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Rescheduled Opening Celebration

  • Orange Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

Join the opening celebration debuting THE FENCE 2017 in Durham NC!

Meet across from City Hall (at 101 Orange Street Plaza, Durham, NC 27703) for the event at 4pm. Rain location: next door at the Parrish Street Forum.

The FENCE is the largest public art photography project in the world, and Durham was awarded the honor of being the 6th city in the country to host it.

Almost 250 photographs from a diverse roster of 50 photographers hailing from around the globe, including 10 local Triangle-based artists, are represented on the Durham installation this year. Each artist submitted a series of three-to-five images comprising a body of work relating to one-of-seven thematic categories: Creatures, Food, Home, Nature, People, Play and Streets. Each series is supported by printed artist statements and biographies, allowing viewers to experience a series of museum-like shows at their leisure. More than 4 million people will view The FENCE exhibitions in Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Santa Fe, Durham, and Denver.

Join the Mayor, renowned jurors, Triangle region's winning photographers, and other special guests for opening remarks and insights into the photographers' process. Then enjoy guided tours of this outdoor installation, with refreshments, and continue the fun to select local food and drink establishments for "FENCE Specials."

The exhibition forms a "U" around the Chapel Hill Street Parking Deck, along N Mangum Street to W Parrish Street to Orange Street, along the face of the Sew Crafty building, and across the street through Black Wall Street Gardens.

“We could not be more excited to welcome this annual outdoor art exhibition which brings a world-class collection of emotion and thought-provoking art to heart of downtown Durham, showcasing both regional and international artists,” said Chris Ogden, chair of the City’s Public Art Committee. “The FENCE has truly been a community endeavor. We’re grateful to our local photography organizations who spread news of this terrific opportunity, all the photographers who shared their work through our submission call, our dedicated jury members who contributed their time and expertise, our volunteers enabling the use of the installation to springboard other related programming, and our wonderful partners in Brooklyn and throughout the Triangle who helped us share this work to an ever-growing audience.”

The FENCE: Durham will be on view in the community through November 2017 while a variety of related programming will also occur in downtown Durham during that time, including CenterFest Arts Festival, Third Friday Durham and the Click! Photography Festival.

For more information about The FENCE: Durham, including featured artists, volunteer opportunities, sponsors, opening ceremony, and how residents can vote for the People’s Choice award, visit