The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery  is pleased to announce the opening of 2021 Annual Faculty Art Show, presented by the Fine Arts Department of Cape Fear Community College. This exciting exhibition again showcases the recent work of our tremendously talented faculty. We are thrilled to share these unique pieces in an in-person setting; the CFCC faculty has not presented an in-person exhibition since the fall of 2019. This inspiring exhibition opens on Monday, October 11, 2021, and will run through Friday, November 12, 2021.

This year’s exhibition will feature the work of:

  • Topher Alexander
  • Ben Billingsley
  • Geoff Calabrese
  • Rick Conn
  • Jessica Gaffney
  • Brandon Guthrie
  • Cable Hardin
  • Jennifer Mace
  • Victoria Paige
  • Abby Spangel Perry
  • Deborah Quinn
  • Casey Scharling
  • Sharon Wozniak Spencer
  • Amber Watts

The exhibition will also be part of the Fourth Fridays Gallery Nights and will host a reception on October 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is open Monday- Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.




The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is thrilled to announce a unique collaborative exhibition, Flying While Falling, which merges powerful images with short fiction inspired by those photographs. This exciting exhibition features photographer Carolyn DeMeritt’s series of black and white photos of girls from 1986 through 1990, entitled “When I was Little … I Thought I Could Fly.” These stunning portraits are paired with flash-fiction pieces composed by Margo Williams; the series of very short, imaginative stories, entitled “Falling in Love Like Little Girls Fall in Love,” are directly inspired by the images created through DeMeritt’s lens.

Flying While Falling carries the tradition of ekphrasis – describing visual art work with vivid, often dramatic or poetic descriptions – into the modern era. According to Williams, “I found such freedom in creating 300- to 500-word pieces that reflect what I see in the photo images, some part of myself, and some mysterious process of the imagination from which creation comes. It is important that readers understand that the pieces are completely fabricated from my imagination, inspired by the beautiful photos, yet having no basis in the realities of these young girls, their families, or the women they have become.” When describing the photographs in this exhibition, DeMeritt explained, “From 1986 through 1990, I photographed ten young girls – shooting each girl several times each year – as they grew from late childhood into adolescence. These portraits attempt to celebrate this growth and examine the physical and emotional changes that occur in young women during this period of life, a period that can only be described as exhilarating and bewildering in the same breath.”

The exhibition will open on Friday, August 13, 2021, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will run through Friday, October 1, 2021. The exhibition will also be part of Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, and will host receptions on both August 23rd and September 24th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.




The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery is thrilled to announce that members of Philadelphia Sculptors and Tri State Sculptors are coming together to create a collaborative exhibition on the campus of Cape Fear Community College. The exhibition, entitled PSSST, will run from July 2, 2021 through August 6, 2021. In this exciting exhibition, sculptors from Philadelphia will join their colleagues from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia in an exuberant display of challenging artworks revealing the talents of both groups – and the benefits of working together. A public opening reception will be held on Friday, July 2, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; a second reception will be held as part of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, on Friday, July 23, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Organizers Andi Steele, president of Tri State Sculptors, and Leslie Kaufman, president of Philadelphia Sculptors, planned the exhibition long before COVID, and both agree that now is a perfect time for this exhibition. As they describe it, the show not only allows artists to share their work and viewpoints, but also provides an opportunity for the artists to physically connect and interact.

“This past year our society has been divided in many ways — socially, politically, and spatially. We need physical connection and interaction to be able to move forward,” said Steele.

Tri State Sculptors artists: Adam Adcock, Carl Billingsley, Geoff Calabrese, Mary Carlisle, Travis Donovan, Frankie Flood, Rachel Johanningsmeier, Saila Milja-Smyly, Austin Sheppard, Brittany Sondberg, Andi Steele, Virginia Tyler, Paul Vernon, Elizabeth Walton, Michael Webster, and Steve Zawistowski.

More information about Tri State Sculptors can be found at https://tristatesculptors.org/

Philadelphia Sculptors artists: Patrick Cabry, Steve Donegan, Charlie Emlen, t.a. hahn, Cheryl Harper, Darla Jackson, Monica Kane, Leslie Kaufman, Carole Loeffler, Virginia Maksymowicz, Emilio Maldonado, Attila Mata, Constance McBride, Gina Michaels, Holly Smith, Simone Spicer, Nina Valdera, and Erin Wheary.

More information about Philadelphia Sculptors can be found at https://philasculptors.org/




The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery and the Cape Fear Community College Fine Arts Department are thrilled to announce the opening of the 2021 Student Art Exhibition. This annual juried show features the works of CFCC student, with winners selected across numerous categories, as well as a Best in Show winner. The exhibition opens on Monday, April 5, 2021, and will run through Friday, April 30, 2021.

