The Mims and North Civic Galleries at The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts


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.

 2018-2019 The Dunn Center: Mims Art Gallery Season

With twenty two years of service to the eastern Carolina cultural community 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. This season we will 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.

Karen Lynch Harley and Ivan Richardson: Haliwa Saponi Country

August 16 – September 23, 2018
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018.
Photographs and Watercolors by North Carolina Haliwa Saponi tribal artists.

painting of a Native American woman in tribal dress viewed from the right side of the face
Native American dancer in tribal attire
Jerome De Perlinghi: Symphony Of Portraits

October 5 – October 28, 2018
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2018
Internationally acclaimed  portrait photographer exhibits black and white celebrity portraits, from movie stars to political figures…stating, “….A portrait indeed is a meeting between the one who shoots the photo and the one who will pose.”

Photograph of Johnny Depp in a hat by Jerome De Perlinghi
Contemplate, Concentrate: Group exhibit of artworks curated by Kiki Farish including Jill Eberle, Kiki Farish, Jane Wells Harrison and Jerry Jackson

November 1 – December 9, 2018
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018
All graduates of ECU painting under the inspired mentorship of the late Paul Hartley…years later exploring formal elements of art making, yes, but also narratives of human dramas.

modern-style painting with reds blues and yellows
modern-style painting grayscale reading unexploited
Mid-Century Modernists

January 11 – February 17, 2019
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Mid-Century Modern Exhibition presents original artworks from Edward Christiana, Guy Danella and Helen Lowe Kendall; artists who flourished professionally between the 1940s and 90s. All three were gifted painters with a half century of historic personal and significant modernist influences like Wassily Kandinsky’s Non Objective Abstraction, Picasso’s Cubism and Hans Hoffman’s Abstract Expressionism that shaped their personal artistic developments, exhibitions and inclusion in important collections world-wide.

Maureen O’Neill: Imprints of Experience

February 21 – March 31, 2019
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2018
Dreamy abstract pastels emphasize atmospheres of color suggesting intimate settings.

Modern-style painting with browns, pinks and blues with block brushstrokes by Maureen O'Neill
Dwight Mitchell: Realist Painter

April 4 – May 12, 2019
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday April 4, 2018
African-American oil painter skillfully captures an observed reality striving to bring out the beauty of his subjects and enlighten viewer emotions

painting of rushing waterfalls down a cliff
Good Bye Mr. Chips

May 16 – July 18, 2019
Reception Party: 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2018
Paintings: Professor Everett Mayo retires from Wesleyan after 27 years.

painted gate painting in burgundy, teal and pink

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon.

To contact Gallery Director Everett Adelman, e-mail eadelman@ncwc.edu or phone 252.985.5268.