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Tiny Paintings: Handmade Artist Cards from the Charles Alston Collection


Greeting cards can be much more than a holiday photo or quick hello; for visual artists, they are small portable ways of sharing their art. On display are several pieces of greeting card artwork from mid-century American artists, including prominent African American artist Charles Alston, whose papers reside in the Southern Historical Collection. These intimately crafted, often limited-edition pieces demonstrate how artists kept in touch with their peer networks and refined their technical skills through the medium of greeting cards.

Through March 15, 2016
4th Floor Exhibit Space
Free and open to the public

Lyric Impressions: William Wordsworth in the Long Nineteenth Century


This display of over eighty books, prints, and maps explores the evolution of Wordsworth during the tumultuous period from the French Revolution through World War I. Inspired by the Rare Book Collection’s William Wordsworth Collection and Professor Mark Reed’s gift to it, the exhibit highlights the social and cultural conditions that precipitated Romantic literature and have ensured it enduring popularity.

Through April 15, 2016
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

Wootten & Johnston: Pioneer Female Photographers and North Carolina’s Preservation Movement


During the 1930s, photographers Bayard Wootten and Frances Benjamin Johnston each set out to document the early architecture of the South. The two approached their projects with distinctive styles, in some cases producing dramatically different images of the same building. Both eventually published books with the University of North Carolina Press.

An exhibition in the North Carolina Collection Gallery showcases photographs by these pioneers whose work helped spur preservation of the region’s architecture.

Through February 7, 2016
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

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