Archive for the ‘Durham NC Visual Arts’ Category

North Carolina Museum of Art Partners with El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano, and the Nasher Museum of Art Teen Program to Bring Two Murals to Downtown Durham, NC

September 18, 2019

Artists Cecilia Lueza and Cornelio Campos, inspired by Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, will install two murals in downtown Durham, NC, on the Durham Convention Center in partnership with the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program and Spectra Venue Management. The artists will complete the murals with help from Triangle students from the NCMA Teen Arts Council, El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University’s Teen Program.


Detail from Cecilia Lueza’s concept drawing of her Frida Kahlo–inspired mural.

In celebration of the upcoming fall exhibition at the NCMA, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, opening Oct. 26, 2019, through Jan. 19, 2020.

The murals are located at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan Street, Durham, on the East Chapel Hill Street side.

The finished murals will be celebrated with an unveiling Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, during the free CenterFest Arts Festival in downtown Durham. Visitors can visit the new murals, have their portrait taken in front of them by a local photographer, enjoy a family art-making activity, and learn about special exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism. Please get in touch with Kat Harding by e-mail at ( to attend an installation day for photos and interviews.

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Calls for Exhibition Proposals – Deadline is Jan. 31, 2019

December 7, 2018

The Durham Arts Council’s annual Call for Artists is now open! Visual artists are invited to apply for an exhibit in our Allenton or Semans Galleries for a 6-8 week period. Exhibition opportunities are also available at the Durham Convention Center for 6 month periods in Durham, NC.

The fee to apply is $15; applications are due no later than January 31, 2019, to be considered for an exhibit between July 2019-July 2020. Contact by e-mail at ( with any questions.

The Durham Arts Council building is a 52,000 sq. ft. community arts center in downtown Durham that contains 4 galleries, 2 theaters, rehearsal studios, classrooms, meeting spaces and the offices of ten local arts organizations. DAC Building and DAC downtown arts events and arts education programs attracted attendance of 429,260 in FY2018, generating visits from local, regional, and multi-state visitors.

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Offers First Work in the SmART Initiative

August 10, 2018

The Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, is proud to announce that installation has been completed for the first major public art work of the Durham SmART Initiative – The Corcoran Garage Art Wrap, which creates a monumental signature gateway element for the Blackwell/Corcoran/Foster SmART Corridor.  The art wrap was designed by nationally recognized public artist Olalekan (LEk) Jeyifous, who was selected from a competitive and rigorous review of 107 artist applications from across the United States. Local vendors Steel City Services, LLC, and Mosca Design were key partners in fabrication and installation.

Front View

Left side

Right side

Back view

The Durham SmART Initiative is part of the North Carolina Arts Council’s statewide SmART Initiative which supports the transformation of downtowns through arts driven economic development. Working with the Durham Arts Council as the project’s lead local agency, the NC Arts Council provides significant leadership and funds toward creative placemaking along the rapidly-transforming Blackwell, Corcoran, Foster Street downtown corridor to create a vibrant arts and entertainment district. Major funders and partners also include the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant, the City of Durham, Durham County, Durham Arts Council, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Duke University, Downtown Durham, Inc., Nasher Museum of Art, Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Durham Area Designers.

Since 2012, over 26 local, state and national project partners have been participating in and supporting this major SmART Initiative. The Durham Arts Council and North Carolina Arts Council also thank the City of Durham staff for assisting and supporting the approval process for the banner installation on the City-owned Corcoran Garage structure which was built in 1964.

The SmART Initiative Team worked with internationally acclaimed public art and urban designer Mikyoung Kim along with 180 businesses and over 200 individual community stakeholders to complete and unveil the SmART Vision Plan in June 2015. The Durham SmART Vision Plan is a multi-year, $10 million public art and urban design strategy. More information is at (

The Durham Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and local arts agency dedicated to supporting the arts in Durham and the entire Triangle Region in North Carolina and has served the community since 1954. Each year DAC serves over 400,000 visitors and program participants, over 1,000 artists, and more than 60 arts organizations through classes, artist residencies, exhibits, festivals, grants programs, technical support, arts advocacy and information services. Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of Durham – it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community.

