Current Public Art Projects

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Photo by Estlin Haiss

Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries 


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Locations:

Beechwood Cemetery, 3300 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Rd, Durham, NC 27701

Artists: Jackie MacLeod and Whitney Hunt (Beechwood). Jose Pereira (Maplewood)

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry The deadline for the Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries project has passed. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Completed

Description: As the City of Durham improves public amenities through the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), the Cultural & Public Art Program has the opportunity to provide public art amenities for Beechwood and Maplewood Cemeteries.  More information about the CIP process and funding can be found hereBased on the needs of the cemetery through on-site staff feedback, Beechwood will feature art-informed benches near the main entrance, and Maplewood will feature handrails for the space where ashes of passed loved ones may be laid to rest. The public art amenities will provide appropriate upgrades for residents of the community and visitors of the cemeteries.

For more information, click here.

Black Wall Street Gardens


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Location: Black Wall Street Gardens

Artists: Stephen Hayes and David Wilson

Expected Delivery: 2021

Description: The Black Wall Street Gardens plaza has undergone lighting, landscaping, and walkway improvements to further enhance the greenspace as a pedestrian-friendly gathering space. Two walkways traverse the greenspace and provides a space for moveable seating, tables, and the future site for the Black Wall Street permanent art installation. The piece is to commemorate and illuminate the importance of Black Wall Street and the legacy of Durham’s African-American business community.

For more information, click here

Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Public Art Projects



Locations: 

Public Art Projects will be located in nine (9) neighborhoods across Durham. 

McDougald Terrace, Durham, NC 27701 

Artists: TBD

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. The deadline to be considered for the McDougald Terrace public art project was Friday, February 26, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. EST

The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects, including the other eight neighborhoods for Celebration Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Project. Apply today at https://durhamnc.gov/2984/Durham-Calls-for-Artists!

Expected Delivery:  2021 

Description: The Celebration Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Public Art Project is a series of community-lead public art projects in nine under-represented historically Black neighborhoods across Durham. The primary goal of the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods is to use art as a tool of engagement to promote community healing and equality in nine of Durham’s under-represented historically Black neighborhoods. In coordination with a community leader, each neighborhood will work with a local artist to create public art that speaks to their history and culture on public streets, public amenities or buildings in their community.  

For more information, visit https://durhamnc.gov/4430/Celebration-of-Black-Artistry-in-Neighbo

 

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Location: Intersection of W. Club Boulevard and Glendale Avenue, Durham, NC 27704 

Artists for initial design: Claire Alexandre, Candy Carver, Jai Martin, Renzo Ortega and Cassandra Rowe

Artist selected by community vote: Candy Carver

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry The deadline for the Club Crossing project has passed. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Completed

Description: 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, click here.

Durham Station

 

Location: 515 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham NC 27701 

Artist: TBD  

Artist Selection ProcessPre-Qualified Artist Registry. The deadline to apply for this public art project is Friday, April 30, 2021 by 11:59 P.M. EST. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: 2022

Description: The City of Durham has an opportunity to create a more inviting space for Durham Station users and encourage increased transit use based on improvement needs of the center plaza landscaping. The Cultural & Public Art Program and Transportation Department will commission an artist and/or artists team to create three temporary artistic sitting structures along the plaza area for high-volume use. The total maximum budget for this project is $50,000, including engagement, artist-design, fabrication and documentation of the artwork on site. 

For more information, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/4469/Durham-Station

Fire & EMS Station 18

Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection. National Museum of American History

Pictured: Example of Archival Photography. Source: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection. National Museum of American History.  

Location: 6919 Herndon Road, Durham, NC 27713 

Artist: TBD. Public Historian and Photographer team.   

Artist Selection Process: RFQ. The deadline to apply for this public art project is Thursday, October 28 by 11:59 P.M. EST. Visit https://durhamnc.gov/4428/Fire-EMS-Station-18 for more information on the RFQ process. 

Expected Delivery: Fall 2022 

Description:   Recognizing the need to facilitate storytelling and documentation with a focus on Durham’s diverse and unique history, the Cultural and Public Art Program will hire a Public Historian and Photographer team (“Candidates”) for a public art project centered around historical documentation and education of Durham’s Fire Department history. The City seeks Candidates to create artworks that contribute to the interest and aesthetic appeal of the Fire Department and develop archival resources for the public to learn about Durham’s history. The Candidates will work in collaboration to capture and archive the Fire Station's objects of historical significance as digital images, large-scale photographs and/or vinyl printed murals along with interpretative text, which will be displayed inside of the Fire & EMS Station 18 and through an online platform. The total maximum budget for this project is $47,000, including engagement, artist-design, fabrication and documentation of the artwork on site.  

For more information, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/4428/Fire-EMS-Station-18    

Keep Bull City Litter-Free


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Location: Three Bus Shelter locations throughout Durham: Fulton Street directly in front of the Durham VA Medical Center; Erwin Road at Fulton Street; and E Main Street at Dillard Street near the Durham County Human Services Building.

Artist(s): TBD 

Artists Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. The deadline to submit to the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry to be eligible to create public art for the Keep Bull City Litter-Free groundplane project is Friday, July 9 at 11:59 PM EST. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Fall 2021 

Description:  The City of Durham Cultural and Public Art Program in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB) have received a $15,000 grant from South Arts to promote litter prevention through creative public art at three upcoming bus stop shelters across Durham. These bus shelters are located at Fulton Street directly in front of the Durham VA Medical Center; Erwin Road at Fulton Street; and E Main Street at Dillard Street near the Durham County Human Services Building. 

