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"Party Among the Paintings" Holiday Promotion

Get exclusive access* to the Bob Ross Fantastic Little Paintings Exhibition this holiday season when you book your party at The Dunn Center.

Once again, The Dunn Center is offering you an opportunity to have your holiday party at the “Bob Ross Bringing Back the Joy” Art exhibit. The Painting Exhibition will be on display at the Mims Gallery from December 2, 2024 through January 13, 2025. This will be the second time a Bob Ross exhibit has been to North Carolina and will still be the largest exhibition ever seen under one roof globally. You and your guests would enjoy a private party among the 76 newly revealed paintings. Incredible food and beverage selections are sure to make this the best holiday party ever!

Also, if you need help with the holiday food, we have catering services available through our exclusive Aramark Dining Services.

Book before October 15th and receive 10% OFF rental pricing!

We Will Provide: 

  • Customized Room Setup 
  • Onsite Catering (Licensed Beer & Wine Facility) 
  • Professional Serving Staff 
  • Exclusive Showing of the Bob Ross Exhibition 
  • Accommodations for 20 to 200 Guests 
  • Sweatt Outdoor Courtyard Available with Carlton Board Room (Weather Permitting) 

*This exclusive rental package includes the Bob Ross Exhibit standard ticket price ($15).

Catering Available

NCWU offers everyday catering through Aramark Food Services. Our food selections are endless and we are happy to set up catering arrangements for your event.

Aramark Dining Services is our exclusive caterer and will be available to take care of all your food and beverage needs.

To reserve The Dunn Center spaces for your 2023 holiday event, contact:

Shelia Martin
Executive Director, The Dunn Center
p: 252.985.5197

Rental Spaces

Carlton Board Room @ The Dunn Center

The Carlton Board Room, which received a facelift in the Spring of 2023, is perfect for that private board meeting, seminar, workshop or small dinner or banquet event. The small outdoor courtyard enhances the use for an indoor/outdoor event.

Maximum Capacity: 200, recommends 170-180

  • 125 strolling reception
  • 80-90 seated dinner
    Set-up, tables/chairs, classroom, and theater determines the capacity
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Mims Gallery @ The Dunn Center

The Mims Gallery, which received a facelift in the Winter of 2023, can host a variety of exhibits, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The Gallery is open weekdays from 2-4 pm, as well as during performances. Viewings at other times may be arranged by appointment with the curator.

Maximum Capacity: 200
Set-up and tables/chairs determines the capacity

  • 100 strolling reception (recommended)
  • 50-75 seated dinner (recommended)
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Garner Lobby @ The Dunn Center

The Garner Lobby is the ultimate banquet space accommodating up to approximately 300. If you are planning a wedding, awards banquet, class reunion, church dinner or other special event, this space is sure to add “elegance” to your event.

Maximum Capacity: 300

  • 225 strolling reception
  • 150-200 seated dinner
    Set-up, tables/chairs, classroom, theater determines the capacity
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Sweatt Outdoor Courtyard @ The Dunn Center

The Sweatt Courtyard is located adjacent to the Carlton Board Room and has been updated with new features and furniture in the Spring of 2023. This space is great for private outdoor gatherings. This small outdoor courtyard enhances its use for an indoor/outdoor event.

Maximum Capacity: 30

  • 15-30 strolling reception
  • 5-10 seated event
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Bob Ross Holiday Party Inquiry Form