Through two state art museums in Raleigh and Winston-Salem, we give all North Carolinians access to world-class art. At our two art museums you can see everything from masterworks by Picasso and Rembrandt to cutting-edge work by contemporary Tar Heel artists.
The North Carolina Museum of Art
The first art museum in the nation to purchase works of arts with state funds, the North Carolina Museum of Art’s collection of more than 5,000 objects includes major holdings in European painting from the Renaissance to the 19th century, Egyptian funerary art, sculpture and vase painting from ancient Greece and Rome, American art from a range of periods and international contemporary art.
The museum boasts the nation's largest art museum park, offering visitors the chance to experience art in a unique outdoor setting, and offers a comprehensive art education program that gives students from across the state and around the world the opportunity to learn from the museum's vast collection.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
A more recent addition to the Cultural Resources family, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art was founded in in 1956 by Winston-Salem industrialist James G. Hones with the mission of showcasing the work of contemporary southern artists.
It continues that tradition today with an added focus on exhibiting the work of the country’s major contemporary artists, and employing dynamic and innovative approaches and tools to connect students with contemporary art for discovery.