Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.


Waterworks Visual Arts Center has five interior exhibition spaces totaling over 2,500 square feet.  Our galleries are spacious, well lit and installation friendly. Located on the the first floor of our building, the galleries are easily accessible. We also have three exterior installation spaces/gardens. All of our galleries are open to the public six days a week, and are free to see.

Stanback, Norvell, Woodson, and Osborne Galleries
Waterworks offers three professional exhibitions each year, featuring the work of a wide range of nationally and regionally recognized artists in a variety of media, including paint, textiles, clay, stone, wood, mixed media, glass, and photography. There is something for every gallery visitor to enjoy.


Stanback Hall Gallery is a gift of Nancy and Bill Stanback. 
It features 58 running feet of exhibition space.


Norvell Gallery is gift of Lucile P. and Edwin O. Norvell. 
It is our largest gallery featuring 795 square feet of exhibition space.


Woodson Gallery is named in honor of Margaret C. Woodson. 
It features 500 square feet of exhibition space. 


Osborne Gallery is a gift of Katharine Osborne in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie M. Weisger.
It measures 385 square feet.

The Osborne and Woodson Galleries can be used as a single or shared space. Featuring a unique curved wall and a pair of vertical windows outfitted with sunscreens.

The YPG Gallery is a gift of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. 

It is an open gallery space measuring 715 square feet.

The Stanback, Cook and Deal Gardens
These Gardens are planted to showcase the remarkable variety of nature's forms and colors year-round for the enjoyment of all who pass by.  Revolving exhibitions feature interesting and powerful sculptures.


The Stanback Garden is a gift of Elizabeth Stanback and Alice and Fred Stanback.
It is 675 square feet with two permanent sculpture pads, (1-2x5' and 1-2x4') for temporary exhibitions.

The Cook Garden is a gift of Sara D. and Robert L. Cook, Jr.
It measures 164 square feet with a permanent 3'x3' sculpture pad for temporary exhibitions.


At the entrance to Waterworks is the Doris Price Deal Garden, a gift of the Deal Foundation. 

Permanent Sculpture:
Amicus Arboris
steel, 2004

A gift from Doris and Buddy Deal