The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), a proud affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, 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.

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.


SECCA engages our communities by creating inclusive, revelatory, and educational experiences with outstanding contemporary arts.


SECCA will be a vibrant art-scape for celebrating human expression.

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 is 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 120 people for a wedding ceremony, party, or other social event.

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

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