For more information call 919/560-ARTS or visit our website at (

Disappearing Frogs Project Offers Exhibit and Panel Discussion at Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC – March 17, 2016

March 14, 2016


The Disappearing Frogs Project (DFP), in partnership with the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), and the Museum of Life and Science (MLS), 433 W. Murray Ave. in Durham, NC, is hosting an art reception and science panel Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016, beginning at 6pm. Over 100 regional artists have donated original works of art, each capturing their personal perspective of the impact and effects of globalization.  Download invitation at (

The DFP brings awareness to the threat of extinction and inspires action to prevent it by using art to stimulate intellectual curiosity about our environment. On Thursday evening, art and science will converge in the Terrace Gallery on the 2nd floor of the Museum. Meet and mingle with the artists and enjoy a panel discussion as science experts illuminate the environmental issues facing amphibian populations worldwide.

This is the 3rd DFP art exhibit to be installed in North Carolina since Feb. 1, 2016. The local and regional artwork which fills the exhibit space is our largest exhibition to date. It spans approximately 400 square feet and showcases nearly 200 distinctive works of art.

The DFP art exhibit is on display through May 1, 2016 and is free with admission to the Museum.

Eleven regional artists have works prominently displayed on their own wall. These artists are recognized regionally and nationally. Artistic styles range from realism to abstract, and include paintings and work in glass, wood, clay and discarded materials. Featured artists include: Leslie De Rose, Loren Di Benedetto, Sharon Dowell, Leatha Koeffler, Janet Lasher, Nerys Levy, Isaac Payne, Lori Sanderson, Ian Wegener, Pam Winegard, and Terry Thirion.

Work by Pam Winegard

Download artist’s statements at this link (

All art on exhibit is available for purchase. Proceeds from sales support ASA, world leaders in amphibian conservation, education, and research. From habitat protection to disease research, policy guidance to education program development, the Alliance builds real solutions to global threats.

Science Panel Members:

Nicolette Cagle: A dedicated naturalist and environmental educator with a PhD in Ecology. Cagle is a Lecturer in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University where she teaches courses emphasizing natural history and environmental education & communication. She is also the Director of the Environmental Science Summer Program at Duke and Director of the NSOE Communications Studio.

Rachel Hopkins: A graduating senior at Durham Academy and a voice of the millennial generation.  Hopkins has always been interested in the natural world, and when she learned of the global decline in frogs and other amphibians, she decided to do her part to advocate change.  Among her many accomplishments in 2013 she spearheaded the designation of two North Carolina State Symbols: the State Frog (Pine Barrens Treefrog) and the State Salamander (Marbled Salamander). Now, the North Carolina Zoo features a Pine Barrens Treefrog Exhibit and is conducting field research using radio telemetry to collect important data to help this disappearing species continue to exist.

Elizabeth Losos is a tropical forest ecologist and holds PhDs in tropical ecology and a MPA in public policy. For the past 11 years, Dr. Losos has been President and CEO of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), a nonprofit consortium of nearly sixty universities, colleges, and research institutions from around the world. Dr Losos is also an adjunct professor at Duke University.

Ron Sutherland is a conservation scientist working with the Wildlands Network. Sutherland received his PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University; here he studied the response of frogs, snakes, and other wildlife to urbanization in the Sandhills region of North Carolina.

Jeff Hall, Moderator, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) biologist, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Hall works to promote habitat management that benefits reptiles and amphibians as well as other wildlife species.

The DFP has a full schedule of activities in the Triangle area and at Raven Rock State Park, Lillington, NC, throughout the month of March and April. In celebration of the NC Science Festival, April 8-24, 2016, the DFP has partnered with MLS in Durham, Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC, and Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, for a multitude of frog-themed programming all geared toward children. All events are open to the public.

