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The Visual Art Community of Wilmington & Southeastern NC: A Digital Exhibit

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General Art Collection

There are several sub-collections searchable in this segment.

First, and the largest, is the general collection of regional art on the walls and columns as well as on the floor of William Madison Randall Library, UNCW. As part of its mission to capture the intellectual product of the citizens of our region, Randall Library has collected a sampling of visual art in many mediums. They serve a history function but also as a laboratory for art and other classes. We also hope that patrons of the Library will view and enjoy the works while they are in the facility.

We define our region as the counties of New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus, Duplin and Sampson in North Carolina. While the bulk of the collection was produced by artists in this region, there are a number of works that have been donated that may be State, national or even international in origin.
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Special Collections

There are four separate collections in this sub-segment.

  • A collection of prints from Europe that were purchased in the early 1900's. They were purchased for the Sprunt family and held at the Orton Plantation until given recently to UNCW.
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  • A portion of the personal art collection donated by Dr. Ralph Brauer. Dr. Brauer was widely traveled and was the founder of the UNCW Center of Marine Science. This collection points out that people in a region collect art from everywhere not just from the artists of one region.
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  • Jack Berkman was a teacher, artist and leading member of the North Carolina art community for more than forty years. This segment has a sample of his work that was donated by his estate. Many of his pieces are on display throughout the campus as well as being held in Special Collections.
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  • The UNCW Museum of World Cultures collects and makes available for teaching purposes visual art and artifacts from around the world. The Museum consists primarily of donated items from the private collections of Southeast North Carolinians reflecting the wide variety of art that is held in private homes.
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