#OutaboutNC: Spring Events and Exhibits at the N.C. Art Museum in Raleigh, N.C

One of the most popular places the #OutaboutNC Instagram community tags in our public feed is the North Carolina Museum of Art. With indoor exhibits and an outdoor park area with trails that connect to Raleigh greenways, this North Carolina tourism gem is a great place to spend your day when visiting Raleigh or even enjoying as a local. Get ready to plan your Spring visit today at http://ncartmuseum.org/ with this handy online Spring event guide. 

The Art Museum in Raleigh, NC by #OutaboutNC community members



Weekend Family-Friendly Tours
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am

Half-hour tours for kids ages 5–11 and their adult companions. Themes change monthly.

March: Celebrate the State!
Did you know that on March 24, 1663, the “birth certificate” of the Carolinas was signed? Celebrate artists with connections to North Carolina.
Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Sundays, March 6, 13, 20

April: Changing Seasons
Explore works of art that reveal the colors and textures of the seasons.
Saturday, April 2, 16, 23, 30
Sunday, April 3, 17, 24

May: Animal Farm
How many farm animals can we find in the galleries?
Saturday, May 7, 14, 21, 28
Sunday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Story Time
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 1–1:30 pm
March 1 and 5April 2 and 5May 3 and 7
Meet at West Building Information Desk
Families with children ages 4–6; children must be accompanied by an adult
Free; no reservation needed

Meet fantastic characters and take an artful adventure as we read a selection of picture books inspired by works of art in the collection. Book selection and themes change monthly.

March 1 and 5Ellie, Mike Wu
April 2 and 5Tap the Magic Tree, Christie Matheson
May 3 and 7Butterfly Park, Elly MacKay

“What’s in the Box?”
Thursdays, 10:15 am11:15 am, and 1:15 pm
East Building, Studios 1 and 2
$3 Members, $6 Nonmembers. Sign up that day; first come, first served.
For preschoolers, ages 2–5, and their caregivers

Have fun while looking at art together. Each session introduces a work of art from the Museum and includes activities that stretch the imagination. Everyone can collect “What’s in the Box?” cards in English or Spanish. Workshops are now 45 minutes to allow more time to explore.

March 3: People
Portraits can tell us a lot about a person. Come to the Museum and explore people in art.

March 17: Places
Whether we are traveling near or far, places shape our experience of the world. Come to the Museum and explore all kinds of places.

April 14: Parts of Art
Come to the Museum to explore a part of art. What will be in the box this week? Lines, shapes, colors, textures, or patterns?

April 28: Movement
Up, down, round and round, stomp your feet and twirl around! Let’s explore all kinds of creative movement at the Museum.

May 12: Seasons/Nature
Flowers are blooming! Bees are buzzing! Explore the spring and summer.

May 26: Animals
The Museum has so many animals in art. What summer animals will we explore this week?

Family Fun Saturdays
Saturdays, 10 am–noon or 1–3 pm
East Building, Education Studios
Families with children ages 5–11
$5 Members, $8 Nonmembers

Gallery tour plus studio workshops for families. A different theme each time means there’s always something new to discover. Please note: All participants (children and adults) must have a ticket. These popular workshops sell out quickly, so reserve your spot early.

March 12: Digital Photos: Energy of Youth
Explore playful and engaging photographs of children and adolescents from The Energy of Youth, and then use the NCMA’s digital cameras, printers, and handmade props to capture a portrait. 

April 16: Impressions of Nature
Take a peek at the rocky islands and flower gardens displayed in American Impressionist, and then create your own mixed-media impressionist painting inspired by nature.

May 21: Adventure Stories
Explore the original paintings by Barbara Cooney for her classic children’s book Island Boy, and then create a handmade picture book about real or imaginary travels.

Pop-Up Art: Scrap Weave
Sunday, March 13, Noon–3 pm
Meet in the Plaza (weather permitting), West Building Entrance
All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult

Be inspired by Lines that Link Humanity, a sculpture by El Anatsui made from discarded aluminum and wire!  Create a colorful, free-form weaving from scrap fabric and assorted materials.

