Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists

Wake Forest Guild Artists and artists residing in Wake Forest were invited to submit one piece of original art to the "Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Contest." An Artist Selection Committee comprised of arts professionals and representatives of the Town of Wake Forest, the Public Art Commission and Wake Forest Downtown, along with professional artists who do not reside within Wake Forest selected five works.

Each of the selected art works will be scanned into an electronic image and reproduced in brick vinyl. The vinyl will then be applied to the facade of the designated buildings in downtown Wake Forest. A plaque with information about the artist will be located near the art panel. 

Each of the selected artists will receive a $100 stipend and their artwork will remain on display for one year.

2019-20 Image List

The display location for each work of art is shown in parenthesis:

Autumn Waterfall by Dr. Jane D. Steelman (Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.)

Moonlight Sonata by Aline Long (Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.)

Calvin Jones Museum by Linda Hauser (Public Facilities Building, 301 S. Brooks St.)

If Mother Nature Could Dance by Maureen Seltzer (Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.)

Orange Reflections in the Water by Clina Polloni (Taylor Street Park Sprayground, 416 N. Taylor St.)

2019 Opening Reception - July 27

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission (PAC) will host a special reception to formally open the Wake Forest Temporary Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m.-noon. The event will take place in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St. Light refreshments will be provided.

A program featuring remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones will begin at 10 a.m.

Aside from the 10 a.m. program, the reception will have an informal, open house-style format, so area residents are invited to drop in anytime between 9-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon. PAC members and several of the featured artists will be on hand to answer questions and share information about the selected works of art.

Free, illustrated maps highlighting the locations of the works on view for each exhibit will be available during the reception. Area residents who are unable to attend the reception but wish to take the self-guided tour may also pick up a brochure at the Renaissance Centre and Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Wake Forest Public Art Commission

The Town of Wake Forest Public Art Commission develops and implements public art programs to increase public access to the arts, provides opportunities for artists to display their work, and promotes public understanding and awareness of the arts. The Commission was established in 2010. It consists of 9 community member-volunteers appointed by the Town Board of Commissioners. The Town's Percent for Art Program, established by a 2010 Ordinance, allocates one percent of selected capital improvement projects for the creation and maintenance of works of public art. Funding for the Percent for Art projects comes from each project's construction budget.

Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists
Renaissance Centre Specialist