Affiliated since 2007, the NCMA and SECCA share the strategic vision of facilitating access to meaningful and inspiring works of visual art and performing arts and enriching educational experiences for North Carolina residents and visitors.
THE ART OF NOW SINCE 1956
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) offers a front-row seat to the art of our time through exhibitions, experiences, and education programs with a focus on regional working artists. Founded in 1956 and located on the scenic James G. Hanes estate in Winston-Salem, SECCA offers unique large-scale indoor and outdoor settings for exploring the intersections of contemporary art and culture. Learn more at secca.org.
SECCA is a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It receives operational funding from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem, just a few minutes north of downtown in the Reynolda Historic District. Admission and visitor parking is free.
Wednesday, 1 pm–5 pm
Thursday, 1 pm–8 pm
Friday, 1 pm–5 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Guided and curriculum-based gallery tours are available with two weeks’ notice. Learn more at secca.org/visit-information.
Originally founded as the Winston-Salem Gallery of Fine Arts, SECCA opened in 1956 as a nonprofit visual arts organization in response to a community need for exhibition space devoted to work by local artists. By 1972, when textile industrialist James G. Hanes willed his 32-acre estate to the Gallery, its offerings had expanded to include showing work by artists from 11 southeastern states.
SECCA has since grown in scope and scale. With a legacy of seminal exhibitions and a distinctive architectural footprint on the center’s verdant grounds, it connects southeastern contemporary art with the art world at large. Now sharing a curatorial team and vision with the NCMA, SECCA continues to produce original exhibitions and programs with international and American contemporary artists. It serves as a dynamic center for exchange and partnership in the North Carolina community and beyond, presenting artist talks, workshops, musical performances, film screenings, and more.
Since 1977, the historic Hanes House has welcomed visitors into its wood-paneled rooms for warm conversations, dinner parties, and familial gatherings. Built in 1929 as the country home of textile industrialist and civic leader James G. Hanes, the Hanes House became the unlikely home of SECCA when Hanes bequeathed the house and grounds to the gallery upon his passing in 1972.
Reimagined in 2023 to better serve today’s audiences, the Hanes House weaves new narratives containing diverse perspectives through intimate and communal experiences with the visual, musical, and culinary arts in a homelike setting. Learn more at haneshouse.com.
Containing workshops and family programs as well as concerts and cocktail socials, SECCA’s calendar offers something for the culturally curious in all of us. Explore the full calendar of upcoming events at secca.org/calendar.