Holiday road trip: 5 exhibits in 1 museum

If you're looking for a day trip during winter break, think about the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

The museum's three-year upgrade is complete, and its renovated building has an unprecedented five exhibitions showing at once. The East Building hosts rotating exhibits and educational programs, and the glassy new West Building, which opened in April, houses the museum's permanent collection.

Bob Trotman: Inverted Utopias

Through March 27

More than 20 carved and painted figures from this key N.C. artist are on view. Included are loans from Trotman, private collections and museums, and from NCMA's collection. The museum commissioned a major new work as part of this exhibit, which will remain on view after it closes.

Fins and Feathers: Original Children's Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Through Jan. 30

Billed as the museum's first exhibition designed especially for families, the exhibit celebrates children's book artists through 33 illustrations from the past five decades.

Binh Danh:

In the Eclipse of Angkor

Through Jan. 30

With images by Binh Danh, a Vietnamese-American artist, this exhibit inaugurates a gallery just for photography. Danh uses chlorophyll prints, butterfly specimens and daguerreotypes to document Cambodian genocide in the 1970s.

John James Audubon's

'Birds of America'


The state of North Carolina has owned a four-volume set of Audubon's "Birds of America" since 1848, but this is the first time it has been exhibited in its entirety, fully restored. It consists of 435 life-size, hand-colored prints produced by engraving and the aquatint printmaking process.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Through Jan. 30

The centerpiece of the grand reopening is this touring exhibition, making its final stop in the Southeast. Forty original paintings and more than 300 Saturday Evening Post covers offer a broad view of the artist and the evolving American culture.