Cultural Arts Building Gallery

The Mezzanine Gallery 

The Mezzanine Gallery hosts student solo, group and curated exhibits. Students are eligible to submit exhibition proposals accompanied by a student lecture, which are vetted by the faculty. Faculty members also organize student exhibitions in the space. All exhibitions and lectures are free and open to the public.

The Mezzanine Gallery is located on the second floor of the Cultural Arts Building. The Cultural Arts Building is located on the corner of Randall Parkway and Reynolds Drive on the UNCW campus and can be accessed from South College Road or Racine Drive. Visitor parking is in front of the box office entrance to the building.

Past Exhibitions

The AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels
January – March, 2022

AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels


The AIDS Quilt is a memorial, a form of activism, and wake-up call to end stigma. Its panels are 3x6 – the size of a grave. They are made by friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers. It is an epic 54-ton tapestry that includes nearly 50,000 panels to more than 105,000 individuals. It is the premiere symbol of the AIDS pandemic, a living memorial to a generation lost to AIDS and an important HIV prevention education tool. The Quilt is considered the largest community art project in history and the largest piece of folk art in the world.

As the largest community arts project in the world, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is a teaching tool to help educate people about the story of AIDS, remember the more than 700,000 U.S. lives lost to disease, and to support local HIV/AIDS service organizations, LGBTQ+ centers, and support awareness about health and social justice issues. Explore more at