NCCU Art Museum

The NCCU Art Museum is a vital teaching resource and cultural institution on the campus of North Carolina Central University.  It houses one of North Carolina’s leading collections of works by African-American artists and by others dealing with the black experience.

The NCCU Art Museum is undergoing renovation, which includes a new roof as well as the redesign and construction of all its interior spaces.

Because of this work, the NCCU Art Museum will be closed to the public now through September 2023.

Durham’s Finest Virtual Art Show

The North Carolina Central University Art Museum presents "Durham's Finest," an exhibition of outstanding student artwork from Durham Public Schools. This unique exhibition shows the progression and artistic development of the students from kindergarten through grade 12 while demonstrating their artistic talent and visual creativity.

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday

Admission is free.

North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

About the NCCU Art Museum

Building Cultural Pride by Preserving and Collecting Works of Art

The creation of a museum for North Carolina Central University was a goal in the college's early days.  Founder and President James E. Shepard understood the importance of the fine arts in building cultural pride by preserving and collecting works of art.


Pieces in Our Permanent Collection


Art Museum Publications


Special Exhibits Each Academic Year

About Our Permanent Collection

The museum’s permanent collection contains works by three major 19th-century African-American artists: Robert S. Duncanson, Edward M. Bannister and Henry Ossawa Tanner. The 20th century is represented by significant artists from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the WPA period of the 1930s. Among them are Richmond Barthe, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence

Exhibition Schedule

Fall 2020

  • August 23–October 23: Kimberly Pierce Cartwright, "From Sepia to Color Life"
  • November 1– January 2021, "NCCU Art Faculty Exhibition"


Additional Links

Campus Map