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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 welcome Jennifer McCurdy for an evening presentation about her art work.  With precision, detail, and patience, her porcelain vessels bloom into elegant shapes. Her work entitled, “Cut Wheat Vase” has been the centerpiece of the Bar and Lounge since we opened in 2007.  The artist will discuss her process and creative inspirations. Jennifer will also be bringing a selection of original pieces which will be available for purchase. This exhibition of Jennifer's art work has been extended at The Umstead Hotel through February 15, 2020.