Artist Services Update
June 16th, 2011

In this issue...

Congratulations, 2011 Emerging Artists Award Grantees!
Emerging Artists Grant Applications Available!
Behind the Scenes
Bull City Burgers, Brews, and Bluegrass
Piedmont Laureate Applications available this Summer

Charles Geiger: Quasi-botanics & Cheryl Myrbo Circus: Costume, Prop and Baggage

How to be an artist that SELLS!


Roof of Historic Icon Collapses
Arts Day 2011
Trio of New Artists on display this fall

DAC Facility Grant Deadline October 15

Season Grantee Spotlight: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana



Behind the Scenes of "The State of Things": JUNE 24TH

Bull City Burgers, Brews, & Bluegrass: JUNE 26TH

DAC School Online Fall Registration Opens: JULY 8TH

DAC 2011-2012 Emerging Artist Grant Program Deadline: SEPTEMBER 15TH

CenterFest 2011: SEPTEMBER 17-18TH

Piedmont Laureate Applications Deadline: SEPTEMBER 20TH

DAC Facility Grant Applications Deadline: OCTOBER 15TH

Art Walk Holiday Market: NOVEMBER 19-20TH

Emerging Artists Grant
Program Info Sessions

at 6 PM at these various locations:

7/25 Chapel Hill Public Library; 8/2 Durham Arts Council; 8/3 Central Carolina Community College; 8/9 The Kirby Gallery; 8/17 Richard H. Thornton Library

Congratulations, 2011 Emerging Artists Award Grantees!
2010-2011 Emerging Artists, photo by A Captured Image Photography
2010-2011 Emerging Artists, photo by A Captured Image Photography
On June 2nd, at the 27th Annual Emerging Artists Awards Ceremony, Durham Arts Council was proud to present Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Awards to:

Joseph Bigley, Installation
Monica Byrne, Literature

The celebration also featured a musical interlude with Jazz Vocalist, Adia Ledbetter (Emerging Artist 2008) and Jazz Pianist, Ed Paolantonio (Emerging Artist 1991), a viewing of "Ella Fountain Pratt: Defying Gravity", a video portrait commissioned by Durham Arts Council and created by Minnow Media, and the opening of A Cultural Landscape -- NC Mountain Counties, photographs by Artie Dixon (Emerging Artist 1996). Ella Fountain designed the Emerging Artists Program in 1984 and served as its director until her death in 2008.

The Emerging Artists Program is funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Ella Fountain Pratt Fund, Carver Fund, the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and individual contributions. The Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery was funded by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Foundation For The Carolinas, Duke University, Peter Block, Kontek Systems, Inc., Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer, Mark W. Rountree and individual contributions.


Emerging Artists Grant Applications Available!
Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grants

are career development project grants of up to $1,500 for artists living in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange or Person Counties.

Grant applications are due

9 PM, Thursday, September 15, 2011

to the Durham Arts Council.

For more information about this program or to download an application, click here.

Applications will also be available at the DAC Front Desk.

Emerging Artists Grant Information Sessions for 2011-12

July 25th, 2011 - 6:00 p.m. (Monday)
Meeting Room, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill
Contact: Martha Shannon, Orange County Arts Commission Director, 919-968-2011.

August 2, 2011 - 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
Adaron Hall, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham
Contact: Margaret DeMott, DAC Director of Artist Services, 919-560-2720.

August 3, 2011 - 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
Multi-Purpose Room, Bldg 2, 764 West Street, Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro
Contact: Molly Matlock, Chatham County Arts Council, 919-542-0394.

August 9, 2011 - 6:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
The Kirby Gallery, 213 North Main Street, Roxboro
Contact: Kay Rudd, Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department, 336-597-1755.

August 17, 2011 - 6:00 p.m. (Wednesday)
Richard H. Thornton Library, 210 Main Street, Oxford
Contact: Max Burrus,

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 and individual contributions.

Behind the Scenes
Frank Stasio
Frank Stasio

Join NPR show host Frank Stasio for an exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of a live show taping, enjoy a studio tour, and meet The State of Things show guests, followed by lunch with Frank at Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom.

The State of Things features music groups on Fridays plus other fascinating guests and topics. This exclusive opportunity is for 8 people only!
Friday, June 24, 2011 arrive at studio at 11:30 am

Tickets are $50 per person. Click here to purchase!

Event Location:
WUNC Radio Studios
American Tobacco Campus
Bay 6 Suite 600
324 Blackwell St.
Durham, NC27701

All proceeds from this event support Durham Arts Council's Annual Arts Fund, supporting arts education programs for all ages, and programs that support artists, arts organizations, and the development of our creative community.

