Laura Shanahan


Art in Bloom features more than 50 flower arrangements. Photo courtesy of Kat Harding.

Fourth annual Art in Bloom festival comes to the NCMA this Thursday

Spring has sprung — and so has the North Carolina Museum of Art. But this isn't your average enchanted garden.  This weekend from Thursday through Sunday, the Art in Bloom festival will be held at the NCMA. Bringing color and beauty to the triangle are 50 floral arrangements from different designers and public exhibits. 

Vintage Blue UNC uses social media to market vintage clothing and tell the stories of creative students. Photo Courtesy of Rodrigo Bustamante

Vintage Blue UNC uses their platform to spread inspiring stories

"We wanted more from this, and so that it’s more than just auctioning clothing on Instagram,” said Kenny Barone, member of the Vintage Blue team.  What first started out as a collective group of students auctioning vintage UNC clothing on Instagram has turned into a platform for bringing voice to visionary people — throughout campus and beyond.

Peter Nisbet, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Ackland Art Museum, discusses the meaning of a painting in the Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment exhibit.

Explore life as a woman in 18th-century France at the Ackland

In the current political climate of gender issues and cultural reflection across a diverse array of ideas, the Ackland Art Museum’s newest exhibition, "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection," is uncommonly timely. "Becoming a Woman" explores the so-called “Woman's Question” that was pivotal to some of the most pressing debates of the French Enlightenment during the 18th century.  It is a thematic exhibit with 130 pieces of artwork ranging from drawings, to paintings, to sculptures, to prints — with only 10 of these pieces created by women. It conveys various depictions of the societal role of women spanning across 150 years of French art and will be on display from Jan. 26 to April 8.