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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

Oh Freedom Over Me: An Exhibit from the Center for Documentary Studies
Main Library – 2nd and 3rd Floors

Runs through October 31

The Southern Documentary Project (SDP) was begun by Matt Herron in the summer of 1964 to document the Civil Rights Movement. SDP members recorded the rapid social change taking place in Mississippi and other parts of the South as Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) brought non-southern college students to work on voter registration and education. The Freedom Summer campaign of 1964 targeted Mississippi where black voter registration was the lowest in the country. Freedom Summer was about ordinary people standing up, speaking out against injustice, and risking everything to participate in their own governance.

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

Runs through October 31

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

Runs through October 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.

Where to get more information: