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A visual arts venue for emerging and professional artists with exhibitions of

original art and events that reflect and respond to cultural arts diversity.

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113 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday  11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Exhibition Contact:  910-483-1388

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January 15 - February 29, 2020

Untitled hand made paper work by David C. Driskell

Ellington-White Contemporary

John Biggers, Peggy Blood, Ben Jones, Gene Tinnie, Louise Mouton Johnson,  

Ricky N. Calloway, Charlie T. Johnson, Dwight Smith, Senghor Reid, Willis Bing Davis, Jocelyn Rainey, Derrick Davis, Audrey Masden Davis, Dwayne Daniels.


Rosenthal Gallery Fayetteville State University

Ben Jones, David C. Driskell, Robert J. Stull, Shirley Woodson, Charlie T. Johnson, Senghor Reid, Raymond Wells, Priscilla Phifer, Robbie Best, Carla Jones,

Saffell Gardner, Stephanie Hill- Ross, Asia Hamilton, Yolanda Sharpe, Yvette Rock, Eileen Monteiro, Donna Kennedy, Matthew Corbin, Ackeem Salmon,

Shekenia Mann, Bill Sanders, Harold Allen, Valerie Fair, Jide Aje, Judy Bowman,

Harold Braggs, Carole Morisseau, Peggy Blood, Marvette Aldridge

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February 6 - March 9, 2019

ART & SOCIAL JUSTICE: Art For the People, By the People

Local and national artists from a variety of creative mediums present art works dealing with issues of contemporary social justice. Reception Saturday, February 16th from 1 - 3 PM. with Cumberland Makers & Creatives

April 26, 2019 - June 8, 2019

“Contemporary Sculpture: A Remix of Possibilities”

Will contain one or two outdoor sculptures in addition to a variety works exhibited in the gallery. Members’ opening. 

June 28 - August 24, 2019


Another Remix of Possibilities.  BOD members select artists that they would like to see exhibited in the gallery.

September 14 - November 2, 2019

ARTISTS WHO TEACH A National Juried Exhibition Celebrating Visual Art Educators.  This exhibition presented at several sites.  Lectures, workshops and events celebrating art educators.

National Art Education Week September 8 - 14th

November 22 - December  24, 

Ellington-White Contemporary Fundraising Exhibition $25 -$250

Original, affordable and collectible works of art available for the holiday season from local and national artists. Raffle, door prizes and lots of surprises.

January 15 - March 14, 2020

National Black American Art Exhibition

A joint collaboration with Fayetteville State University Fine Art Series and other cultural venues. Special guest artist.

September 14 - November 2, 2019


A National Juried Exhibition

Ellington-White Contemporary in partnership with the Fine Arts Series at Fayetteville State University presents current and former Visual Art Education Professionals in a national juried exhibition to showcase the arts as an essential part of a complete education.  The exhibition in celebration of National Arts in Education Week, September 8 – 14 will be on view until November 2nd at both locations. The exhibition features sixty-two wonderful works of art from thirty-six artists who are also art educators representing twenty different states.

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Immersed in Abstraction

August 4 - September 22, 2018

A nationally juried exhibition on abstraction featuring abstract works from contemporary artists in an in-gallery and online-exclusive gallery experience.



November 9, 2018 - January 19, 2019

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This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


2016 – 17 Exhibition Schedule


Gallery Selections

August 1 – September 16, 2016

Selected works from Susan Aulds, Jihad Z. Ali, Soni Martin, Rose-Ann San Martino, Senghor Reid, Dwight Smith and others.


Charles White Sketchbook Collection

September 17 – November 12, 2016

In collaboration with Jerald Melberg Gallery featuring early sketchbook drawings from one of America's most renowned and recognized African-American artist.


Contemporary Drawing

November 19, 2016 – January 14, 2017

A nationally juried exhibition that investigates contemporary drawing trends.


Fayetteville Art Guild 50th Anniversary Exhibition

January 21 – February 18, 2017

Join us for a fifty-year anniversary celebration and exhibition of works from past and present members of this artist’s guild.


Cumberland County School Teacher

February 23 – April 1, 2017

An annual showcase of works in a variety of mediums from current and past Cumberland County public school art educators.


The 3rd National Art and Flowers Exhibition

March 23 – May 24, 2017

A celebration pairing of original floral artworks created by today’s contemporary artists, with eye-catching floral arrangements created by local area floral designers and event planners.  Held at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County


Randy Akers

April 8 – June 17, 2017

Mixed media paintings by Savannah, GA based artist.  Akers will present a collection of site specific and memory based paintings from locations in the Lowcountry.


Soni Martin

June 23 – August 05, 2017

New and exciting contemporary works from artist Soni Martin professor of visual arts at Fayetteville State University.

