Public Art

City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program


The City of Durham Cultural and Public Arts Program invite artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected to join the City of Durham Pre-qualified Artists Registry. This registry will serve as a resource for the selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Access to a predetermined network of qualified professional artists saves our staff valuable time by making the process for responding to numerous calls issued by the City more efficient. It also strengthens and streamlines the program by maintaining a database of artists in the community with particular skills.

The City of Durham Cultural and Public Arts Program commissions a variety of public artworks in collaboration with City departments and other organizations engaged in capital development projects across Durham, North Carolina. The City of Durham Cultural and Public Arts Program defines public art as original visual art including, but not limited to, sculptures, murals, photographic renderings, mosaics, and electronic art installations.

Project locations may include but are not limited to the City's parks, sidewalks, interior and exterior walls, vehicles, bus stops, and spaces that are visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways. Public art is traditionally free of admission fees, and administered through a public process that provides opportunities for the community to provide input.

Monday, March 11, 2019

City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program


The City of Durham is currently renovating the athletic courts at Morreene Road Park, found at 1102 Morreene Road, Durham, North Carolina. Improvements to the park will include a full reconstruction of the tennis courts, removal of old asphalt around the playground, and the addition of new ADA accessible pedestrian pathways. Renovations are expected to be completed by April 2019.

Morreene Road Park offers a variety of public art installation opportunities. Applicants are encouraged to consider interactive installations such as sculptures, ground-plane murals, or creative seating elements. The installation(s) may be installed along the pathways, near the play structure, or in the parking lot of the park. Additionally, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider the park's dedication to accessible play space. To honor Morreene Road Park's history, the Selection Committee will prioritize artists or artist teams whose work reflects awareness and understanding of people with disabilities.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Orange County Arts Commission


The Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) and the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), in partnership with the Town of Hillsborough, are seeking an artist to design, fabricate, and install an exterior, permanent piece of public art for the gateway entrance to River Park in Downtown Hillsborough, NC. This prominent sculptural element will incorporate and celebrate wood salvaged from the historic Calvin Street Tree that fell during Hurricane Florence. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Hanover County, Parks & Gardens - Airlie Gardens


New Hanover County’s Airlie Gardens is looking for artists, or teams of artists, to decorate, paint, and adorn one of ten oversized fiberglass hearts for the gardens’ newest art exhibit, HeART of the Gardens. These artist-designed hearts will be placed throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy as part of their garden experience, from July through October 2019. Artists must apply and designs will be selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, use of materials, the ability to appeal to all age groups, outdoor sustainability, and durability. Application required.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Statuary Hall Selection Committee


The North Carolina Statuary Hall Selection Committee is seeking exceptional sculptors to design and cast a life like statue of the Rev. Dr. William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.” The statue will become part of the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. It will be one of two statues representing individuals from the State of North Carolina in a hall of the Capitol where each state is represented by persons of particular historic significance and recognized achievement. Stipend. 

Click here for details and to view the RFQ.

Monday, April 1, 2019
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Garrett Dimond, Legislative Services Attorney
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Toe River Arts and Town of Burnsville


The Toe River Arts with the Town of Burnsville desires to hire 3-4 artists to design images that can be adapted for laser cut fabrication for metal traffic signal pole wraps at 3-4 major gateway intersections on Scenic Highway 19E.  The public art opportunities at Burnsville’s three major gateways into downtown were identified in the Burnsville Public Art SmART Vision Plan created by artist Jack Mackie with the community.  The gateways into Burnsville are a part of the NC DOT road widening project along this major corridor.  Funding by the National Endowment of the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council have been secured for this project. 

NOTE: Previous experience producing CAD files or working with laser-cutting is not required to be eligible for this RFQ.  The Town of Burnsville and Toe River Arts welcomes submittals by artists of all mediums.

Thursday, February 14, 2019
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