Past Programs

Below you can browse through programs that we have had in the past.  If you have any questions about these or other programs, please contact Curator of Education Zoe Starling at or 919.513.7244.


Thursday – September 15, 2016 – 5:30-7:30pm Public Reception for Permutations, Progressions + Possibilities = The Art of Vernon Pratt Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South Street, Raleigh. Refreshments.


Monday – October 3, 2016 – 3pm – The Art and Science of Pollinator Gardens – Associate Professor Anne Spafford of the NC State Dept. of Horticultural Science offers a lively presentation on the aesthetic and functional aspects of designing for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, with emphasis on supporting native bee populations.  Learn how to create environmentally friendly home gardens with year-round interest. Tactic Room, Aloft Raleigh hotel, 2100 Hillsborough St.


Thursday – October 20, 2016 – 6pm The Music of Art and Math. Scott Laird, Instructor of Music and Director of Orchestra at the NC School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, discusses how Vernon Pratt’s work explores geometric patterns and numeric systems, which have musical equivalents. Tactic Room, Aloft Raleigh hotel, 2100 Hillsborough St.


Friday – November 4, 2016 – 6:30pm First Friday gallery talk for Permutations, Progressions + Possibilities = The Art of Vernon Pratt with Curator of Education Zoe Starling, followed by an Ovations pre-concert performance in the gallery 7:15-7:45pm, and then at 8pm, the NC Symphonyís performance of Copland Classics in Meymandi Concert Hall. Purchase discount tickets for symphony concert by calling (919) 733-2750 and use Gregg Museum name. Tickets go on sale August 8 and must be purchased prior to the concert. Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery and Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 East South St., Raleigh.


Film Director Mini-Festival – Renowned five-time Emmy Award-winning director and cinematographer Dyanna Taylor introduces and discusses her films in person on three consecutive evenings. Each free screening is followed by a Q&A. Kennedy-McIIwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, 2241 Dunn Ave., Raleigh.

Wednesday – November 16, 2016 – 6pm  Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning – For many, Dorothea Lange’s iconic 1936 Migrant Mother photograph represents the very essence of the Great Depression of the 1930s. But it was only one of many achievements in the much larger story of Lange’s amazing life. Dyanna Taylor’s award-winning film about her own grandmother includes never-before-seen interviews and images that reveal the astounding breadth of her work and artistic vision.

Thursday – November 17, 2016 – 6pm  VANISHED!! – In 1934, 20-year-old artist-poet Everett Ruess wandered into the canyons of southern Utah and was never seen again. His disappearance–a murder mystery?–turned him into a folk hero and Native American legend. VANISHED!! follows his footsteps into an unforgiving wilderness that remains one of the most spectacular places on Earth.

Friday – November 18, 2016 – 6pm  Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World – Though hardly a household name, during her long career artist Agnes Martin was named one of the ten greatest living artists. Dyanna Taylor filmed Martin in her Taos, New Mexico, studio the year she turned 90, as she looked back at a creative life spent as a pioneer in contemporary art’s avant garde.


Thursday — February 23, 2016 — 6PM  Film screening— MANA—Beyond Belief

Q&A to follow with co-director Roger Manley. Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, 2241 Dunn Avenue, NC State.
What do Elvis Presley’s guitar and the Shroud of Turin have in common? This feature length documentary takes a whirlwind, five-continent tour from the sacred to the absurd, as a diversity of cultures and characters reveals a hidden dimension of the human mind. Roger Manley, director of NC State’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design, traveled the world with filmmaker Peter Friedman, seeking examples of mana, the Polynesian word for the invisible energy exuded by precious things and sacred places.

MANA—Beyond Belief was an opening night feature at Durham’s Full Frame Film Festival, San Francisco DocFest, and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam; its North American premiere was held at Lincoln Center in New York. The film won Best Cinematography at the Avignon Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Festival of Rhodes.


Saturday — March 11, 2017 — 11am (Registration required)  Gallery tour— Object Lessons: Ceramics from the Gregg Museum of Art & Design
Dr. Charlotte Wainwright, Curator of the exhibition and Founding Director of the Gregg Museum will lead the tour.
NCSU’s D.H. Hill Library Exhibit Gallery, adjacent to Special Collections Reading Room, 2 Broughton Drive. Contact for information about registering for this event.

On view in D.H. Hill Library through August, Object Lessons presents contemporary ceramic work that shows how makers both draw upon and break with tradition. Driven by talent, commitment, and the energy of experimentation, these potters honor and interpret their craft’s long history while working entirely in the present moment.


Thursday — March 23, 2017 — 6PM  Lecture— African Commemorative Cloth: Color, Craft, Clothing and Communication
Precious Lovell, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Art & Design Department, College of Design
Tactic Room, Aloft Raleigh hotel, 2100 Hillsborough Street

The evolution of commemorative cloth in Africa has connections to three continents. Although it is created using printing processes from around the world, the result is a cloth that has become quintessentially African. Images of textiles from the Gregg Museum’s permanent collection are included in the presentation.


Tuesday — April 11, 2017 — 2PM (Registration required by Thurs., April 6th at 5 PM)  Tour— Bayer Bee Center
Bayer Bee Care Center, 2 TW Alexander Dr., Research Triangle Park, NC Bayer CropScience has in-depth expertise and experience in animal health and crop protection with a business based on preserving bee health and promoting sustainable agriculture. Due to a generous grant that Bayer awarded NC State’s Department of Horticultural Science, students were given the opportunity to design a pollinator garden for the new Gregg Museum.