Durham Calls for Artists

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Request for Proposals/Qualifications and Services

Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for upcoming public art projects, including the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Project. Apply today!

Project Overview

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios as an entry to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. This registry will serve as a resource for the program’s selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Access to a predetermined network of qualified artists saves artists and staff members valuable time by making the process for responding to the 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 skill sets.

The application process does not have a deadline. 

Submission Requirements

Application materials must be received on Cafe. Items required include:

  • Artist Statement
    Briefly describe your experience, your discipline(s), and your qualifications for completing artworks. Artist teams should explain their interest and qualifications collectively.
  • Images
  • Resume
  • References

Pre-Qualified Artist Registry Overview & CaFÉ Application

Information Document - City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

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Submissions for City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry via CaFÉ

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Upcoming Calls for Artists Email List 

To be notified of subsequent Calls for Artists (Requests for Proposals, Request for Qualifications, etc.) from the City of Durham, sign-up here:

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LOcal & Regional Calls for Artists  

For more local and regional call for artists opportunities, please visit Durham County, Durham Arts Council and Triangle Artworks' websites: 

Durham County Public Art Program: https://www.dconc.gov/county-departments/departments-a-e/engineering-and-environmental-services/durham-county-public-art-program

Durham Arts Council: https://durhamarts.org/call-for-artists/

Triangle Artworks: https://www.triangleartworks.org/job-board 


For information about calls for artists, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Alexandra Benson
Cultural & Public Arts Program Assistant
Email: alexandra.benson@durhamnc.gov
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238

Rebecca Brown
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Email:  Rebecca.Brown@durhamnc.gov
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245.