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Art Collection

Featuring the Works of Local and National Artists

The Umstead Hotel and Spa's private collection is carefully curated and features the works of renowned local and national artists, including famed glass artist Dale Chihuly.

The Collection

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 guidance of an art brochure that’s available at the concierge desk.

For upcoming art gallery openings, please visit our event calendar.

Featured Gallery Artist

Saliha Staib

The Umstead is pleased to welcome artist Saliha Staib to the Art Gallery. Saliha Staib is a French painter who moved from Alsace Lorraine to Baton Rouge, LA in 1999. She studied art history & conceptual art at l’Ecole Quai des Arts in Mulhouse, France following 5 years of individual training in classical oil painting at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Alsace, France. Here she studied works of old masters, particularly Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Saliha Staib’s new work explores the secrets of what is seen and unseen by the eye alone, delicately illustrating the tension between how things look and how they are or might be, walking the edgy line between the immediate and appealing beauty of the visible world and our uncertainties and doubts about our own place within it. Her show is entitled “Ici et ailleurs” (Here and Elsewhere).

Viewing The Umstead Art Collection is complimentary and open to the public. Saliha Staib’s work will be on display and available for purchase through The Umstead Gift Shop from December 15, 2019 through March, 2020. A cocktail reception with the artist is planned for January 23, 2020.   Kindly see our event calendar for more information, or call 919-447-4050.

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Jennifer McCurdy: Windswept Porcelain

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is delighted to feature the art work of Jennifer McCurdy in our pottery case.  Her work entitled, “Cut Wheat Vase” was chosen to be part of the permanent collection and has been the centerpiece of the Bar and Lounge since we opened in 2007.  With precision, detail, and patience, her porcelain vessels bloom into elegant shapes. 


In the artist’s words:

Living on Martha’s Vineyard, island time, especially in the winter, seems to conform to nature’s cycles. As a potter, I strive to make my work reflect the balance of life around me.  It is important that the patterns I see around me are integrated into my forms.

I use a translucent porcelain body because it has a beautiful surface, and it conveys the qualities of light and shadow that I wish to express. After throwing my vessel on the potter’s wheel, I alter the form to set up a movement of soft shadow. When the porcelain is leather hard, I carve patterns to add energy and counterpoint. I fire my work to cone 10, where the porcelain becomes non-porous and translucent.

Some of the finished pieces hold elusive glimpses of the balance between the convex and the concave, and light absorbed and reflected.  In further exploration, I marry the fine porcelain with the ancient art of gilding. The 24 carat gold leaf illumines the interior of the vessel, to reveal new curves and patterns.


This special exhibition of Jennifer's art has been extended through April 27, 2020. Original pieces are available for purchase through the Gift Shop, unless otherwise noted.  The Gift Shop is open daily from 7am until 10 pm.