Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
SECCA has no permanent collection but offers exhibitions of works by artists with regional, national, and international recognition. Although founded as a private institution, it became an operating entity of the North Carolina Museum of Art under the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources in 2007. Admission is free. The center's stated mission is "to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and you. By fostering creative excellence, innovation and dialogue through education and discussion, SECCA provides the community the opportunity to explore the dynamic relationship between individuals and contemporary art."
SECCA has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) since 1979, one of only 300 museums in the United States to earn this distinction.
SECCA was founded in 1956 as The Winston-Salem Gallery of Fine Arts in Old Salem. James Gordon Hanes of the locally prominent Hanes family, who died in 1972, bequeathed his 1929 Norman Revival home and grounds to the gallery. The home was augmented with purpose-built exhibition space, and SECCA moved to the new location in 1977 under its current name. In 1990 the facility expanded again.
Financial difficulties that began in 2003 forced SECCA to convey its property and operations to the state.
SECCA has three exhibition rooms with 9,000 square feet (840 m2) of space and a 300-seat auditorium. In addition, portions of the Hanes house and grounds are available for viewing and functions. The complex reopened in 2010 after an extensive renovation. It is a short distance from the Reynolda House Museum of American Art near Wake Forest University.