Cottonfields to Skyscrapers

The Levine Museum of the New South’s permanent, award-winning exhibit, “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South,” covers some 8,000 square feet and features an interactive, hands-on touring experience.

Thru 9/19 // COLUMBIA
Columbia Renaissance

The Columbia Museum of Art presents “Imperial Splendor: Renaissance Tapestries from Vienna,” with eight pieces measuring 11-12 feet high and 12-18 feet long on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum from the collections of King Matthias (Holy Roman Emperor 1612-1619) and King Francis I

Thru 11/1 // WINSTON-SALEM
Southern Silver

Old Salem’s Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts displays special silver pieces from Southern homes of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Thru 11/30 // CHARLOTTE
Changing Places

The Levine Museum of the New South presents the multi-part “Changing Places,” an exhibit exploring cultural diversity and change in Charlotte. The exhibit opened in February and continues through Nov. 30, 2010.

So surreal

The Light Factory, Charlotte’s Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, presents its exhibit, “Suspicious Minds,” exploring the Surrealism movement featuring new work by Jerry Uelsmann. Other photographers and artists include Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Tom Chambers, Joel Whitaker and Malena Bergmann.

Charlotte Collects

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture exhibits African-American art masterpieces on loan from Charlotte residents and explores the importance of collecting African-American visual art. The exhibit is open through Jan. 9, 2011.

9/18-12/31 // WINSTON-SALEM
Virtue and Vice

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art presents “Virtue, Vice, Wisdom & Folly: The Moralizing Tradition in American Art,” exploring how Americans a century ago defined themselves and their nation. The exhibit is drawn from the museum’s collection of 19th century art including works by William Sidney Mount, Winslow Homer, and Eastman Johnson. The exhibit also contains several other peices on loan from museums in the Southeast and Washington, D.C.

10/1-2 // CHARLOTTE
Mint Museum grand opening

The Mint Museum celebrates the grand opening of its new Uptown location with a 24-hour celebration including film screenings, sunrise yoga, hands-on art activities, artist demonstrations and special Takeover Friday dance party. Times and more information to be announced. takeovercharlotte.com.

Contemporary British Studio Ceramics
Mint Museum Uptown kicks off its Contemporary British Studio Ceramics exhibit. Visit anytime through March 13, 2011.

New Visions

Pieces from the Bank of America Collection will be displayed in “New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks from the Bank of America Collection,” starting Oct. 1 through April 17, 2011.

10/1 // COLUMBIA
Lesley Dill

The Columbia Museum of Art presents the contemporary work of artist Lesley Dill. On exhibit through Jan. 23, 2011.

11/7 // RALEIGH
Norman Rockwell

The North Carolina Museum of Art presents “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” featuring a decade-by-decade set of 40 Rockwell pieces and a set of 323 Saturday Evening Post tear sheets spanning 47 years. The exhibit opens Nov. 7, 2010 and runs through Jan. 30, 2011.

11/7 // RALEIGH
Eric Carle

Pieces from Eric Carle’s collection of children’s book illustrations will be on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art from Nov. 7, 2010 through Jan. 30, 2011.