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Art Exhibits

Durham County Library locations regularly exhibit the work of local artists. If you would like your art displayed, follow the instructions at the bottom of the page. A printable listing of all permanent art exhibits (PDF) is also available.

Current Exhibits

“Watermelon Lady”, Aminifu R. Harvey, DSW
Main Library – 2nd Floor

Runs through January 31

Dr. Aminifu R. Harvey is a retired professor of social work. Dr. Harvey taught at Fayetteville State University, the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Chico State University. He retired as a full professor and with a national and international scholarly and activist reputation. He is a pioneer in Africentric theory and practice and probably the person who brought this paradigm to social work.

Aminifu sees himself as a picture taker rather than a photographer. He calls himself Aminifu the Picture Taker. These series of pictures are called the “Watermelon Lady” and were taken from his hotel room in Shanghai near the Eastern China University of Science and Technology, while on an educational trip to China Sponsored by the University of North Carolina chapel Hill School of Social Work.

“Each morning I observed the woman removing her curtain where she slept and on certain days awaiting the delivery of her watermelons. She then sat most of the day waiting for people to purchase them. In the evenings she would cover the watermelons and close the curtains to her “private sleeping area.” The watermelon on the shrine was taken in Zhejiang Haining, a rural farming community that the residents had become wealthy by renting their land to textile mills.

The pictures of the garden where taken at the Shanghai Botanic Garden. The pictures of the temple were taken at the Ling Yin Temple in Hangzhou.

Durham Civil Rights Banners
Main Library – Auditorium and 1st Floor

Runs through December 31

Durham’s Civil Rights History
Main Library – 3rd Floor Display Case

Runs through December 31

Exhibit Your Art

Calling all artists (photographers, quilters, sculptors, new media and digital artists, etc.): Have your work exhibited at Durham County Library!

How does it work?

  • Submit an application (PDF).
    • Include images (preferably digital).
    • The Art Committee reviews applications in early January, April, July and October of each year.
  • You will receive notification on the status of your application by the 15th of the month following the review.
  • If approved, you and a library representative will sign an agreement stipulating the location of the exhibit and other details. (The library tries to accommodate artist preferences, but cannot always do so.)
  • The artist is responsible for the exhibit installation and de-installation.
  • Artwork is usually exhibited for 90 days.
  • You may exhibit your work once within a two-year period.

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