From furniture-based sculpture to sculptures that function as furniture, Furnished presents more than 50 works by 15 contemporary artists from North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

On view July 18, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Opening Reception: July 18, 6 to 8 pm.

Conceived as an open call to create a more transparent exhibition process, SECCA looked for artists whose works examine the contemporary spirit of furniture, design, and functional sculpture. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will engage with themes of design, immersive environments, creative reuse, materiality and playfulness, furniture as sculpture, and sculpture made of furniture.

The Artists featured in Furnished were selected by Wendy Earle (Curator of Contemporary Art, SECCA) and three guest jurors: Dr. Sarah Anne Carter (Curator and Director of Research, Chipstone Foundation), Dr. Rosa Otero (Associate Professor of Design, Chair of the Department of Art, Art History and Design, Salem College), and Richard Prisco (Professor of Industrial Design, Appalachian State University).


Austin Ballard, Charlotte, NC; José Pablo Barreda, Asheville, NC; Jeff Bell, Goldsboro, NC; David Bohnhoff, Columbia, VA; Graham Campbell, Smithville, TN; Annie Evelyn, Penland, NC; Sophie Glenn, Smithville, TN; Robb Helmkamp, North Charleston, SC; Colin Knight, Richmond, VA; William Lenard, Richmond, VA; Eric Serritella, Chapel Hill, NC; Tom Shields, Asheville, NC; Brent Skidmore, Asheville, NC; Jomo Tariku, Springfield, VA; and Kimberly Winkle, Cookeville, TN.

The Furniture Society serves as a supporting partner to SECCA for the upcoming exhibition, Furnished.