their health and well-being. This program is for NC State students ONLY.
Film Screening of MANA–beyond belief
Thursday, February 22, 6 p.m.
What do Elvis Presley’s guitar and the Shroud of Turin have in common? Find out at a free film screening of this feature length documentary film. Recently-retired Gregg Museum director Roger Manley–co-director of MANA–will introduce the film with Q&A afterwards. Manley and filmmaker Peter Friedman traveled the world seeking examples of mana, the Polynesian word for the invisible energy exuded by precious things and sacred places. Shot on five continents and juxtaposing power objects ranging from lowrider cars and nuclear reactors to Burmese temples and giant tunas, MANA–beyond belief takes you on a journey into the heart of things from sacred to the absurd.
Programs are open to the public and admission is free. Stay tuned for upcoming programs, tours, and other updates! You can check out past events on our Past Programs page.
The Gregg Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Sundays. 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 us prior to your visit.