Southeast North Carolina, centered in Wilmington, has had a long history as an active visual art community. Its weather, location, light and scenery has drawn artists to this region. As the early center of North Carolina, art quickly became a distinguishing element in the area's history. Thousands of people buy visual art, view art, collect art, support the art community, teach and study art and even write about its history. Unfortunately, the research sources for visual art are not readily available to the researcher and to view the art itself one needs to visit the region.
This content website will not only celebrate our visual art history but make it more accessible to all. You will find:
- hundreds of images of recent and more historic visual art pieces on this site now held at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Randall Library, Department of Art & Art History, Watson School of Education, and the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts, the Cameron Art Museum and even public art in the community;
- images of select personal collections donated to the University;
- transcribed interviews with contemporary artists and art supporters;
- the only book-length history done to date on the art of New Hanover County as well as a recent history is on the site in full-text;
- many of the art catalogs, newsletters and other formal publications from the region;
- extensive links to sources, people and institutions that participate in and support the visual arts.