Come for the past, stay for the future

The Carter under construction in 1960 and today, in 2021.

The Carter is celebrating 60 years. 60 years of collecting. Curating. Carefully preserving. 60 years of showing off the classics and showcasing the new. 60 years of building momentum, gaining energy, creating inspiration, finding connections, and sharing our vision. We’re able to celebrate 60 years of American art all year long because of the generosity and support, year after year, of the community we love. Join us as we look back on our story and look forward to our journey ahead.

Share your moments with the Carter, from the past to the present, using: #Carter60

60 never looked so good!

Whether you live near or far, you can visit the Carter anytime with our virtual gallery experiences.

Take a virtual visit through our collection galleries! Created in January 2021, this 3-D tour unlocks new stories and shares fun highlights through video, audio, and more. Click to navigate through the galleries and hover your mouse over the buttons for more information about select works of art. Check back often to see what’s new!

Explore the special exhibitions An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain, Photography Is Art, and An Expanding Vision: Six Decades of Works on Paper!

60 years of connections

At the Carter, we love to inspire our community both near and far. For 60 years, we have been sharing our enthusiasm for art with everyone. This year is no exception! We’re celebrating the Carter and our collection all year long. Visit our events page to discover some of the ways you can connect with the Carter, both at the museum and in the community. And check back regularly as we are always adding new events!

View from above of children and adults sitting on a floor and using red lap desks to create art.

60 years of the Carter

The story of the Carter is full of the people, places, and things that exemplify passion, dedication, and creativity. Take a deep dive into the Carter’s history with timelines of the museum and its founders.

60 years of creativity

Art. American art. Like the people who make it, the art comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and represents many perspectives. Discover the variety of creativity on view in 2021 both in the museum’s collection galleries and in our exciting lineup of special exhibitions, and find what you love at the Carter!

60 years of celebration

On Saturday, September 25, we celebrated 60 years with our biggest, loudest, boldest party yet! We opened two new exhibitions, invited the entire community for family friendly hands-on art experiences with some of our Carter Community Artists, and grooved to live music with Shakey Graves. And we topped it all off with a spectacular fireworks show. Whew . . . what a party! Here’s to the next 60!

Graphic with arched square shapes in multiple colors behind a silhouette of the Carter museum; stylized fireworks are in the background