Cultural Arts Building Gallery

Past Exhibitions

 CAB Art Gallery - Cultural Arts Building

Fall Senior Exhibition
Virtual Exhibition

The Senior Exhibition is the culmination of study in studio art at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. It is the capstone event for studio art majors. The Fall 2020 semester had eight graduating seniors: Kat Yoshie Bertram, Nikki M. Dinkins, Morgan Joseph Bair McMahan, Arianne N. Murray, Mary Grace Norris, Ian H. Schulte, Melissa N. Spivey, and (Jack) John Thomas Williams III.
Art in the Age of Social Distancing- Virtual Exhibition
A Collection of Work from UNCW Art Students ~ 2020
During this time of isolation, students around the world have been forced to adjust their studies and try to continue their education in a new way. This exhibition highlights the UNCW Art students by featuring their work that has come from this confusing and stressful time.
This exhibition also features UNCW Digital Arts Senior Showcase. The images for these students are connected to a link to a website that will allow you to explore virtual reality, 3D modeling, web development/graphic design, technical prototypes, and topographical simulation.
Power to the Zine!
This show is closed due to Covid-19
February 27 – April 3
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27, 5:30–7 p.m.
Zines (shortened from the word “magazines”) are small, independent publications that come in the form of mini pamphlets or DIY magazines and have long been an underground or counter-cultural vehicle for personal and political expression. This exhibit celebrates zines from a variety of sources and collections.

Photograph of various zines

The Self-Portrait
January 16 – February 23
What is a self-portrait? Is it a mirror image of the artist, a psychological reflection? In Contemporary Art, the self-portrait has freed itself from the figural and literal to delve into the abstract, digital, conceptual and beyond traditional mediums. This exhibition will take a journey into the experience of ‘self’ and the boundless ways this can be expressed.

 self portrait poster sarah knouse sculpture


Fall Senior Exhibition
November 21 – December 13
The Senior Exhibition is the culmination of study in studio art. The exhibition is
juried by the studio art faculty and mounted by graduating seniors. It is the
capstone event for studio art majors.

Allen Rodgers, Breach
Allen Rodgers, Breach, Oil on Canvas


October 24- November 15
This exhibition featured current work by University of North Carolina
Wilmington studio art faculty members: Donald Furst, Ned Irvine, Courtney Johnson, Anne Lindberg, Casey Scharling, Jeremy Millard, Andi Steele, Pam Toll, Gene Felice, Shannon Bourne, Rebecca Chappelear and Aaron Wilcox.

Pam Toll, Spiraling Oak

September 13 – October 17
Glasswork featured a variety of techniques and approaches that define contemporary glass making. This group exhibition will show how design and process are broken apart to reveal the state of glasswork today. A series of work by North Carolina glass artists representing various approaches to a challenging material - conceptual, textured, pate de verre and traditional murrine are some of the techniques featured in this show.

3 glass vessels by stormie burns

Stormie Burns, Vessels, 2019


Courtney Johnson: Moons
July 16–August 30

Moons is a series of photographs of real and artificial moons. In addition to photographs of the earth’s moon, photographs were made of temporary sculptures of sand, dirt, flour, dough, papier-mâché, and clay, as well as camera-less digital and analog photographs made with moonlight. The images emphasize photography’s ability to deceive, raising questions about collective memory, belief, and reality. Moons, which explores cycles from light to dark, warm to cool, birth to death, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch.


UNCW 2019 Printfest Exhibition
June 6 – July 3, 2019

Over the past several years, UNCW’s Art & Art History Department has hosted a biennial event called “Printfest”. Printfest is a daylong public printmaking showcase on the UNCW campus.  Using a two-ton construction paving roller and an unlikely press bed – the parking lot of the Cultural Arts building – a team of artists and volunteers work collaboratively to print large-scale woodcuts throughout the day. For each of the Printfest events held during 2014, 2015 & 2017, dozens of independent artists and multiple colleges from across North Carolina carved designs into 4’ x 6’ wood, which were then inked and printed on muslin before a live audience.  The theme of the woodcut designs each year is based on the work of local non-profits. The 2019 edition of Printfest was based on the theme of Ocean Pollution in collaboration with Plastic Ocean Project. The exhibition will highlight the work produced during the UNCW 2019 Printfest held on April 13, 2019 as well as feature the woodblocks used during the event, photographs, video and tools used by the artists.


Visiting Artist: Nathaniel Ober, Recent Sound Projects
May 16 – May 31, 2019

Wood harps by Nathan Ober


Spring Senior Exhibition 2019
April 11 - May 10
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11, 5:30–7 p.m.

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artwork by kyle kelsey

Reflections on Colorism: Art as the Alternative Mirror
Curated by Dr. Sarah L. Webb
February 28 – April 5, 2019

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Consort by Camille Hotffman


Gene A. Felice II
Solo Exhibition: Art & Science in Conversation
January 17 - February 22, 2019

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Image of work by Gene Felice entitled  Rapid Progression, Valium

Aaron Wilcox: Swimmers
July 12 - August 24
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 5:30–7 p.m.

Swimmers is an exhibition of portraits, artifacts and text that tell the story of a group of warriors and explorers through the Warring States Period and the early Unification of China during the Qin Dynasty. Seen through the eyes of the archaeologist who made the discovery, the exhibition weaves the swimmers into the rich fabric of Chinese history. swimmers-wilcox2.jpg
Aaron Wilcox,  Sentry Swimmer,  stoneware, 2017

Michael Aurbach: Solo Exhibition
August 30 - September 30
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 30, 5:30–7 p.m.

Michael Aurbach is a Professor of Art,  Emeritus at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. For the last three decades, his socially inspired sculpture has addressed issues associated with identity, death, institutional power and contemporary forms of scholarship. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including support from National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation and the Tennessee Arts Commission. 
Michael Aurbach, Cassandra,  mixed media, 2016