Arts & Culture

Arts news and events in the Triangle

Visitors are reflected in the ceiling of the entrance to the West Building at the N.C. Museum of Art. The building was named by Architectural Record, as one of the top 125 most important works of architecture built since 1891.
Visitors are reflected in the ceiling of the entrance to the West Building at the N.C. Museum of Art. The building was named by Architectural Record, as one of the top 125 most important works of architecture built since 1891.

NCMA building honored

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s West Building has been selected by the magazine Architectural Record as one of the top 125 most important works of architecture built since the magazine’s founding in 1891.

The glass and aluminum-clad building opened in 2010. The single-story building has an open floor plan and was created to showcase the museum’s permanent collection. It has a central sculpture hall and houses 40 galleries. It was designed by New York-based architects Thomas Phifer and Partners and North Carolina landscape architects Surface 678 (then Lappas + Havener).

The list of 125 buildings was created by Architectural Record editors to commemorate the magazine’s 125th anniversary. To create the list the magazine polled critics and scholars for nominations, and then its staff made the final call. To see a slideshow of the chosen buildings go to

“We’re incredibly proud to be ranked among such significant and innovative buildings from around the globe,” director Lawrence J. Wheeler said in a statement.

An author’s view of N.C. on display

This month and next Wake County Public Libraries will be celebrating Margaret Maron’s North Carolina. Maron is an award-winning mystery writer who lives in Wake County. She recently won the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015 for “Long Upon the Land,” the last in her series of books about Deborah Knott, a judge whose father was a bootlegger. She won the same prize in 1992 for her first Deborah Knott mystery, “The Bootlegger’s Daughter.” That one also won an Edgar, an Anthony and a Macavity award.

The library’s event, “Close to Home: Celebrating Margaret Maron’s North Carolina,” kicks off from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the North Regional Library with a conversation between Maron and Art Taylor, an English professor at George Mason University who has won his own Agathas, Anthony and Macavity awards. The North Regional Branch is at 7009 Harps Mill Road in Raleigh. For a full listing of events – which include bluegrass performances and a presentation on moonshine – go to

‘Remembering Frank’

“Remembering Frank,” a retrospective of the late artist Frank Creech, will be on exhibit through Oct. 9 at the gallery that bears his name in the STEAM Building on the campus of Johnston Community College, 245 College Road in Smithfield. The opening reception is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, and will include refreshments and music.

The exhibition will include paintings and sculpture being donated by Creech’s family members and friends.

A graduate of Duke and Florida State universities, Creech taught and later led the Art Department at JCC. His sculptures are displayed on the campuses of numerous universities including Duke and Yale. His commissioned works include “The Story Teller” at the Gaston County Public Library and “The Reader” at the Johnston County Public Library.

The exhibit is open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more details, call 919-209-2112.

Food as conversation

As part of its Southern Accent exhibition the Nasher Museum is hosting a free public talk on “Southern Food as Cultural Fount,” on Thursday, Sept. 15. The event will feature John T. Edge, winner of the James Beard Foundation’s M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award; North Carolina Public Radio reporter Leoneda Inge, who covers race and Southern culture; and Andrea Reusing, the James Beard award-winning chef of the Durham Hotel and Lantern restaurant in Chapel Hill.

The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. There will be a tour exploring the influence of Southern foods in the current exhibition that starts at 6 p.m. and the panel discussion begins at 7 p.m.

The Nasher is at 2001 Campus Drive in Durham. For details, or 919-684-5135.

A deeper look at 3 artists

Artists Bob Rankin, Rebecca Patman and Brenon Day will be at the opening reception of “Split Personalities” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. The exhibit will delve into the diversity of styles of all three Raleigh artists. The show runs through October at the Little Art Gallery and Craft Collection, 423 Daniels St. in Cameron Village, Raleigh. or 919-890-4111.

Calling all writers

If you’ve got a short story in you – or one you’ve already written – enter it in the N.C. State Fiction Contest by Oct. 11.

There are a few rules:

▪ You must be a resident of North Carolina.

▪ You can’t be a tenure-track professor in the UNC system.

▪ You can’t be a previous winner.

▪ And you can’t be a published author – not in print or online.

▪ If you’ve entered previously, you can’t enter the same short story.

▪ All entries must be double-spaced and typed with a word count listed on the first page.

▪ Put your name, email address and phone number on a separate cover sheet, not on your story.

▪ You must mail your stories – no emails – to N.C. State Fiction Writing Contest, Campus Box 8105, English Department, N.C. State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695-8105.

You may enter one story in each of the two contest categories:

▪ The James Hurst Prize for Fiction: $500

No more than 20 double-spaced typed pages, limited to 5,000 words.

▪ The Shorter Fiction Prize: $250

No more than five double-spaced typed pages, limited to 1,200 words.

Plan ahead for the N..C Symphony

British pianist Stephen Hough and N.C. Symphony Music Director Grand Llewellyn have known each other since they were classmates in Manchester, England, which could explain why the work together so well.

They’ll be reunited for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 for the symphony’s opening night concerts – in Chapel Hill and Raleigh the weekend of Sept. 22.

The program, which features all Russian composers, will include two works by Stravinsky: “Petrouchka,” the story of a puppet who comes to life and struggles with unrequited love, and “Circus Polka,” which was written at the request of choreographer George Balanchine who wanted music to be “danced” by 50 elephants and 50 showgirls for an act in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The first performance will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 at Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill. They then return to Raleigh for shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts at 2 E. South St.

Ticket prices range from $18 to $76 and may be purchased online at or by calling 919-733-2750.