About the Arts Council

Caldwell Arts Council’s mission is to encourage and maintain an awareness, appreciation, and celebration of art in all its forms.

Focusing on the 'ARTS' in our community, we will:

  • Align our work with other arts organizations to provide outstanding art experiences.
  • Represent and promote all forms of art through exhibitions, festivals, and  events. 
  • Teach and educate the various forms of performing and visual arts to all  ages.
  • Seek advice from those we serve and strive to bring more of the art they enjoy into their lives.

Since 1976, the Caldwell Arts Councilhas presented and promoted high quality arts programming in Caldwell County North Carolina. Formerly located in a historic former home in downtown Lenoir, the Council has been known for featuring local and regional artists with exhibitions ranging from contemporary and traditional paintings to fine craft, sculpture, and photography.

We offer many other programs including, Caldwell JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians), Artist in Schools, Foothills Veterans in Art, the Senior Citizen Dulcimer Program, and more. As part of Caldwell County's heARTbeat, we actively strive to improve the quality of life of our residents and hope that you will join us by donating today. Simply click the icon at the top of this page.

Caldwell Arts Council also owns a permanent sculpture collection of over 80 pieces, one of the largest collections for a county its size in the United States. These indoor and outdoor artworks are displayed all over Caldwell County and are periodically moved to new locations.

In addition, the Arts Council exhibits sculptures along the streets of downtown Lenoir in Tucker's Gallery, which is a partnership with the City of Lenoir. These pieces are on loan from artists for up to one year, and most are available for sale. Click to discover current works.

Our annual Sculpture Celebration offers the public a unique opportunity to view hundreds of sculptures created by artisans from across the United States, who compete for recognition and cash awards. This event occurs on the Saturday after Labor Day in the beautiful Broyhill Walking Park.

As a nonprofit organization, the Caldwell Arts Council is funded by a combination of support from the North Carolina Arts Council, corporate and private donations, grant funding, foundation support, fundraising events, and program income.

Board Members & Staff

Board Officers
Jonathan Beal, Board President
Vice President - open
Terri Johnson, Secretary
Eric Stafford, Treasurer

At-Large Board Members
Will Baker
Donna Benge
Celeste Brantolino
Libby Brown
Barbara Kirby
Teige West

Ellen Ball, Executive Director
Michele Lominac, Program Director