Free family-friendly art-making activities in the galleries and Museum Park. No reservation required.

Pop-Up Art: Origami and Paper Flowers
Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 1010 am–4 pm both days
Meet in the Plaza (weather permitting), West Building Entrance
All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult

Fold, crease, and transform paper into water lilies and other sculptural flowers.

Free family-friendly art-making activities in the galleries and Museum Park. No reservation required.

Pop-Up Art in the Community
Sunday, April 17, 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Free; no reservation needed; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us in the rose garden of Raleigh Little Theatre to create a miniature work of art inspired by natural surroundings, and bring your family to see a performance of Charlotte’s Web. Art making is free; for ticket information and directions to Raleigh Little Theatre, visit raleighlittletheatre.org.

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Call for Entries: Teens, Inspired

Teens from across the state may submit two- and three-dimensional works of art, video shorts, and poems inspired by the Museum’s collection. Accepted works will be featured in ArtScene, the spring teen event, and in a summer exhibition. More information at teens-inspired.org. Submission deadline is April 1.

Call for Entries: Park Pictures

College students are invited to submit original works for our Park Pictures billboard competition. Images should engage with the ways “place” affects identity and the development of character. Submission deadline is September 12. More information at ncmaparkpictures.tumblr.com.

Teens, Inspired Workshop: Crafting an Artist Statement
Saturday, March 51–3 pm
Meet in East Building Lobby
$10 Members, $15 Nonmembers

Do you dread writing the personal statement that accompanies your portfolio in exhibition and college applications? Join artist, writer, and critic Chris Vitiello and learn the essentials for crafting a successful, succinct statement that addresses both formal and personal concerns.

Pop-Up Art with Teen Ambassadors
Friday, March 116–8 pm
East Building

Engage and create art inspired by work in the exhibitions! Activities are designed and facilitated by the Teens Arts Council.

College Workshop: Painting “Place” with Damian Stamer
Saturday, April 21–4 pm
Meet in East Building Lobby
$15 Members, $20 Nonmembers

Engage with the Museum’s collection and artist Damian Stamer’s approach to researching and developing imagery. Expand your technical vocabulary while addressing themes of collective memory and the hidden narratives embedded in the concept of “place.”

ArtScene, the Spring Teen Event
Saturday, April 301–4 pm
East Building

Learn, play, socialize, and participate in a variety of scenes planned for teens by the NCMA’s Teen Arts Council. Explore the theme of “place” with performances, art-making workshops, gallery activities, and an exhibition of work from our online high school courses.


Explore the Collection
Tuesdays–Fridays, 1:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Free. No reservations necessary.
Meet at West Building Information Desk.

A daily docent-led tour of Museum highlights. For individuals and groups smaller than 10.

Meet Your Museum Tour
Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 and 2:30 pm
East Building Information Desk

An introduction to the Museum buildings, central Plaza, and related works of art.

Friday Night Sound Bites
Fridays, 6 pm and 7 pm
Free. No reservations necessary.
Meet at West Building Information Desk.

Join a Museum docent for a casual, in-depth exploration of a single work of art.

Guided Tour of the Museum Park
Saturdays, March 12April 16May 14, 10:30 am
Free. No reservations necessary.
Meet your guide at the East Building Information Desk.

Explore nature and art in this 75-minute tour. The route through the park is approximately two miles long, with variations in surface and incline.

Public Exhibition Tours
For individuals and groups of up to eight. Sign up that day; first come, first served.
Tickets for tours are available one hour before tour time. Visit the Box Office in East Building to sign up for tours and to purchase exhibition tickets, or call (919) 715-5923.

