The Museum is open with updated hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, required free timed tickets for the Museum collection galleries to encourage social distancing, and increased health and safety procedures including required cloth masks. Learn more about these updates at ncartmuseum.org/covid19. Museum from Home programming continues, including virtual events. Please note: Entry to special exhibition Golden Mummies of Egypt requires a paid ticket.
Light brings both art and nature to life and is explored through painting, photography, sculpture, and architecture in two exhibitions currently on view,Reflections on Light and Architecture of Light. In nature our human experience is profoundly affected by our exposure to sunlight, the loss of which is felt most during the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. Traditions around the Northern Hemisphere honor this darkness by creating celebrations that remind us of returning light and the promise that spring will bloom again.
The Town of Hillsborough has transformed their beloved winter event, the Solstice Lantern Walk, from a gathering that traditionally lit up the Eno River Walk in downtown Hillsborough to one that, with your help, will light up the state from coast to mountains on the longest night of the year. In partnership with the Hillsborough Art Council, the NCMA will distribute free lantern kits across N.C. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on receiving a packet of kits for your community. Requests must be received before December 15.
Free kits will also be available for pick-up at the Museum on Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, at the entrance to West Building, Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13, 12-3pm, at the West Building entrance.
Register to create a handmade lantern and be added to a community-made map of lights across the state. Registration is free! Make any kind of lantern you wish. Visit the Hillsborough Art Council’s website for more information and inspiring photos from past Solstice walks! Support the wonderful work of the Hillsborough Art Council here.
While the Museum is now open, Museum from Home programming continues, including the new NCMA Virtual Exhibitions Subscription and ongoing virtual events. Through the NCMA Recommends virtual offerings below, inspired by the Museum collection, we hope to foster contemplation, meditation, and creativity.