GreenHill Celebrates 40 Years: NC Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Fine Crafts

Richard Fennell, Cedars with Pond, 2019, oil on canvas, 16 x 20

Other N.C. Exhibitions Feature Photography, Pottery

Raleigh, N.C. - On Dec. 8, GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro will open its 40th  Winter Show, a comprehensive review of art and craft being produced by nearly 100 artists who live in North Carolina or have lasting ties to the state. Painting, sculpture, photography, woodwork, fabric and fiber works will be featured in the exhibition, which will run through January 15, 2020.
“Artists from Wilmington to Weaverville will be participating in this year’s exhibition with over 40 new artists joining returning artists to the show,” said GreenHill Curator Edie Carpenter. “Winter Show elevates statewide art and artists by presenting an abundant selection of handmade works in all mediums exemplifying the high level of craftsmanship and creative expression concentrated in North Carolina.”
Saturday, Dec. 7, Winter Show opens with Collector’s Choice where participants have a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with exhibition artists. The public opening is scheduled for the next day, Sunday, Dec. 8 and includes a variety of activities for families. Visit for additional information.
Elsewhere, new exhibitions across the state will showcase Native American art, crystalline pottery, and the future of craft. Read on for a list of current and soon-to-be-opened exhibitions supported by the North Carolina Arts Council’s grant programs.
Artspace, Raleigh
Dirty South
Through Nov. 30 this exhibition explores contemporary Southern life through sculpture, painting, video and textiles by artists Jasmine Best, Laura Little, Aaron McIntosh and Enso Ortega.
Asheville Art Museum
The grand opening of the new Asheville Art Museum is slated for Nov. 14. With it comes three new exhibitions: Appalachia Now! Explores the art of our time; Intersections in American Art is the reinstallation and reinterpretation of the museum’s collection in an enlarged gallery space and Points of View examines recent gifts to the photography collection.
CAM Raleigh
‘Viva Viclas!’
Through Feb. 9, 2020 this exhibition features 10 custom motorcycles designed in the lowrider style popularized by Chicanos and Mexican-Americans and 12 artworks inspired by lowrider culture.
Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington
Structure in Space and Time - Photography by Phil Freelon
Nationally renowned architect Phil Freelon passed away last summer after a years-long struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Best known for his work as lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the Durham-based Freelon was also a talented photographer. This exhibition celebrates the life and photography of Freelon, one of N.C.’s most celebrated architects, through April 26, 2020.
Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Asheville
Craft Futures-2099
Opening Nov. 16 and running through Feb. 29, 2020, this exhibition imagines the many possible futures for craft, looking both forwards and backwards as the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design celebrates its renovated new space.  
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Charlotte
Through April 12, 2020 this exhibition of Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.’s photographs of Brookhill Village documents an African-American neighborhood and community in Uptown Charlotte that dates back to the 1930s and is now threatened by gentrification and displacement.
Hickory Museum of Art
How Creativity Happens
Through Jan. 5, 2020, this unique exploration into the creative process that explores creative importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration, experimentation and innovation.  
Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh
Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South
Through Dec 29, this joint exhibition with N.C. State’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh and the Duke University’s Power Plant Gallery in Durham reveals 55 contemporary photographers’ vision of the new South.
McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte
2019 Member Show
From Dec. 5 to Jan. 4, 2020, the McColl Center will showcase artwork created by their members. Members have until Nov. 15 to submit to this salon-style, non-juried exhibition.
Mint Museum, Charlotte
Coined in the South
Through Feb. 16, 2020. The fourth annual Coined in the South refers not only to The Mint Museum’s origins as the first branch of the United States Mint, but also to the act of inventing and/or devising.
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham
Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now
Through Jan. 12, 2020 this groundbreaking exhibition charts the development of contemporary Indigenous art in the U.S. and Canada by presenting over 60 works of art from 42 Native American artists.
North Carolina Pottery Museum, Seagrove
Contemporary North Carolina Crystalline & Cameo
Through Dec. 14, this exhibition looks at the pâte-sur-pâte cameo technique in North Carolina, crystalline pottery, which is growing in popularity with contemporary N.C. ceramic artists.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury
Dance Through the River and Abstractions from Nature
Through Feb 1, 2020, these exhibitions feature the work of Christine Rucker, connecting audiences with the Yadkin River through dance, photography, video and storytelling and sculpture by Dean Leary, respectively.