Posts Tagged ‘Durham NC’

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.


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 (

Saladelia Cafe in Durham, NC, Features Works by Nathalie Worthington

June 9, 2014

Saladelia Cafe, located at 4201 University Drive in Durham NC, will present and exhibit of new landscapes by Nathalie Worthington, on view from June 20 through July 31, 2014. A reception will be held on June 20, from 6-9pm.


The precious beauty of nature, from woods to ocean, farms and their inhabitants, and scenic vistas, suggests a presence that Worthington endeavors to show in her paintings. Sometimes the landscapes whisper from an inner source and a very personal “soul scape” emerges.

“Something I see resonates with me and a plan for a painting begins to take shape,” says Worthington. “The initial inspiration is so compelling that a feeling of focus takes over and surrender to the immediate process leads the way. The finished image is numinous, and I’m in the present moment allowing a careful drawing to take shape. Colors dance between dark and light as the composition holds them in their myriad transformations. Brush strokes, accent of depth and meaning, all dance as the painting comes to life. With colors fusing, and shapes defining, I engage in a process of devoted, joy-filled effort. As the painting nears completion, my critical eye passes slowly over each inch and the finishing touches complete the story of that initial inspiration.”

Saladelia Cafe  is open daily from 7am until 9pm.

For further information call the cafe at 919/489-5776 or visit (

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 (

The Sculptures are Coming to Downtown Durham, NC

March 6, 2014


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 ( or visit (