Special Exhibits

Each trip to Tryon Palace should include an experience that's new, exciting, and different from your last visit. Whether it's rare exhibitions that display objects from the Tryon Palace Collection, traveling exhibitions, or a local art show, you never know what you'll see in the Duffy Exhibition Gallery, and other locations around the site.

Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation

Craven Arts Council Sculpture Garden


Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation

The name Tiffany is recognizable to many but few may know that Louis Comfort Tiffany, famed for his innovations in glass, was the son of Charles Tiffany, founder of the internationally acclaimed Tiffany and Company. On loan from the Museum of the Albemarle, the exhibit “Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation” explores the life and work of this glass artist. 

Featuring pieces on loan from private collectors and several institutions, the exhibit tells the story of the companies created by father and son as well as putting Tiffany’s stained glass in the context of the broader Art Nouveau style.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a collection of 23 objects on loan from Georgia collector Tom Wester.  Three stained glass windows join a collection of lamps, vases and pottery.  On display will be rare items such as a circa 1910 lamp with an oriental poppy shade and a Cypriot glass base, a number of Favrile glass works including lamp sprays from Whalehead in Historic Corolla and an urn shaped vase that was displayed at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific in Seattle, Washington where Tiffany won a gold medal for his work. 

Visitors can view beautiful works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and appreciate superior quality workmanship while discovering the significance of the Art Nouveau movement. 

Craven Arts Council & Gallery Public Sculpture Park

The public sculpture park sponsored by the Craven Arts Council & Gallery has been relocated to the grounds surrounding the North Carolina History Center. Take a stroll around the North Carolina History Center to experience the following works:

"Two Circles" by Dana Gingras

Dana Gingras's primary mediums are glass, metal, and wood. His work comes from the process of understanding these materials, their intrinsic properties, and inherent beauty. His goal is to create something new and visually stimulating, yet still retain the natural dignity of material.

“Two Circles” is the third piece in his window series, which celebrates steel for its strength and timelessness while incorporating the context of the natural world. The windows, while definitely substantial in size and weight, urge the viewer to see them and also to see through them, to focus on the negative space and all the beauty that surrounds them.

 "Printemps" by Dan Millspaugh
Dan Millspaugh was born in Miami, Florida and attended the University of Miami where he received his BFA in Ceramics and MFA in Sculpture. He served four years in the US Coast Guard and moved to North Carolina in 1981. Since then he taught at University of North Carolina - Asheville, primarily in sculpture and photography and currently holds the rank Emeritas Professor of Art.
His work has gone through many changes over the years. He has concen-trated on bronze and aluminum casting; the figure; totemic forms; weld-ing of steel and nonferrous metal and iron casting.

The medium of "Printemps" is cast iron. The material and process were attractive to Millspaugh because of the necessity of a group activity. Sculpture in general needs more than one person and enhances the teach-ing process. He states that his, "fondly remembered experiences in undergraduate and graduate school were group efforts."

"Rain" by Hanna Jubran
Hanna Jubran received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently a Sculpture Professor and Sculpture Area Coordinator at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Hanna’s work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space. Each sculpture occupies and creates its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings. The work does not rely on one media to evoke the intended response, but takes advantage of compatible materials such as, wood, granite, steel, iron and bronze.

For information about purchasing any of these pieces, please contact the Craven Arts Council & Gallery at (252) 638-2577.