G.R. Hammond Gallery
The Edna Boykin Cultural Center opened its doors in 1998 and offers a wide range of performances throughout the year. The renovation of this 1919 Vaudeville Theatre, now with plush seating for 650 people, provides the community with a breathtaking venue for the Boykin Center Series each year. Performances include an exciting lineup of theatre, comedy, music and more. The Boykin Center is also home to the Arts Council Troupe for Youth. ACT! for Youth presents three performances every year, showcasing the area’s youth talent.
The Arts Council of Wilson manages two facilities, The Wilson Arts Center and the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, and hosts a variety of exhibits throughout the year. Exhibits are on display for an average of six weeks in the Annie Boykin Gallery in the Arts Center, and the G. R. Hammond Gallery in the Boykin Center. Students exhibit their work throughout the year in the Lowe Celebration Hall on the 2nd floor of the Arts Center. The exhibitions represent the communities most diverse interests and media.
Since 1967, the Arts Council of Wilson has led the community in the arts. As one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the area, The Arts Council is housed in the heart of downtown Wilson in the former BB&T building. Built in 1903, the facility was the corporate headquarters for the bank. Serving the citizens of Wilson and surrounding areas, the Arts Council’s mission is to improve life for all citizens of Wilson County by providing leadership and opportunities in the arts.
A variety of activities for all ages are offered at the Arts Council. Children can explore, grow and create through programs such as Art & Theatre Camp and can make holiday crafts at the Children’s Holiday Open House and the Spring Fling. Wilson’s adults celebrate the holiday season at the Arts Council’s largest fund raiser, “A Banker’s Holiday”. Art exhibitions, workshops and lectures are offered regularly and are open to the public.
The Boykin Center houses the G.R. Hammond Gallery in the front of the theater which is open during performances and at other times by appointment.
108 Nash Street NE
Wilson, NC 27893