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.

The 5th edition will run from April 27 to August 4, 2019, transforming Historic Downtown Wilson into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs spanning over six city blocks.

The main exhibition features 100 photographs by 100 prominent and emerging photographers from over 40 countries with an equal number of men and women participants. The exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi and co-curated by Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson, focuses on the theme of "Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures" as interpreted by the individual photographers. This year’s edition will include four additional exhibits, making Historic Downtown Wilson, NC a real crossroad for photography.

The Eyes on Main Street Kids Gallery, presented as both indoor and outdoor exhibits, is the outcome of our Youth Photography Workshops run by Peter Fitzpatrick with alumni from Columbia College Chicago and local photographers. This program, made possible with the generous support of Canon USA, demonstrates the talents of young participants when given a chance to express themselves. Please look at their portfolio in The Kids Gallery. The Artist in Residence program is fast becoming a popular stay for photographers from all around the world, looking to work on a personal project. Eyes on Australia, a look at Contemporary Photography in Australia, curated by Lucy Stranger, will be another very popular and strong exhibit in 2019.

The Blues Band Marquise Knox will play a concert (free) at 5PM on April 27, 2019


Jerome De Perlinghi


Jerome De Perlinghi

Artistic Director

Peter Fitzpatrick

Education Director

Curators since the 5th Edition

Ghadah Alrawi: https://www.ghadahalrawi.com

Jerome De Perlinghi: www.jeromedeperlinghi.com

Carol Johnson, former photography curator at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Former Curators

Catherine Coulter Lloyd: www.catherinecoulterlloyd.wordpress.com

Régina Monfort: www.reginamonfort.com

Board Members

John Bethune, Brooke Bissette, Susan Fecho (Board President), Socrates Gliarmis, Rosa Gobien, Emily Groth, Sean Larkin, Ryan Mercer & Nancy Van Dolsen