Archive for the ‘Winston-Salem NC Visual Arts’ Category

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Launches Virtual Exhibition for Graduating Art Students – Deadline is July 10, 2020

June 29, 2020

For graduating art students from high school to graduate school, the spring semester has been a uniquely challenging time. Student showcases and senior thesis exhibitions across the country have been canceled, and while some have been rescheduled, many students won’t have the opportunity to see their artwork displayed in public.

To make sure they don’t miss out entirely, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, in Winston-Salem, NC, is launching “SECCA Student Showcase 2020” – a virtual exhibition open to graduating high school, BFA, and MFRA students in art and design fields. While there is no replacement for a physical exhibition, we hope this project will bring light to the diversity of artistic talent, dedication, and vision in the Class of 2020.

Submissions are now open and will remain open for four weeks. Friday, July 10, 2020, is the final day to submit artwork for consideration.

An overall “Best In Show” distinction will be awarded by a small jury pool comprised of SECCA curatorial and education staff, as well as professionals from other regional arts organizations. The “Best In Show” artist will receive a $500 cash prize.

The virtual exhibition will also be open to the public for voting. The artwork receiving the most votes will receive the “People’s Choice” distinction and a $100 cash prize.

Art and design students wishing to have their work included in the “SECCA Student Showcase 2020” virtual exhibition may visit the SECCA website for more information at (

SECCA will share submissions on a rolling basis in the coming weeks, follow along on Instagram (@SECCAcontempart).

For additional information, please e-mail SECCA Director of Programs and Audience Engagement Alex Brown at (

Founded in 1956, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art offers a front-row seat to the arts of our time. Through visual art exhibitions, film, music, dance, theater, and education, SECCA starts conversations that engage diverse communities and perspectives. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art and a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, an Arts Council Affiliate, Launches Artist Relief Impact Fund

April 14, 2020

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, NC, an affiliate of The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, has established an “Arts Council Artist Relief Impact Fund” and launched an online “GoFundMe” campaign to raise funds for it. The initial goal for the Fund is $10,000; all funds raised in the campaign will be used exclusively to support local individual artists who are being devastated by the impact of COVID -19 virus. GoFundMe is a free, crowdfunding platform that allows people and organizations to raise money for a host of worthy causes.

Shannon Stokes, Patron Services and Events Manager at The Arts Council, is working with Art Nouveau co-chairs Lauren Carroll and Toni Tronu to coordinate the campaign. Contributions can be made by visiting ( and searching for “Art Nouveau NC”. This special Art Nouveau fundraising initiative is parallel to, but separate from, The Arts Council’s 2020 Community Fund for the Arts annual campaign, which raises funds to provide substantial general support to a wide range of local artists and arts organizations.

“Theatres are dark. Galleries are closed. Music venues are silent,” said Stokes. “Artists’ livelihoods have been destroyed, but the bills keep coming for the necessities of life. People are suffering, and the need is now. The leadership of Art Nouveau — which is comprised of young leaders in the arts community who also work in the business, education, government, technology and medical sectors of our community — stepped forward enthusiastically to lead this effort,” added Stokes.

“We have artists who already are in distress,” said Lauren Carroll, “and we want to create capacity for relief as quickly as possible. Obviously the need is much greater than the $10,000 initial goal, and we will be looking for creative ways to accumulate more resources.”

Stokes noted that the local restaurant industry, which is a strong supporter of charitable events sponsored by the arts community, has included Winston-Salem/Forsyth County artists in its “Heard Collaborative Café” project, which provides lunches for food service employees and artists negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This demonstrates so well how we are a community. One big family. And like family, we are going to stick together and help each other in a crisis,” she said.

Fundraising has just begun and an application will be available on online soon at ( Meanwhile, anyone interested in asking for assistance can send contact information by e-mail to (

Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, by building awareness of cultural opportunities and encouraging participation, strives to cultivate a community of young people with a commitment to supporting the future of arts and culture in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Winston-Salem, known as a “City of Arts & Innovation,” and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition the community is receiving as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Forsyth County’s nonprofit arts industry supports 5,559 full time equivalent jobs; accounts for more than $129 million in resident household income, and generates more than $14.8 million in local and state tax revenues.

For additional information, please contact Shannon Stokes, Patron Services and Events Manager, The Arts Council by calling 336/747-1416 or e-mail to (

Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, Seeks Entries for Juried Art Exhibition – Deadline Dec. 15, 2019

November 5, 2019

Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, invites artists to submit entries for a juried art exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Artists in North Carolina are invited to submit works that relate to this event, as well as art related to women’s rights and general voting rights.

Deadline for digital entry is December 15, 2019.

The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 6 through Apr. 25, 2020, in Salem College’s Elberson Fine Arts Center at 500 East Salem Avenue in Winston-Salem. The exhibition entry is free and open to all artists in North Carolina who are 18 years of age and older.

Salem Academy and College is the oldest educational institution for girls and women in the United States. With more than 18,000 alumnae who serve as entrepreneurs, physicians, researchers, artists, lawyers, teachers, community volunteers, and corporate executives, Salem Academy and Salem College continue to educate the next generation of global leaders. For more information about Salem Academy, please visit ( For more information about Salem College, please visit (

For complete instructions please download the prospectus from the website at (

A Call for Entries for “Expressions” A Judged Art Competition Organized by Muddy River Art Association in Winston-Salem, NC – Deadline Sept. 23, 2019

September 11, 2019


Keener Gallery at Allegacy Headquarters, 1691 Westbrook Plaza Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 9- 5 pm; Friday 9-6 pm, Saturday 9-12 noon


Entry Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2019
Drop –Off: Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 9- 11 am
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 from 5-7 pm
Pick –up: Thursday, Oct. 31 from 1-4 pm

The competition is open to all adults 18 years of age or older. All two-dimensional visual art media are eligible such as painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and fiber art. Please deliver artwork to the Keener Gallery with the entry label attached, the entry form, and entry fee.

All works must be the original work of the submitting artist, completed within the last three years and not created under instruction. Hand pulled prints, original digital prints and numbered prints and photos are eligible. No mass produced prints, giclees, or unnumbered photo prints, are eligible.

The artist must own the copyright to any work entered.

Artwork may not exceed 36 x 36 inches.

All artwork must be framed or gallery wrapped, with the exception of fiber art.

Artwork must be ready to hang on the wall with wire. Sawtooth hangers are not allowed.


The juror will award prizes as follows: 1st Place- $300; 2nd Place – $250, 3rd Place – $200, three Honorable Mentions – $30.
The juror’s decision is final. Prizes will be awarded at the Opening Reception.

One entry per artist will be accepted. The entry fee is $15 for members and $25 for non members. Make your checks payable to Muddy River Art Association.
All artwork sales transactions will be handled directly between buyer and artist. Muddy River Art Association does not charge commission. Allegacy Federal Credit Union receives no fees or commissions from this art competition.

How to Enter
Entry deadline: Friday, September 23, 2019
Send an e-mail with the subject “Expressions“ by September 23 to (
Include your name, title, media, size, and price

Please deliver artwork to the Keener Gallery with the entry label attached, the entry form, and entry fee. Due to space limitations, it is possible that not all work may be accepted. In such a case, the artist will be notified to pick up their work and the entry fee will be returned.

Carol Moates is a signature member of Watercolor Society of N.C. and Southern Watercolor Society. She served as the Visual Art Director with City Arts, in Greensboro, NC for 30 years. Her art studies include: UNCG; GTCC where she studied commercial art; a special two-year calligraphy course; and studies with numerous national and international instructors in oil, watercolor, portraiture and lettering arts.


All reasonable care and precautions will be taken in handling, installation and display of submitted works. However, any work entered in the show is to be left with the understanding that neither the Muddy River Art Association nor Allegacy Federal Credit Union is to be held responsible for loss or damage to entries.

To get a copy of the entry form e-mail Ginnie Conaway at (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offer Tour to Winston-Salem, NC, to See Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition – Sept. 21, 2017

August 31, 2017

The Arts Council of York County is hosting a bus trip from the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, to the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, to see the exhibit, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern”, on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. The bus will depart from the Center for the Arts at 9am, and will return at 5pm.

Bruce Weber (American, born 1946). “Georgia O’Keeffe”, Abiquiu, NM, 1984. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York. © Bruce Weber

From the Reynolda House Museum of American Art: “The Reynolda House Museum of American Art marks its centennial as an estate and its fiftieth anniversary as a museum with an exhibition of the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” explores how the artist’s modern sensibility saturated her art, her life, her homes, and her carefully fashioned public (and private) personas. In addition to a number of carefully chosen paintings by O’Keeffe, and photographs of her homes, the exhibition features selected items from her personal wardrobe that highlight her preferences for compact masses, organic silhouettes, and minimal ornamentation. The Reynolda House is one of only three venues to host the exhibition, and the only venue south of New York.”

