The Arthur S. DeBerry Gallery for Botanical Art & Illustration, a carefully designed side-room within the Pegg Exhibit Hall, provides an intimate setting for viewing selected two-dimensional works of art — botanically or nature-inspired drawings, paintings, and photographs.
Exhibits rotate every two months and feature works by local artists.
Are you an artist interested in showing in the gallery? Learn more on our Artist Information page.
November 12-December 17, 2023
Grounded and Growing: Tales of our lives through wild pigments
Works by The Durham Palette
Artist Talk: Friday, December 8, 7 p.m. Register >
Slow Art Tour: Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m. Register >
The Durham Palette is a growing collective of artists that contextualize locally sourced pigments within a Queer, decolonial, ecological framework. By doing so they seek to not only connect with ancestral art practices but also to deepen their understanding of how ongoing cultural events, including marronage, gentrification, and climate change, have materialized into the Earth’s ecology and can be harvested as color.
The places they gather from include changing neighborhoods, graveyards, landfills, riverbeds, plantations, family homes, and Black-owned land, among others. These foraging practices are slow, rooted in cycles and seasons, and they align with the collective’s commitments to center sustainability over capitalist lures of constant consumption and production. The Durham Palette believes that the Earth is an ally, and it is offering us sustainable and abundant tools to create propaganda for our much needed collective liberation in this time of climate collapse.
Patterns of Radiance
Botanically-inspired work by Laurie Basham, Vidabeth Bensen, Cathy Boytos, and Dain Kim
Exhibit Reception: Sunday, February 25; 2-4 p.m.
A cure for the winter blues: Cheerful pastel still lifes, patterned prints of leaves and flowers, colored pencil illustrations, and bright acrylics come together in this exhibit of work by four North Carolina artists.