Art Program


The Collection 

The Umstead Hotel and Spa's private collection was carefully curated, and features the works of renowned local and national artists, including famed glass artist Dale Chihuly. A dedicated art gallery which changes seasonally allows The Umstead to rotate new artists' work into the hotel to complement the permanent collection. The pieces featured in the collection are modern and minimalist, adding to the contemporary, clean design of the hotel.

Guests are invited to take self-guided tours of the hotel's collection with the aide of an art brochure that is available at the concierge desk.

For upcoming Art Gallery Openings, please visit our event calendar.

Featured Gallery Artist

Thomas Swanston and Gail Foster

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is pleased welcome artists Thomas Swanston and Gail Foster and their joint exhibit, “A Reimagined Slice in Time,” to The Art Gallery.
Residing in Atlanta, this husband and wife duo specialize in contemporary art filled with organic imagery and opulent color. While Swanston utilizes golds, silvers, and coppers in his depictions of migratory sandhill cranes, Foster illuminates her figures by surrounding them in jeweled darkness. Both concentrating on the rhythmic changes in life, Swanston says of his work, “The recurring patterns of sandhill crane migrations remind us of nature’s ability to renew and revive itself, rhythmically changing, yet remaining stable and consistent through the seasons…reminding the viewer that all journeys have a purpose and an end, no matter how long they might be or how far away from home they may take us.” Foster’s uplifting and impassioned view of the human condition celebrates the inner power of the spirit, inhabiting a deep indefinite space with pulsing luminous symbolism that invokes ancient mysteries.

Viewing The Umstead Art Collection is complimentary and open to the public. Thomas Swanston and Gail Foster’s work will be on display and available for purchase in The Umstead Gift Shop from December 1, 2018 through March 2019.

For more information, kindly call 919-447-4065.

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