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.

Pieced with Care Quilt Exhibit Featuring Works from the Twin Rivers Quilters Guild

Craven Arts Council Sculpture Garden


"Pieced with Care" Quilt Exhibit Featuring Works from the Twin Rivers Quilters Guild

This exhibit displays over 60 beautifully unique and never-before-seen quilts. “Pieced with Care” features quilts from the Twin Rivers Quilters Guild and showcases various types of quilting techniques, ranging from long-arm to hand-quilted, and detailed appliqué. Quilts will vary in size, color, pattern and material.

“Pieced with Care” will be on display in the Duffy Exhibition Gallery in the North Carolina History Center January 20, 2018 through March 25, 2018.

Every Saturday during the “Pieced with Care” Exhibit, there will be a different quilting demonstration outside of the exhibit at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Schedule will be updated throughout the exhibit and is subject to change. 

January 27
10:00 AM: Hand Sewing Yo Yos
2:00 PM: Hand Sewing Cathedral Windows

February 3
10:00 AM: Hand Sew Quilting
2:00 PM: Machine Sewing

February 10
10:00 AM: Machine Quilting, Domestic Free Motion
2:00 PM: Hand Sewing Hexagons

February 17
10:00 AM: Machine Applique
2:00 PM: Block of the Month - History of Block Designs

February 24
10:00 AM: Paper Piecing
2:00 PM: English Paper Piecing

March 3
10:00 AM: Hand sewing
2:00 PM

March 10
10:00 AM: Paper Piecing
2:00 PM

March 17
10:00 AM: Hand Sewn Ornaments
2:00 PM

March 24
10:00 AM
2:00 PM: Shoebox Quilt Exchange and Hand Quilting


Join us for the opening of "Pieced with Care" on Saturday, Jan. 20. Find out more information here


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.