Headshots and artwork from the Public Art Mentorship Program 2021/2022 mentees

Ten Local Artists Selected for Public Art Mentorship Program

A Program of Raleigh Arts

The City of Raleigh Arts Office is excited to announce that ten artists have been chosen for the Public Art Mentorship Program, a new program designed to strengthen our local artist talent pool. The artists chosen for the 2021-2022 program are:

  • Claire Alexandre
  • Maria Britton
  • Nyssa Collins
  • Max Dowdle
  • Joachim Gawryolek
  • David Hinkle
  • Shannon Newby
  • Patrick Phelps-McKeown
  • JP Jermaine Powell
  • Kiara Sanders

The Public Art Mentorship Program seeks to grow our regional public art talent and create a more robust public art ecosystem. The program provides the chance to be mentored by nationally renown public artists on a large-scale public art project while also refining the mentee’s work and portfolio. Other aspects of the program include: 

  • Working with public art administrators to refine their portfolio and application materials
  • Learning how to take a public art project from brainstorming with the community all the way through the process to the installation of the final artwork
  • Learning how to research fabrication methods and fabricator selection
  • Learning how to draft and manage budgets and obtain estimates from vendors
  • Helping public artists engage with the community by hosting public meetings and gathering feedback from residents
  • Creating a portfolio piece that can be used in future public art applications

Learn more about the artists and the Public Art Mentorship Program

About Raleigh Arts

The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the City’s Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.




Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director, Raleigh Arts