"We created this retrospective booklet for artist, curator and educator Ted Potter, past director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem. During his tenure throughout the 1970s and 1980s, SECCA rose in prominence as one of the leading art spaces on the East Coast. Indeed, its provocative direction under Mr. Potter became the flash point for the obscenity in arts controversy of the late ’80s. After displaying the works of Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano, SECCA drew the ire of southern political fixtures like Jesse Helms and lit the debate over public funding of controversial works of art. Sometime after this, Mr. Potter left to become a teacher at Virginia Commonwealth and continue his painting. The primary intent of this design was to stay out of the way of the artwork as well as critic Tom Patterson's tribute to the accomplishments of Ted Potter."