Winston-Salem Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Art in Winston-Salem will be covered in full detail for you today and our opening section will discuss the best art galleries and museums near you.

After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.

If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Winston-Salem art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.

You may want to look through more of our guides for cities around the Southeast at that link.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Winston-Salem

If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Winston-Salem you can go to:

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday and is often referred to as MESDA by the locals. They have collected over 20,000 objects and have done great research on the art scene in the early South while their Summer Institute for graduate students and museum professionals is a great way to learn a lot.

You can find educational programs for all ages at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art and a popular summer adventures program for children. Head over from 9:30am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday and starting at 1:30pm on Sunday to see all that they have to offer.

One of the leaders of arts in the region is The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art which is open Wednesday through Sunday.

The Diggs Gallery is open from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and has been named as one of the top 10 African American art galleries in the country. On-site you will find a sculpture garden, the John Biggers Murals, and a number of paintings, prints, and sculptures with an emphasis on African-American and regional art.

Another great place to check out African American art is the Delta Arts Center which is open Tuesday through Sunday in the afternoon.

Do you know which gallery was voted the best in the Triad in 2020? Visual Index, because they have works from over 120 artists from around the country plus they have a great collection of local and regional works that you can view from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Many of you would want to check out the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair that is held every November. Of course this is sponsored by the Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery which opens at 11am Tuesday through Saturday and has rotating monthly exhibitions like Artist 2 Artist and Living Craft: Crafting Life.

Materials & Supplies Near You

There are quite a few stores in this city to buy art supplies and materials like:

You are probably well aware of the above listed art supply stores near you.

Dollar Tree is where to go when you just need some cheap and basic materials, or you can get custom framing at the other three.

Shows & Events

Every month Dada’s First Friday Gallery Hop is the perfect place to go on a date night or with a group of friends. There will be demonstrations, gallery exhibition openings, chalk, food, and fun in the heart of the Arts District starting at 7pm.

Reynolda House Community Day is a free event that is open to the public every spring where you can find live music, art activities, and the estate will be home to many exhibitions.

The Benton Convention Center is where you can check out the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Craft Fair each November where hundreds of local and regional artisans in all mediums display their latest works.

FIESTA is a celebration of the Hispanic community every September with lots of arts and crafts, great food, music, salsa dancing, and more going on.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

Some of the best art dealers and appraisers in your area would be:

There are over fifty dealers at the North Carolina Art & Antiques Mall so whether you want antiques, jewelry, pottery or more you will find it there.

The longest running cooperative gallery in town is Artworks Gallery and one of their more popular items is the Art O Mat Machined where you can buy pocket-sized art.

You can get free on-site art appraisals at Laster’s Fine Art & Antiques plus they buy, sell, and consign paintings, sculptures, and antiques.

Visual Index, Red Dog Gallery, and Delurk Gallery from our best Winston-Salem galleries and museums list and Fourth Street Art & Frame also sell art.

Walking Tours

Dada’s First Friday Gallery Hop at 604-A N Trade St is the closest thing we know of to an art walk near you.

Another good place to visit on a sunny day is the ARTivity on the Green art park at 630 N Liberty St which has a great location between the Innovation Quarter at the University and the cities Arts District so you will see plenty of sculptures and murals made by local artists.

Sculptures & Statues

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The Richard Joshua Reynolds Equestrian Memorial is located at N Main St and 2nd St E and is definitely worth checking out.

So is the George Black Statue at 111 Dellabrook Rd.

Winston-Salem Art Classes

We are all at different levels and sometimes a lesson or two can give us the boost that we need. Some of the best Winston-Salem art schools and classes can be found at:

There are life drawing lessons at Afas Center for the Arts for adults who also has a Saturday Art Jam on the first and third Saturday of each month available to all ages.

You can find everything from paint and sip parties to night classes at Wine & Design.

Sawtooth School For Visual Art offers popular summer camps for kids along with open studios, private lessons, and evening classes.

Everyone from educators to kids with no experience can get something from the wide-range of lessons at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

Anyone who really wants to take this seriously can try the undergraduate or graduate programs at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art from our initial list also provides classes for all ages.

Studios For Rent Near You

A good option is the Sixteen Over Six Studio located at 213 W 6th St.

Milton Rhodes Center Art from our main list and Afas Center for the Arts from the local art schools list also have studios for rent.


A frame can take a normal looking picture a long way, and some of the best places for art framing in Winston-Salem are:

Anyone that wants the ability to create any style or size of custom designed frames near you including convention framing, shadow boxes, conservation framing, and frames for sports jerseys should head to Center City Frame Gallery.

For custom framing, photo restoration, or corporate framing check out Hampton House Art and Framing which also does consultations, delivery, and installations.

Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann from our art supplies list also do framing in your area.

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In case you might be interested.

Have Fun Enjoying The Winston-Salem Art Scene

You just read about all of the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area. Anyone that made it this far probably loves the local art as much as we do.

You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post. Please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted is no longer true.

Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Winston-Salem!

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This post and all of the posts on our site are edited by Dan Soloman who has been a huge fan of art since he was a little kid. His mother was a good local artist, and she taught him the trade from a very early age. He studied art and its history in both high school and college, has worked at multiple galleries, and recently has begun creating and editing online content for this site and some other online media platforms.


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