Durham’s grant award will fund the collaboration to create new ground plane murals that encourage residents to decrease cigarette butt litter and act as advocacy agents around litter prevention in their community. 

South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists and arts organizations through an array of grants, fellowships, and programs. South Arts uses its Cross-Sector Impact Grant Program to provide support to projects that harness the power of the arts as an agent for change. Durham’s project is funded in part by a grant from this South Arts program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.  

For more information, visit https://durhamnc.gov/4464/Keep-Bull-City-Litter-Free-Public-Art-Pr

Mural at Solid Waste Management Department  

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Locations: 
Department of Solid Waste Management
1833 Camden Ave, Durham, NC 27704

Artist: Brandon Hampton (also known as Littleton Ugliford III) 

Artist(s) Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry The deadline to be considered for the Solid Waste Management Department Mural Project was Sunday, January 10, 2021 by 11:59 EST. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Spring 2021 

Description: The Cultural and Public Art Program, in collaboration with the Solid Waste Management Department, will hire a local or regional artist to create an interior mural at the Solid Waste Management Facility, as part of a Capital Improvement Project renovating the City's Truck Wash Annex. More information about the CIP process and funding can be found hereThe new interior mural will contribute to a welcoming space for Solid Waste Management staff to clock-in, gather, and prepare for the beginning of their shifts. The City will commission a local or regional artist to fabricate an interior mural with input from employees who actively use the building. 

For more information, click here.

Public Art at Bus Shelters

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Location: 9 locations throughout 3 Wards

Artist(s): Tanya Lipscomb, Jermaine “JP” Powell, and the artists team, Tim Stallmann and William Paul Thomas. 

Artists Selection Process: Selected through a RFQ process (Closed)

Expected Delivery:  2021 

Description: As part of the Participatory Budgeting initiative, the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program is partnering with the Budget and Management Services Department to hire professional artists or artist teams to create public art that will enrich the new solar-powered bus stops. Bus shelters will be installed throughout Durham at existing stops that lack shelters and other amenities. To improve ridership experience as well as contribute to renewable energy generation, shelters will include 2-D artwork commissioned by the City, as well as solar panel installations at select shelters that will power lights and USB charging stations. The artwork will feature reclaimed or sustainable elements, with the themes that promote community healing and equality.  

For more information, click here.

Rock Quarry Park

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Location: Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr, Durham, NC 27704

Artist: Vandorn Hinnant 

Artist Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry The deadline to be considered for the Rock Quarry public art project was Friday, March 19, 2021 by 11:59 EST. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Late Summer 2021 

Description: The City of Durham is transforming Rock Quarry Park through landscaping, restoration and creative placemaking initiatives into a destination venue for local festivals and events such as the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival. The Cultural and Public Art Program will collaborate with Department of Parks & Recreation to commission an artist or artist team to design and fabricate a sculptural public art installation at Rock Quarry Park located at 701 Stadium Drive Durham, NC 27704 as part of park renovations through  Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), funding.  The sculptural public art pieces will be used as a functional public art to hang festival and special event banners, and will require elements to attach the banners. The total maximum budget for this project is $11,000, including engagement, artist-design, fabrication and documentation of the artwork on site.

For more information, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/4394/Rock-Quarry

South Ellerbe Restoration Project


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Location: 
808 West Trinity Avenue
Durham, NC 27701 

South Ellerbe Restoration project webpage:
https://durhamnc.gov/1616 

Public Art & RFQ webpage: https://durhamnc.gov/4598/South-Ellerbe-Restoration-Project

Artist: TBD

Artist Selection Process: Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The deadline to be considered for the project is Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Expected Delivery: 2022/2023

Description: In collaboration with the City of Durham’s Public Works Department, the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program (referred to as “City”) is seeking an Artist or Artist Team (referred to as “Candidates”) with experience in projects centered around environmental design and functional, sculptural and/or integrated artwork to design and fabricate public art installations at the South Ellerbe Restoration project located at 808 West Trinity Avenue in Durham.  The selected artist or artist team will have a total public art project budget of $50,000, including artist fees, artist-design, community engagement, fabrication, and documentation of the artwork on site. 

For more information, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/4598/South-Ellerbe-Restoration-Project


WD Hill Recreation Center

WD Hill Mural

Location: 
W.D. Hill Recreation Center
1308 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27701

W.D. Hill Recreation Center website: https://www.dprplaymore.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/WD-Hill-Recreation-Center-90

Artist: Wade Williams

Artist Selection Process: Pre-Qualified Artist Registry The deadline to be considered for the WD Hill Mural project was Friday, March 19, 2021 by 11:59 EST. The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for other upcoming public art projects. Apply today!

Expected Delivery: Late 2021 

Description: As part of the Capital Improvement Project initiative to renovate various aspects of the W.D. Hill Recreation Center, the interior and/or exterior walls will act as a canvas for mural installations. By utilizing the Pre-Qualified Artist Registry, an artist will be identified to complete community engagement, design concepts, fabrication, and the installation of the work. Artists will be responsible for developing community engagement sessions and communication tools to gather feedback on the design concept and foster relationships with surrounding community leaders.  A budget of $8,000 has been allocated to the fabrication and installation of the public artwork at W.D. Hill Recreation Center. 

For more information, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/4358/WD-Hill-Recreation-Center