The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art offers numerous ways to experience the art of our time. Through visual art exhibitions, music, dance, theater, and education we start conversations that engage diverse communities and perspectives.

SECCA opened in 1956 as a non-profit visual arts organization in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in response to a community and regional need for exhibition space devoted to work by local artists. By 1972, when industrialist James G. Hanes willed his 32-acre estate to the gallery, its scope included all 11 southeastern states.

SECCA has since grown in scope and scale, with a legacy of seminal exhibitions and a distinctive architectural footprint on our verdant grounds, connecting the Southeast with the world at large. Currently, SECCA continues to produce original exhibitions, publications and programs with international and American contemporary artists. SECCA serves as a dynamic center for exchange and partnership in this community and beyond, presenting talks, film, performance and transformative educational experiences.

SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art and a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Mission

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art.

Rental Information

Grounds and Lake

SECCA's grounds feature a boxwood garden, wisteria trees and an expansive lawn that leads to SECCA's lake. This outdoor area if perfect for weddings, concerts, picnics and other special events. We can accommodate up to 300 people on the grounds.

McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium

SECCA's McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium is comfortable for a group of 50 or a full house of nearly 300. The auditorium is equipped for everything from film screenings to presentations and lectures.

The Auditorium Lobby features a wall of windows overlooking SECCA's grounds and can accommodate 100 people for a seated lunch or dinner and up to 150 for a reception. The Lobby is also situated next to the Main Gallery, which offers guests the opportunity to easily explore our current exhibitions.

Grier Library, Terrace and Sunporch

For more intimate events and smaller meetings, the Grier Library will accommodate up 20 people and can be equipped with a screen and projector. The Terrace and the Sunporch each offer a spectacular view of the grounds and the lake and can accommodate up to 50 people for a wedding ceremony or outdoor reception.

All areas are equipped with WiFi - tables and chairs available for on-site rental.  

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