Ultimate Guide To Winston-Salem Art Galleries & Museums

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Winston-Salem art galleriesWinston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation. We have a vibrant arts scene, centralized in the Arts District of downtown, radiating from Trade Street. Enjoy the rich creative local talent as well as national and international artists at the variety of Winston-Salem art galleries.

DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop

The First Friday of each month, the Arts District celebrates with DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop from 7-10pm. During Gallery Hop, Trade Street is blocked off for a few blocks to open the way for sidewalk chalk art in the street and performers. Galleries feature new exhibits, some offering refreshments, workshops, or special events that evening.

Downtown Arts District/ Trade Street

ArtConnections Gallery (formerly the site of Inter_sections Gallery)

ArtConnections art gallery629 N. Trade St.

ArtConnections is a cooperative of local artists located on Trade Street in the Arts District of downtown whose work includes bookbinding, collage, drawing, marbling, mixed media, printmaking, upcycled clothing, classes and more.


  • Thursday-Saturday 11am-6pm
  • Sundays 1-6pm

Artworks Gallery

564 N. Trade St.
(336) 723-5890

Open since 1984, Artworks Gallery is a co-op gallery run by artists and features local artists of all media.


  • Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm
  • Sunday 1-4pm
  • *open later for First Friday Gallery Hop
  • First Fridays 7-10pm

Delurk Gallery

207 W. 6th St.
(336) 486-3444

Delurk Gallery is a co-op gallery featuring several local artists and also serves as a satellite studio for the international Art-O-Mat project.


  • Tuesday-Saturday 12-6pm
  • Sunday 12-4pm
  • First Friday Gallery Hops 7-10pm
  • Summer on Trade dates open late
  • Or by appointment

Fiber Company gallery

600 N. Trade St.
(336) 725-5277

Fiber Company is a working weaving studio featuring hand-woven clothing, accessories and home goods by the owned by exhibiting partners Dee Conner, B. Jane Doub, Kathryn Gauldin, Carolyn Glazener, and Olivia Camden Mackie, as well as jewelry, woodwork, pottery and photography on consignment from local crafters.


  • Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday and Saturday 11am-3pm
  • First Fridays Gallery Hop 7-10pm

Karma Salon & Gallery

206 W. Sixth St.
(336) 682-2671

A full-service hair salon as well as a gallery featuring a new artist each month.

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc.

601 N. Trade St.
(336) 725-1516
piedmont craftsmen.org

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., is a crafters and artists guild created in 1963. Dedicated to fine traditional and contemporary arts, Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. represents almost 400 of the most talented artists and crafters in the Southeast. Besides the year-round gallery space, they also host the huge annual two-day Piedmont Craftsmen Fair at the Benton Convention Center in November.


  • Tuesday-*Friday 10:30am-5pm
  • Saturday 11am-4pm
  • *open later for First Friday Gallery Hop

Red Dog Gallery

630 N. Liberty St.
(336) 723-4444

Home of the Art for Arts Sake non-profit group, Red Dog Gallery showcases the work of a consortium of talented local artists, photographers and craftsmen. From paintings and raku pottery to handmade jewelry and whimsical sculpture, the items on display at the gallery are constantly changing – and there always is something new to discover for every sensibility and budget.


  • Tuesday-*Friday 12-6pm
  • Saturday 11am-4pm
  • *First Friday Gallery Hop hours are also 7-10 pm

Visual Index (VI)

Visual Index (VI) is an independent gallery featuring contemporary craft and fine art with mediums spanning clay, jewelry, glass, 2D works and more. VI strives to support living artists and make art more approachable. Their vision is to carry at least one artist from each state and they currently represent 20 states and 73 artists.

562 Trade Street
(336) 875-1674

There are a few other galleries that you may want to check out in this area as well, including:

  • North Trade Street Arts Center (also the current DADA headquarters)
  • Studio 7
  • Gallery IV
  • Steele Group Architects Art Studio

Nearby Art Galleries

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 N. Spruce St.
(336) 747-1463

Just a few blocks away from the Arts District, the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts hosts the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem gallery of local visual artists encouraging them to develop as professional artists in their media.


*Open until 9pm for First Friday Gallery Hop

Fourth Street Art & Frame (on Reynolda Rd)

847 Reynolda Rd.
(336) 725-0111

Located on Reynolda Road on the edge of downtown Winston-Salem across from the main entrance of Hanes Park, Fourth Street Art & Frame is a custom frame shop and storefront gallery featuring original art by Winston-Salem and other North Carolina artists.


