Posts Tagged ‘Durham Arts Council’

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 (

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 (

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

April 8, 2014


The CenterFest Visual Artist Application is now available through the Zapplication website ( 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


For more information on CenterFest please visit ( or contact us by e-mail at ( or call 919/560-2719.

Durham, NC’s, SmART Initiative RFQ – Proposals Due May 3. 3014

April 8, 2014


The Durham Arts Council, in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council is seeking a 2-3 person artist-led team to create a plan and future vision for multi-disciplinary artworks that enhance the arts & entertainment corridor of Blackwell-Corcoran-Foster Streets in downtown Durham, NC.


The goal of the project is to activate and enhance pedestrian and visitor experiences and increase visitorship and economic vitality along the corridor. The corridor will serve as the central spine or hub of cultural amenities in the downtown, with later connections to Duke University and the Nasher Museum of Art to the west and Golden Belt and the Hayti Heritage Center to the east.

Downtown Durham is undergoing an unprecedented surge of private development along and adjacent to the Blackwell – Corcoran – Foster St. Corridor that will completely transform the scale, urban economics, resident population, visitor experiences and overall identity of the city by 2016. NC Arts Council, recognizing the impact of Durham’s existing artistic, cultural, and historic assets and future needs, awarded DAC a planning grant in late 2012 as part of NC Arts Council’s SmART Initiative.

This RFQ builds on the 2012 work of the Durham City County Planning department and the Urban Design Studio that examined these issues and examined the potential role of public art in corridor vitalization. The Durham Arts Council SmART Initiative effort in 2013 extended that work with additional community participation by municipal economic development and planning staff and arts organization stakeholders focused on the corridor to assess the needs and envision future changes. Following extensive public engagement, a smaller Planning Team has also been convened to continue the process, focus on the artistic, cultural, and historic assets along the corridor, and strategize for the phasing and funding of a shared future vision.

Community partners in Durham’s SmART Initiative include Durham Arts Council (lead agency), City of Durham Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Durham City Manager, City of Durham Transportation Depart., Triangle Transit, Durham Cultural Advisory Board, Durham Public Art Committee, Bull City Connector, City/County of Durham Planning Dept., Downtown Durham Inc., Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Durham Central Park, Durham Area Designers Group, Museum of Durham History, American Tobacco District, Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Bulls, Golden Belt, Scrap Exchange, Hayti Heritage Center, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and Carolina Theatre.

Artists and designers of various disciplines and media may submit qualifications for review. Previous planning experience is required involving public art and design in urban settings, wayfinding systems, landscape and streetscape design and urban redevelopment.

Click ( to access the RFQ.

Applications to respond to the RFQ are accepted only through ( Search on the Project Title: Durham SmART Initiative – Durham Arts Council, Durham NC

Click ( to access

RFQ Submission Due: Friday, May 2, 2014 by 5pm ET

For more information contact Margaret DeMott by e-mail at ( or visit (

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

December 6, 2013


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

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

CLICK HERE for more information about the application process.


Questions? Please contact Lindsay Gordon, DAC Artist Services Manager, by e-mail at ( or phone 919/560-2719

Information on Applications for Special Group or Curated Exhibitions for 2014-2015 is on our website at (