AACC Gallery

“Any City, AMERICA”

Critically acclaimed artist J. Stacy Utley, who earned his degree in architecture and environmental design at NC State, will open an exhibit of his latest series, “Any City, AMERICA,” on Monday at the African-American Cultural Center Gallery of the Witherspoon Student Center.

Utley, a native of Mildenhall, England, began a career as an architect shortly after his graduation from NC State and later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Lesley University in Boston. He now operates a studio in Charlotte.

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To learn more about the artist, visit his studio website.



Past Gallery Exhibits

Verdadism: Creating Social Change Through Abstract Art With Social Commentaries (September 2014)


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 2014)

Verdadism: Creating Social Change Through Abstract Art With Social Commentaries

Hispanic Heritage Month:  North Carolina State University Presents Verdadism Art Talk and Exhibition on Tolerance and Understanding by Soraida, Creator of Verdadism.


Since 1992, Soraida Martinez has been creating Verdadism paintings with written social commentaries for the purpose of encouraging self-empowerment and social change. The art of Verdadism depicts racism, sexism, stereotyping, hope, identity, alienation and the social issues faced by women, African-Americans, Latinos and many individuals in mainstream America. This art talk and exhibition has evolved from over 22 years of the artist’s observations and personal experiences as a Puerto Rican woman in contemporary American society.

Over 20 fine art prints from original Verdadism paintings created from 1992 to 2005 will be on exhibit, including: ©1994 Please Stop Calling Us Minorities!  We All Know That’s an Unfair Label With Negative Connotations; ©1995 La Latina; ©1995 Women Working Together; ©2005 A Tribute to African-American Women; ©1996 The Weeping Puerto Rican Cuatro Player; ©1996 Between Two Islands; ©1992 Puerto Rican Stereotype: The Way You See Me Without Looking At Me; ©1992 Rigid Man; ©1993 What Prejudice Looks Like; ©1994 One Day I Found A Lump In My Breast.

This exhibition in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by North Carolina State University’s Department of Multicultural Affairs, in partnership with the African American Cultural Center. The artwork will be on display at The African American Cultural Center Gallery from Monday, September 15- Friday, September 26, 2014.   An opening reception for the artist will be held on Monday, September 15th,  from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  This event is free and open to the general public.

To learn more about the art of Verdadism, visit www.soraida.com.


About Soraida Martinez

Born 1956 in Harlem, NYC, Soraida Martinez has been a motivational speaker and exhibitor at colleges and universities since 1992. Soraida’s Verdadism Art Talk & Exhibition is a socially conscious cultural event that addresses racism, sexism, stereotyping, ethnocentrism and the social conditions that affect women, Latinos, immigrants and the disenfranchised members of American society. This thought-provoking event promotes tolerance, diversity and social justice.


 AACC Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Witherspoon Student Center.  The Gallery is free an open to the public.

Theater of Belief (Spring 2014)

Theater of Belief Phyllis Galembo Poster Sacred Arc

Afro-Atlantic Costuming and Masking in Photographs

 by Phyllis Galembo (2014)

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Measure of Earth (2013)

Measure of Earth Gallery Exhibit


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