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

Across the Threshold of India – Photographs by Martha Strawn

March 31, 2022 – November 12, 2022
Robert K. Black and J. Ormond Sanderson Gallery

Martha Strawn, visual ecologist and photographer, has documented  the practice of making “threshold drawings” (kolam or rangoli), and presents them at NC State’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Across the Threshold of India—Photographs by Martha Strawn. 

Read more about the show here…

Additional Programs include an artist talk on 9/15/22 and a staff guided tour on 10/20/22.

Class Connections:

  • ANT 252: Cultural Anthropology
  • ARS 353: Arts and Cross-Cultural Contacts
  • DS 200: A Survey of Design Studies
  • HA 240: Introduction to Visual Culture
  • HI 233: The World Since 1750
  • HI 264: Modern Asia: 1800 to Present
  • HI 591: Museum Studies
  • HON 340: Religion and Freedom
  • IS 200: Introduction to International Studies
  • REL 210: Religious Traditions of the World
  • REL 230: Asian Religions
  • REL 332: The Buddhist Traditions

Eric Serritella – Sharing Spaces

Trompe l’Oeil Ceramics

April 14, 2022 – December 3, 2022

Chapel Hill artist Eric Serritella creates his ceramic sculptures as conduits to emotion through inquiry, recognition, and familiarity. Through aging and decay, Serritella’s sculptures challenge the viewer with both the nature of the material and the messages within. Each sculpture in Eric Serritella–Sharing Spaces fosters awareness to affect viewers’ behaviors toward the environment. Through this consciousness they can acquire new appreciations and ways of seeing.

Read more about the show here…

Additional Programs include an artist led Interactive Gong-fu Tea Ceremony and Exhibition Tour on 10/13/22.

Class Connections:

  • ARS 353: Arts and Cross-Cultural Contacts
  • DS 200: A Survey of Design Studies
  • FW 221 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • HI 264: Modern Asia: 1800 to Present
  • HI 591: Museum Studies
  • PSY 500 Visual Perception

Egyptian Tent

June 2, 2022 – December 23, 2022

The Gregg’s Egyptian Tent exhibition features a rare and colorfully appliquéd Egyptian tour tent that is part of the museum’s collection, one of only six of its kind known in the world. Side note: Did you know you can search the Gregg collection online?

Read more about the show here…

Additional Programs include a Film Screening: The Tentmakers of Cairo (2015) 9/1/22 and a lecture by Professor Sam Bowker 11/17/22.

Class Connections:

  • ADN 273: Fibers Materials and Processes
  • ADN 470: Fibers and Surface Design Studio
  • ARS 353: Arts and Cross-Cultural Contacts
  • DS 200: A Survey of Design Studies
  • HA 240: Introduction to Visual Culture
  • HI 591: Museum Studies
  • IS 200: Introduction to International Studies
  • PCC 301: Technology of Dyeing and Finishing


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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