LOCAL: art + ideas presents: Kelly Sheppard Murray | Sculptures

Opening: Friday, February 22, 6-9 pm. Closing: Friday, March 22, 6-9 pm. Exhibition: February 18 – March 22, 2018. Gallery: M-F 12-5 pm.

LOCAL: art + ideas presents Kelly Sheppard Murray’s “Curiosities Series” (2016-2019), the biggest showing to date of over 400 sculptures from the series, along with recent larger works. This is the Raleigh-based artist’s first solo exhibit in Wilmington and is organized in collaboration with the Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, Cape Fear Community College.

Murray’s “Curiosities Series” is the cumulative output of the artist’s plan to produce one sculpture a day for a year (December 2016-2017), in order to recast the temporal, practical, and material limitations of her daily life into conditions of creative resolution and production. As the total number of sculptures increased, the artist named each a Curiosity (with a sequential number), underlining the act of collecting idiosyncratic and unusual objects. After completing 365 pieces (the artist tags each with its number), Murray continued with the sculptures and, without the constraints of time, also expanded them to a larger scale.

The Curiosities Series sustains no installation rules, and this fluidity is a nuanced counterpart to the creative guidelines of the project. One may encounter the sculptures individually or in groups, and on the wall, the floor or a pedestal. They may congregate by color, shape or scale, and in extended lines or scattered groupings. To celebrate the ability for multiple stagings, the artist and curator (Beth Handler Riebe) will reinstall the sculptures midway through the exhibit.

Start Date

February 18, 2019

End Date

March 22, 2019


12:00 PM - 05:00 PM


Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, 200 Hanover Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

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