SECCA Presents Second Saturday @ SECCA In conjunction with Exhibition: Remembering Sam
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 5, 2019)— The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is holding a 2nd Saturday @ SECCA on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Overlook Gallery. SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. 2nd Saturday @ SECCA is a free, family art event on the second Saturday of every month.
This month’s project is inspired by the art of Sam “The Dot Man” McMillan, a beloved local artist who recently passed away. SECCA currently has an exhibition of his work, entitled Remembering Sam, on display in the Preview Gallery. Vibrant, joyful, and filled with colorful dots, McMillan painted on everything from neckties, coveralls, and hats to mailboxes, vases, and almost anything else you can think of … so that’s what attendees at 2nd Saturday @ SECCA will do as well.
Attendees should bring small items or clothes from home that they would like to paint colorful dots on. It can be an old shirt, a picture frame, or anything else—please no furniture or things that need a wagon to move around. There also will be a variety of items on hand that attendees can paint and take home.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: Remembering Sam
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) presents Remembering Sam, an exhibition featuring selected art by Sam “The Dot Man” McMillan. The exhibition will be on display at SECCA, which is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem, through March 10, 2019. SECCA is free and open to the public Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Sam “The Dot Man” McMillan was born June 22, 1926 in Robeson County and was a well-loved fixture of the artistic community. He was a self-taught artist who worked prolifically, but didn’t start until he was in his 60s. Throughout his life, Sam worked many different jobs including as a chauffeur and furniture-maker. After he moved to Winston-Salem in 1977, he eventually ended up working for DeWitt Chatham Hanes, who encouraged his painting. His work could be found around his house and property on Northwest Boulevard. His artwork was exhibited at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City, the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Hickory Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas and the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. The artist passed away at the age of 92 on August 22, 2018 in Winston-Salem. SECCA’s exhibition includes works of art from public and private collections and serves as a small memorial to all the art that Sam created as well as his vibrant and full life.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. 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.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.