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). “Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock—Hills” (Ram’s Head and White Hollyhock, NM), 1935. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.28. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Tickets are $75 for members of the Arts Council, and $85 for the general public. They include transportation, and admission to the museum and the O’Keeffe exhibit. Tickets for the trip must be purchased in advance by 5pm on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 – online at (, by phone at 803/328-2787, and in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC. There will be time to shop and eat in Reynolda Village prior to the museum visit.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit our webpage at (

AFAS Center for the Arts Opens in Winston-Salem, NC

May 31, 2017

The sleek new AFAS Center for the Arts, located at the corner of Liberty and Seventh streets in Winston-Salem, NC, opened to the public on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The local nonprofit organization Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS) commissioned the 14,500 square foot, three-story building, which was constructed over a period of 15 months.

The Center’s official opening will be celebrated with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2pm, on May 6, accompanied by live music, food trucks, ARTivity on the Green mural wall painting and family activities.

This latest addition to the city’s burgeoning Arts District consolidates several AFAS activities and locations that were previously scattered throughout downtown. The building houses AFAS’ headquarters, as well as Red Dog Gallery, Unleashed Arts Center and Studio 2, a jewelry studio. There are also 10 artist studios available for lease at affordable rates.

The Center’s location – adjacent to ARTivity on the Green art park – extends the Arts District’s footprint into a previously underdeveloped area of the city.

Harry Knabb, AFAS chairman and chief executive, said the new headquarters underscores AFAS’ continued commitment to the Arts District and the city’s arts community overall, while also ensuring the viability of AFAS for generations to come.

ARTivity on the Green and the AFAS Center for the Arts have both been made possible via generous grants – primarily one from the Thomas J. Regan Jr. Foundation – and both projects have enlisted the professional skills of several local businesses; STITCH Design Shop and Frank L. Blum Construction Co. served as the architect and general contractor for both projects, respectively.

For further information contact Harry Knabb, AFAS Chair, by calling 336/416-0089 or Sylvia Green, AFAS Vice Chair at 336/782-5958.

Photo caption: Special translucent panels allow the new AFAS Center for the Arts building to literally glow from within at night.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Launches New Volunteer Program

August 31, 2015


The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC, launches SECCA CONNECTors, an organization that supports the contemporary art center in daily functions, exhibitions, and special projects.

Spearheaded by Nancy Peterson and Bonnie Poindexter, two active women in Winston-Salem’s arts community, the SECCA CONNECTors gives volunteers the opportunity to enjoy insider experiences, a chance to give back to the community, and to take part in Winston-Salem’s mission to be the City of the Arts and Innovation. With a variety of committees and responsibilities, including office support, exhibition support, education support, greeting, and gardening; there is something for everyone who is interested in joining.

“We are very excited ab­out the SECCA volunteer program. We look forwarding to assisting the staff and helping enhance the SECCA experience for the public,” said Nancy Peterson.

The first SECCA CONNECTor meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at 5:30pm in the living room of the historic Hanes House at SECCA, located at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106.

For more information about how you can become a SECCA CONNECTor please visit ( or contact Connie Schroeder by e-mail at (

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located on Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

The NC Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the NC Arts Council, the NC Symphony and the NC Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the NC Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues.

For more information, please call 919/807-7300 or visit (

Piedmont Craftsmen in Winston-Salem, NC, will Presents Dog Days Sale Aug. 14, 2015

August 8, 2015

The Dog Days of summer are here and the Piedmont Craftsmen Dog Days Sale is right around the corner in Winston-Salem, NC!

Consider donating artwork and fine crafts to our Dog Days Art Sale to be held on Friday evening, Aug. 14, 2015. Last year, Piedmont Craftsmen inaugurated a unique fundraiser to benefit our education and gallery programs. The Dog Days Sale is for young collectors and savvy shoppers alike. The event features hand created items culled from local art collections made by Piedmont Craftsmen’s Exhibiting Members as well as other talented artists. One of a kind items, new, used, and high quality seconds will be sold well below retail during this one day event.

Anyone can donate. Items must be handmade, but not necessarily created by Piedmont Craftsmen’s artists. We will accept a variety of artwork for the sale including: functional ceramics, jewelry, clothing, paintings & prints, wooden items, textiles and mixed media art. Donations of handcrafted items will be accepted until Aug. 10, 2015.

Donating is easy.

1. Donations can be hand delivered to our gallery at 601 North Trade Street during our regular business hours or shipped to the same address.

2. Several of our volunteers have offered to pick up donations for the sale. Please give us a call at 336/725-1516 if you have any questions or if you would like to make arrangements for your items to be picked up.

