Visual art enthusiasts can enjoy frequent exhibitions of student work in the Mendenhall Gallery, as well as student, faculty and touring exhibitions in the School of Art and Design’s Wellington B. Gray Gallery. Additional exhibition spaces include the Spilman Gallery, located in the university’s main administration building, and Joyner Library’s Faulkner Gallery. Multiple locations on campus showcase work from the School of Art and Design’s extensive African Art Collection.
Campus features a significant number of outdoor sculptures. Concentrations can be found near the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, Joyner Library and also at the Heart Institute and the football field.
Performing arts enthusiasts can enjoy many student, faculty and guest artists performances.
Family Fare, a series entirely for elementary-aged children, supports literature-based titles while grooming future arts audiences.
The School of Music’s flagship ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble and University Chorale. These groups present concerts throughout the community during the academic year. ECU Opera Theater presents two fully-staged productions annually. The NC New Music Initiative, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and several other offerings host musicians at the pinnacle of their careers to teach and concertize.
The School of Theatre and Dance, presenting as the ECU Loessin Playhouse, stages five productions annually in McGinnis Theatre. Student, faculty and experimental work is presented in the Archie R. Burnette Jr. Studio Theatre. Productions from the school regularly grace stages in venerable theatres in Goldsboro and Washington.