Bull City Burgers, Brews, and Bluegrass
Burgers, Brews & Bluegrass

Dinner a l’ Art to Support Durham Arts Council

Kick back and chow down on Sunday evening June 26th as you experience the newest addition to the Downtown Durham food scene - Bull City Burger and Brewery, Seth Gross’s restaurant and brewery located at 107 East Parrish Street. Bull City Burger and Brewery is hosting a special Dinners a l’ Art event – Burgers, Brews & Bluegrass - to support the Durham Arts Council!

You’ll love the live bluegrass music by the phenomenal Craver, Hicks, Watson and Newberry and hear Seth speak about why his farm-to-fork approach is a perfect match for Durham’s foodie culture. Come taste his own fresh ales as well as the locally-sourced burgers everyone is talking about.

$40 per person including an awesome burger, fries, 2 freshly brewed beers, great music and a great cause of supporting the arts! Event starts at 6:00 pm.

Grab those tickets before they’re gone!


"Eat Grass Fed Beef and Drink Freshly Brewed Beer"
BullCity Burger and Brewery
107 East Parrish Street #105
Durham, NC27701
(919) 680-2333


Through July 17th, 2011

ARTQUILTSmovement: The 9th Annual PAQA-South International Juried Art Quilt Exhibition

in the Allenton and Semans Galleries

Official juror for the exhibition was Sara Powers, Executive Director of the Visual Art Exchange gallery in Raleigh. Thirty-eight works related to the exhibit theme were selected with a focus on technique, design, originality and craftsmanship. Each work reflects the artist’s interpretation of the concept of movement.

For more information call 919.560.ARTS or go to

For more infomation on downtown Durham's monthly Third Friday events Click Here

The DAC is located at 120 Morris St. in downtown Durham

The galleries are open Monday–Saturday, 9 am–9 pm, and Sunday, 1–6 pm



Piedmont Laureate Applications available this Summer
Scott Huler, 2011 Piedmont Laureate
Scott Huler, 2011 Piedmont Laureate

Applications to be the 2012 Piedmont Laureate will be available mid-July!

Open to playwrights and screenwriters currently residing in Alamance, Durham, Orange, and Wake counties, the Piedmont Laureate Program, started in 2008, is a celebration of the art of writing, focused on a different literary form each year. This Laureate will present public readings and workshops, participate at select public functions and create at least one original activity to expand the appreciation of literature.

The 2012 Piedmont Laureate will receive a stipend and serve for one year (January 1-December 31, 2012).

Additional information on the Piedmont Laureate program, including guidelines and the application form, will be available at and at the sponsoring agencies' websites.

The deadline to apply is September 20th, 2011.

For more information contact United Arts Council at 919-839-1498 or email

Click here to see the upcoming events featuring the 2011 Piedmont Laureate, Scott Huler!

Charles Geiger: Quasi-botanics & Cheryl Myrbo Circus: Costume, Prop and Baggage

Cheryl Myrbo
Cheryl Myrbo


August 5th - September 25th, 2011

Check out

Charles Geiger: Quasi-botanics in the Allenton Gallery


Cheryl Myrbo Circus: Costume, Prop and Baggage in the Semans Gallery


Artie Dixon: A Cultural Landscape - NC Mountain Counties in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery

Public is Invited to a FREE Artists' Reception, part of Downtown Durham's Third Friday, August 19, 2011, 5-7 PM.

More Info: 919.560.2787 or

For more information on Durham's Third Friday events, click here.


How to be an artist that SELLS!

Inspired by our successful workshop, "Shameless Self-Promotion: A No-Excuses Art Marketing Workshop" with Alyson Stanfield, we wanted to provide a list of books about self-promoting, self-starting, go-getting spirit.

Need logistical help to strike out on your own as a self-supporting artist?

How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist by Caroll Michels

I'd Rather Be in the Studio by Alyson Stanfield

Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

CreWondering how to incorporate your creativity into your day-to-day job?

Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? by Seth Godin

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Looking to be more productive with less effort?

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeir Hansson

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Need a reminder of why the work that you do is important?

Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change by Maxine Greene

We look forward to hearing from you about how we can provide more confidence-enhancing opportunities.

Contact Catherine Howard, DAC's Interim Artist Services Manager, at with your suggestions.



ALL Media

SPARKcon (Raleigh, NC): They are looking for all sorts of talent—from fashion to writing, gaming to bartending, art to film and much much more (deadline June 15th, 2011).

