Visual Art

ARTS NC STATE, Gregg Museum of Art & Design: Southern Surreal

( Thu., Mar. 21, 2019 - Sun., Sep. 8, 2019 )

Gregg Museum of Art & Design, 1903 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607


Tilden J. Stone, a heretofore little-known grand eccentric and master furniture maker was born in Thomasville, N.C. in 1874. Orphaned at a young age, he ran away to New York City as a teen where he lived on the streets until a skilled cabinetmaker took him in, made him an apprentice, and taught him his craft. His penchant for installing intricate locking puzzle mechanisms in many of his creations is thought to be due to his familiarity with ancient Chinese tricks for building magic boxes, learned from local carvers in ports like Singapore and Macao during his thirty-year career in the Merchant Marine.


All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Gregg Museum is open every day but Monday. Please visit for hours, directions, and announcements regarding openings, programs and other events.


Free and open to the public.


  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 - Sunday, September 8, 2019