Photo Museums: North Carolina  

Asheville
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, North Carolina - NC28802
The Museum has established its expertise in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of American art beginning in the 20th century and in all aspects of public programming, making innovative and outstanding exhibition experiences available to residents of and visitors to WNC. The Museum preserves important aspects of our national and regional heritage through strategic collecting and the conscientious stewardship of great works of art. The Permanent Collection, containing more than 3,572 works in all media and 4,905 architectural drawings, is the only such resource in the region. The Museum annually presents 14-17 exhibitions drawing from the permanent collection and borrowed works. In addition, the Museum has curated projects focusing on themes of contemporary interest and has invited internationally acclaimed curators to contribute their skills.
 
Chapel Hill
0 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill , North Carolina - NC27599
The Ackland Art Museum contains one of the most extensive collection of “fine art” photography in North Carolina. The collection spans the history of the genre, beginning with an 1843 calotype by Fox Talbot and continuing into the twenty-first century with chromogenic prints by Edward Burtynsky, Lalla Essaydi, and Marco Breuer.
 
Charlotte
500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina - NC28202
The Modern & Contemporary Art collection consists of works of global significance and vision, representing a perspective that reflects our own diverse and vibrant community. The Mint Museum is committed to building upon a dynamic foundation of paintings, photography, works on paper, artist books, sculptures, installations, and new media (digital, video, and time-based works) that conveys important cultural developments and stylistic innovations and are available for the benefit of all.
 
Charlotte
345 North College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina - NC28202
The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film is one of only four museums for photography and film in the United States. We have served as a haven for artists to express new ideas through photography and filmmaking, and to support cutting edge art since 1972.

The Light Factory was founded in 1972 as a Photographers' Cooperative whose goal was to nurture a growing community of emerging artist-photographers and increase appreciation for photography as an art form. The stated purpose of the group was to “to provide an outlet for the displaying of photographic prints and other creative products of the photographic medium,” and to display in a gallery setting “work which stands on its aesthetic and creative value.” The Light Factory obtained 501c3 status and began teaching classes and performing community outreach, like the My Family, Our Stories photo-literacy project which now serves English as Second Language students in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).

The Light Factory quickly became a museum, dedicated to exhibition and education. In 1999, The Light Factory added film to its mission as the sister lens-based medium of photography. In the same vein as its mission, The Light Factory specializes in exhibiting independent film and nurturing emerging new media. Year-round screenings include documentaries, narrative films, experimental films, animation and The Light Factory Filmmakers' Showcase of short films.

The Light Factory gives free screening space to independent filmmakers from around the world, with special support for local and regional artists, many of whom have gone on to pursue full-time moviemaking careers. The Light Factory also hosts masters of the indie film world like Charles Burnett and George A. Romero, to share the secrets of making film outside Hollywood and expose their work to a greater audience.

From humble beginnings in an upstairs room of the Torrence Street Gallery, The Light Factory has expanded to its current home in Spirit Square which features two galleries (the Knight and Middleton McMillan Galleries), a complete darkroom and digital classroom, office space and theatres for film screenings.

Today The Light Factory is one of only four museums in the United States that promote the power of image through photography and film, featuring large-scale exhibitions of photography and digital video art, year-round screenings and major film events, as well as more than 90 classes in photography and filmmaking, and life-changing outreach programs.
 
Durham
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, North Carolina - NC27705
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University owns more than 10,000 works of art. The Nasher Museum was founded in 1966 as the Duke University Museum of Art with the acquisition of 200 medieval works from the Ernest Brummer Collection. In 2005, the museum opened a new 65,000-square-foot facility designed by Rafael Viñoly and was renamed the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, in honor of the late Raymond D. Nasher, Duke alumnus, collector and benefactor. The Nasher Museum holds one of the best collections of medieval art among North American university museums. It is also one of the few institutions to focus on significant purchases of works by contemporary artists of African descent, which capitalizes on curatorial and faculty expertise. In the galleries, rotating installations from our permanent collection feature selections of contemporary art, Outsider art, classical antiquities, European medieval art, European and American paintings, African art and ancient American (Pre-Columbian) art.
 
Raleigh
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina - NC27607
West Building houses a significant portion of the modern and contemporary collection, featuring several gifts and new commissions, including works by El Anatsui, Roxy Paine, and Jaume Plensa, as well as highlights from a gift to the Museum, the Jim and Mary Patton Collection. In addition to special exhibition galleries, the Museum’s East Building houses galleries dedicated to video and new media art, photography, artists’ projects, and North Carolina artists.
 
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