A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of North Carolina Wesleyan University
August 2022
NCWU to Welcome World's Largest Exhibition of Bob Ross Paintings to North Carolina
Fantastic Little Paintings by artist, Bob Ross, is set to adorn the walls of The Mims and Gravely Galleries at The Dunn Center in fall 2023. The exhibition will be open to the public with tickets available starting late summer 2023. This will be the first time a Bob Ross exhibit has been to North Carolina and the largest exhibition ever seen under one roof globally.

Robert Norman Ross, an American painter, art instructor and television host known by so many for his permed hair, showed the world how to paint fun pieces of art. He was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, CBC in Canada, and similar channels in Latin America, Europe and elsewhere. Ross subsequently became known through his posthumous internet presence. Read more.
Grant Makes Renovations Possible for the Mims Gallery
After nearly thirty years, The Mims Gallery, located in The Dunn Center at North Carolina Wesleyan University will receive a much-needed facelift. The Mims Foundation recently awarded a grant to the University for a complete renovation of the art gallery named for Allan C. and Margaret L. Mims. A local Nash County businessman, Mr. Mims was one of the founding members of NC Wesleyan nearly 66 years ago. Read more.
Leaving a Legacy
Janet Marie Keyes '67 loved everything about North Carolina Wesleyan…the sense of community and family, the campus, and the education and experiences it provided her. Being the fourth of ten children, Janet’s family says she probably loved it because she was away from home. Janet, born in Fulton, New York, lived with her family in Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, Delaware and Virginia before coming to Rocky Mount, North Carolina in the Fall of 1963 to attend college at NC Wesleyan, following her brother, Thomas Keyes who had enrolled in 1961. 

While at Wesleyan, Janet was involved in the SGA, serving as a senior class officer. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1967 and started her career teaching sixth grade in Leesburg, Virginia. She moved back to Rocky Mount where
she worked for the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services in adoptions and foster care from 1969 until her retirement in 2006. Read more.
Mark your calendars & join us for our 2nd Annual Pull! for Wesleyan on Thursday, October 13, 2022. Wesleyan will host a Sporting Clay fundraising event at one of the finest clay shooting courses in the state, Rose Hill Farm Sporting Clays and Hunting Preserve in Nashville, NC.
Reserve Your Wesleyan Memorial Brick
Students, organizations, parents, alumni, and community supporters now have the opportunity to inscribe their names at North Carolina Wesleyan University. The Office of Advancement is selling bricks to be placed at the entrance located at the south end of the Pearsall Library addition, or at the Leon Russell Chapel entrance. Your brick will be a permanent tribute on the NCWU campus and a special way to support NCWU. A brick is a wonderful opportunity to honor a mentor, memorialize a loved one, commemorate an occasion or event, or simply make public your support to NCWU. Click here for complete ordering information.
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