Due to unforeseen circumstances and expected inclement weather, the Watchhouse concert originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1, has been rescheduled to Friday, October 28. Tickets for the original date can be used for the rescheduled date; just present your ticket at the new event. For additional assistance, or to request a refund, contact help@ncartmuseum.org during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Learn more on the event page.

Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about the opening weekend celebration.

Get Involved

Explore the Park, wander the galleries, and find your place at the NCMA through in-person and virtual activities planned by our College Advisory Council. Through juried exhibitions, internship opportunities, and peer-led activities, college students across the state can express themselves and gain valuable experience.



College students and recent graduates benefit from interning at the NCMA by learning and contributing to the work of an art museum.

Free Friday Special Exhibitions

Admission to ticketed exhibitions is FREE for college students on Fridays from 3 to 5 pm; just show your current student ID at Tickets and Membership. Admission to the permanent collection is always free.

College Take-Overs

Thinking through Making: NCMA College Exhibition 2022–23

This exhibition highlights the act of making art over the presentation of a finished product. It takes place at the North Carolina Museum of Art from October 2022 through February 2023.

Students are encouraged to enter work that supports the theme of Thinking through Making. This may include sketches, maquettes, studies, or failed attempts at paintings, drawings, or sculptures as well as edited process videos. We are interested in demonstrating the work that goes into the artist’s process, from conceptualization through finished piece.

The size of any object entered should not exceed 36 inches in any direction.

Please email angela.lombardi@ncdcr.gov with any questions.

  • Deadline for submissions: Monday, September 12, 2022
  • Juried final decisions announced: by Tuesday, September 20, 2022
  • Opening event: Tuesday, November 18, College Night 2022

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