About The Festival



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Eyes on Main Street Galleries

EOMS Goldsboro Gallery is located at 126-128 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC 27893

(Open Year round)

EOMS Residency Gallery is located at 231 Nash Street E, Wilson, NC 27893

(No program until October 2022)

Gallery Hours: Wed, Thur, Sat - Noon to 4pm and Fri - Noon to 6pm

The 7th Edition launched on October 30, 2021 and has now ended.

The 8th edition will run from October 21, 2022 to March 25, 2023

Press Release

International Outdoor Street Photography Festival ✓

Indoor Photography Exhibitions ✓

Youth Photography Program ✓

Public Lecture Series ✓

Free activities✓

Festival Theme: Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures

-Main Exhibition is Outdoor over ¾ mile

The seventh edition of Eyes on Main Street, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival opens October 30, 2021 in historic downtown Wilson, NC. For 150 days, 100 photographs will be displayed on 100 storefront windows, walls and buildings, spanning nine city blocks. Following Barnes Street, then Lodge Street and Nash Street, our city center will be transformed into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs. The outdoor exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi, Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson, features the work of 100 photographers from 38 countries. Among the artists included in this years' edition are: Stephen Shore, Griselda San Martin, Sebastião Salgado, Lua Ribeira, Edward Burtynsky, Dee Dwyer, An Rong Xu, Melissa O'Shaughnessy and Dawoud Bey.

The 8th Edition also features two indoor exhibitions

-Eyes on the Residency

12 residents photographers who worked in Wilson from July 2021 to June 2022 will be featured in a group's exhibition.

EOMS Residency Gallery, at the corner of Nash and Douglas Streets October 21, 2022 to March 25, 2023

-Eyes on South Africa, Goldsboro Street Gallery

An exhibition of Contemporary Photography in Durban, South Africa, more details to follow.

EOMS Goldsboro Street Gallery October 21 to December 30,2022

-Education Program Will Resume in October 2022

-Youth Photography Workshops: Peter Fitzpatrick, our Education Director and Professor at the School of Fine and Performing Arts of Columbia College Chicago, will supervise and conduct youth photography workshops in partnership with local after-school groups. The Diane Dammeyer Initiative and Canon USA generously support these workshops.

-Public Lecture Series: featuring photographers discussing their ideas and techniques.

Several lectures will be held at the end on October 2022 for the launch of the 8th edition: see the full program in the Events section.

-Adult Photography Workshops: Brings the opportunity to work with and mentored by renowned photographers on projects in the City of Wilson.

Festival Head Quarters

EOMS Gallery 126-128 East Goldsboro Street, Wilson, NC 27893

Festival Creative Team

Jerome De Perlinghi, Artistic Director/Curator

Peter Fitzpatrick, Education Director

Ghadah Alrawi, Curator

Carol Johnson, Curator

Contact Details


Phone: 1-708-271-3042

For more information, visit us online: www.eyesonmainstreetwilson.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyesonmainstreet/

Or follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eyesonmainstreetinc/

Board Members

John Bethune, Brooke Bissette (Board President), Dale Bryce, Rosa Gobien, Juan Carlos Duron-Martinez, Cecilia Petrella, Will Robl & Nancy Van Dolsen

Mailing Address

Eyes on Main Street, INC 210 Moss Street, Wilson, NC 27893, USA

Eyes on Main Street is a large outdoor and indoor photography festival in Wilson, North Carolina. We are a Non-Profit Organization and donations are tax deductible as stipulated by the IRS.

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