NC State’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design, at 1903 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, is open to the public and free to visit. Free parking is available adjacent to the building.
Currently open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Read on to learn about Gregg Museum’s current exhibits and upcoming events.
Current and Upcoming Exhibits
Leading By Design
September 6, 2023, to April 13, 2024
NC State’s School (now College) of Design became a reality in September 1948, and rapidly gained a reputation as one of the top design schools in the nation. The most progressive school of architecture and allied arts in the South, it served as a hub of modernist creativity for the entire region and greatly influenced the landscape and architecture found throughout the Triangle Area today. Leading by Design celebrates the design school’s legacy by showcasing artworks from the Gregg Museum’s permanent collection created by professors and instructors associated with it in its formative years along with an audiovisual element that marks its ongoing impact in the 21st century. Leading by Design opens at the Gregg Museum on September 7, 2023.
BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art
November 4, 2023, to January 28, 2024
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. Inflatable works are often initially regarded as whimsical or humorous, yet they can convey serious critiques of pop-culture, social norms, or the politics of space. This exhibition explores the complex relationship between the familiarity of the material and serious commentary, encouraging dialogues that promote reinterpretation. BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
Opening Reception: BLOW UP II
Saturday, November 4, 2023
1 to 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.
Architecture Lecture: Shawn Protz
Thursday, November 9, 2023
In collaboration with NC State’s College of Design, the Gregg Museum is hosting a lecture by Shawn Protz on inflatable architecture as part of the 2023 Architecture Lecture Series. 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 develops coursework and research projects exploring emerging digital systems and materials. Presently he is pursuing techniques and applications for 3D-printed ceramics.