  • Tuesday-*Friday 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Extended hours for opening Friday exhibits

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) at Old Salem Museums & Gardens

The Frank L. Horton Museum Center, Old Salem
924 South Main St.
(336) 721-7360

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)  opened in beautiful Old Salem in 1965, (walking distance from the Downtown Arts District). It showcases a wide collection of decorative art and craftsmanship of the Southern lifestyle of 18th and 19th century settlers, including architecture, ceramics, furniture, needlework, paintings, prints and more. A guided tour is included with entry.  The 45-minute tours give an intimate look at the lifestyle and places of early settlers through their craftsmanship and take place every hour on the hour. Additional focus tours, and one- and two-hour study tours available at additional fee and reservations are required.


Tickets are available for purchase online, as well as in-person at the Frank L. Horton Museum Center and the Old Salem Visitor Center.

Entry to MESDA is included in an All-in-One Old Salem ticket:

  • Adults: All-in-one ticket (good for two-days): $27
  • Children ages 4-18 all-in-one ticket (good for two days): $13
  • Under 4: FREE
  • Adult Sunday All-in-One Ticket: $22
  • Children 4-18 Sunday All-in-One Ticket: $11 (ages 0-3 are free)

MESDA entry alone:

  • Self-Guided: $10 (adults & students)
  • One-Hour Behind-the-Scenes: Adults: $20 (check availability)
  • Two-Hour Behind-the-Scenes: Adults: $40 (check availability)


  • Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Sunday 1-4:30pm
  • Closed Mondays, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas

The Olio – Glassblowing Studio & GalleryOlio Glass Art Gallery, Winston-Salem NC

West End Millworks
840 Mill Works St.
(336) 817-2846

The Olio is a non-profit art glass gallery, and a working glassblowing studio featuring workshops, an apprentice program and educational outreach.


  • Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm

Sawtooth School For Visual Art

Eleanor & Egbert Davis Gallery
The Davis Gallery showcases exhibits related to the programming of Sawtooth School for Visual Art, and often features the work of talented faculty members, as well as an annual student exhibit.

251 N. Spruce St
(336) 723-7395


  • Monday-Friday 9am-6:30pm
  • Saturday 9am-4pm
  • Closed Sunday
  • Groups of six or more should be arranged in advance with the Gallery.

Admission is FREE.

Womble Carlyle Gallery at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

The Womble Carlyle Gallery hosts rotating exhibitions featuring local, regional and national artists.

251 N. Spruce St.
(336) 747-1463

Admission is FREE.


Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm
Saturdays 9am – 4pm
Closed Sundays

More Art To Explore In Winston-Salem

Charlotte & Phillip Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University
Scales Fine Arts Center
1834 Wake Forest Rd #113
(336) 758-5585

The Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery is focused on presenting challenging and engaging artwork; mostly contemporary, but sometimes focused on historical works or selections from the breadth of Wake Forest University’s collections. Through 6-8 exhibitions a year, the Hanes Gallery’s goal is to encourage a direct and involving experience with the artwork.

FREE and open to the public.


  • Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm
  • The Gallery is closed during Wake Forest University student holidays.

The Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King, Jr Dr.
Diggs Gallery webpage

A gallery located on the campus of Winston-Salem State University showcasing paintings, prints and sculpture of Africa and African Americans. Distinguished by The Smithsonian as one of the nation’s best regional facilities for exploring contemporary African art.

FREE and open to the public.


  • Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm

Elberson Fine Arts Center Galleries at Salem College

Salem College
500 E. Salem Ave.
(336) 721-2600
Elberson Fine Arts Center webpage

Free and open to the public.

Reynolda House Museum of American ArtReynolda House, Winston-Salem NC

250 Reynolda Rd.
(888) 663-1149

Reynolda House was built in 1917 by Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband R. J. Reynolds, the founder of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. In 1975, the hose was opened to the public as an organization dedicated to American art and education. The Reynolda House Museum of American Art exhibits a premiere collection of American art from the colonial period to the present.


  • $18 for general
  • Free for Children/Students (ID)/Military (ID)/Members/WFU staff/WFUBMC staff


  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Thursday (during exhibitions) 9:30am – 8pm
  • Sunday 1:30-5:30pm
  • Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the month of January 2018

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)SECCA - Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

750 Marguerite Dr.
(336) 725-1904

SECCA opened as a non-profit visual arts center n 1956. The Center is part English Hunt-style mansion, willed to SECCA by industrialist James G. Hanes in 1972, and part modern gallery and auditorium space of 24,500 square feet added in 1990. SECCA is committed to showcasing the country’s major contemporary artists while still maintaining their commitment to Southern artists.

Free and open to the public.


  • Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Wednesday 10am-5pm
  • Thursday 10am-8pm
  • Friday –Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 1-5pm

Map Of Winston-Salem Art Galleries & Museums

This Google map contains some of the art galleries and museums, but not all. This website is created by volunteers, so as time allows we’ll try creating a custom map with more destinations.

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