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Scott Avett, “Fatherhood,” 2013, oil on canvas, 106 x 65 in. Courtesy of the artist, © 2019 Scott Avett; Photograph: Lydia Bittner-Baird

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) is currently hosting the first solo museum exhibition of the visual art of Scott Avett, founding member of the Grammy-nominated Avett Brothers band. “Scott Avett: I N V I S I B L E” includes large-scale portraits, prints, and paintings and is on view through February 2, 2020.

Scott Avett, photo by Crackerfarm
Scott Avett, photo by Crackerfarm

From the organizers:

Until now Avett’s work with The Avett Brothers has taken center stage. The NCMA exhibition shines a light on his art making, thereby demonstrating the richness and diversity of his practice.

“I’m not anything first—not painter, musician, writer, printmaker, performer—before I am an artist,” said Avett, who holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from East Carolina University and lives in Concord, N.C. “I’m always thinking in visual terms. Even when I’m writing, I’m thinking visually, and I feel like everything trickles down from that. This body of work was made over a 20-year span. These are snapshots from my life as it moves and changes, all from the view of my conscience.”

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Scott Avett, “Motherhood,” 2012, oil on canvas, 106 x 65 in. Courtesy of the artist, © 2019 Scott Avett; Photograph: Lydia Bittner-Baird

“Scott Avett: I N V I S I B L E” features psychologically charged and emotionally intense portraits focused on his family and himself—often intimate, vulnerable, and sometimes uncomfortably truthful portrayals. “Scott Avett has been a highly accomplished working artist for as long as he has been a musician, but until now, he has kept the art making part of his life more private, almost as a refuge from his life as a performer,” said Linda Dougherty, chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “Sentimental, nostalgic, and deeply real—like his song lyrics—his paintings resonate with human emotion and forge powerful and personal connections between Avett’s work and the viewer/listener.”

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Scott Avett, “Black Mouse, White Mouse,” 2010, oil on canvas, 106 x 65 in. Courtesy of the artist, © 2019 Scott Avett; Photograph: Lydia Bittner-Baird

Museum Director Valerie Hillings notes, “This show reflects the NCMA’s commitment to highlighting the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary art practice and to inviting consideration of individual and societal themes and issues that are raised by artists, including Avett. Like his songs, Avett’s paintings, portraits of his family and himself, speak to universal issues of spirituality, struggle, and transformation, as well as more personal stories of career, family, and Southern life.”

More information about the museum and the exhibition is available at

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  1. Really? A museum exhibition? There are hundreds, if not thousands of other realist painters FAR more deserving of a “museum” exhibition. Take away the last name and notoriety and this never would have happened. Hard pass. There are plenty of other exhibitions taking place across the country that are far more worthy of coverage than this.

  2. Incredible exhibit. His work brings to life the most honest moments of family life. It reaches into your soul because with his brush, he quantifies the emotions we keep to ourselves.

  3. Hey Not Impressed…I’m not a big fan of Picasso. His art sucks. Avett, on the other hand, is beautiful and I enjoyed the exhibit. Are you a failed and jealous artist?


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