People, Places & Promises

Celebrate Juneteenth with the opening of “People, Places & Promises, the Artwork of James C. Biggers”

Opening Reception Saturday, June 19th at 5pm

2nd Floor Galleries
Gaston County Museum
131 W Main St. Dallas, NC 28034

Join the museum in celebrating Juneteenth through the lens of one of the most significant Gaston County African American artists of our time. “People, Places & Promises” takes the viewer on a journey of discovery through color, form, and geometric patterns that illuminate the artwork of one of Gastonia’s most prominent arts educators.

Representing a lifetime of work, this exhibit showcases the artwork of Gaston County native James C. Biggers over the five decades of his artistic career. From figurative ceramic works, to paintings and drawings inspired by sacred geometry and West African textiles, Biggers had a lifelong love for the arts and a lasting mission to share this love with his community. Curated in large part by the family of James C. Biggers along with museum staff, “People, Places & Promises” centers on themes at the very heart of Biggers’ work: family, spirituality, and community.

James C. Biggers attended Highland Elementary and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1966. He received a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina Central in 1970, and a Master in Arts Education from Appalachian State in 1981. Biggers’ received many awards during his lifetime, notably, a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Japan (1977), the NAACP Award for “North Carolina Belongs to Children Mural” (1994), Encore Award, “Educator of the Year”, United Arts Council of Gaston County (1998), “Teacher of the Year”, Highland Junior High (1996), “The Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award”, Gaston Clergy and Citizen’s Coalition (2015), and “The Visionary Award” at the African American Museum of History and Culture (February 16, 2019).

"People, Places & Promises, the Artwork of James C. Biggers" will be on display at the Gaston County Museum until September 25th, 2021.