View the Murals Mural Artists Painting and Process Project History and Awards
Image Above: Elisabeth Flock, Raleigh ArtBeats 2020, southeast corner of Nash Square
Twenty-five artists are creating site-specific sidewalk murals in downtown Raleigh as part of Raleigh ArtBeats, a temporary public art project led by the City of Raleigh Department of Transportation (RDOT) and Raleigh Arts.
The artworks are unique, often playing with the surrounding landscape or infrastructure, and are all located within Downtown Raleigh’s 110-block municipal services district.
View the Murals
There are three easy ways experience the sidewalk murals.
- View on our interactive ArcGIS Storymap with location information
- See our mural slideshow below with street intersections
Fall 2020 Artists
Fifteen artists installed their artworks in fall 2020. The selected artists are:
Claire Alexandre | Jose Cruz | Elisabeth Flock | Britt Flood | Sam Greene | Chika Gujarathi | Sabrina Hurtado | Kristen Krumenacker | David Moses | JP Jermaine Powell | Robert Quinn | Brook Ramsey | Kelly Schrader | Muslimah Shareef | Susan Yuh
Spring 2021 Artists
Another 10 artists will install in the spring. The selected artists are:
Raquel Assanoua | Karen Coachman | Nicole Drake | Sean Durham | Britt Flood | Chika Gujarathi | Jai Martin | Laura Myers | Megan O'Connor | Leah Palmer Preiss | Robert Quinn | Helen Seebold | Buffy Taylor | Martha Thorn | Graymon Ward
Painting and Process
The City provides the paint, an ADA-compliant low VOC (volatile organic compounds) porch and floor enamel, demonstrated to have staying power from previous sidewalk mural installations. The paint is made by Sherwin Williams on Peace Street, whose paint technicians work closely with the artists to select and mix custom paint colors. RDOT’s Team Downtown Raleigh guides location choices, power washes the “canvas” to clear impediments and manages traffic control.
Project History and Awards
In 2018 the City of Raleigh launched Raleigh ArtBeats, a temporary public art project spearheaded by the City of Raleigh’s Department of Transportation (RDOT) and Raleigh Arts, with help from the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Artspace.
Raleigh ArtBeats received an overwhelmingly positive public response and was awarded as one of the top 12 submissions in the American Planning Association Urban Design & Preservation Division’s 2019 Creative Placemaking Writing Competition. Raleigh Art Beats was featured in a publication showcasing the winners as part of the organization’s national conference in San Francisco.
In 2020, RDOT expanded the project from the original 15 artists to include an additional 25 artists for fall 2020 and spring 2021 installations.