Mark your calendar now for this amazing sale at the Liberty Street Art Center, 526 North Liberty Street, downtown Winston-Salem on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, from 5-8:30pm. Customers will enjoy a shopping experience that includes wine & cheese for $6/person or $10 for you & a buddy.

Jane Doub, President (
and the Dog Days Art Sale committee: Annie Van Every, Pam Saunders Co- Chairs, with the help of Melanie Barbee, BJ Buckland, Susan Friedman, Cindy Cox Geddie, Tomi Melson, Karen Morgan, and Amanda Phillips.

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

For further info visit us at (

The Downtown Art District Association in Winston-Salem, NC, Offers DADA First Friday Gallery Hop – Aug. 7, 2015

July 21, 2015


The Downtown Art District Association in Winston-Salem, NC, is pleased to present the DADA August First Friday Gallery Hop on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, from 7-10pm. Each month, the Gallery Hop features new artists receptions, live demonstrations and performers and collaborations with neighboring community organizations for variety and more fun.

DADA first Friday Gallery Hops are held each month in the Downtown Art District, along Trade, Liberty, from Fifth Street, Sixth Street and Seventh Streets where barricades are places for a safe and festive event. More of the Downtown Art District is found into toward Eighth Street, with the Downtown Art District becoming more diverse, creative and extending farther from the original footprint.

August brings the Annual Slice of Summer Tomato Tasting, an anticipated event sponsored by the Winston Salem Journal and local tomato farmers. Sample (for free) dozens of different varieties of tomatoes from local growers and then cast a VOTE for your favorite one! Additionally, there will be selected local restaurants on hand offering samples of their favorite tomato based recipes (while supplies last)

Exhibits for the August Hop feature artist gallery receptions throughout the Art District include:

Piedmont Craftsmen hosts a solo show in August by wood artist O’Neal Jones from Graham, NC. His woodwork ranges from functional furniture to sculptural wall pieces and mirrors. An Artisan’s Adventures in Woodworking through Demolition, Design, Dust and Delight will open on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, from 7-10pm during the gallery hop and run through Aug. 29, 2015.

Artworks Gallery features “CEO CHEERLEADERS: pop portraits” by Mike Foley; and “Rurality: Here and There”, paintings by Cindy Taplin. Exhibit dates are Aug. 2 – 29, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 7, 7-10 pm.

For more information on the Dada first Friday August Gallery Hop, sign up for the free arts e-letter, visit our website at (, Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

DADA, the neighborhood organization of the Downtown Art District, presents first Friday Gallery Hops, supports the eclectic shops, galleries, businesses and residences throughout the Downtown Art District Association and cultivates a real-time community of artists living their dream to present art in a neighborhood community. For more information on DADA, volunteer and support opportunities please e-mail to ( or call 336/734-1864. DADA is a non-profit organization supporting the arts community from the Downtown Art District and beyond.

Winston-Salem, NC’s Innovative New Urban Park Reimagines the Term “Green Space”

May 13, 2015

From the towering red “smokestacks” that intermittently release clouds of water vapor (lighted at night) to the “artist performance shelter” that’s sculpted from silvery steel bands, downtown Winston-Salem’s latest attraction, dubbed ARTivity on the Green, is an eye-opening and smile-inducing new breed of public space.


The half-acre park, which sits between the city’s vibrant Arts District and Wake Forest University’s sprawling Innovation Quarter, was created through a private grant and spearheaded by Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS), a local nonprofit dedicated to making the arts accessible for everyone.

ARTivity on the Green officially opened on May 9, 2015, accompanied by a large crowd, live music, food vendors and a dignitary-studded ribbon-cutting.


“We wanted to create a space that speaks to Winston-Salem’s reputation as ‘The City of Arts and Innovation,’” said Harry Knabb, chairman and chief executive of AFAS, “while at the same time paying tribute to its industrial, tobacco-and-textiles past.”

Hence, the faux smokestacks and the liberal use of metal throughout the park – including rectilinear steel benches that resemble sawhorses.

Other unique features include sodded berms designed for lounging or picnicking; a large wall that will host murals by local artists; and eight-inch-wide red lines painted on the surrounding sidewalks to lead visitors into the park.

Another impressive fact: the entire ARTivity Park project, which cost $2 million (and came in on budget), is a completely home-grown effort.  Architectural firm STITCH Design Group created the conceptual blueprints; Stimmel Associates handled the civil engineering and landscaping; and Frank L. Blum Construction Co. oversaw the actual construction.

Visitors to Winston-Salem can find the park easily; it’s situated on Liberty Street, between Sixth and Seventh streets, in the heart of downtown.

For more information, visit (