Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.

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Meet the Artists


Christine Rucker 

Dance for the River



Dance for the River is a traveling, multimedia exhibit that connects audiences with the Yadkin River through dance, photography, video and storytelling. The project delivers a unique environmental message about the threats to clean water by using photography and dance to communicate the human impact.


This project was made possible with support from the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, Wells Fargo, The Yadkin Riverkeeper, and the John W. & Anna Hanes Foundation.

Please join us for
A Panel Discussion on the
Future of the Yadkin River and Hight Rock Lake
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Norvell Gallery
Waterworks Visual Arts Center

No Cost to Attend, but reservations requested.

OR CALL 704.636.1882


Dean Leary

Abstrations from Nature


Sculptor DEAN LEARY explores the wide range of expressive possibilities using natural materials that are rich in color and texture, through the time-honored tradition of carving directly into stone or wood. Abstractions from Nature, a compilation of his sculptured works, were inspired by forms that occur in nature, like trees, rocks, bones, seashells, and even clouds and waves. Leary shares that he also enjoys “the freedom of simply beginning to carve and then ‘discovering’ the form buried in the material.” Born in the small town of Swannanoa, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Leary earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture/minor in painting from East Carolina University. He taught sculpture and 3D design classes first at Mitchell Community College and later at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He currently works from his private sculpture studio in Statesville.

Also on View

In this 50th anniversary year of the Woodstock music festival, Waterworks Visual Arts Center collaborated with promoters of Carolina Bohemian Jam: The Ultimate Hippie Tribute, in curating a “pop up” art exhibition inspired by the peace, love, and music of this historical event. Selected works were on exhibit during the weekend festival in mid-August, and have now been transported back to Waterworks to fill the Stanback Gallery Hall and YPG galleries for the five-month exhibition.


Jonathan Armstrong
Gali Baillargeon
Pam Baldwin
Arielle Balkcom
Mary Ellen Bennett
Brandy Berg
Jenny Booe
Jen Caputo
Melanie Cranford
Sue Davis
Lacey Beam Dellinger
Sara Dobbs
Reagan Herndon

Jason Kierce
Patt Legg
Natalie Leigh
Don Moore
Ray Moose
Jeffrey Newell
Holly Riley
Marietta Smith
Pamela Sofley
Jeanne Steck
Celeste Ward
Bailey Wingler
Genia Yusim