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REOPENING!!! Come celebrate with us Tonight.

July 15, 2010

We cannot wait to celebrate our long anticipated reopening with all of our good friends and neighbors! And lucky for us we had a bit of recent news coverage to spread the word. News crews from WXII 12 (NBC affiliate) and WGHP TV8 (Fox affiliate) both did interviews with SECCA Executive Director Mark Leach. The Winston-Salem Journal ran a front page cover story on the reopening and SECCA’s future plans. And David Ford, arts reporter for WFDD Radio, did an in-depth interview covering not only the reopening but also SECCA’s Strategic Plan, as well as mission and vision.

News coverage also included information about the renovated McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium which will be the home of SECCA’s wide-ranging education program using state-of-the-art technology.

Leach said, “This news coverage is a wonderful way to invite the public to our reopening. This is a pivotal moment in SECCA’s history. We’re entering a new era in which we will assemble the best art of today and utilize cutting edge technology to present and interpret it to the widest audience possible.

“Everyone has been so supportive,” Leach continues. “The list of of organizations to thank which have helped get SECCA to this point is very long. It includes the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the SECCA Foundation Board past and present, The James G. Hanes Memorial Fund and The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation. In addition, Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC are the presenting sponsors for SECCA’s reopening celebration tonight as well as the Summer @ SECCA education program series.

“Our reopening continues all summer long,” Leach says. “During our Summer @ SECCA program, we will present speakers, artists, live performances as well as a day-long Community Day which is part of the Department of Cultural Resources’ Second Saturday Program. We’ve got so much to offer this summer; we hope everyone will take advantage of these exceptional experiences.”

SECCA’s reopening is tonight at 7 p.m. SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive. The opening celebration includes two international exhibitions, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guest reception with some of the exhibiting artists on hand and more. The reopening is free and open to the public.

Admission to SECCA is free. Hours of operation are:  Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.;  Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 1- 5 p.m.. SECCA is closed on Mondays and State Holidays.

The two reopening exhibitions are:

Look Again
Organized by SECCA; Curated by Steven Matijcio

Look Again examines contemporary translations of the centuries-old “trompe l’oeil” (trick of the eye) tradition, gathering an international group of artists who build and break a world of illusion we have come to accept as reality. Beyond the canvas and tricks exclusive to the eye, these artists use humble materials to create objects and environments that surround the viewer in the experience of artifice. The show includes 15 artists from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden and the United States.

Look Again will close on Oct. 10.

GlassWear: Glass in Contemporary Jewelry
Organized by the Museum of Arts & Design, New York and the Pforzheim Jewelry Museum, Germany; Curated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman

GlassWear surveys the medium of glass in an expanded field of contemporary art practice and design. Moving from jewelry through sculpture, assemblage and installation, this exhibition brings together work by 60 artists from countries including Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Africa and the United States. Across the intersection of tradition and experiment, audiences will delight in new formulations of craftsmanship, spectacle and ingenuity.

GlassWear will close on Sept. 5.

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