A current schedule of upcoming events can be found at the DFP website at (

In 2015 the Disappearing Frogs Project partnered with the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), world leaders in amphibian conservation, education, and research. The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness of global amphibian declines, inspire people to take personal action to protect these incredible species, while also providing a unique opportunity for artists to support amphibian conservation, education, and research.

The ASA is a Fiscally Sponsored Program of Global Wildlife Conservation a registered 501(c)(3). Tax ID #26-2887967

The mission of the DFP is to use art to support scientific, educational and community efforts that focus on amphibian preservation.

NC Artist Ed Walker Installs 9’ Tall Sculpture in Durham, NC

August 8, 2015

Carolina Bronze Sculpture, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry, located in Seagrove, NC, recently fabricated and installed a sheet aluminum sculpture for artist and owner, Ed Walker. The piece titled “Balancing Time” was installed at the REALM Patterson Place Apartments in Durham, NC, for the Bainbridge Companies.


Once the metal was cut, the sculpture was welded together, with structural supports added inside. Stains were added to the surface to color the metal. “This is a great way to get the look of a bronze sculpture without the expense”, Ed said.

Ed Walker, is originally from Burlington, NC. After graduating from East Carolina University with a BFA degree in Sculpture in 1975, he attended graduate school at the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, obtaining his MFA in Sculpture in 1979. Walker moved to New Orleans in 1980 and began doing metal fabrication for the well known kinetic sculptor, Lin Emery. In 1982, he started teaching sculpture at Tulane University, where he remained for 5 years until opening a small foundry in his studio in New Orleans. Walker returned to North Carolina in 1989 and founded Carolina Bronze Sculpture. The foundry was originally located in Asheboro, NC, and relocated to it’s present facility in Seagrove, NC, in 1994. Walker has continued to create his own sculpture and is currently accepting commissions for sculpture.

Carolina Bronze Sculpture is a premier fine arts foundry serving artists, architects, museums and non-profits throughout the United States and abroad. We specialize in bronze casting and fabrication, using both traditional techniques and in-house, state of the art digital tools which include high resolution 3D scanning and enlarging, CNC machining, rapid prototyping, 3D modeling and animation tools, and reverse engineering CAD.

For further info visit our website at (

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Offers the 2015 Durham Art Walk Spring Market – May 2-3, 2015

April 13, 2015


Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, is producing and presenting the 2015 Durham Art Walk Spring Market on May 2-3, 2015, from 10am-5pm on Sat. and 1-5pm on Sun. Start your adventure at the Durham Arts Council, at 120 Morris Street, in downtown Durham. Join us for the festive celebration of downtown Durham at its blooming best!

With the work of more than 250 artists and 20+ sites, art lovers will make downtown Durham their destination for a weekend full of art and exploration of all that Durham has to offer including: dazzling work by visual artists in all media, interactive activities, great shopping, world-class restaurants, live music, and more!

Check out all the participating artists HERE!

The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

For further info visit (

Durham Arts Council Calls for Hispanic – Latino Artists in Collaboration with the Artist Studio Project to Present “I Am Quixote – Yo Soy Quijote” – Deadline June 15, 2015

February 14, 2015


The Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, calls For Hispanic – Latino artists in collaboration with the Artist Studio Project to submit works for the exhibition “I Am Quixote – Yo Soy Quijote” – an exhibit of works inspired by “El Quixote”, curated by Rafael A. Osuba.

In celebration of the 400 Year Anniversary of literary masterpiece “El Quixote” a two part Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – The exhibit forms part of “El Quixote Festival” (El Festival De El Quijote).

The exhibit will run from Nov. 6, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016.

Entries are due: June 15, 2015 (ASP reserves right to extend entry deadline) * We encourage early submissions

Selection Process: Up to three pieces of artwork may be submitted for consideration. The committee will review all submissions.

