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“To Take Shape and Meaning” Community Day

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$14 – $20

This exhibition features 3-D works by seventy-five contemporary Indigenous artists from throughout the United States and Canada, including eight from North Carolina.

Form and design are two of the oldest elements in American Indian art. Artists use these to create culturally unique characteristics that convey meaning and function in ceramics, weaving, beadwork, and basketry.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 8, at 10 am for members and Thursday, February 22, at 10 am for nonmembers.

Free for Members. $20 Adults, $17 Seniors age 65 and older, $14 Youth ages 7–18, Free for children 6 and under and college students.

This exhibit runs from March 2 – July 28, 2024, with additional exhibition programming on the following dates:

Artist Panel: Indigenous Understanding of Shape and Meaning in American Indian Art
Friday, March 1, noon–1 pm
Free with registration
Join us for a discussion moderated by guest curator Nancy Strickland Fields (Lumbee) with renowned artists Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee/Seminole), Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo), and Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw/Choctaw).

NC Indigenous Artist Festival
Saturday, March 2, 10 am–4 pm
Free, including free admission to To Take Shape and Meaning
Celebrate Indigenous arts and culture from across the state of North Carolina, meet artists and buy traditional crafts and contemporary jewelry, and drop in for free workshops and a performance by Lumbee culture dancers.

Meet the Curator: Nancy Strickland Fields
Free on Community Days: Saturday, March 2, April 20, 1–2 pm
Free with ticket to the exhibition (must register): Saturday, May 18, June 8, 1–2 pm
Meet Nancy Strickland Fields, director/curator of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian and guest curator of this celebration of contemporary Indigenous art, who leads a tour of To Take Shape and Meaning.


June 16
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$14 – $20
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North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607-6407 United States
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