Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Durham NC’

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Calls for Applications for CenterFest 2014 – Deadline May 15, 2014

April 8, 2014

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The CenterFest Visual Artist Application is now available through the Zapplication website (www.zapplication.org). New and returning artists who wish to participate in CenterFest 2014 Sept. 20 – 21, 2014, must submit an application on-line with images and application fee. Convenient on-line payment and image upload. Application fee due with application. Booth fee due when accepted.

2014 Artist Awards

$1,000 Best of Show
$ 600 First Place
$ 500 Second Place
$ 400 Third Place
PLUS: The CenterFest Citizens’ Choice Award

In 2014, the Durham Arts Council celebrates the 40th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival and Durham Arts Council’s 60th Anniversary. CenterFest is the longest running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina and the largest arts and community festival in Durham. CenterFest showcases over 150 juried visual and performing artists from across the country and provides visitors with great food, diverse entertainment, and educational activities for families.

CenterFest historically draws 20,000+ festival visitors

Friendly and supportive festival staff

Easy load in/load out

Strong media partnerships and promotions throughout the Triangle region

Artist breakfast and lunch each day

Cash awards plus Citizens’ Choice Awards

Official Hotel offering special artist rates and amenities

VIP Breakfast on Saturday to draw targeted art buyers!

CenterFest Features Visual Artists working in: Clay, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Wood, Jewelry, Sculpture, Mixed Media and more

VISUAL ARTIST APPLICATIONS DUE May 15, 2014.

For more information on CenterFest please visit (http://centerfest.durhamarts.org) or contact us by e-mail at (centerfest@durhamarts.org) or call 919/560-2719.

The Sculptures are Coming to Downtown Durham, NC

March 6, 2014

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Selections for the inaugural Bull City Sculpture Show have been made by Philip Freelon, the show’s independent juror and President of The Freelon Group Architects.

“The quality and variety of the submitted pieces were truly outstanding” says Freelon. “It was challenging to narrow the field down to the selected artists.”

Twelve sculptors will bring their work to downtown Durham, NC, at the beginning of May where it will be on display for the next six months. Half the pieces are from outside North Carolina. All will be within walking distance of Durham Central Park.

One sculpture will receive the Purchase Award and become a permanent feature in Durham’s cityscape. Another will be selected by public vote. That People’s Choice Award winner will grace our streets until April, 2015. Both awards will be announced this summer.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be involved in this unique project, and was honored to be the juror for the first Bull City Sculpture Show,” Freelon adds. “I believe that sculpture can be a vital link between the fine arts and architecture, particularly when the pieces are scaled and constructed to occupy urban spaces.”

Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening Gala, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Durham Central Park. All are invited to the party to celebrate the artists, make merry with some great music, and feast from our fabulous local food trucks.  Tours will be available Saturday along with a bronze pour by Liberty Artists in the Foundry. Details will be announced soon.

The Bull City Sculpture Show is a presentation by Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry, a Durham-based non-profit.

For further info contact Jackie MacLeod by calling 919/260-2931, e-mail to (hello@jackiemacleod.com) or visit (http://bullcitysculptureshow.org/).

The Application Deadline for the Bull City Sculpture Show in Durham, NC, has Closed

February 6, 2014

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Great news!  The applications are in for the inaugural Bull City Sculpture Show, to take place in Durham, NC, and they are amazing!

Liberty Arts received 80 submissions from 40 artists in 10 states – from Maine to Michigan to Florida – their materials ranging from metal, marble and stone to ceramic and recycled materials.

“We had a phenomenal response from across the country” says Mike Waller, sculptor and Facilities Manager for Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio and Foundry.  “The Bull City Sculpture Show is shaping up to be a tremendous treat for visitors and the people of Durham.”

Stay tuned!  By late February nationally recognized Durham architect and arts advocate Phil Freelon will have chosen the 12 pieces that will comprise the outdoor exhibition.  From May 1st through October, 2014, these large works of art will spread through Downtown Durham from Central Park to the American Tobacco District. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite and the People’s Choice Award will remain another six months. One special piece will be purchased and become a permanent part of our cityscape.

Thanks to the City of Durham and Michael Goodmon for their matching funds which put us over the top of our budget. But we could not have done it without the hundreds of donors who provided the majority of the dollars that ensured we could bring you the Bull City Sculpture Show.

We are looking forward to making all of you proud!

Check us out at (www.bullcitysculptureshow.org) and sign up for Bull City Sculpture Show updates.

For more information contact Jackie MacLeod by calling 919/260-2931 or e-mail to (hello@jackiemacleod.com).

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, is Calling for Applications for Exhibitions – Deadline is Jan. 31, 2014

December 6, 2013

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The Annual DAC Call for Artists to exhibit at the Durham Arts Council galleries in 2014-2015 season is NOW ONLINE through CAFE at (www.callforentry.org).

Applications must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 32, 2014

CLICK HERE for more information about the application process.

