Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education and outreach programs.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as a non-collecting museum. We are an exciting place where ideas, issues, and communities converge to expand traditional ways of thinking and explore the complex and unfolding patterns between artistic and cultural spheres. As a unique blend of education, inspiration, creativity, and fun, the Waterworks serves as the anchor organization for Salisbury's East Square Cultural Arts District and is the only teaching museum within a forty mile radius of Salisbury.
Waterworks strives to be a leader and innovator in the exhibition of art and in museum education. Creative and expressive artwork from established and emerging regional and local artists are featured in four rotation exhibitions annually. The museum is open free of charge six days a week.
The Waterworks is a cultural asset and destination; a vibrant, collaborative space for lifelong learning, and an economic development engine for Salisbury-Rowan County. We are proud of our fifty-four year history and our ability to respond and adapt to the needs of the communities we serve. We look forward to your visit!
For tax purposes, our Tax ID number is 56-6056267
T³: Textile • Text • Texture investigates the value of communication, linking literacy with visual imagery. Through large-scale fiber and mixed media installations, two NC artists, Peg Gignoux and Leslie Pearson, present a spectacular and intimate array of artwork, unveiling personal stories through their work. Each piece is a unique exploration of beautiful techniques, representing the diversity of fibers and repurposed materials, and imparting narrative messages.
Learn more about Waterworks' programming and importance to our community and visitors
Waterworks Visual Arts Center is located at 123 E. Liberty Street in the East Square Cultural Arts District of historic downtown Salisbury. We are 2 blocks from the Amtrak Station and walking distance of many shops, historical sites, the public library, and eating establishments.
We are open six days a week. There is NO CHARGE for admission. Donations are appreciated. Gallery hours are MWF 10am - 5pm, TT 10am - 7pm, and S 11am - 3pm.
Photography is NOT permitted! We do offer contact information for each artist and you may contact them directly for information, prices, and photos.
We offer docent-led group tours and school tours. Please call Mildred Warlick at 704-636-1882 to arrange a day and time for your tour.
Waterworks strives to be a leader and innovator in the exhibition of art and in museum education. Waterworks is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) as a non-collecting art museum. AAM Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. We are one of only 12 art museums currently accredited in North Carolina.
We offer visitors a sculpture courtyard, sensory gardens, and four revolving exhibitions annually featuring some of the most creative and expressive artwork from regional emerging and established artists.
Waterworks is handicapped accessible. We provide designated handicapped parking spaces, wide entrance doors and an elevator for access to the 2nd floor. Benches are provided throughout the galleries for those requiring the need to sit. Large print materials are available.
Visit us often to take advantage of all our exhibitions. Come. Enjoy. Experience ART!