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Darrell E. Sechrest Art Gallery

The High Point University Darrell E. Sechrest Art Gallery is primarily an educational gallery that provides the High Point University and the greater High Point communities with rotating exhibitions in a range of media. These exhibitions will offer opportunities to interact with exhibiting artists and hear them speak about their work. Exhibitions will involve solo displays from artists currently active in their fields as well as group shows and works from a variety of collections including the University’s Permanent Collection that have a more historic purpose. All exhibitions, gallery talks, and openings are publicized locally and regionally and open to the public.

If you have any questions regarding the gallery (scheduling group visits, community outreach, etc.), then please contact Maxine Campbell, Director, at or 336-841-4680.

Mission Statement

1. Provide a venue to expose students and the community to high caliber works of art created by artists from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.
2. Through exhibitions, outreach, and related educational programming the gallery is dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the university community.
3. To explore and inspire through our collection and exhibitions, the emotional and intellectual resources of our audiences.
4. To create a sense of belonging and provide our visitors with an enjoyable and enduring experience.

 Hours and Directions

The Sechrest Gallery is generally open from late August through late April from 1:00-5:00, Monday-Thursday. The 2015-2016 calendar below specifies the openings and closings for each of our planned exhibits. Check the dates you wish to visit the gallery prior to arriving. If we are closed and you would like to schedule a group visit, then please contact Maxine Campbell, Director of the Sechrest Gallery, at or 336-841-4680.

Admission is free.

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TuesdayAugust 25“Sky Above Earth Below: Tradition and Transformation in Landscape” exhibition

An exhibition on the genre of landscape featuring its foundation in the Picturesque and Romantic movements and some of its subsequent redefinitions in the Modern and Post-Modern periods.

Among nineteenth-century paintings selected from the High Point University Permanent Collection on view are those by Gottlieb Daniel Paul Weber, George W. Johnstone, and Edward Charles Williams. The Weatherspoon Art Museum of the University of North Carolina Greensboro is lending works including artists Ben Norris, Gertrand Brausewetter, Francis Speight, and Jim Dine.
Private collectors and artists are also lending works.

The extensive range of creative involvement with landscape is well represented though a wide range of media, movements, and artistic expressions. Richard Gantt is the guest curator for this exhibition.
FridaySeptember 18Guest Curator Richard Gantt - lecture
Norton Hall Room 101
3:30 to 4:30 PM
FridayOctober 2Extended hours for Family Weekend - 2:00PM to 8:00PM
SaturdayOctober 3Extended hours for Family Weekend - 9:00AM to 7:30PM
FridayOctober 9Extended hours for Alumni Weekend - 1:00PM to 5:00PM
SaturdayOctober 10Extended Hours for Fall Festival - 10:00AM to 4:00PM
"Sky Above Earth Below: Tradition and Transformation in Landscape" closes at the end of the day
VISIONS 2015: Fourth Annual Invitational Exhibition
Andrew Wells Portraits on balcony level

This is an exhibition and sale of small works that are based on observation including landscapes, cityscapes, still life, figurative paintings, drawings and photography in a variety of mediums.
ThursdayOctober 29Reception from 4:00PM to 6:00PM
ThursdayDecember 10VISIONS 2015: Fourth Annual Invitational Exhibition & Andrew Wells Portraits closes at end of day
TuesdayJanuary 12“Art + Dialogue (A + D2016) Responding to Racial Tension in America” exhibition opens

A collaborative project intended to bring community together using a visual art exhibition as the catalyst for dialogues around racial tension in America. A charged topic, A + D aspires to make the issue of race and racial tensions more tangible to its audiences and participants and to promote greater understanding of different perspectives and experiences. The A + D partners include the African American Atelier, Center for Visual Artists, Greenhill, Guilford Native American Art Gallery and NCCJ, all working in concert to execute a call for North Carolina artists to exhibit work dealing with predefined themes that set the framework for Dialogue Sessions. Artist selection co-curated by visual art partners will be guided and coordinated by an outside curator, Kim Curry Evans, a private consultant to the project and Public Art Coordinator, City of Raleigh.

The Dialogue Sessions are the platform for participants to engage in thoughtful conversations about how we can collectively start to transcend racial tensions to address inequity and create thriving communities that honor the past, live in the present and aspire to a better, more inclusive future. The sessions are centered on the unified themes of the A + D project, and will include invited Dialogue Session Panels and a call to individuals, organizations, or groups who may want to contribute to the Open Dialogue Sessions. Open Dialogue Sessions may include presentations, music, spoken word, monologues, poetry, and other interdisciplinary activities.
FridayFebruary 5Extended hours for Family Weekend - 2:00PM to 8:00PM
Reception from 4:00PM to 6:00PM
SaturdayFebruary 6Extended hours for Family Weekend - 9:00AM to 7:30PM
ThursdayMarch 3“Art + Dialogue (A + D2016) Responding to Racial Tension in America” closes at the end of the day
MondayMarch 14“Kotani Paintings: The Spiritual in Art” exhibition opens

Setsuya Kotani, born in Japan was a professor of painting and ceramics at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. In his work, the spiritual in art is at home. He explores atmosphere with hushed color harmonies in the context of endlessness and mystery. His work depicts an aerial world which is a new figuration of beauty and meditative stillness. It is a visual language of eloquence and individuality.
ThursdayMarch 17Reception from 4:00PM to 6:00PM, Artist talk at 5:00PM
ThursdayApril 28 “Kotani Paintings: The Spiritual in Art” closes at the end of the day


The High Point Admissions Office is Located in Wrenn Hall.

Tours are available 7 days a week. Please contact us to schedule your visit.
(800) 345-6993
(336) 841-9216
(336) 888-6382 (fax)

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