The 19th installment of SECCA's Southern Idiom series features new work by multidisciplinary artist Terri Dowell-Dennis.

On View March 20, 2021 – April 18, 2021 | Preview Gallery

On view in SECCA's Preview Gallery, the latest iteration of SECCA's Southern Idiom exhibition series will feature Thinking Through Making, a collection of works on paper and quilts by multidisciplinary artist Terri Dowell-Dennis. Works on view will be available for purchase. Admission to the exhibition is free, with a suggested $10 donation.

Join us for a special reception on March 27, more info here.


Terri Dowell-Dennis believes that who we are and where we come from exists in relationship to how we live and what we make. With roots deep in the culture and history of Appalachia and now thirty odd years in the North Carolina Piedmont, she embraces reverence for the earth, a make-do aesthetic, and respect for those whose wisdom comes from unexpected quarters. The artworks in this exhibition, Thinking Through Making, are from a studio practice where thoughts, intuition, and process come together to occasionally touch the hem of mystery.


After completing her MFA at Clemson University's School of Art and Architecture, Terri Dowell-Dennis moved to Winston-Salem to work as an educator at the newly expanded Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. She remained at SECCA for 17 years, most of those as Curator of Education. She is currently the Associate Curator of Education at Weatherspoon Art Museum on UNCG's campus. As a long-time museum educator, her passion is for the stories and connections that are made when sharing works of art with others. On weekends, she can often be found at the Studios at 434 Brookstown Avenue, where she shares space with seven other artists. She and her husband, photographer W. Cameron Dennis, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and the cutest little grandson.

About Southern Idiom

SECCA's Southern Idiom exhibition series launched in 2017 as a platform for elevating and celebrating the work of Winston-Salem artists. In contrast to many exhibitions at SECCA, works on view in Southern Idiom are available for purchase. Terri Dowell-Dennis' exhibition marks the 19th installment of the series, which previously presented artists like Ashley Johnson, Frank Campion, Mona Wu, Owens Daniels, Jessica Singerman, Leo Rucker, Kevin Calhoun, Paul Travis Phillips, Laura Lashley, Sam "The Dot Man" McMillan, and others.