Click here ( for more information and to apply to this call or visit (

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Sets Dates for Holiday and Spring Markets During Art Walks

July 29, 2014


Mark your calendars!

The date of the 2014 Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is Nov. 22-23, 2014.

The date of the 2015 Durham Art Walk Spring Market is May 2-3, 2015.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday & Spring Markets celebrate the creative energy of our local artists by showcasing them throughout downtown Durham!

The Durham Arts Council and other downtown Durham galleries and shops host artists, performers, and special live events to create a festive atmosphere that encourages visitors to buy art from local fine artists and craftspeople.

For more information about the Durham Art Walk, visit (

For more information about artist registration, please contact Brandon Adams, Artist Services Manager, by e-mail at ( or call 919/560-2719.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday & Spring Markets are presented & produced by the Durham Arts Council.

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Offers Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grants – Deadline Sept. 26, 2014

July 14, 2014


The Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, is offering the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grants, which are career development project grants of up to $1,500 for artists currently living in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties in North Carolina.

Grant applications are due midnight, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

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. Grant requests may not exceed $1,500 and must be used for a project occurring between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015. 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.

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 30-year history the Emerging Artists Program has awarded more than $507,356 through 467 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.This joint effort provides an efficient, non-duplicative administration and allows area artists to participate in the Emerging Artists Program. The cooperative nature of the program has also helped build relations between arts organizations in these counties and has encouraged networking between artists in the region.

For more information about this program and links to the grant applications, click here at (

Emerging Artists Grant Information Sessions for 2014-15:

Monday, July 28, Durham Arts Council
Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street, Durham
Contact: Margaret DeMott, 919/560-2720 or (

Wednesday, July 30, Chatham Arts Council
Chatham County Arts Council Office, 287 East Street, Second Floor, Pittsboro.
Contact: Cheryl Chamblee, Executive Director, Chatham Arts Council, 919/542-0394 or (

Monday, August 4, Granville Arts Council
Richard H. Thornton Library
210 Main Street, Oxford
Library: 919–693–1121
Contact: Max Burrus, President, Granville Arts Council, 919/691-3595 or (

Wednesday, August 6, Person County Arts Council
The Kirby Gallery
213 North Main Street, Roxboro
Contact: Erin Elizabeth Ganey, 336/597-1709, or (

Tuesday, August 12, Orange County Arts Commission
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
Contact: Martha Shannon, 919/968-2011 or (

*All sessions are at 6pm*

The Emerging Artists Program is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Durham Arts Council Annual Fund and individual contributions.

Click here ( to donate to the Emerging Artists Program.

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Celebrates the 40th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival and Calls for Participation

June 14, 2014


Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, call for participation in the 40th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival – the Art Lover’s Festival to be held on Sept. 20-21, 2014.

Help us build CenterFest! We are looking for community-minded partners to provide sponsorship for CenterFest! More information can be found at (

CenterFest 2014 is currently looking for a diverse group of performers and entertainers to participate in the festival, food vendors to satisfy our guests, non-profits/government services/political party groups to educate and entertain, and creative community members to demonstrate all that the Triangle has to offer!

Applications are now available online at ( Performer applications are due June 20th. Non-Profit applications are due July 18th. Food Vendor applications are due July 18th.

CenterFest is the longest running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina and the largest arts and community festival in Durham. CenterFest showcases over 130 juried visual artists and over 60 juried performing groups from across the country. CenterFest provides visitors with great food, diverse entertainment, and educational activities for families.

The 2014 CenterFest will remain in CenterFest 2013’s expanded site in the City Center, including Morris, Main, and Chapel Hill Streets, Five Points, and CCB Plaza. The site configuration reflects downtown’s many exciting new retail, restaurant, streetscape and public spaces and maximizes the festivalgoers’ enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and festival offerings as well as downtown amenities.

CenterFest historically draws over 25,000 visitors to downtown Durham.

Please further info visit our website at (