American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals (One-hour tour; free with paid exhibition ticket.)
Saturday, April 2, 1:30 pm and 2 pm
Sunday, April 3, 1:30 pm and 2 pm
Saturday, April 23, 1:30 pm and 2 pm
Sunday, April 24, 1:30 pm and 2 pm
Saturday, April 30, 1:30 pm and 2 pm
Sunday, May 1, 1:30 pm and 2 pm

Family Tours of American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals (30-minute tour for families with children ages 6–12; free with paid exhibition ticket.)
Saturday, April 16, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Sunday, April 17, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 14, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Sunday, May 15, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm


American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals
March 19−June 19, 2016
East Building, Gallery 2
Ticketed with Marks of Genius

Childe Hassam is justly celebrated as the foremost American impressionist painter. Among his greatest achievements are the hundreds of paintings he created over nearly 30 summers on the Isles of Shoals, a cluster of rocky islands 10 miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. This exhibition, jointly organized with the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, will feature 39 of Hassam’s finest Shoals paintings in oil and watercolor, borrowed from major public and private collections. Taken together, these paintings offer a sustained reverie on nature and the pleasure of painting. They possess a rapturous sense of place: the blue Atlantic breaking against rocks and swirling in tidal pools, dense thickets of laurel wedged in granite crags, a splendid island garden with its gem-like blossoms, and the whole island world suffused with a silvered northern light.

Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings
March 19−June 19, 2016
East Building, Meymandi Exhibition Gallery
Ticketed with American Impressionist

Marks of Genius features some of the most important drawings from the superlative collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The selection of drawings, watercolors, gouaches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present includes stellar examples by such masters as Guercino, Annibale Carracci, George Romney, François Boucher, Thomas Gainsborough, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, Käthe Kollwitz, Egon Schiele, Emil Nolde, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha. This eye-opening exhibition illuminates the historical and ongoing role of drawing as a means of study, observation, and problem solving, as an outpouring of the artist’s imagination, and as a method of realizing a finished work of art.

Island Boy: Original Illustrations for Barbara Cooney’s Classic Children’s Book
March 19−June 19, 2016
East Building, Gallery 3

This exhibition presents all the original artwork by Barbara Cooney for her classic children’s book Island Boy. Barbara Cooney (1917–2000) is one of the most beloved American authors and illustrators of children’s books. Her numerous publications include Ox-Cart Man (1979), for which she won her second Caldecott Medal, and Miss Rumphius (1982), which won the National Book Award. 

Cooney has described Island Boy as her “hymn to Maine.” Published in 1988 and loosely based on a 19th-century memoir, Island Boy tells the story of Matthias, who grows up on Tibbett’s Island, sails the world, and finds love

Altered Land: Works by Damian Stamer and Greg Lindquist
April 16−September 11, 2016
East Building, North Carolina Gallery

Greg Lindquist and Damian Stamer, both North Carolina raised, create shimmering landscape paintings, simultaneously abstract and representative, that slide in and out of focus. Their environments—from the natural to the manmade—are haunted by the past, appearing to be in the process of eroding, degrading, or fading into nothingness. Memory and loss, as well as the effects of time and economic and environmental ravages, are at play in these beautiful, melancholy landscapes.

Burk Uzzle: American Chronicle
April 16−September 25, 2016
East Building, Julian T. Baker Jr. Photography Galleries

Born in 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Burk Uzzle began his career at age 17 as a staff photographer for the News & Observer. At 23 he was Life magazine’s youngest photographer, capturing powerful images of American life and culture. Uzzle is known for his iconic photographs of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., and Woodstock. He is now an independent photographer based in Wilson, North Carolina, and continues to chronicle American life from coast to coast.

This exhibition provides an overview of Uzzle’s career and is organized in collaboration with the Ackland Art Museum at UNC–Chapel Hill and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. As a tribute to one of North Carolina’s most renowned photographers, each museum is focusing on a different aspect of Uzzle’s work, and all three shows will be on view concurrently during the summer of 2016.

