Durham Calls for Artists

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Request for Proposals/Qualifications and Services

Pre-Qualified Artist Registry


Project Overview

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected 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.

NOTICE: The application process is 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

More information on the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry:

Information Document - City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

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

Current Public Art Projects using the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry


Club Crossing

Club Crossing


The City of Durham is one of 16 U.S. cities to receive $25,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative grant program, which assists small and medium-sized cities looking to use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage their communities. The grant program is designed to create vibrant, new public spaces while also building city capacity for future collaborations with artists and community groups on transportation infrastructure projects. Durham’s award will fund collaboration between the City’s Transportation Department, Cultural and Public Art Program, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Durham Parks Foundation to improve street and pedestrian safety throughout the Club Crossing project at the intersection of West Club Boulevard and Glendale Avenue in Durham. For more information on the Club Crossing public art project, click here.

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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Questions? 


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.