Public Art Projects

It is our mission to enhance the quality of life in Pitt County by making the arts accessible to everyone. One way that we do this is through the creation and facilitation of public art within the county. By making the places where we live, work, and play more welcoming and beautiful, we are creating a deeper interaction between the community and environment.

Downeast Sculpture Exhibition
The Downeast Sculpture Exhibition is a national juried sculpture competition located in Greenville, NC. The exhibition has two components, an indoor exhibition and an outdoor exhibition. This is a yearly exhibition in which the indoor exhibition is on display at Emerge Gallery in March. The outdoor exhibition takes place all over Pitt County and remains on display for a full year.


Greenville Mural Project
The Greenville Mural Project is a collaborative community effort to enhance the vibrancy and quality of life in our city through promoting the arts, and working together to bring more murals and public art to Greenville.


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Youth Public Art Projects
The Youth Public Arts Project is our longest running outreach program. This is a bi-monthly program, where at-risk youth come to the arts council to work with professional artists and social work interns to create various public art projects. The public art is then displayed throughout the community.


Five Points Plaza  Archway Public Art Project
In collaboration with the City of Greenville, we coordinate the public art displayed in the archways of Starlight Cafe across from Five Points Plaza in Uptown Greenville. This public art program was launched in 2015 with the help of The West Memorial Fund. The first selected artist, illustrator Alice Holleman, was chosen to have her illustration "Hurry" reproduced and installed in the archways. The graphic will remain on display for 2 - 3 years.


Parking Deck
Location: 4th Street side of the Uptown Greenville Parking Deck

Title: "A Great Place to be Outside"
By: Karena "Kidd" Graves & Rakia Jackson

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Secret Squirrels
Location: Hidden Around Uptown Greenville

Title: Secret Squirrel Trail
By: Lexi Malpass

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Parking Deck
Location: Cotanche Street side of the Uptown Greenville Parking Deck

Title: "Bubbles"
By: Helen Lewis

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bus sculpture
Location: Alice F. Keene District Park
4561 County Home Rd. Greenville, NC

Title: "AMEXCAN Bus Sculpture"
By: AMEXCAN in collaboration with artist Sally Jacobs

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Traffic Boxes
Location: Uptown Greenville, NC

Artists: Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Dee Dee Oliver, & Carlos Romero

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The Art Lab Mural
Location: 729 Dickinson Avenue Greenville, NC

Title: "School of Flying Fish"
By: Scott Eagle

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first street The 1st Street mural is located in Greenville, NC where Evans Street and 1st Street meet.

The mural was completed December 2020.

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Black Voices Matter: Window Clings
Location: Windows of Uptown Greenville Businesses

This exhibition was put together to highlight a few of our community's talented Black artists and artist of color.

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Black Voices Matter: Murals
Location: Previously at Emerge Gallery & Art Center

In June 2020 Emerge put plywood panels up over our windows and doors after rioters had soiled peaceful protests in Uptown Greenville. We discussed how to turn these wooden panels into a platform for Black artists and artists of color to express their thoughts on our nation’s current events surrounding the protests. The imagery painted is steeped in symbolism and history.

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Live United Courtyard
Location: On 4th Street between Evans Street and Washington Street in Uptown Greenville

The courtyard is a partnership between many organizations, including United Way of Pitt County, Pitt County Redevelopment Commission, Uptown Greenville, the City of Greenville Public Works, and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge.

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Piano Project
Location: Various locations around Uptown Greenville NC

Play me, a public art project installed in Uptown Greenville, combines the visual and performing arts in an interactive way that allows everyone to participate.
Three upright pianos hand-painted by local visual artists Vincent Li, Matt Amante, and Trevor Van Meter have been placed, just waiting to be admired -- and played.
The pianos were donated to Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge. The nonprofit Uptown Greenville organization helped fund the artists and Whirligig Stage provided labor and technical assistance.

C.M. Eppes Memorial
Location: Corner of West 5th Street and Memorial

The C.M. Eppes Memorial consists of a relief wall and gateway reminiscent of the C. M. Eppes High School, the only black high school in Greenville, NC that burned down mysteriously in the early 1970's after integration. Brad Spencer, from Reidsville, NC, was the chosen artist, and works in wet bricks that are then fired and assembled by local masons. This was a public art project funded by the City of Greenville, the Pitt County Arts Council through a grant from the NC Arts Council, and the Eppes Alumni.

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The Little Willie Center Crayon Fence
Location: Little Willie Center, 5th Street

The ECU Honors College, Little Willie Center Kids, and the staff of the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge worked together on this inspirational crayon fence for the Little Willie Center.

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Whisper Benches
Location: Five Points Plaza, Uptown Greenville

Two functional and interactive works of art designed and created by sculptor, Jim Gallucci was purchased by the City of Greenville.  The beautiful seating has an interactive function in which participants can whisper into it and hear one another from the other side.