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Spring 2014 Updates

Upcoming Third Friday Tours

April 18 and May 16
Happy Hour, 6:30 pm
Free Tour, 7:30 pm


The Contemporaries Third Friday tour series is a hit! Young professionals are invited to mingle at the wine bar before enjoying a free guided tour. This year, our docents choose their favorite works of art, behind-the-scenes locations, or galleries to explore every third Friday. Attend eight or more tours throughout the year, and you will be invited to a Contemporaries-only graduation ceremony.

Art on Tap: Jose and Sons

Thursday, May 8, 6:30 pm
Jose and Sons in Downtown Raleigh

Free for Contemporaries
$10 All others

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Mingle with Contemporaries members over margaritas and learn more about the NCMA’sEstampas de la raza exhibition of Latino prints. Art on Tap tickets are free for Contemporaries members (join now!) and include access to the lounge area and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Screen Printing 101

Screen printer and NCMA digital marketing specialist Jimmy Nguyen hosts a short demonstration video on how to create a one-color silk-screened poster, inspired by the prints in Estampas de la raza.

Buy tickets to the Estampas exhibition or see photos from the opening weekend!



Our annual Champagne + Chocolate event, held at the NCMA on February 6, was a huge success! We sold out the event with nearly 200 guests in attendance, and everyone enjoyed delicious chocolate samples from our wonderful vendors. Next year, we hope to have an even larger capacity so more of you can enjoy bubbly and cocoa confections with us. See photos from

Our Contemporaries Board is off to a great start planning events for 2014. We’ve welcomed five new board members: Carly Apple, Clair Clark, Jeremy Hart, Grace McIntyre, and Nora Rooney!

Third Friday Tours are as popular as ever! Be sure to register in advance, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter to learn when new tours are posted.

Upcoming Events:

Winter 2013-2014

Join us for several exciting events coming up this Winter season.

Champagne + Chocolate
Thursday, February 6, 7 pm
$12 Contemporaries members, $15 Guests and all others

Treat yourself at our annual chocolate-tasting event, hosted this year at the NCMA. Enjoy a sampling of delectable cocoa creations from various Triangle-area chocolatiers and bakeries, including the Museum’s own pastry chef, Jennifer Hicks. Price includes one glass of champagne and chocolate samples. Register


Third Friday Tour Series
Every Third Friday
6:30 pm Happy Hour, 7:30 pm Tour

Meet at the wine bar in West Building to mingle with other young professionals before enjoying a docent-led tour of the NCMA permanent collection. Each month, we’ll explore a new theme or gallery. Attend 8 or more tours throughout the year and you’ll be invited to a graduation ceremony. Tours are free; advance registration is required and they fill up quickly! Register

Other events at the North Carolina Museum of Art:

February 1: Film-Themed Trip to Hollywood Costume Exhibition in Richmond
February 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner at Iris
February 21: Chico and Rita Film Screening
February 28: Hands-On Archaeology Lab

Fall 2013 Events

The Contemporaries, the NCMA’s young professionals group, are revving up for Fall and the upcoming Porsche by Design exhibition at the NCMA, opening October 12! We’ve had some great events this summer, including our popular Third Friday tours and our annual BBQ and movie night, and are looking forward to a busy Fall season. Mark your calendars for these great events, and make sure that you’re on our email list.

Thursday, 9/26, 6:30 pm: Art Show and Wine Tasting at Raleigh Little Theater | Register with code “NCMA” for $5 discount

Join us for happy hour and networking during a wine tasting sponsored by The Wine Feed before a show at Raleigh Little Theater, ‘Art.’

Friday, 10/4, 7:30 pm: Exhibition Tour | Register

Docents lead you through the Brian Ulrich exhibition, a photographer who specializes in contemporary consumerism!

Friday, 10/11, 6:30 pm: Porsche Preview Day for Members | More Info

View the Porsche by Design exhibit before the general public, along with regular Museum members.

Friday, 11/8, 6:30 pm: General Membership Meeting and Porsche Restoration Talk | RSVP

A presentation about Porsche restoration by Cam Ingram, our annual General Membership Meeting, then on to NCMA’s biergarten-themed Porsche cafe to socialize.

Wednesday, 11/20, 7:00 pm: Classic Cars, Classic Cocktails Party | Register

Specialty cocktails. Porsche by Design. Peter Millar models in the exhibition. Don’t miss it!

Friday, 12/13, 7:30 pm: Exhibition Tour, Porsche by Design | Register

Meet at the wine bar, then enjoy a docent led tour of the Porsche exhibition.


