The Gregg Museum has reopened to the public as of September 23rd, 2020. Timed reservations, which are free, are available.
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 under reduced hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on weekends and Mondays.
Read on to learn about Gregg Museum’s upcoming virtual events and its current exhibits.
Upcoming events at Gregg Museum
Here are some of the upcoming virtual events that Gregg Museum is presenting. These are free and open to the public.
See more events on Gregg Museum’s programs page.
Wolfpack Welcome Week Virtual Guided Tour
Thursday, January 21st, 2021
Virtual Guided Tour of exhibitions at the Gregg Museum. “Walk through” current exhibitions at the Gregg Museum with a live guide from the museum staff, via Zoom. Registration is required. (Note: It is also possible to visit the museum in person, with a free timed-ticket, available at gregg.arts.ncsu.edu).
Artist Virtual Interview Series: Andy Nasisse
Thursday, January 28th, 2021
Colorado ceramic artist and photographer Andy Nasisse talks about his work and process in conjunction with his current exhibition Animate Earth: Adventures in Mimetolithia. In the deserts of the Southwest, Nasisse photographs amazing landforms that resemble ghosts, ancient statues, or remnants of lost civilizations. In his studio, he makes ceramics that straddle the boundary between accidental and intentional, creating figures that seem to emerge from the clay on their own. All the while he engages with what is probably the most basic impulse of the human imagination: the tendency to “see things in things” through his heightened sense of pareidolia. Registration is required.
Eventbrite Registration link: https://artist-interview-series-nasisse.eventbrite.com
Thoughts from the Artist: Daniel Johnston, Part 1
Thursday, February 4th, 2021
Youtube launch and gallery walk-through of A Thousand Throws and interview with master ceramic artist Daniel Johnston. Johnston combines his interests in architecture, engineering, installation art, and various traditions of making pottery to create works that control space and environment. By altering light, position, and how his work exists in the spaces he creates, he evokes new emotions that offer viewers a chance to take a journey that might change the way they interact with the pots—and with themselves. On the Gregg’s YouTube Channel.
Virtual Studio Visit: Stephen Althouse
Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Artist-photographer Stephen Althouse joins the Gregg Museum from his studio in Pennsylvania to discuss his artistic process and local Amish influences. “Like so many artists across time, I feel compelled to portray aspects of the human race,” he states. He photographs old implements as metaphorical portraits rather than making literal portrayals of people. His huge photographs (some nearly ten feet wide) command a presence that is sculptural. And no wonder, because he spent years as a trained sculptor before ever taking up a camera. Registration is required. https://gregg.arts.ncsu.edu/exhibitions/objects-of-intention/
Eventbrite Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-studio-visit-with-artist-stephen-althouse-tickets-136848873665
Virtual Guided Tour of exhibitions at the Gregg Museum
Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Join a staff-guided virtual tour via Zoom, where attendees “walk through” exhibitions at the museum. Registration is required (Note: It is also possible to visit the museum in person, with a free timed-ticket, available at gregg.arts.ncsu.edu).
Thoughts from the Artist: Daniel Johnston, Part 2
Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Youtube launch/gallery walk-through of A Thousand Throws and interview with master ceramic artist Daniel Johnston. Given free rein to create an installation for the Gregg, Johnston built an evocative, ghostly version of a Carolina farmhouse that transforms the museum’s largest gallery into a journey through time and space, although the time comes from the viewers’ individual pasts and space from their own experiences.
On the Gregg’s YouTube Channel.
Youtube launch-Gregg Staff “behind the scenes” with Art Preparator, Matthew Gay
Thursday, March 4th, 2021
On the Gregg’s YouTube Channel.
Youtube launch- Gallery Discussion with NC Master potter Daniel Johnston and renowned NC architect Frank Harmon
Thursday, March 11th, 2021
Harmon and Johnston explore architectural elements in the Gregg Museum installation A Thousand Throws. Johnston’s work responds to the vernacular architecture in the countryside around his kiln in Randolph County, where abandoned barns and old farmhouses stand on banks of clay like the kind he fires for his own work.
On the Gregg’s Youtube Channel.