National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC): "The Arts in Media" grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, and media arts including film, audio, animation, and digital art) and media projects that can be considered works of art (deadline September 1st, 2011).

James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation: Fitch Mid-Career grants of up to $15,000 are awarded annually to one or two mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history and the decorative arts. The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will consider proposals for the research and/or the execution of the preservation-related projects in any of these fields (deadline September 15th, 2011).

Elsewhere Collaborative (Greensboro, NC): Elsewhere invites creative individuals across disciplines to join us in building a living museum from a former thrift store that contains a 58-year collection of surplus. Residents create site-specifc responses to the living museum, collection, and evolving community. Residents discover a creative process that is both immersive and responsive, challenging their practice with public parameters and critical perspective. Elsewhere is an experiment and adventure, a foray into the stuff of the recent past in order to design creative futures (2012 applications open August 2011).

NC Arts Council (Raleigh, NC): Artist Fellowships in the amount of $10,000 support the creative development of N.C. artists and the creation of new work. Fellowship funds may be used to set aside time to work, pursue projects that further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas, buy supplies and equipment, or fund expenses related to the activities listed above. In 2011, applications will be accepted for the craft, visual, film/video, and choreography categories (deadline November 1st, 2011). Songwriters, composers, and writers will be able to submit in 2012.

PechaKucha Night (Raleigh, NC): Present something you love. Most people use PechaKucha Night to present their latest creative projects or work, life lessons or inspirations. All successful presenters share their passion. The audience is most interested in hearing personal stories, personal development and humor. Also of possible interest are topics of entrepreneurship, social issues, and art/architecture/music/design, etc. A recent survey showed the audience is generally uninterested in listening to talks about politics, business, or social media (ongoing).

Visual Arts

African American Cultural Festival (Raleigh, NC): The African American Cultural Festival in partnership with the City of Raleigh and Wake County is proud to present a family friendly celebration of African American arts and culture, which drew over 15,000 attendees in 2010, in downtown Raleigh on September 2 - 4, 2011. Artists are invited to apply to a juried International art market (deadline June 17th, 2011).

Art Kudos: Art Kudos is an annual international juried competition that serves to recognize and honor excellence in the visual arts. Artists who are selected as finalists benefit from world-wide exposure in a year-long online exhibition and have the opportunity to win cash awards for their exemplary work (deadline June 30th, 2011).

Duke Divinity School (Durham, NC): Drawn into Scripture: Arts and the Life of the Church is currently accepting applications from artists who make artwork about their faith and wish to display, demonstrate, and sell their craft at the Arts Fair that will be held in conjunction with the 2011 Convocation & Pastors’ School. There is no cost for artists to participate. Artists will be accepted at the discretion of the event staff (deadline June 30th, 2011).

apexart (New York, NY): Based on the idea of creating a franchise, apexart is once again holding a worldwide open call for proposals for group exhibitions to be presented anywhere in the world other than New York City. Specific artists and venues need not be determined, but the concept should be well developed and the city specified. Two winners selected by a jury will be the director, curator and/or staff of their own month-long apexart franchise with an $8,000 exhibition budget, a modest salary, and almost complete control. The Franchise is an opportunity to help bring an idea to fruition in a new place and to illustrate that the center of the world is wherever you are (deadline June 30th, 2011).

Visual Art Exchange (Raleigh, NC): The 22nd Annual N.E.W. Show is open to all living artists. A maximum of 2 works of any medium, per artist may be submitted. All works must be original, completed in within one year of the entry date and not previously exhibited anywhere. The show is open to two and three dimensional works of art (deadline July 15th, 2011).

Public and Cultural Arts Office (Chapel Hill, NC): Invites artists to apply for the 2011-2012 Sculpture Visions Exhibition. Between October 2011 and September 2012 original three-dimensional artwork by selected artists will be displayed in publicly-accessible outdoor spaces belonging to the Town of Chapel Hill and other participating sponsors (deadline July 18th, 2011).

Town of Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC): Now accepting artist applications for a juried exhibition, Festifall boasts live entertainment for all ages, hands-on activities, and local food. This outdoor event takes place along the tree lined streets of West Franklin Street on Sunday October 2, 2011 from 1-6pm and hosts over 15,000 attendees (deadline July 30th, 2011).

Artspace (Raleigh, NC): Established in January 2000, the Regional Emerging Artist Residency is a program that provides emerging visual artists with time and space to explore their work in a supportive, thriving, artistic environment. One artist in his or her early professional career is chosen from a regional pool of applicants. Artspace grants two 6-month residencies per year in Raleigh, NC. The residency includes a private, rent-free studio with 24-hour access. Artspace does NOT provide transportation or living quarters. Each month residents are presented to the Triangle community during Artspace's opening receptions and gallery walks. A fully supported exhibition of the resident's work will be presented in the Artspace lobby after the residency (apply in October for Jan - June 2012).

McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte, NC): Currently accepting applications for artist-in-residence program (ongoing) and exhibition proposals for their 6th and 7th Street window displays (deadline November 7th, 2011). McColl is also seeking proposals from visual and interdisciplinary artists, including new media, performance, and installation, for exhibitions in their main space, Gallery 115 (deadline December 14th, 2011).

Performing Arts

ArtsMarket 2011 (Durham, NC): ArtsMarket is a biennial performing arts showcase conference co-produced by the NC Arts Council and North Carolina Presenters Consortium. Hosted in Durham, NC from Monday-Wednesday, November 7-9, showcases will be held in the historic Carolina Theatre. Now accepting applications for the performance showcase from touring professional artists from throughout North America and abroad (deadline July 1st, 2011).

Literary Arts

Graywolf Press (Minneapolis, MN): Now accepting applications for the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, which includes a $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf and will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre (deadline June 30th, 2011).

The Writer's Workshop (Asheville, NC): Now accepting submissions for the Hard Times Writing Contest, which features writing about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it (deadline June 30th, 2011) and the 22nd Annual Memoirs Competition (deadline November 30th, 2011).

2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency (New Bern, NC): Offers intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share your work with other dedicated writers, a unique opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond, and now, an extra day (deadline July 1st, 2011).

Omnidawn (Richmond, CA): The 2011 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Poetry Prize is open to any poet writing in English who has not published a second book of poetry, not counting chapbooks. The prize includes $3,000, Fall 2012 publication by Omnidawn of the winning manuscript, 100 complimentary copies of the winning book for the author, and display advertising for the winning author and book in American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and other publications (deadline July 15th, 2011).

North Carolina Humanities Council (Greensboro, NC): Now inviting entries of poetry or prose for the 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award. Submissions should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments (deadline August 15th, 2011).


Foundation for Jewish Culture (New York, NY): Invites filmmakers to submit grant applications for projects in the later stages of production that relate to Jewish history, life, culture, and identity (deadline July 22nd, 2011).

Roof of Historic Icon Collapses
Photo Credit to Harry Lynch, News & Observer
Photo Credit to Harry Lynch, News & Observer

The Liberty Warehouse has been an icon in the Durham community, not only as the last standing tobacco auction warehouse in Durham, but also as a grassroots arts complex. Over the years, the building has housed studios for a wide variety of artists, the Liberty Arts foundry, the Ujamaa Boardhouse skateboard shop, the Durham Arts Council Clay Studio (1999 - 2010) and the Scrap Exchange.

When a violent rainstorm on May 14th tore a gaping hole in the roof of the Liberty Warehouse building, located at 611 and 613 Rigsbee Ave, forums had already been scheduled to discuss the future of the building. Preservation Durham and leaders from a wide array of community organizations are continuing to take an active interest in developing a new vision for this historic structure in the Durham Central Park district.

On June 15th, the public meeting regarding the Liberty Warehouse "demolition by neglect" investigation planned for June 16th was cancelled. "The property owner, Durham Liberty, LLC, has committed to rectify the Liberty Warehouse’s deficiencies within a timeframe determined as reasonable by the Durham City/County Planning Department. Therefore, the pending Demolition by Neglect investigation has been suspended, and the public meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. is cancelled in recognition of that suspension."

See the entire press release here.

Thanks to facilitation of DDI, and lots of community support, The Scrap Exchange moved into the Cordoba Center for the Arts, just north of Golden Belt, at 923 Franklin St. Other tenants are regrouping and a number of community events have been planned to raise support.

Support the next steps for former Liberty Warehouse tenants at the following events:

June 17th - July 9th @ Scrap Exchange, 923 Franklin St -- Friends and Family 20/20 Show features a 20th anniversary twist to this popular show. All artwork will be for sale for $20 per item, to help the Scrap Exchange celebrate 20 years as a leading creative reuse center. Opening July 17th (Third Friday) from 6-9 PM!

June 25th, 12 PM in Chapel Hill -- Ujaama Relief Party to help raise funds for Ujaama Boardhouse to reopen.

