Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry

March 6, 2014

The Sculptures are Coming!  

Selections for the inaugural Bull City Sculpture Show have been made by Philip Freelon, the show’s independent juror and President of The Freelon Group Architects.

“The quality and variety of the submitted pieces were truly outstanding” says Freelon.  “It was challenging to narrow the field down to the selected artists.”

Twelve sculptors will bring their work to Downtown Durham at the beginning of May where it will be on display for the next six months. Half the pieces are from outside North Carolina.  All will be within walking distance of Durham Central Park

One sculpture will receive the Purchase Award and become a permanent feature in Durham’s cityscape.  Another will be selected by public vote.  That People’s Choice Award winner will grace our streets until April, 2015.  Both awards will be announced this summer.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be involved in this unique project, and was honored to be the juror for the first Bull City Sculpture Show,” Freelon adds.  “I believe that sculpture can be a vital link between the fine arts and architecture, particularly when the pieces are scaled and constructed to occupy urban spaces.”

Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening Gala, Friday, May 2 in Durham Central Park.  All are invited to the party to celebrate the artists, make merry with some great music, and feast from our fabulous local food trucks.  Tours will be available Saturday along with a Bronze Pour by Liberty Artists in the Foundry.  Details will be announced soon.

The Bull City Sculpture Show is a presentation by Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio & Foundry, a Durham-based non-profit.

What:  Bull City Sculpture Show
When:  May 2, 2014
Where:  Downtown Durham
Contact:  Jackie MacLeod / 919.260.2931 /


Liberty Arts Selects Phil Freelon as Juror for Bull City Sculpture Show

Durham, NC, October 8, 2013 – Liberty Arts, a Durham-based non-profit arts community, named Philip Freelon FAIA, founder and president of The Freelon Group, as its juror for the Bull City Sculpture Show. Liberty Arts volunteers are launching this first annual outdoor sculpture celebration and are making plans to bring 12 large-scale art works from all over the US to downtown Durham for six months beginning in May of 2014.

The juror will select those 12 sculptures. One sculpture will be purchased for Durham and displayed permanently in the Bull City. In addition, a People’s Choice Award sculpture will be chosen and will stay in the city on loan for one year.

“Our goal is to put Durham, NC on the map as a destination for spectacular and large public outdoor art. We have launched a campaign to raise money for the inaugural exhibition and to put out a national call for artists in November,” said Jackie MacLeod, Board President of Liberty Arts and a metal artist based in Durham. More information on the Bull City Sculpture Show and its fundraising campaign can be found on the Kickstarter Campaign.

The Freelon Group is a 42-person design firm founded in 1990 by Philip G. Freelon, FAIA. Based in Durham, NC, the firm’s design portfolio includes designs for museums, cultural centers, higher education, libraries, research, science and laboratory projects. The firm has received 55 American Institute of Architects (AIA) regional and national awards and the AIA North Carolina Outstanding Firm Award. More information about the firm can be found at


The Herald Sun covered the launch of our Kickstarter Campaign – ARTICLE

Joe Bigley’s installation, “Architecture of Oppression” covered by the Durham News – ARTICLE

Durham and Liberty Arts in the New York Times – ARTICLE

Liberty Arts Grand Opening!

Chris Vitiello had a nice write up in the INDY on our grand opening in the new studio in the Cordoba Center for the Arts – take a look HERE.