Roger Manley


Gregg Museum of Art and Design


Roger Manley became the director of NC State University’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design in 2010. Prior to that, Roger worked as a photographer, folklorist, filmmaker, curator and writer. He has curated exhibitions for more than forty other institutions, and has authored a number of award-winning books, catalogues, videos and films, along with exhibitions of his own photographs of Australian Aboriginals, Hispanic farmworkers, Palestinian villagers, Gullah Sea Islanders, Navajos, Arctic gold miners, prisoners, textile workers, and self-taught artists. His feature-length documentary MANA—beyond belief premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and NYC’s Lincoln Center, and was an opening night feature at Durham’s Full Frame Festival. Its awards included Best Cinematography at Avignon and the Grand Jury Prize at Rhodes.


Manley has had many international artist residencies and was a recipient of both the NEA Artists Fellowship and the NEH Scholars Fellowship. In 1992, he founded the triennial META Conferences at Black Mountain, which have brought together hundreds of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other creative individuals from all over the world for regular collaborative exchanges.