Exhibition Dates: August 17 – November 30, 2018
Location: Downtown Durham, across from City Hall in the heart of Black Wall Street (around 102 W. Parrish St.)
Upcoming Events: TheFenceDurham.com
Always Free, Always Open.
The FENCE is the largest public art photography project in the world and returns to Durham, NC from August 17 through November 30. The FENCE Durham will be on view in downtown Durham, across from City Hall, in the heart of Black Wall Street (for gps, head to 102 W. Parrish St.). A wide variety of related-programming is planned during its time, including a partner event with the CLICK Photography Festival. Details may be found at TheFenceDurham.com
In this juried show, top international photography is printed on special vinyl banners which are installed outdoors on chain link fences where community members can walk, jog, and ride to see the world-class art. Last year, Durham was awarded the honor of being the 6th city in the world to host it annually. More than 6 Million people will view FENCE exhibitions in open-air displays across in Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Durham, Denver, Calgary (Canada), and Sarasota.
The FENCE includes almost 250 photographs from a diverse roster of 50 photographers hailing from around the globe, including 9 local Triangle-based artists, are represented on the Durham installation this year. Each artist submitted a series of three-to-five images comprising a body of work relating to one-of-seven thematic categories which embody a sense of community: Creatures, Food, Home, Nature, People, Play and Streets. Each series is supported by printed artist statements and biographies, allowing viewers to experience a series of museum-like shows at their leisure.
Nine Triangle-based artists’ portfolios were selected for the Durham installation, and are displayed alongside the national submission winners which appear in all eight cities. Those artists are: Nancy Arehart, Rachel Jesson, Mary Shannon Johnson, Ray Pfeiffer, Leah Sobsey, Tim Telkamp, Dawn Surratt, Barbara Tyroler, and Yousuf Zafar.
Seven NC arts leaders were included by UPI in their prestigious international jury pool which reviewed thousands of submissions from around the world. Our jurors represent a broad spectrum of photographic arts-related professional roles including museum curator, professional photographer and educator, gallery owner, arts patron/collector, and photo book publisher. We appreciate and celebrate the expertise of Linda Dougherty (NC Museum of Art), Chris Ogden (In The Moment Images), Rory Parnell (Mahler Fine Art Gallery), Marshall Price Ph.D. (Nasher Museum), Mary Anne Redding (Turchin Center for the Visual Arts), Maggie Triplette (Patron/Collector), and Dave Wofford (Horse And Buggy Press). Full bios are available at Fence.Photoville.com/Jury/
For more information about the FENCE Durham, including featured artists, volunteer opportunities, opening ceremony details, supporting programming such as docent tours, pechakuchas, a kid’s community photography show, and how residents can vote for the People’s Choice award, visit TheFenceDurham.com. The exhibit is free and open to the public.