Actual State
Through July 10, 2016
East Building, Level B, Studio 3

The term actual state refers to a painting wherein the old varnishes and restorations have been removed, revealing the true condition of the original paint layer. Throughout its life, a painting can be restored many times, hiding years of damage, accidental or otherwise. As part of a conservation treatment, paintings are cleaned, or returned to their actual state, and revarnished. After revarnishing, areas of damage are blended in with the surroundings using special paints made just for conservators—a process called inpainting or retouching.  The extent of damage is very rarely revealed to the museumgoer.

In this rare opportunity, visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look as this process unfolds. Actual State features two Flemish paintings from our collection currently attributed to a follower of Bernard van Orley: The Ascension andThe Pentecost (both circa 1530).  Conservation treatment has been completed on The Ascension (cleaned, varnished, and retouched), while in the frame next to it is a photographic reproduction of The Pentecost prior to retouching.  The painting of The Pentecost sits on an easel nearby—in its actual state. While on public display, it will undergo inpainting to retouch old losses, abrasions, and other damages. In an unusual fashion, only one side of the composition will be retouched first, so that the change can be readily seen.

In-gallery conservation schedule here.

Wolfgang Staehle Videos
Through June 5, 2016
East Building, Video Gallery

Wolfgang Staehle, a German-born digital artist now based in New York, is interested in the ideas of time and transformation. Two works featured at the NCMA take different approaches to these fundamental concepts. 

In Eastpoint, Staehle presents viewers with a real-time transmission of still images of an awe-inspiring vista overlooking the Hudson River Valley in New York. The broadcasted image is updated every 10 seconds, and that delay, albeit brief, allows the viewer to ask questions concerning the nature of “now” and how even small transformations—in weather, season, or other elements—can affect our understanding of the present moment.

The Road takes the idea of time and makes tangible its epic proportions. Staehle’s projection shows an arrangement of 24 cards, with a new card loading into the animation every six seconds. The possible arrangements for these 24 cards are almost unfathomable: 1,686,553,615,927,922,354,187,720 variations. As the artist notes, “To put it in perspective: if every person on earth (some 7 billion) would do one combination every second, it would still take around 8 million years to lay down all possible combinations. One could say the duration of the piece approaches eternity.”

Chisel and Forge: Works by Peter Oakley and Elizabeth Brim
CLOSING March 20, 2016
East Building, North Carolina Gallery

Chisel and Forge presents two North Carolina artists whose sculptures provide a fresh and humorous look at everyday objects. Peter Oakley skillfully re-creates impermanent items—bars of soap, Styrofoam containers, egg cartons—out of marble, transforming the otherwise ordinary into beautiful and permanent objects, all with a wink toward the irony in doing so.

Elizabeth Brim, a prominent blacksmith, uses her metalworking—traditionally considered a “man’s medium”—to make a sly commentary on the unnecessary gendering of materials. Her forged steel pieces represent soft and stereotypically feminine objects: frilly pillows, high-heeled shoes, tutus, and aprons. Together, these artists jovially chisel away at the assumptions plaguing their chosen materials, forging new thoughts about the objects that surround us and those who create them.

The Energy of Youth: Depicting Childhood in the NCMA’s Photography Collection
CLOSING April 3, 2016
East Building, Julian T. Baker Jr. Photography Galleries

The Energy of Youth: Depicting Childhood in the NCMA’s Photography Collection highlights some of the most engaging photographs of children and adolescents from the North Carolina Museum of Art's permanent collection. Although sometimes seen as clichéd or mundane, images of children are frequently suffused with the energy of youth, which never ceases to provide opportunities for us to question how we see ourselves and the world around us. This exhibition celebrates the sensitivity brought to these moments of innocence, reflection, play, and transition.

Artists in this exhibition include Bill Bamberger, Luis Rey Velasco, Sally Mann, David Spear, Barbara Morgan, Margaret Sartor, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Linda Ford Roberts, Erwin Olaf, and Titus Brooks Heagins.

On view:

Coming up:
Art in Bloom April 7, 2016−April 10, 2016

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