Secretary Kluttz welcomed guests, with SECCA Foundation Chair Wesley Davis and SECCA Executive Director Mark Leach, to the preview of Graphic Design: Now in Production -- the first exhibit in over a decade to look comprehensively at the communications design sector. Sometimes it is not until we stop for a moment that we notice that design is all around us. It permeates our daily lives, influences our behavior and is defining the human experience as a strikingly visual one. Once the exclusive domain of skilled professionals; new tools, channels and software have emerged in the last decade to create opportunities for anyone to design, distribute and put their ideas on display. This fascinating exhibit runs from Oct. 26 through Feb. 23, 2014 at no cost to visitors.
Secretary Kluttz invited Commerce Secretary Decker as her guest to emphasize the importance art has in creating and stimulating North Carolina’s economy. The Commerce Secretary enthusiastically agreed and said the influence of art was an important part of her conversations across the state, as well as with companies considering a move to N.C. SECCA is the only venue in the Southeastern United States to have this exhibition on view. It is an incredible showcase of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books and posters that inform and entertain. Included in the exhibition are some of the proliferation of branding programs for companies, communities and individuals that shape our views.
Guests were treated to a performance of 5000 Years of Chairs by Swiss artist Jörg Lehni's who has successfully combined engineering, art and computer programming into a unique display of creativity. ‘Viktor’ is his creation of motors, coils, cables and custom scriptographer software that illustrates the evolution of chair making technologies spanning 5,000 years. SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please visit www.secca.org.