New call for businesses and building owners

Before and After with artwork by William Clack

After 3 years of presenting Durham Storefront Project as a seasonal series, we’ve decided to switch it up, be more spontaneous, and expand outside of downtown. We’re looking for businesses and building owners to register their available space. All that means is if
you have a space that could feature an installation by an area artists, we’d like to hear about it. Once you’ve given us a few details, we’ll be in touch to confirm and answer any questions you might have.

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Before and after with artwork by Tamara Bagnell

If you’re interested you can fill out this google form, and one of our organizers will be in touch to confirm details. And while our name is Durham STOREFRONT Project, we are open to working in other spaces. If you’d like to include artists in what you do, we’d like to help! You’re not only supporting artists with this project, you’re helping change the character of your building and the experience of anyone who walks past your windows.

Artists, check back soon for more information on how to participate.

Questions or prefer a person rather than a form? Email us at

Spring 2014


Sarah Spencer White at Land Loss Prevention Project, 401 N Mangum St., Durham, NC

With so many changes in Durham, especially in downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, we decided to ask four artists to consider how we construct ourselves and our environments and the relationship between the two. We think you’ll like the results. Installations are going up in late March and will be on view until the end of May.
Saturday, April 12 at 1:30pm take a tour with us starting from the Carrack, 111 W Parrish St.
Saba Barnard, Mother Durham located at Center Studio Architecture, 107 E Chapel Hill St
Sarah Spencer WhiteThe Burden of Carrying located at Land Loss Prevention Project,
401 N Mangum St
William Paul Thomas, TEEF: Good for the Soul located at The Makery at Mercury Studio, 401 W Geer St
Amanda Small, When I was not (t)Here I was (T)here… located at the Holland Brothers Building (also known as Bargain Furniture),
309 E Chapel Hill St

Map of locations available on google maps

Fall 2013

Artists, Makers, Entrepreneurs: Durham Storefront Project, Fall 2013

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Fall 2013 was the Durham Storefront Project’s fourth series of storefront window art installations. Entitled Artists, Makers, Entrepreneurs, it was on view in downtown Durham from October – December 2013. The artists explored a wide range of subject matter, but a common theme was the community that supported and inspired their creative work. Artists were selected by the wonderful juror Kate Thompson Shafer who is an independent curator.

The Fall 2013 Durham Storefront installations artists are:

• Ben Clack, “God Bless the Durham Bulls” at Land Loss Prevention Project, 401 N Mangum St. — second place
Mikaela Fuchs, “Above and Below” at Beyu Caffe, 335 W Main St. — winner of the Juror’s Choice award “The Golden Flaneur”
Michelle Gonzales-Green, “The Red Balloon (Remix)” at Mercury Studio, 407 N Mangum St.
Dave Greway ”Untitled” at Center Studio Architecture, 107 E Chapel Hill St.
Aisha Sanders, “Flourish” at Lynn Fontana, Attorney at Law, 115 E Main St.
Helen Seebold & Erin Lawler, “Message in a Bottle” at the Durham Art Guild’s Studio 3-119, Building 3 of Golden Belt, 807 E. Main St. — third place
• Paradise Garden Project led by Lee Moore Crawford at Bull City Vineyard Church, 118 W Parrish St.

Congratulations to all of our artists on amazing installations. We hope you enjoyed viewing them.

A map of current locations:DSP MAP_WebFall2013 copy

DIY District PopUp Shop, produced in collaboration with The Makery and Mercury Studio, featured local artists and businesses: Arrowhead, Boss Manatee, Burketown, Clyde Oak, Hawks & Doves, Modern Radar, Runaway, This Paper Ship, Trout Ceramics, The Vintage Collective: [neoretro], grimm vintage, and handmade by hjermitslev, and White Whale. It was a HUGE success and The Makery will soon reopen a permanent shop at the same location!


Check out our website archive or Flickr page for past DSP installations.

A huge thank you to the building and business owners mentioned above and lead sponsor Downtown Durham, Inc. — Durham Storefront Project happens because of your support!

The Durham Storefront Project is an arts incubator that organizes innovative art installations in idle spaces providing new opportunities for artists and adding to the vibrancy of downtown. DSP is produced in partnership with Mercury Studiothe Carrack, and Open Art Society.