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Questions? Please contact Lindsay Gordon, DAC Artist Services Manager, by e-mail at (lgordon@durhamarts.org) or phone 919/560-2719

Information on Applications for Special Group or Curated Exhibitions for 2014-2015 is on our website at (www.durhamarts.org/exhibits_chosen.html).

Durham, NC, 2013 Art Walk Holiday Market Takes Place Nov. 23-24, 2013

November 13, 2013

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The Durham, NC, 2013 Art Walk Holiday Market takes place on November 23-24, 2013, Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday,  1-5pm. The event is produced and presented by the Durham Arts Council.

Join us for a festive celebration of downtown Durham at its holiday best! The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

With a plethora of talented local artists and 21 sites, thousands of art lovers will swarm Downtown Durham for a weekend full of art and exploration of all that Durham has to offer including: dazzling examples of local visual artists, interactive art displays, brand-new imaginative window installations, great shopping, world-class restaurants, cheery live music, and more!

Check out all the participating artists at (www.durhamartwalk.com)

Liberty Arts in Durham, NC, Have Started a Kickstarter Campaign for the Bull City Sculpture Show – Deadline is Oct. 21, 2013

September 29, 2013

In May 2014 we are bringing the Bull City Sculpture Show (http://liberty-arts.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df79b3f93ecb2a8cd826753d2&id=a039a5a24b&e=d693fb0250) to Durham, NC.

12 large-scale sculptures made by artists from all over America will be on display in downtown Durham for 6 months. One of those sculptures will stay in Durham permanently and another will be voted for (People’s Choice) to stay for another 6 months, until the next annual Bull City Sculpture Show starts.

All sculptures will be within walking distance of Durham Central Park and will add to the already exciting mix of food, culture, exhibitions and festivals.

We have already raised close to $20,000 and have received a donation of 12 hotel rooms for three night for each artist from the Duke Tower Hotel and Condominiums (http://liberty-arts.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df79b3f93ecb2a8cd826753d2&id=273962a9bf&e=d693fb0250) .

In order to send out the national call for artists in November, we need to raise another $25,000.

We have launched a Kickstarter (http://liberty-arts.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=df79b3f93ecb2a8cd826753d2&id=4773d1b878&e=d693fb0250) campaign to raise those $25,000.

This crowd fundraiser works on the all or nothing principle: supporters pledge with whatever they like to donate and if we make it to the $25,000 within the set timeline, we do get the money and the pledge amount is taken from the account of the donor. If we do not make it, we get nothing. The deadline to pledge is October 21 in the morning.

Please help fund this public art project! Liberty Arts is administering this, we get no funds from the city, we receive no payment ourselves nor are we allowed to take part in the competition, it’s all for the love of sculpture and Durham!

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Calls for Grant Applications for the 2013-2014 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grants – Deadline Sept. 18, 2013

July 16, 2013

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The Emerging Artists Grant Program is designed to enable individual artists who have mastered the basic techniques of their art form to complete projects that will further their professional careers. Maximum grant request is $1,500. Criteria for making the awards include the overall excellence of the applicant’s work, accomplishment and commitment of the artist, the feasibility of the proposed project and the impact the project will have on the applicant’s career.

Artists who are interested in applying for a grant are invited to attend one of the free information sessions where they will learn more about the program and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Emerging Artists Grant Information Sessions for 2013-14

July 17, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
Richard H. Thorton Library, 210 Main Street, Oxford, NC
Library: 919/693-1121
Contact: Max Burrus, 919/691-3595, President, Granville Arts Council

August 1, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Thursday)
Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro
Contact: Gwendolen Blackburn, Chatham County Arts Council, 919/542-0394

August 6, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham
Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919/560-2720

August 12 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Monday)
The Kirby Gallery, 213 North Main Street, Roxboro
Contact: Erin Elizabeth Ganey, 336/597-1709, or e-mail to (kirby.theater@personcounty.net).

August 13, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
Contact: Martha Shannon, Orange County Arts Commission Director, 919/968-2011

Online application forms are linked from the Durham Arts Council website at (www.durhamarts.org).

The application deadline is midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

The Emerging Artists Grant program is open to artists living in Durham, Chatham, Orange, Granville and Person Counties.To be eligible for an Emerging Artists Grant, an artist must have lived in one of the five partner counties since Sept. 18, 2012, be at least 18 years of age and cannot be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in their art form.

The Emerging Artists Program is cited repeatedly by local artists as providing important financial support and significant public recognition of their professional achievements. In its 29-year history the Emerging Artists Program has awarded $484,356 through grants to individual artists. Durham Arts Council coordinates this program in partnership with the local arts agencies of adjacent Chatham, Orange, Granville and Person Counties.

Durham Arts Council’s Emerging Artists Grant Program is funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Orange County Arts Commission, the Granville Arts Council, the Person County Arts Council, the Chatham County Arts Council, gifts to the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund, the Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, the Wainwright Fund for New Works and support from other interested organizations and individuals.

