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

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

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design: virtual & in-person tours

Objects of Intention

by Stephen Althouse

In the Black-Sanderson Gallery

Through May 9, 2021

Beginning as sculptures, these powerful and startling images of age-old agricultural implements provide a visual language used to comment on the human condition. The photographic prints are extremely large scale, 9 feet wide in some cases, and feature sculptures created by sculptor-photographer Althouse using manmade objects, cloth, tools, and simple farm machinery.

Class Connections:

  • ARS 257 Technology in Arts
  • ARS 353 Arts and Cross Culture
  • D 101 Design Inquiry II
  • DS Design in Context
  • FTM 217 Textile Industry
  • HA 203 History of American Art
  • 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

In the Woodson Gallery

Through June 27, 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.

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

A Thousand Throws-

An art installation

by Daniel Johnston

In the Adams Gallery

Through July 18, 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.

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

Virtual Tours

AllIs Possible cuff with star

All Is Possible –
Mary Ann Scherr’s Legacy in Metal

Virtual Tour


Highlights of one of the first female industrial designers, and the first woman designer to work in the automobile industry. Curated by jewelry historian Ana Estrades, “All is Possible” includes numerous examples of Scherr’s innovative jewelry, body monitors, and design work. https://gregg.arts.ncsu.edu/exhibitions/all-is-possible/

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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