43rd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival

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The 43rd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival will take place on September 16th & 17th, 2017! Stay tuned for updates, as Durham’s signature arts event takes shape for 2017!

In 2015, CenterFest was voted one of the top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the country by the artist membership of Sunshine Artist Magazine!

The 2016 CenterFest Visual Artist Merit Judges were Lauren Turner, Assistant Curator for the Collection at Ackland Art Museum, Linda Dougherty, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Art Museum, and Cheryl Cullum Stewart, a Public Art Consultant working with Piedmont Triad International Airport, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s Public Art Endowment, and the North Carolina Arts Council!

The merit judges selected several winning artists and awarded cash prizes totaling $2,500 to Best In Show, First Place, Second, and Third Place winning artists.

The CenterFest 2016 winners were Lauren Markley, a jeweler from Raleigh, NC for Best in Show; Hsiang-Ting Yen, a jeweler from Raleigh, NC, in First Place; Fong Choo, a ceramics artist from Louisville, KY, in Second Place; and Kathleen Dautel, a jeweler from Raleigh, NC in Third Place. Kevin Duval, a sculptor from Wilmington, NC, received the Citizens’ Choice Award.

Here’s what CenterFest 2016 had to offer:

145+ juried visual artists will showcase and sell their original, handcrafted work in Clay, Drawing, Fibers, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Wood, Jewelry, Mixed Media, and Sculpture. It is truly one-stop shopping for art lovers!

74+ performing acts on 6 stages featuring over 600 performers Continuous music, dance, entertainment.

Creative Kids Zone provides hands-on arts activities and entertainment.

Locally-sourced foods and international cuisine

40+ Durham area non-profit, government, and civic organizations.

A bike valet to make getting to CenterFest even easier!

And to learn more about downtown Durham businesses, scan this QR code!

CenterFest is presented by:

Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

Contact us at (919) 560-2722
or via email at centerfest@durhamarts.org

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