July 15th, 6-10 PM @ Liberty Arts, Liberty Warehouse 538 Foster St -- A Third Friday Fundraiser Metal Pour and demonstration for the public to raise funds for this important casting facility. Liberty Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit educational sculpture studio and art casting facility located in downtown Durham’s Central Park District serving North Carolina and the Southeast region. Cassandra Gooding, Liberty Arts Board President notes that on the evening of July 15th there will be a band, food, beverages and the opportunity to help Liberty Arts survive the disaster! The event is free but donations are encouraged. For more information visit:

July 30th, 6 PM - 1 AM @ The Trotter Building -- Scrap-A-Go-Go, a dance party benefit the Scrap Exchange, will feature food trucks, 70's cover band The Wusses, games, and other fabulous surprises. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Arts Day 2011

On April 11-12, 2011, Durham Arts Council participated in the annual Arts Day activities in Raleigh. Arts Day, organized by ARTS North Carolina, is a state-wide advocacy event that draws artists and arts supporters to Raleigh to share research, discuss the current agenda for state support of the arts and arts education, and talk with their legislators. Durham Arts Council coordinates the visits of Durham arts supporters with the Durham delegation. This year, 14 Durham arts representatives walked the halls and met with legislators.

A record breaking attendance of informed and passionate advocates successfully carried the message of arts value to our Legislators. Under immense economic strain, the House proposed a budget that reduced funding of the North Carolina Arts Council grants budget by 15% and eliminated three NCAC staff positions.

Arts Day provided an opportunity to advocate for no more than 10% reductions in North Carolina Arts Council grants funding, but the budget passed by the House and Senate includes a 15% cut in the NCAC grants budget. Arts Education continues to receive support as the creation of an Arts Education Commission to oversee implementation of the comprehensive Arts Education Task Force Report was passed by the House and Senate.

Heather Gordon, 1st Amendment 24027, 42x42, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 2010 . Heather Gordon's show "Hear & Now" will be on display at the Durham Arts Council's Allenton Gallery from December 8th, 2011 - January 12th, 2012.
Heather Gordon, 1st Amendment 24027, 42x42, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 2010 . Heather Gordon's show "Hear & Now" will be on display at the Durham Arts Council's Allenton Gallery from December 8th, 2011 - January 12th, 2012.


Artwork in the DAC galleries is available for purchase. All sales support local working artists and the Durham Arts Council. For more information about exhibitions, email Catherine Howard, DAC's Interim Artist Services Manager, at or phone 919-560-2719.

Exhibitions at the DAC are made possible through gifts to the Durham Arts Council's Annual Arts Fund


Trio of New Artists on display this fall
Shelly Hehenberger
Shelly Hehenberger

September 30th - November 30th, 2011

Check out

Matt Micca: Ballpoint Abstractions in the Allenton Gallery


Laura Azar: New Paintings in the Semans Gallery


Chaos & Cosmos: Paintings by Shelly Hehenberger in the Semans Gallery

Public is Invited to a FREE Artists' Reception, part of Downtown Durham's Third Friday, October 21st, 2011, 5-7 PM.

More Info: 919.560.ARTS or

Click here for more information on downtown Durham's monthly Third Friday events.

DAC Facility Grant Deadline October 15

Facility Grants provide use of space in the DAC building for short-term projects in all art forms. Please note that space cannot be used for fundraising events.

Grant applications are due Saturday, October 15, 2011, by 9 PM for events occurring between January 1st, 2012 and June 30, 2012. Applications are available at the DAC front desk or at the DAC website.

Nonprofit arts organizations or artists may apply. For more information call 919-560-2720.

Season Grantee Spotlight: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Carlota Santana, Photo by Beatrice Schiller
Carlota Santana, Photo by Beatrice Schiller

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies. They believe that the universal spirit of flamenco, a multicultural art form, has the power to build bridges between cultures and inspire audiences from diverse backgrounds. Artistic Director Carlota Santana leads this company of energetic dancers and musicians in:

powerful performances
extensive community outreach
innovative arts education programs

DAC' Season Grant funds Project Olé, educational programs offered through Durham public schools. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana provides outreach through school lecture-demonstrations, after-school programs, and community classes for children in four local public schools while expanding with new partnerships that engage diverse populations in Durham County. Programs are taught by company members and include a participatory showcase for the students.

Community dance classes are ongoing and are taught at Durham's Legacy Studios. Beginner and Advanced levels offered. No pre-registration required. Visit a class to see what it is like!

Legacy Studios
608 North Duke Street (across from Durham School of the Arts)
Durham, NC 27701

Mondays & Thursdays
Beginners: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Advanced: 8:00-9:30 p.m.


Durham Arts Council ~ 120 Morris Street ~ Durham, NC 27701

919-560-ARTS(2787) ~ ~ Contact us!