Annual Beer, BBQ, and Outdoor Movie Night: DRIVE

Friday, August 2, 7 pm
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Our annual BBQ and movie night on the lawn goes car-themed with the 2011 film Drive, a violent arthouse flick starring Ryan Gosling. We’ll have dinner and drinks on the patio, photo opps with cardboard Ryan Gosling, remote control car racing, and more! Entry is 21+. Film is rated R for strong, brutal bloody violence.

July and August Events

0 to 60 Exhibition Tour
Friday, July 12, 7 pm

Meet at the wine bar to mingle before a docent-led tour. Learn how artists in this exhibition explore the theme of time.

Permanent Collection 101 Tour: Rodin and Impressionism
Friday, July 19, 7 pm

The NCMA is home to one of the largest collections of Rodin sculptures in the world. Meet at the wine bar before embarking on one of the most popular tours of the year-long series!

Annual Beer, BBQ, and Outdoor Movie Night: DRIVE
Friday, August 2, 7 pm
Buy Tickets

Our annual BBQ and movie night on the lawn goes car-themed with the 2011 film Drive, a violent arthouse flick starring Ryan Gosling. We’ll have dinner and drinks on the patio, photo opps with cardboard Ryan Gosling, remote control car racing, and more!

Permanent Collection 101 Tour: Contemporary
Friday, August 16, 7 pm

Learn more about the NCMA’s Contemporary galleries during this docent-led tour, the last in our current series! Meet at the wine bar, as usual.

Latest Newsletter

Our latest newsletter, listing spring and summer events, is available to view! Don’t forget, you can now join online or renew your membership online.

Upcoming Events:

Art on Tap at Humble Pie
Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 pm

Join Contemporaries and guests for a happy hour (or two) at Humble Pie downtown. Register now!

Art of the Auction Preview Party and Permanent Collection Tour
Friday, May 17, 5:30–8:30 pm

Enjoy live music and preview works of art that will be auctioned on June 8. Beer, wine, and small plates available for purchase. The Contemporaries will present the $1,000 Auction Prize. Take a quick break from the Preview Party for our monthly Permanent Collection 101 tour of the American Galleries. Register online, then meet us in West Building at 7 pm. Don’t forget, these tours happen every third Friday and are free!

March News

The Contemporaries would like to welcome a few new board members! Lesley Alizieri, Heather Allen, Kimberly Gormley, and Sarah Swan O’Dea joined the Contemporaries Board of Directors in January 2013. We’re excited for the new perspectives and energy they will bring to the group and their various committees.

Our Permanent Collection Series tours have become extremely popular each Third Friday. Don’t miss this free opportunity to mingle with other Contemporaries members and young professionals, enjoy live music and wine, and learn about a different gallery in the Museum.

The NCMA has two exhibitions opening this month: Objects of Devotion and 0 to 60. Objects of Devotion is a collection of alabaster religious sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum. They are beautiful works of art, with stunning detail and narrative. 0 to 60 will be a Contemporary art show unlike anything exhibited at the NCMA. This exhibition is extremely interactive and focuses on time, whether it’s historical time, the passing of time, creation over time, or change throughout time. You won’t want to miss this one. Learn more here.

The Board has been hard at work, planning several new and exciting events for the Spring and Summer season. Here are a few confirmed events:

  • March 22: Object of Devotion exhibition tour
  • April 4: Art Collecting 101 at the Mahler Fine Art Gallery
  • July 12: 0 to 60 exhibition tour

Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we confirm more event dates, including a picnic in the Museum Park, a tour of the Conservation lab at the Museum, and our annual Summer Movie & Dinner Social on the Lawn. (Hey girl, rumor has it we’ll be featuring a Ryan Gosling film…)

Champagne + Chocolate

Thursday, January 31
7–9 PM
Zinda, Downtown Raleigh (map it!)
$12 Contemporaries | $15 All others
Eventbrite - Contemporaries | Chocolate + Champagne

Our annual chocolate-tasting event is truly decadent! Enjoy sampling of cocoa creations from various Triangle-area chocolatiers and bakeries. Price includes one glass of champagne and chocolate tasting samples. Vendors will be taking orders that evening, and include:

Carolina Confectionery Company
The Chocolate Boutique
Elemental Chocolate
Videri Chocolate Factory

Wine Tasting and Artist Meet & Greet

Thursday, November 8
6 PM

$15 Contemporaries
$20 All others

Enjoy a wine tasting (featuring four wines and a blind tasting station) at The Wine Feed, featuring art from Capital H. Creative. Mingle with fellow Contemporaries, network, and meet the artists who are exhibiting their works!

A percentage of ticket proceeds and wine sales the night of (and a week after) the event will be donated to the NCMA Contemporaries; just remember to add “Contemporaries” in the order notes.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. See you soon!