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SECCA, UNCSA Unveil the Artist’s Studio

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (August 25, 2014) – Two state organizations that bring premier arts education and programming to Winston-Salem, the Triad and beyond are partnering in a first-of-its-kind collaboration designed to explore and showcase the creative process.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have announced a new program series, The Artist’s Studio, which will support dialogue and understanding around contemporary art for the public, while creating unparalleled educational opportunities for students. Under the program, contemporary artists brought in by SECCA and UNCSA will work with students and faculty from UNCSA to create original new works while documenting the creative process.

“Guest artists from SECCA and UNCSA will be ‘cross-pollinating’ the different arts schools at UNCSA,” explains SECCA Executive Director Mark Leach. “From dance to music and visual arts to film, contemporary artists will be creating synergies between the disciplines of the studio – the space where the arts are incubated and take shape. We then will invite audiences to experience the artistic process as it unfolds in a culminating event, which will blend live performance with discussion.”

“The visual and performing arts have always informed each other,” says UNCSA Chancellor Lindsay Bierman. “The Artist’s Studio makes art more accessible by showing the live creation of original, modern works. In this case, the process is the performance."

The Artist’s Studio was conceived during the fall of 2013, when UNCSA Provost David Nelson and Leach were exploring how to bring together the resources and talents of their respective institutions in an innovative way. They credit UNCSA School of Dance Dean Susan Jaffe for the impetus.

“So many people in Winston-Salem are doing amazing things in the arts,” Jaffe says. “This is a way to look behind the scenes.”

SECCA Curator of Contemporary Art Cora Fisher became a valuable addition to the project’s realization late last year as initial planning of the inaugural program developed.

The Artist’s Studio will kick off with two collaborations during 2014-15. The inaugural collaboration is scheduled for September, when conceptual artist Neil Goldberg will work with UNCSA dance and film students and faculty, culminating with a ticketed public event at SECCA on September 21. The second collaboration is slated for winter.


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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 at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please visit SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. 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.



Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is America’s first state-supported arts school, a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, and music. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system when it was formed in 1972. For more information, visit


About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. 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 N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. 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 people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

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 N.C. 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