College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Director's Welcome

Paul K. Baker, Ph.D.Welcome to The University Galleries!  

We are working to enhance the website’s accessibility as well as adding an array of new virtual exhibitions and programs.  

The University Galleries began over 60 years ago as the African Heritage Center and its first director, Dr. Mattye Reed.  Through her vision, Dr. Reed assembled the core collection that has grown to over 6,000 pieces of artifacts, textiles and art that represents the African and African American experiences.  The University Galleries' Mattye Reed ;Gallery is named in her honor and exhibits pieces from the permanent African collection.   

Our H. C. Taylor Gallery, named for Henry Clinton Taylor, who founded A&T's  Art Department in the 1940s, established the first art gallery in the basement of the original Bluford Library.  The H.C. Taylor Gallery features a rotating schedule of traveling exhibitions and curated exhibitions from the permanent collection. Our permanent collection features noted African American artists such as Alma Thomas, Charles Alston,  Jacob Lawrence and Hale Woodruff.  

With a year-round exhibition schedule that now includes virtual exhibitions, you can visit the University Galleries in person or online.  I hope that you will join us in person (practicing social distancing) or virtually. 

As an academic museum on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the University Galleries provide a cultural venue for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community to engage in art and material culture with one another.  Explore the ways to become involved with the University Galleries, both through volunteer and donor opportunities.           

I look forward to welcoming you. 

With kind regards, 

Paul K. Baker, Ph.D.
Director