A new stained glass installation on the exterior of the Van Dyke Performance Space located at the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie in Greensboro, the piece is entitled “De Dans” and was a joint project of the Public Art Endowment, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and the City of Greensboro. Installed in October 2017, the windows are illuminated at dusk every night.
The work was created by Asheville artist Carl Powell. The name is a nod to the Dutch heritage of the building’s namesake Jan Van Dyke, and the building’s design as a dance venue. Powell was inspired by both the facility’s purpose and its surroundings.
“I tried to convey the joy of dance and my interpretation of movement and color that will hopefully relate to the space and to the wonderful park that is outside,” he said.
Powell is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship winner. His works have been exhibited in the Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review and Americans in Glass, a three-year exhibition traveling to major museums. Among his major commissions are The Clock Tower in San Francisco; the Performing Arts Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska; the city of Atlanta; and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville.
Where We Met by Janet Echelman
The 2016 installation and lighting of the Echelman sculpture, commissioned to honor the area’s rich textile history, was the highlight of the LeBauer Park opening ceremony week. The first permanent, commissioned artwork by The Public Art Endowment at The Community Foundation, Where We Met was supported by the LeBauer bequest and a $1-million grant from The Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation, established by and named for the late textile industrialist.
The largest public art installation in the southeast, Where We Met is an undulating, colorful net hung high above the park’s Great Lawn from four mammoth pylons positioned around the perimeter. The connecting shape from which the net is draped mirrors an 1896 map of N.C. railroad tracks connecting many of the state’s major textile hubs at the time.
Rise Together Greensboro by Charlie Brouwer
Over 300 participants from throughout the community provided more than 500 ladders to create a sculpture symbolizing community building. Our temporary sculpture project by Virginia artist Charlie Brouwer served as the featured kickoff of the 2015 17DAYS Festival and the local debut of the National Folk Festival.
Tagtool/OMAi Sessions by Markus Dorninger
Tagtool/OMAi – The Greensboro Sessions by Markus Dorninger of Vienna, Austria, marked the U.S. debut of this dynamic public art experience – a unique, interactive light show in which participants helped create projected images on the sides of buildings, among other activities. This fun light display visited Greensboro in 2014.
Three Liner by Evan Lewis
Three Liner by Evan Lewis made its debut within the median of Green Valley Road near the Proximity Hotel.
Tre Venezia by Peter Shire
Tre Venezia by Peter Shire, along with its companion piece, Cassata, was installed on the grounds of the Greensboro Cultural Center on Davie Street.
Standing Vase with Five Flowers by James Surls
Standing Vase with Five Flowers by James Surls graced the median along Green Valley Road.
Entrance to a Garden by Dennis Oppenheim
Entrance to a Garden by Dennis Oppenheim was unveiled on the front lawn of the VF/Wrangler building downtown in 2010. It has now found a permanent home at the Storm King Art Center in New York.
Dennis is a native of Washington State. He received his B.F.A. from the School of Arts and Crafts, and an M.F.A. from Stanford University. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Guardian II by Billy Lee
Guardian II by internationally renowned artist Billy Lee of Greensboro sits on the grounds of the Old Guilford County Courthouse. The Endowment’s first permanent installation, this sculpture was a generous gift by Jane and Richard Levy and the employees of their company, HBD, Inc. The Guardian was installed in 2009.
Saw Dog by Vollis Simpson
Saw Dog by Vollis Simpson was temporarily installed on the grounds of the Cone Health Cancer Center as part of a partnership between The Public Art Endowment and Cone Health to provide more art to patients there.