This annual exhibition of student works is a juried show, and this year’s juror was Amy Grant, owner of the Art in Bloom Art Gallery. According to Grant, student works were judged on the basis of composition, form, creativity, originality, technique, and presentation. Using those criteria as a framework, the following winners were selected:

  • Best In Show: Bella Sollosi, Sunbathing
  • Photography: Karen Moody, The Shack
  • Ceramics: Maggie Connelly, Bubble Pot
  • Painting: Amy Covington, Float
  • Drawing: Marvin Mejia, Pop Culture
  • Printmaking: Joseph Parks, Balance
  • Mixed Media: Sterling Powers, The Heir (triptych)
  • Sculpture: Sterling Powers, Let’s Get Loud
  • Design: Polina Sladkova, Cycle of Life
  • Digital Media: Ray Starling, Gulls, Gulls, Gulls.

For those who wish to view the works on display, the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays (to 7 p.m. on Thursdays), during the course of this exhibition. Visitors are welcome and will be asked to maintain physical distancing as required by local and state regulations. Masks are required for entry. The virtual exhibition will open once the in-person exhibition closes.




The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and the Wilma W. Daniels Art Gallery are thrilled to announce an exhibition of works by internationally known artist Dorothy Gillespie. This exhibition, the first of 2021 at the gallery, explores the multi-faceted work of the artist and features works from across six decades of her career. The exhibition, Dorothy Gillespie: Selected Works from the Radford University Collection, will open on January 15, 2021 and run through February 26, 2021.

Dorothy Gillespie

Gillespie was a groundbreaking New York artist from the mid-1940s up until her death in 2012. She forged a career that was truly independent and innovative, and helped blaze a path for women artists during the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Gillespie was a master of many media, including paint, paper, sculpture, printmaking, environments and happenings, ceramics, jewelry, and even set design. Her works are featured in numerous public and private collections; Radford University owns the largest body of her work.

There will be an opening reception held at the Wilma. W. Daniels Gallery on January 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception will be an indoor/outdoor affair, adhering to state and local requirements, and featuring live music. Masks will be required.




The New Hanover County Board of Elections has designated the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery as an early voting site.

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The Wilma W. Daniels Gallery at Cape Fear Community College is now accepting rolling gallery exhibition proposals. Interested artists should submit a proposal by clicking the link below.




Thank you for visiting! Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation, the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery at Cape Fear Community College is closed. We will reopen for the No Boundaries International Art Colony Exhibit on Monday, November 9, following safety protocols.




The Wilson Center and the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery are pleased to announce “Foundations: An Alumni Invitational.” This unique exhibition features the work of the Zak Duff, Jacob Parker, Angela Rowe, and Nathan Verwey, all of whom are alumni of Cape Fear Community College. The show opens on February 5 and runs through February 28.

There will be an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 7; the closing reception will coincide with the Fourth Friday reception on Friday, February 28.

About Zak Duff

Born and raised in the museum-and-gallery-filled Washington, DC, area, Zak was exposed to the arts and sciences at an early age. He relocated to North Carolina and completed a Bachelors in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010. Following that, Zak worked in multiple area galleries, before moving on to earn a Masters degree in Painting from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, in 2017.

Over the last decade, Zak has participated in four artist colonies, several solo exhibitions, and more than thirty group shows as a member of the Wilmington-based Thrive artist collective. He currently resides in Leland, where he both teaches and produces paintings and illustrations from his private studio.

About Jacob Parker

Jacob is a printmaker from North Carolina. Working primarily in relief and screen printing, he explores the intricacies involved in personal myth-making and self-identification, and the impact which it has on interpersonal relationships. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at East Carolina University in 2014, and then a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University, both in printmaking.

About Angela Rowe

Angela is a native of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. Although she grew up drawing and making objects, she took other career paths. Angela worked as an architectural historian, in arts administration, and managed high complexity global projects for IBM. She holds degrees in American Studies from Davidson College and Information Systems, Cameron School of Business, UNCW.

Since 2013, Angela has focused on making art. She began by taking classes at the Museum School at Cameron Art Museum, and in May 2018 Angela received an AFA in Visual Art from Cape Fear Community College. She has maintained a studio practice at ACME Art Studios since 2014.

About Nathan Verwey

Nathan, a lifelong creator originally from Wisconsin, moved to Wilmington more than a decade ago to pursue acting. While immersed in the creative environment of the Cape Fear region, he further explored his artistic side. Initial forays with an easel set gifted  to him by his father ignited a passion and led him to pursue two associate degrees at CFCC and a degree in studio art at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.





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