Gregg Museum of art & design

Gregg Museum Events

Go to our Plan Your Visit page for maps and directions.


All programs are free and open to the public.


Friday – August 14 — Friday – August 21, 9-5 PM, Stafford Commons, behind Talley Student Union (outside One Earth Café). Poster Sale event organized by the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. Buy posters, frames, accessories, and other novelties to decorate your dorm room!


Monday — August 17, 4-6 PM Tour Life's Little Drama's: Puppets, Proxies and Spirits, DH Hill Exhibit Gallery. Puppets displayed include an entire cast of the 19th century English Punch and Judy figures, Indonesian shadow puppets, a Chinese Opera Troupe, and a large Yayaroba figure from the Bamana tribe of Mali.


Tuesday — August 18, 4-6 PM Go behind-the-scenes at the Gregg's interim facility at 516 Brickhaven Drive, Suite 200 (near J.C Raulston Arboretum). Tour the permanent collection's archival storage, workrooms, intern stations and photo areas, all of it part of the University's vast collection of more than 34,000 educational art objects and artifacts.


Friday — August 28, 6 PM Films: A/V Geeks Presents O Puppet Pioneers! From Felix and Howdy Doody to Kermit the Frog, puppets led the way in film and TV. NC State alum Skip Elsheimer (founder of A/V Geeks) and Gregg Director Roger Manley present funky vintage educational films that relied on puppets to make their points. Commons Wall, 3rd floor Hunt Library, Centennial Campus, 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. Presented by NCSU Libraries.


Thursday — September 10, 6 PM Short Film Evening: Handmade Puppet Dreams Curated by Heather Henson, daughter of the late Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets), this series presents a new generation of puppeteers who use film as their medium. See how marionettes, finger puppets, and paper cutouts achieve effects in real-time that can't be duplicated digitally. Room 4101 Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh.


Saturday — September 12 through October 17, Saturdays 9-10 AM Creative Workshop: NC Ghost Tales told through Shadow Puppets. Veteran theater arts educator and puppeteer Judy Dove leads this Pullen Arts Center workshop for 9-12 year-olds, who will create dialogue based on famous NC ghost stories, then build shadow puppets to bring them to life. Performance October 17 (see below). Email or call 919-996-6126 to sign up. Jointly sponsored by the Gregg Museum and Pullen Arts Center.


Thursday — September 24, 6 PM Live Puppet Performances: Nesting and If My Feet Have Lost the Ground. Renowned puppet artist and set designer Torry Bend performs Nesting, a roaming theater piece created for impromptu performances. Followed by If My Feet Have Lost the Ground, with traditional Japanese bunraku puppetry by Drina Dunlap, Monet Marshal, and Evan Mitchell. Room 3222 Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh.


Thursday — October 15, 6 PM Films: Du Royal de Luxe. The world's largest puppets dwarf their human operators like Gulliver among the Lilliputians. Towering over their sidewalk audiences, the gargantuan French marionettes of Royal de Luxe make their way through the cities of the world like benign Godzillas. Seeing is believing! Room 4104 Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh.


Saturday — October 17, 9:30-10 AM Live Puppet Performance: North Carolina Ghost Tales told through Shadow Puppets. At end of their 5-week workshop, participants perform with the puppets they created, just in time for Halloween. Pullen Arts Center, 105 Pullen Rd., Raleigh. For info, call 919-996-6126.


Sunday — October 18, 6-8 PM Traveling Show: The Rural Academy Theater. Like the wandering performers of yore, R.A.T.'s puppeteers, musicians, sculptors, and dancers pull up in a horse-drawn wagon to perform an evening of original outdoor theater. With the wagon as their stage, the live show is followed by a healthy dose of classic silent cinema, accompanied by The Rural Academy Orchestra. Sponsored by ARTS NC STATE and the Gregg Museum with support from Arts Village, in conjunction with Art It Up! Hillsborough Street. Stafford Commons, north side of Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh.


Thursday — November 12, 6 PM Puppet Program: Paperhand Puppet Intervention. Artistic director Donovan Zimmerman presents an interactive performance for all ages. Up close and personal, wild and delightful characters from Paperhand's history are brought to life by an experienced puppeteer. Explore the rich traditions of puppetry and mask making, or get in on the act! Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, 2241 Dunn Ave Raleigh.