Current Exhibitions

Greenville, Then and Now

June 21 – October 5, 2019
West Wing and Commons Galleries

Evidence of shifting landscapes are all around Greenville. Alongside these changes, our ideas of landscapes and what we value about them are also being renegotiated. Through historical photos and artifacts, and works by contemporary artists, Greenville, Then and Now invites viewers to pause and reflect on Greenville’s historical and contemporary landscapes and what they continue to mean to us as individuals and as a community.

Join us for the following exhibition-related programs and events!

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 21, 6:30 – 8:00pm (Member Exclusive Preview at 5:30pm)
  • Historic Bus Tours of Greenville: Saturday, June 22, 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • History Day at the GMA: Saturday, August 24, 1:00 – 4:00pm
  • Downtown Dialogues in the Humanities: Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Closing Reception + Haunted Tours of Greenville: Friday, October 4, 5:00 – 8:00pm (Haunted Tours start at 5:30pm)

Thank you to our exhibition sponsors!

Dr. Bill Cox Orthodontics

Pitt County Historical Society

Greenville Noon Rotary

Mitch and Mandi Jones

ECU Joyner Library Special Collections


Permanent Collection Galleries

Hobson Pittman, Anemones

Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation Gallery

The Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation gallery features rotating works purchased for the Museum by the foundation. Rachel Maxwell Moore was a leading civic figure and arts advocate in Greenville. and was central to the founding of the Museum’s predecessor in 1939. She established the Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation in 1963, and before she passed away in 1964, bequeathed funds to the foundation for the sole purpose of purchasing works of art for the Museum’s permanent collection.

Kenneth Noland, West Light, 2001

Kenneth Noland Gallery

The Kenneth Noland Gallery celebrates the art and legacy of Black Mountain College, an innovative liberal arts college that operated between 1933 and 1957. Kenneth Noland, born in Asheville in 1924, attended Black Mountain College on the G. I. Bill from 1946 to 1948. He studied under Josef Albers and Ilya Bolotowsky, who introduced him to the work of artists interested in geometry and color.

Francis Speight, Winter Scene, 1941

Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee Gallery

The Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee Gallery is dedicated to the work of these two artists. Speight was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, and moved back to Greenville to teach at East Carolina University after spending a majority of his career at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Blakeslee was born in Illinois and met Speight at the Academy as a student. The couple lived outside of Philadelphia until moving to Greenville in 1961.

Jugtown Pottery, Chinese Blue Vase, c. 1940s

North Carolina Pottery

The Greenville Museum of Art has a strong collection of North Carolina pottery, and especially from Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina. Jugtown Pottery was opened by Jacques and Juliana Busbee in 1921. They were influential at Jugtown and elsewhere in Seagrove by introducing local North Carolina potters to international ceramic styles and glazes. Much of our pottery collection was given to the Museum by Mrs. Lindsay Savage in 1948 and Dr. James H. Stewart in the 1980s.