Virtual Guided Tour of Objects of Intention led by sculptor-photographer Stephen Althouse
Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Join this virtual tour via Zoom, where attendees “walk through” exhibitions at the museum. Registration is required (Note: It is also possible to visit the museum in person, with a free timed-ticket, available at gregg.arts.ncsu.edu).
Youtube launch – Show & Tell: Callot Soeurs Evening Dress
Thursday, April 1st, 2021
Known for their well-made and highly embellished gowns, the Callot Soeurs boutique that sisters Marie, Marthe, Regina, and Josephine Callot opened in Paris in 1895 was described by a customer of their day as a veritable “Aladdin’s Cave” of antique and ethnic textiles imported from Asia and the Middle East. A stunning dress they made more than a century ago (and now in the Gregg’s permanent collection) reveals the obsession with mummies and all things Egyptian that eventually led to the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Show & Tell videos examine a single object, offering an up-close tour or highlighting Gregg Museum special projects.
On the Gregg’s Youtube Channel.
Virtual film screening: NC State Premiere of All the Possibilities . . . Reflections on a Painting by Vernon Pratt
Thursday, April 8th, 2021
Live via Zoom, join Marsha Gordon, Louis Cherry, William Dodge, and Rich Holly for an online panel discussion after the screening. Gordon and Cherry directed the prize-winning film, Arts NC State Executive Director Holly, a professional percussionist, created its dazzling soundtrack, and Dodge is founder and director of the Vernon Pratt Project, which seeks to preserve the late Durham, NC, artist Vernon Pratt’s work.
All the Possibilities…Reflections on a Painting by Vernon Pratt is a documentary meditation on Pratt’s most ambitious painting, a 1,400 square foot systematic abstraction completed in 1982 but only exhibited for the first time at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in 2018. With Holly’s percussive score, inspired by the painting’s mathematical formulas, All the Possibilities… immerses viewers in Pratt’s world of mathematically-based abstraction, a symphony in black and white. Registration is required.
Eventbrite Registration Link.
Third Thursday Virtual Tour Virtual Guided Tour of exhibitions at the Gregg Museum
Thursday, April 15th, 2021
“Walk through” current exhibitions at the Gregg Museum with a live guide from the museum staff, via Zoom. Registration is required (Note: It is also possible to visit the museum in person, with a free timed-ticket, available at gregg.arts.ncsu.edu).
Current and upcoming exhibitions at Gregg Museum
Objects of Intention
Through May 9th, 2021
Sculptor-photographer Stephen Althouse begins with art pieces he creates using man-made objects, cloth, tools, and simple farm machinery. He then records images of them using large format film cameras and highly specialized printing and development processes. The resulting prints are quite large (up to 9 feet wide), and display exquisite detail and rich tones, commanding a sculptural presence. These mystic, almost sacred depictions of the human experience are further enriched by the artist through the addition of deftly embedded messages in the images themselves.
Animate Earth – Adventures in Mimetolithia by Andy Nasisse
In the Woodson Gallery
Through June 27th, 2021
For the past several years, Andy Nasisse has explored the figure in the landscape, engaging with what is probably the most basic impulse of the human imagination: the tendency to “see things in things.” Nasisse plays with this deeply planted instinct by focusing his lens on naturally eroded rock formations in the Southwest and South, while making clay pieces that challenge the viewer to discern the intentionality that went into creating them.
A Thousand Throws – An Art Installation by Daniel Johnston
In the Adams Gallery
Through July 18th, 2021
Johnston combines his interest in architecture, engineering, installation art, and various traditions of making pottery to create works that control space and environment. By changing the way people interact with the pots by altering light, position, and how the pots exist in the spaces he creates, he intends to evoke emotion, and feed the viewer enough information so they might take a journey. At his studio in Seagrove, NC, Johnston uses local clay to make his pots, and fires them in a 900-cubic foot kiln that reaches temperatures of 2400 degrees. In 2008, he began numbering his large pots – often 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet in width – in an effort to keep track of the progression of his work over his career. The installation at the Gregg will include his one-thousandth large pot, reflected in the title of the exhibition.
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