One of the nation’s most important and comprehensive collections of African-American art   

For over a 50-year period, John and Vivian Hewitt visited galleries, artists’ studios and exhibitions, collecting hundreds of paintings, etchings and sketches. The "John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art" is an assemblage of 57 two-dimensional works celebrating the expression and passion of 20 renowned artists, including North Carolina-born Romare Bearden, Margaret Burroughs, Jonathan Green ("Easter" painting shown at left), Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Ann Tanksley and Henry Ossawa Tanner.

This comprehensive collection of African-American art will be open for free at the Arts Council from March 28 through May 17.  (See gallery hours below)

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte is the permanent home for the "Hewitt Collection." Generously donated to the Gantt Center by Bank of America Corporation, the collection is organized by the Gantt Center and is a cornerstone of its permanent collection.

Want to discover more about the collection? Watch a video of Mrs. Vivian Hewitt describe the collection. Discover the artwork and the artists behind them. Click here to go "Beyond the Walls" with the Gantt Center . 

Presented by:

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in partnership with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Sponsored in part by:

Bank of America


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter

Fayetteville State University

Piedmont Natural Gas

The Insurance Guy/Jerome Scott

Media sponsor WRAL-TV

And generous individual donors 


Arts Council galleries are located at 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC. Admission is free.

Gallery Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday: noon to 4 p.m.



Upcoming exhibits:

Mar. 28 - May 17
The John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African American Art

Experience one of the nation's most important and comprehensive collections of African-American art.


May 23 - June 21

Public Works 2014

More than 100 pieces of work represent the cross section of subjects, styles and skill levels of our artistic community in Public Works. This annual exhibition, sponsored by Fayetteville Public Works Commission, includes art by people of all ages and abilities from surrounding counties, as well as Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. Gallery visitors are invited to vote on their favorite artwork during the show’s opening on May 23.


June 27 - July 19

Urban Art: Expressions of an Environment (Invitational)

Edgy, heated and, yes, even raw. Experience the intensity of the urban environment. This Arts Council exhibition features artists who are on the edge with body art and other self-expressions.


The Arts Council’s galleries at 301 Hay Street are free and open to the public six days a week.

The Arts Council's 2013-14 exhibitions are curated by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.

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The Arts Council's grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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