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James Wise Gallery

Located on the campus of Norfolk State University, the James Wise Gallery provides a space for exploring and experiencing art for students, faculty, and the community. Through our exhibitions, we support meaningful interactions between artists, students, and the public.

The James Wise Gallery will be opening again in October with the exhibition NITA: An Impossible Dream by the fashion photographer DeMarcus Allen. The opening reception will be on October 5th (6 - 9 pm) and the exhibition will be taken down on October 17th.

DeMarcus Allen will also be part of a panel discussion on October 12th (2 - 5 pm) at NSU's Lyman Beecher Brooks Library.

Our next exhibition, Black Prometheus: The Legacy of Jacob Lawrence and Global Modernist Art of the Mid-Twentieth Century​ will open on October 21st. That exhibition will feature artworks inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence, the Mbari Artists & Writers Club, and modernist artists from around the world, who sought to move beyond the Western and Eurocentric artistic emphasis by integrating diverse cultures from around the world, blending styles and traditions. As such, the artists included in Black Prometheus represent the rapid change, influence of post-colonialism, and increased globalization of the modern world by exploring the styles, sociopolitical issues, cultural identities, and art practices during the mid-twentieth century.

The James Wise Gallery has also partnered with The Chrysler Museum to bring the tradition of Mbari to Hampton Roads on November 10th (6 - 10 pm). The evening will include the Black Prometheus exhibition, performances, an art-making activity, and vendors selling African goods and food. This event is a ticketed event. For ticketing information, please visit NSU Ticketing Office.

Weekdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the academic year
Hours vary for exhibition openings. Please see announcements or current exhibitions.

Dr. Anna Isbell, Assistant Professor and Director of the James Wise Gallery
Division of Fine Arts

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