42nd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival

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The 42nd Annual CenterFest Arts Festival is September 17th-18th, 2016!

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 will be 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 will select several winning artists and award cash prizes totaling $2,500 to Best In Show, First Place, Second, and Third Place winning artists.

The CenterFest 2015 winners were Santiago Gutierrez, a ceramics artist from Zebulon, NC for Best in Show; Kevin Duval, a sculptor from Wilmington, NC, in First Place; T.J. Christiansen, a sculptor from Durham, NC, in Second Place; and Lauren Markley, a jeweler from Raleigh, NC, in Third Place.


For information on CenterFest 2016, see below!

Here are some of the things you can expect at CenterFest 2016:

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!

65+ performing acts on 6 stages featuring over 500 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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