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.


Gallery Talk

Thursday February 22, 6pm

Gallery Talk with philosopher/sculptor Bob Trotman. The artist discusses the personal provocations that led to his darkly mordant take on the corporate world in Business as Usual.

Preserving Our Native Heritage

Thursday February 8, 6pm

With the Treasures of Native America exhibition in mind, Greg Richardson, executive director of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, discusses the cultural value in saving Native American art.


Thursday February 1, 6pm

Opening reception for Bob Trotman: Business as Usual. Trotman will be on hand to introduce the exhibition.


Dance Performance

Thursday January 25, 6pm and 7:30pm

Unfiltered Response. Dance faculty Tara Mullins, Autumn Mist Belk, and Francine Ott present original choreography created in response to Herb Jackson’s abstract paintings in A Door is not a Window. The first of its kind performance layers film, video and live dance in the gallery itself.



The Creative Coding Collective Presents: A Performance of Creative Code
December 1 at 5:30pm

The Creative Coding Collective is a group of NCSU Students dedicated to making artistic exploits of the personal computer.  They have compiled a collection of original works hand-coded for audio and visual display.  From experimental soundscapes to cartoonish adventures, each piece employs synchronized performance between a synthesizer, sampler, and projector.  This club will make its debut performance at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design on Friday, December 1 at 5:30. Gregg Museum First Friday hours: 5-7pm

Meet the Director Film Series
Week of November 13

Join award-winning documentary film director Peter Friedman for a multi-evening series of films ranging from genetic science (Death by Design and The Life and Times of Life and Times), inter-species psychic communication (I Talk to Animals), and the world’s most precious objects (MANA – beyond belief). Each screening followed by a Q&A.

*View or print a PDF flyer of the films here.

  • Tuesday, November 14 at 6pm – MANA – beyond belief 
    • Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 1903 Hillsborough St
    • What do Elvis Presley’s guitar and the Shroud of Turin have in common? This award-winning feature length documentary explores the power of precious objects.
  • Wednesday, November 15 at 2pm – I Talk to Animals  
    • NC State Vet School, Main CVM  Admin Building, North Theatre, Room 120
    • This 54 minute documentary is a portrait of an animal therapist who has convinced skeptical pet owners, zoo keepers, and race horse trainers that she really can read animals’ minds.
  • Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm – Death by Design & The Life and Times of Life and Times 
    • Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 1903 Hillsborough St
    • Death by Design: This science documentary focuses on Cell biology with an emphasis on programmed cell death and why our lives depend on it.
    • The Life and Times of Life and Times: This film reveals how scientists are beginning to manipulate the aging process by altering genes which determine why we live.
  • Thursday, November 16 at 6:30pm – I Talk to Animals 
    • NC State’s Kennedy–McIlwee Studio Theatre, 2241 Dunn Ave
    • Special encore screening.

Tour the Gregg Museum with Zoe
Thursday, November 9 at 6pm

Tour the Gregg’s current exhibitions with Zoe Starling, curator of education, and learn more about the items on display and what went into the planning of these exhibitions.

Artist talk with Herb Jackson
Saturday November 4 at 2pm

Join Herb Jackson for an informal Q&A. Herb Jackson – A Door is not a Window presents major abstract works from the past two decades by one of North Carolina’s premier contemporary artists.

Life, Death & Art: Back from Death with Inspired Art
Thursday, October 26 at 6pm

As Halloween approaches, Sandra Martin and Susan Amsden of the International Association for Near-Death Studies talk about remarkable individuals who have “seen the light” and somehow came back from the brink to make art galvanized by their experiences.

Heavy Metal Show & Tell
Thursday, October 19 at 6pm

Rocker Ben Venom recycles concert shirts from punk and heavy metal bands to make quilts that might have made your grandmother faint. Inspired by tattoos, graffiti and the underground scene, they are the polar opposite of cute. Venom flies in from San Francisco to explain how and why he makes them.

Drum Session
Saturday, October 14, 2-4 pm

In conjunction with Hillsborough Street’s Art It Up! celebration and the Gregg’s current Treasures of Native America exhibition, NC State’s Native American student drumming group, Miska Waya (“Red Wolf”), will perform on the front lawn of the new museum. Feel free to bring a blanket or chair.

Meet the Director Film Series
Thursday, October 12 at 6pm

Obsessive savant Richard McMahan is on a quest to create the world’s greatest art museum – but in mind-blowing miniature. Exactly replicating Van Gogh’s brushstrokes, Rothko’s ravishing colors and the gilding on King Tut’s coffin, McMahan’s Mini-Museum outdoes the Louvre, the Met, MoMA and the Prado, but at only 5% scale. Olympia Stone’s film, The Original Richard McMahan, tells the story. Stone will be on hand to introduce it and The Cardboard Bernini (about the equally intriguing artist, James Grashow) on the same evening, followed by Q&A.

The Bees’ Needs
Thursday, September 28 at 6pm

Professor Anne Spafford of NC State’s Horticultural Science Department talks about the aesthetic and functional aspects of designing gardens for bees, butterflies and other pollinators, with an emphasis on native bee populations. The program takes place in the Gregg’s Jackson-Thiem Garden where students have created a beautiful pollinator haven.

Yoga in the Garden
Thursday, September 21 at 6pm

The Gregg partners with its Hillsborough Street neighbors, Alexander Family YMCA, to offer yoga in the new Rose Jackson and Evelyn Thiem Garden. Bring a mat or beach towel and strike your poses amidst the pollinators, while you both enjoy the flowers of early autumn.

Ceramic Show & Tell
Thursday, September 14 at 6pm

Renowned Seagrove potter Daniel Johnston talks about his career, influences and latest work. After early years as master potter Mark Hewitt’s apprentice, he has shaped his own way in the world of clay.

Industrial Design Show & Tell
Thursday, September 7 at 6pm

NC State College of Design professor Russell Flinchum discusses the Gregg’s goal of building an extraordinary study collection of Industrial Design.

Industrial Design Show & Tell
Thursday, September 7 at 6pm

NC State College of Design professor Russell Flinchum discusses the Gregg’s goal of building an extraordinary study collection of Industrial Design.

Tuesday, April 11 at 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.

Thursday, March 23 at 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.

Saturday, March 11 at 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, February 23 at 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.

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

  • Friday, November 18 at 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, November 17 at 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.
  • Wednesday, November 16 at 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.

Friday, November 4 at 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.

Thursday, October 20 at 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.

Monday, October 3 at 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, September 15 from 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.