As kids go back to school and the weather cools down, local arts organizations and museums start to ramp up their programming and exhibits. Here’s a list of recent art shows that are available to view in the Triad as well as upcoming shows.
Weatherspoon Art Museum (500 Tate St.)
- Bestiary: Animals as Symbols and Metaphors opened June 11 and runs through Dec. 3. The show, according to the website “enlarges the concept of animals as symbols by also including depictions of beasts that evoke figurative expressions.”
- UPCOMING: Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth opens on Sept. 10 and will run through April 8, 2023. The show tackles ideas around gilding and gold to explore “gilding as a means to reconsider our value systems.”
- Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Closed Sundays, Mondays + holidays
Greenhill Center for NC Art (200 N. Davie St.)
- Presence: North Carolina Figurative Artists opened on July 23 and runs until Nov. 5. According to the website, the show, which features work by 25 NC artists, “is a major survey exhibition of two and three dimensional ﬁgurative works in a range of approaches from realistic to symbolic, used to explore experiences and emotions that reach to the heart of the human condition.”
- Extra: To complement the show, Greenhill has a full lineup of events including a dance performance, yoga in the gallery and several artist talks. Learn more here.
- Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri: 12:00-5:00 p.m.; Wed: 12-7 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mega Mega Mega (at the Greensboro Project Space, 111 E. February One Pl.)
- Group Show: This art studio opened by Green Bean founder Pete Schroth aims to bring together artists from across the country to show that art can make the world a better place. The group show opened on Aug. 15 and runs through Sept. 3. A closing reception will take place on Sept. 2 from 6-8 p.m. Visit the site for more info.
- Hours: Tue-Fri: 12-5 p.m.; Sat: 2-5 p.m.
UNCG Gatewood Studio Arts Gallery (527 Highland Ave.)
- Persistence of Vision: This “exhibition showcases the Laura Hayes and John Howard Wileman collection of animation toys and optical devices. These items date between 1825 and 1905 and represent the earliest examples of moving images.” Show opened on Aug. 10 and runs until Sept. 27. Learn more here.
- Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat: 1-4 p.m.
Center for Visual Artists (In the Cultural Arts Center, 200 N. Davie St.)
- UPCOMING: This show at the CVA showcases the idea of personhood “using the human figure whether depicting themselves or others in their artwork in a variety of media, including painting/drawing, photography and film, collage, textiles, and clay.” Show opens on Sept. 2 and runs through Oct. 15. Opening reception takes place on Sept. 2 from 6-9 p.m.
- Hours: Tues-Sat: 12-5 p.m.; Wed: 12-7 p.m.
SECCA (750 Marguerite Dr.)
- Will Wilson: Connecting the Dots opened on June 16 and runs until Dec. 11. The show is “a mid-career retrospective of the Diné (Navajo) photographer and community engagement artist Will Wilson.” This exhibition showcases photography and sculpture from three significant bodies of work created over the last two decades, addressing topics such as environmental justice, institutional racism, and Indigenous futurism.
- Paul Bright: Matter of Style opened on July 14 and runs through Oct. 30. The show “explores collage as an approach to art-making with works created from found materials in a variety of media, including paper, books, video, sound, and performance.”
- Southern Idiom: Brutal Beauty: This show opened on Aug. 13 and runs through Sept. 11. The show features new works by metalworker Gabe Bridges of Metalmorphosis.
- North Carolina Satellite Reef: This show opened on Aug. 11 and runs through Sept. 25. The exhibit is a “a stitched, figurative, and collaborative fantasy, this hyperbolic reef also calls attention to the tsunami of plastic trash pouring into the world’s oceans threatening marine life everywhere.”
- Inside/Outside: Charlie Brouwer is an evolving outdoor sculpture project by Charlie Brouwer on SECCA’s scenic grounds over the course of 17 months. The exhibit will be on display through December.
- Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs: 12-8 p.m.; Sun: 1-5 p.m., Closed Mon and Tues
- Still I Rise: The Black Experience at Reynolda: This small but powerful exhibit opened on Feb. 22 and runs through Dec. 31. As reviewed by TCB, the show reckons with its past treatment of Black workers, artists.
- Louise Nevelson: Architect of Light and Shadow: This show captures “Nevelson’s strikingly personal iconography—often centered around celestial or earthly bodies or phenomena such as moons, night, dusk, dawn, tides, skies, rain, light, wind, shadows, and stars.” It opened on April 22 and runs until Sept. 18.
- Chrome Dreams and Infinite Reflections: American Photorealism opened on July 15 and runs through Dec. 31. The show “highlights the nostalgia associated with America’s post-war boom” by showcasing “works of art that include glittering cityscapes, shiny storefront windows, and sleek automobiles that are icons of the period.”
- Page Laughlin Paper Dolls: The Labor Series opens on Aug. 26 and will run through Dec. 31. The show was prompted by artist Page Laughlin’s “contemplative walks through Reynolda House and grounds, and was inspired by the three generations of Reynolds women who created it—and by all women who carry us forward.”
- Hours: Tues-Sat: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery (601 N. Trade St.)
- Taste of Home opens on Sept. 2 and will run through Sept. 30. The show features artist members Bayley Wharton in wood and Jennifer McCormick in mixed media.
- Hours: Tues-Thurs: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Artworks Gallery (564 Trade St. NW)
- A Leg to Stand On, a new series of work by Jessica Tefft that “looks at how tragedy and trauma can transform us” opens on Aug. 28 and runs through Oct. 1.
- The Forest is a continued series of works by Wendell Myers of trees and thickets of untended brush inspired by time that he and his late wife, Pam, spent in Poland over the last 15 years. Myers layers saturated color to produce an active surface with visual depth and detail. The show opens on Aug. 28 and runs through Oct. 1.
- Hours: Wed-Sat: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun: 1-4 p.m.
Sechrest Gallery of Art at High Point University (One University Parkway)
- Two Cardinals in the Thicket is a two-part photographic series by Parker James Reinecker that explores themes of human ecology, navigation, and how a landscape shapes its own identity. The show opened on Aug. 22 and runs through Sept. 23.
- Hours: Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-5p.m.
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