Connecting NC State courses with the arts: The Gregg Museum of Art & Design

Contact Zoe Starling, curator of education for the Gregg Museum or Amy Sawyers-Williams, arts outreach & engagement, to set up a connection (e.g. offer extra credit for your students who attend a virtual tour or have your students arrange for an in-person time to visit the Gregg)! zestarli@ncsu.edu; acsawyer@ncsu.edu

Current Exhibitions + Class Connections

True Likeness

January 12 – July 23, 2023
Black/ Sanderson Gallery

True Likeness presents an exhibition of contemporary portraits from diverse makers in a variety of media including video, photography, painting, collage, installation, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. Artists, some familiar, others more on the fringe of the art world, hail from all over the United States. Their own identities, and those presented through their works, provide a snapshot of who we are as a country. As the exhibition took shape over the last few years, as overt and coded hate speech became congruent with one of the most divisive elections of our time, it became apparent that highlighting and celebrating diversity was paramount.

Read more about the show here…

Image by Deborah Luster: James Blackburn (Roman Horse Soldier), 2012-13 toned silver gelatin print mounted on dibond

Additional Programs include staff guided tours on Jan. 19 and April 20, 6p.m. and a curator talk on March 9, 6p.m.

Class Connections:

  • ADN 111 / ADN 496 intro to 2d design / Business of A+D
  • ADN 204 sophomore studio
  • ADN 418 / ADN 490 contemporary issues in art and design / A+D Studio
  • ADN 480 Studio
  • ADN 493 Senior lecture
  • AFS 305 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • AFS 342 Introduction to the African Diaspora
  • AFS 346 Black Popular Culture
  • ANT 252 Cultural Anthropology
  • ARS 351 / ARS 494 Arts, Ideas And Values / Special Topics
  • ARS 353 Arts and Cross-Cultural Contacts
  • COM 417 Communication & Race
  • DS 105 Design First Year StudioDS 100 Design in Culture and Context
  • ED 508 Exploring Diversity in Classroom and Community
  • HA 410 History of the art of Photography
  • HI 345 American Popular Culture
  • HI 386 Introduction to Museum Studies
  • HON 297 Writing the Self
  • HON 347 Freedom and the Self
  • HUMU 295 Humanities and U.S. Diversity Special Topics
  • IS 200 Introduction to International Studies
  • PRT 200 Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • PRT 238 Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation and Sport
  • PSY 416 Psychology of Emotion
  • SOC 202 Principles of Sociology
  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • WGS 739 Social Psychology Of Inequality

This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect

February 2 – October 7, 2023

Adams and Woodson galleries

Aldwyth (born November 21, 1935) is a South Carolina artist who creates complex collages and assemblages from found materials. Her work is principally about and minutely engaged with the history of art and culture. She works “in relative seclusion from the larger art world.”[1] “While her meticulously assembled boxes and collages prepared from bits of cut-out art history books, encyclopedias, and other historical texts recall artists like Joseph CornellKurt Schwitters, and Bruce Conner, it is the subversive spirit of Duchamp that has had the most profound impact on her work,” according to Bradley Bailey.

Read more about the show here…

Additional Programs include: Film Screening of Aldwyth: Fully Assembled with Introduction by director Olympia Stone March 2, 6 p.m. and staff guided tours March 16 and May 18, 6p.m.

Class Connections:

  • ADN 111 / ADN 496 intro to 2d design / Business of A+D
  • ADN 204 sophomore studio
  • ADN 418 / ADN 490 contemporary issues in art and design / A+D Studio
  • ADN 480 Studio
  • ADN 493 Senior lecture
  • ANT 252 Cultural Anthropology
  • ARS 351 / ARS 494 Arts, Ideas And Values / Special Topics
  • DS 105 Design First Year Studio
  • DS 100 Design in Culture and Context
  • HI 345 American Popular Culture
  • HI 386 Introduction to Museum StudiesUnits
  • PRT 200 Health, Wellness and the Pursuit of Happiness
  • PRT 238 Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation and Sport
  • PSY 416 Psychology of Emotion
  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • HI 364 History of North Carolina


Virtual Tours

See a comprehensive list of virtual tours HERE

A Thousand Throws – an art installation by master potter and artist Daniel Johnston

Class Connections:

  • ARS 353 Arts and Cross Culture
  • DS Design in Context
  • HA 203 History of American Art
  • ARS 257 Technology in Arts
  • D 101 Design Inquiry II
  • FTM 217 Textile Industry
  • REL 200 Intro to Study of Religion
  • REL 220 Religion in the Contemporary World
  • REL 309 Religion & Society

Animate Earth – Adventures in Mimetolithia by Andy Nasisse – photography and ceramic sculptures offer a new way of seeing.

Class Connections:

  • ARS 353 Arts and Cross Culture
  • DS Design in Context
  • HA 203 History of American Art
  • ANT 475 Environmental Archeology
  • ANT 253 Into to World Archeology
  • COM 436 Environmental Communication
  • ES 100 Intro Environmental Science
  • NR Humans & the Environment
  • PSY 200 Intro to Psychology
  • PSY 400 Perception
  • PSY 420 Cognitive Process


All Is Possible – Mary Ann Scherr’s Legacy of Metal – Jewelry and consumer products by the first female designer in the American auto industry and inventor of wearable health monitors.

Class Connections:

  • ADN 112 Introduction to Three-Dimensional
  • ADN 202 Design Studio: Art & Design in Context Units
  • ADN 386 Sculpture 1
  • ADN 418 Contemporary Issues in Art and Design
  • BME 209 Intro Materials Science Biomaterials
  • WGS 210 Women and Gender in Science and Technology

Special thanks to graduate student intern Courtney Ray and undergraduate intern Sabrina Hurtado for CCG research


More information on the Curricular Connections Program

Our Curricular Connections Guide highlights meaningful, logical links between the substance of academic courses and the content of our events.

How to Engage

There are numerous ways you and your students can engage the arts and Arts NC State, including:

  • Attending a performance
  • Participating in pre- or post-concert discussions
  • Scheduling in-class workshops withArts NC State faculty or visiting artists
  • Using a performance to enhance your classroom discussion

Arts Outreach & Engagement contact

For more information on the Curricular Connections Guide, Arts NC State or engagement opportunities, email amy_sawyers-williams@ncsu.edu

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