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Panorama: North Carolina @ NCMA

In Panorama: North Carolina, the Old North State is the subject of over thirty photographs, lovingly created by North Carolina–based artists. These works from the North Carolina Museum of Art's permanent collection interpret the subject matter in varied ways.

  John Rosenthal,   Valle Crucis, 1979

John Rosenthal, Valle Crucis, 1979

Some images, like Elizabeth Matheson's Edenton and Luis Rey Velasco's Stovall, present specific towns or landmarks. Other photographs represent the soul of the state via portraits of its inhabitants, as in Rob Amberg’s Carter CrosbyHighway 24 SouthClinton, NC, and Jeff Whetstone’s Mingo Boys with Water Snake on the Eno River. A third grouping—a barren tree in winter, some lovingly tended gravestones—provides quiet reflection through still-life scenes. Combined, these images tell a story of the state as captured in black and white. 

A segment of Panorama: North Carolina features works from David Simonton's Polk Prison Project. The former Polk Youth Center, which occupied land adjacent to the Museum, was closed in 1997. Before the building was demolished in 2003, Simonton received access to the prison and captured interesting details of that space. Five images from this series, which was partially commissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art, are included in the exhibition.

  Elizabeth Matheson,   Carolina Coast, 1986

Elizabeth Matheson, Carolina Coast, 1986



October 8, 2016 – February 17, 2017

East Building, Level A, North Carolina Gallery; Free