Rocky Mount is First City in North Carolina to Adopt Mobile App for Art Exhibitions

Rocky Mount Family at Art Exhibit

The sculptures linger like small treasures peppered through the city. These works of art, seen throughout town from the Imperial Centre to City Hall, are a part of the Sculpture Salmagundi outdoor exhibition.

Now in its 22nd year, the juried event attracts both internationally acclaimed and emerging artists throughout America. These professionals express their art through a variety of media, from wood to metal. The varied nature of the work is reflected in the name of the exhibition: Salmagundi means an eclectic mixture of people, objects or ideas.

Rocky Mount recently combined this flair for artistry with modern technology by being the first city in the state to adopt a mobile app for art exhibitions. 

Now, visitors and locals alike can add another facet to their Salmagundi experience through Otocast, a free mobile app that provides audio guides and enables viewers to learn more about these incredible sculptures. The app utilizes visual, auditory and exploratory tools to create a total sensory experience that enhances the exhibitions.

How Does Otocast Work?

First, users download the app from the App Store or Google Play and then allow it to access their GPS system. The user's location enables the app to provide an immersive experience for the Sculpture Salmagundi.

Otocast provides:

  • A series of clear directions for users to locate the sculptures throughout the city
  • Photographs of the sculptures
  • An audio recording that provides detailed information about each piece
  • Recorded interviews with the artists who provide an additional perspective about their work

Where are the 2018-2019 sculptures located?

The 10 sculptures could be found at the:

  • Rocky Mount Senior Center
  • Helen P. Gay Historic Train Station

  • City Lake

  • Thelonious Monk Square

  • Sunset Park

  • The Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences

  • The Rocky Mount Sports Complex

The 2017-2018 exhibition also featured the first Salmagundi sculpture by an African American artist, according to information from the Wilson Daily Times.

If you missed the exhibition and would like to see some of the pieces, you can see them through the Imperial Centre’s site

This year, the best in show award went to Adam Walls of Hope Mills, NC for his piece Core Sprite. It was selected for its color, construction and ability to draw in the viewer for a closer look.

Which sculpture do you like best?

All of the art featured is juried—meaning each piece is evaluated and judged by an experienced professional or a panel. This makes the process of being selected for Salmagundi very competitive. 

One Salmagundi sculpture is selected to make Rocky Mount its permanent home, and the app will help users make their voice heard as they vote for their favorite piece. What better way to showcase the area’s renaissance than by providing a home for one of these interesting pieces?

Rocky Mount Has a Colorful History of Outstanding Artists 

Do you want to get involved or learn more about the local artistic community? There are several ways to get started. First, you may wish to browse the Imperial Centre for Art and Science’s gallery to see the wonderful pieces on display. Second, there are several opportunities to enjoy art and meet the artists through receptions, the First Friday events and other exhibits. 

These exhibits include:

  • KEVA: A Permanent Interactive Exhibit
  • A Life Of Creativity: A Permanent Interactive Exhibit
  • Sculpture Salmagundi XXII
  • Lamar Whidbee, Solo Artist Exhibition (May 10-August 18, 2019)
  • Elaine Fleck, Solo Artist Exhibition (May 3-August 11, 2019)
  • Juried Art Show, juried by Amiri Farris (May 3-August 18, 2019)
  • Clay Studio Artist Exhibition (May 10-August 11, 2019)
  • MacKenzie Collection of Ships (May 10-August 11, 2019)

Better yet, you can develop artistic skills of your own. The Imperial Centre offers a wide variety of classes including these wonderful FREE opportunities:

Make Art: Drop-in Workshops

This Saturday program is every other Saturday, January 12 - May 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. These sessions are geared toward the whole family, and they invite participants to observe the pieces on display at the Imperial Centre and then try their hand at making their own. 

Family Sundays

The Sunday program is every other Sunday, January 20 - May 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Like the Drop-in Workshops, this event series will return in the spring. At this event, you can bring your entire family to the art gallery to have fun with great family friendly activities such as art-making, interactive play or gallery sketching. Ages three and up are welcome with accompanying adults. 


For more information on upcoming programs and artist opportunities, visit the Imperial Centre website.

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