In support of the cultural mission and quality entertainment of The Dunn Center, the Mims Gallery annually produces a series of art exhibits by nationally recognized and local professionals from various and diverse populations. All Gallery events are FREE to the public and bring music and art together for reception parties where visitors and art collectors can talk with visiting artists one on one. Most artworks are for sale and we encourage collecting from our exhibits.
The North Civic Gallery in The Dunn Center is a community gallery that features works from area schools, children’s art and special projects. The internationally recognized Four Sisters Gallery of Self-Taught Visionary Art in the Welcome Center specializes in Coastal Plain Art.
Mims & Civic Art Gallery Season
The Mims Art Gallery at NC Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center continues to present the available best, most diverse international and regional art for our patrons’ interest and enjoyment. Each season we exhibit oil and watercolor painting, photography, pastel and mixed media artworks, some abstract with emphasis on artistic process, some with emphasis on subject matter. Our reception parties for our artists are FREE to the public where there’s opportunity to meet artists and enjoy live music. Most artworks are for sale and we encourage collecting for the home and office.
Upcoming Gallery Events
Past Art Exhibits
October 29 through December 6
Micah Mullen makes gleefully arresting paintings that transform conventional realism into a visual world that the artist offers up as an alternate reality. Mullen’s painting style is centered on his improvisation of pattern and color to make his pictorial subjects vibrate with optical energy. His evident labor-intensive process requires patience and time. In his own words he says this method, “allows my paintings to reflect my varying emotions and moods and in a strange way create a sense of balance and harmony in what are sometimes very detailed and confusing compositions.”
Mullen studied at State University of New York at Brockport and Duquesne University. He is the Marketing Director at Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Japanese Embroidery Guild: Centuries old tradition of thread-work images and designs.
Exhibit displayed: August 14 – September 17, 2020
Virtual Display Only
Englewood & Winstead Avenue Elementary Schools: Students of Ms. Carmichael and Ms. Hamilton in the Civic Gallery
February 9 – April 16, 2020
Jan Volz: Light. Paintings and assemblages that focus on light.
January 10 – February 16, 2020
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2020
Oona Lewis & Pegi Barnes Sharpe: Sublime and Seen. Wilson painters exhibit abstracts, landscapes and portraits.
February 20 – March 29, 2020
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday February 20, 2020
Mr. Chips Invitational: Group exhibition of Mims Gallery artists from 1996-2019
Through September 15th, 2019
Joseph Bounds: Echoes of Portraiture. Exquisitely painted fractured portraits and cubist figures.
September 19 – October 27, 2019
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019
Bound’s oil paintings are not conventional portraits; his portrait subjects seem ethereal in fractured and layered abstract compositions that are carefully executed with delicately modulated tonalities. These images are profoundly psychological, even mystical, with personages appearing to exist simultaneously in the present, past, and future. What one might compare would be a slowly tumbling and rotating freeze-frame hologram.
When one takes in the artist’s imaginative approach to the human form and portrait, it is not surprising to find out that Joseph Bound’s earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the famous Chicago Art Institute, home to some of America’s most unconventional imagist painting since midcentury. Home based in North Carolina, Bounds nevertheless exhibits his art internationally from the Saatchi Gallery in London to Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY. He has soloed at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill and Studio Oh in Chicago. 2018 he took First Place in a competitive exhibition at the Cape Fear Studios and Special Merit in Figurative Art at the LST Gallery on line.
He taught figure drawing in the Barton College Art Department in 2018 where his admirable reputation and artwork caught the interest of Wesleyan’s Mims Gallery. We are indeed fortunate to have persuaded Bounds to exhibit with us this season; his exhibit will continue until October 27.
Koncept Photography Club: Area photographers expressing us and where we live.
October 31 – December 8, 2019
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 2019
The Koncept Photography Club has 21 members from around Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash Northampton and Warren Counties. Each member has their specialty and some members have broader interests in taking photographs. Twelve members are exhibiting their work in this exhibition. Some club members specialize in portraits, formal and informal; candids are popular, where unplanned, the photographer captures someone doing something interesting or just looking good; events bring people together like car shows, ceremony especially like the Haliwa- Saponi Native pow-wow provide lots to photograph; wild life and nature are tricky…sneaking up on a bird and waiting for a sunrise are all a part of this interest; city and country environs are subject matter, architecture new and old and in different extant states and conditions, modern, historic and falling down….all such concerns and fascination interest club photographers. Subjects in a photograph are important, but equally important are the seasoned photographer’s skill and artistic instincts for composition, color and atmosphere qualities, capturing action and movement, also clarity and sharp contrast…all aspects featured in the Koncept Photography exhibition.
Today the camera has changed and changes all the time….digital photography by camera and iphone dominate the photographers equipment…no more spool film and darkroom technology. But the Koncept Photography Club’s Mission Statement says it best: “The camera may change, but the concept stays the same.”