2018 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 the following four works:

  • NC Spring Road, by Delphine Peller (Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.)

  • St. Tropez Doorway, by Sharron Parker (Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St.)

  • Line Dancing, by Susan Hetzel (Public Facilities Building, 301 S. Brooks St.)

  • My Poppies, by Denise Langlois (Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.)

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


Opening Reception - July 28
The Wake Forest Public Art Commission (PAC) will host a special reception to formally open its Wake Forest Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Exhibit on Saturday, July 28. The event will be from 9 a.m.-noon at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St. Light refreshments will be provided.

The reception will have an informal, open house-style format, so area residents are invited to drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 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.

For More Information

  • Contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566.

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.