Contemporary Drawing 
November 19, 2016 - January 14, 2017
featuring the works of
Charles W. White, James Barnhill,
Vandorn Hinnant, Soni Martin, Steve Opet Dwight Smith, and Vilas Tonape,



June 18,  -  August 20, 2016

At The Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery



Aug. 02 – 16, 2014         • Discovering the Arts

                                          Summer Program Exhibition


Aug. 22 – Oct. 18,           • Mediating Relevance:

                                         The Politics of Gender - Arts Council


Aug. 22 – Sept. 20,         • RICKY CHARLES


Oct. 14 – Dec. 13,           • Standard Time: Portfolio IV

                                           National Conference of Artists Michigan, FSU


Sept. 26 – Oct. 18,          • OBSERVATIONS: Abstract Expressionist

                                          works from Dwight Smith


Oct. 24 – Dec. 13,           • Fayetteville Contemporary – 1st Annual

                                          juried competition of contemporary art


Jan. 07 – Feb. 21, 2015   • Collectors Exhibition –

                                           Perspectives: The Artist, The Work and

                                           The Collector


Feb. 27 – Mar. 21             • Cumberland County Public School      

                                           Art Teachers


Mar. 27 – May 16             • Earthy Abstraction  - national juried

                                           competition - Arts Council Galleries


Mar. 27 – May 21             • TACTILE TEXTURES AND COLOR:

                                           Gallery Selections 


May 09 – June 20             • ART and FLOWERS: Color, Form and 

                                            Harmony  - a juried national competition

                                            Cape Fear Botanical Gardens,

                                            Rosenthal Gallery FSU


My art signifies my struggle with society and is an expression of my response to it.  I am struggling with my military history and experiences versus my current political views; my love of nature and the earth versus my addiction to social media and the spoils of the Industrial Revolution; and struggles within my relationships.  My most successful works of art have been created in moments of deep self reflection, completely alone with my thoughts and available materials to create.

This show highlights my use of aqueous media and its interaction with a special paper to create dynamic environments with a basis in nature. Each part alone would not be enough to cultivate the aesthetic complexity that I seek, but the interactions between the different concentrations of pigment and water, the subtle pull of gravity on the fluids over minor topographical variations, the force applied to the distribution of the media, and the humidity and temperature of the air surrounding its evaporation, all of these factors cause it to become something else entirely. Natural phenomena dictate the guise of the marks while I guide its direction.

                                                                                              Michael Romagano

 Artist Statement: 

“My work represents a method of integrating opposites into a state of harmony and balance. Elements of design referenced in African, African American or multi-cultural imagery create a catalyst to begin my movement through the visual language that informs my artistic voice. Through the work I am responding to the tension generated by a resounding past and an insistent present. Each work is a struggle to balance personal attentiveness to the larger picture while maintaining some commitment to more intimate concerns about painting.”


The works celebrate life, family histories and tributes to artists. I express certain social realities concerning the world while exploring aesthetic qualities of being black in America and addressing the literal symbology of contemporary blackness thereby creating a pliable structure for intuition, improvisation and chance.


My interests in mixed media painting and drawing are influenced by material surfaces and scale. The material elements of sand, soil, glue and other resources add tactile textural surfaces that contribute to the additive and subtractive developments of my artistic voice.  The physical application of resources with my hands and splattering textural elements onto unrelated surfaces is part of my process to see how they integrate into forms.






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JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 20, 2016


Jihad Z. ALI: Isms and Ides
A contemporary exhibition of works by nationally recognized graffiti artist.  
October 23 – November 21, 2015
 The artists seeks to expose and explore, while imploring its audience to expound on recurring social ills through themes that criss-cross the socio economic boundaries

of responsibility and complicity while shining a pen light on the less illuminated curtains citizens use. “Big Business” exploits to divide society based on race, class, gender, religion, age, and sexual orientation in order to “push” the biggest drug of all ….consumerism.                            right: 

                                                       Is It Just Me…., 2015, repurposed materials


                                                       Once You Go Black, 2015, vintage metal cigarette

                                                       advertisement and acrylic 31” x 16.5” x 2.5



July. 24 – Aug.18,   • Discovering the Arts Summer Program Exhibition


Aug. 22 – Oct. 18,    • Mediating Relevance: Politics of Gender  


Sept. 23 – Oct. 17,   • Aaron Wallace: New Works


Oct. 23 – Nov. 21,    • Jihad Zulu Ali: Isms and Ides an investigation of

                                   consumerism by nationally recognized graffiti artist.


Oct. 23 – Dec. 12,           • A Transformation: National Recycle Exhibition

                                          in the Arts Council Galleries


Nov. 27 – Dec. 12,          • What the Dickens! – Fayetteville Art Guild

                                          holiday exhibition of member artworks


Jan. – Feb. 2016   • We Wear the Mask – Willis Bing Davis

                                 Perspectives: The Artist, The Work and The Collector


Feb. 26 – Mar. 21   • Cumberland County Public School Art Teachers


Mar. 27 – May 16    • Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales, Fables and Myths -

                                  national juried competition - Arts Council Galleries

April 22  – May 21   • ART and FLOWERS: 2nd juried national competition

                                  Arts Council Art Galleries and Ellington-White 


Cumberland County School Art Teachers



March 1 - 22, 2014

Opening Reception,

Saturday, March 1, from 3PM to 6PM

The Cumberland County Public School Art Teachers held their first exhibition in years at The Ellington-White Contemporary Art Gallery.  Over sixty- eight works of art in a variety of mediums were submitted from thirty-two art instructors. 


Over one hundred people attended the opening reception that was held Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 3 to 6 PM.

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