In 2013, the Durham Arts Council celebrates 59 years of “Creating Community Through the Arts.” Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a private, not for profit, 501 c (3) organization that promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. DAC is one of the oldest arts councils in the United States, and one of the largest in North Carolina. DAC manages the historic Durham Arts Council building at 120 Morris St., a public facility in downtown Durham that houses the offices of ten arts organization, four galleries, two theatres, a community arts school, art production facilities, classrooms, event venues and rehearsal spaces. DAC’s year-round programs serve over 400,000 people each year through grants and technical assistance for arts organizations and individual artists, art exhibitions, classes in the performing and visual arts, artist residencies in the public and private schools, arts and cultural planning, advocacy and fundraising, Durham Art Walk, and CenterFest, Durham’s annual street arts festival. Through the DAC Annual Arts Fund, Dinner’s a l’ Art, grants, and earned income, DAC raises nearly $2 million each year to provide programs and services and support the arts in Durham. For more information visit Durham Arts Council.

For further information call the Council at 919/560-2787 or visit (www.durhamarts.org).

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Calls for Participation in CenterFest 2013 – Deadline May 31, 2013

April 30, 2013

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In 2013, the Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, celebrates the 39th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival. CenterFest is the longest running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina and the largest arts and community festival in Durham. CenterFest showcases over 190 juried visual and performing artists from across the country and provides visitors with great food, diverse entertainment, and educational activities for families.

The 2013 CenterFest will be located in the Downtown Durham City Center, including Morris, Main, and Chapel Hill Streets, Five Points and CCB Plaza. The site configuration will reflect downtown’s many exciting new retail, restaurant, streetscape and public spaces and maximize the festival goers’ enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and festival offerings as well as downtown amenities.

CenterFest historically draws 25,000+ festival visitors

Friendly and supportive festival staff

Easy load in/load out

Strong media partnerships and promotions throughout the Triangle region

Artist applications due on May 31, 2013.

The CenterFest Visual Artist Application is now available through the Zapplication website: (www.zapplication.org).

New and returning artists who wish to participate in CenterFest 2013 must submit an application on-line with images and application fee.

Convenient on-line payment and image upload. Application fee due with application. Booth fee due when accepted.

For more information on CenterFest please visit (http://centerfest.durhamarts.org) by calling 919/560-2722.

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Calls for Participation in 39th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival – Deadline May 31, 2013

March 7, 2013

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In 2013, the Durham Arts Council celebrates the 39th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival in Durham, NC. CenterFest is the longest running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina and the largest arts and community festival in Durham. CenterFest showcases over 150 juried visual and performing artists from across the country and provides visitors with great food, diverse entertainment, and educational activities for families.

CenterFest Features Visual Artists working in Clay, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Wood, Jewelry, Sculpture, Mixed Media and more.

VISUAL ARTIST APPLICATIONS DUE May 31, 2013.

CenterFest historically draws 25,000+ festival visitors

Friendly and supportive festival staff

Easy load in/load out

Strong media partnerships and promotions throughout the Triangle region

Artist breakfast and lunch each day

Cash awards plus Citizens’ Choice Awards

Official Hotel offering special artist rates and amenities

VIP Breakfast on Saturday to draw targeted art buyers!

For full details visit (http://www.zapplication.org/public_fair_preview.php?fair_id=2404).

Abstract Artist, Don Mertz, Hangs Eight Paintings in Durham, NC, Mayor’s Office

February 22, 2013

North Carolina abstract artist Don Mertz of Cary, NC, recently loaned eight paintings to the City of Durham, NC, which are now hanging in Durham Mayor Bill Bell’s office at 101 City Hall Plaza.

Ranging from 20-inch squares to 48-inch squares, the mixed media on canvas paintings are from Mertz’s Watermark Series.

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“The Watermark Series includes a group of paintings that are distinguishable by their background of watery, pastel, colorful ‘dripping/running’ sheets of color with a saturated, impasto, abstract area at the top or bottom,” Mertz explained.

The eight abstract paintings will remain in Mayor Bell’s office until mid-May.

Mertz donated “Watermarks on Lavender and Blue” to the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC, for that organization’s live auction fundraiser in February.

Mertz was chosen to hang work in City Hall out of the list of artists who have had shows at the Durham Arts Council. He had a solo exhibition there in 2010.

The arts program at Durham City Hall is made possible through a partnership between the City of Durham’s Office of the Mayor and the Durham Arts Council. According to Mayor Bell, the exhibition series celebrates local artists while simultaneously giving the artists exposure to a different audience in a different venue.

“I felt this was a great opportunity to further celebrate not only these artists and their work, but to show all visitors that come to my office the caliber of arts we have in the Durham community that help to make it the special place that so many of us fondly call home,” Bell said.

Mertz moved to Cary from New York City 12 years ago. Since then, his abstract paintings have been included in many solo- and group exhibitions throughout the Triangle region and sold to numerous art collectors.

For more information, visit (www.mertzart.com).


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