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Davidson Public Art Commission – The Banner Project

by | Mar 2, 2021

Welcome to the Town of Davidson – where the latest installation from the Davidson Public Arts Commission is a series of banners from 26 different artists.


Last October the Davidson Public Art Commission announced the launch of a new banner project. In solidarity with recent national and local events- both tragic and inspiring- the project was envisioned to line the main corridor to and through town with a variety of banners illustrating key ingredients of strong communities and our best selves: Respect, empathy, justice, equality, equity, love, belonging, inclusion, unity, peace, and understanding.

The call for artists said that the project was aligned with the Town of Davidson’s strategic plan which states, “Davidson remains committed to controlling our own destiny as a distinct, sustainable, and sovereign small town. Our sense of community is rooted in citizens who respect each other; in racial and socioeconomic diversity; and in pedestrian and bicycle orientation; all in the presence of a small liberal arts college. Our history and character guide our future.”

Artists of all ages who are North Carolina residents with an affiliation with either the town or Davidson College (past or present) were invited to make the aforementioned theme come alive through the creation of beautiful images that can ultimately be printed on 20″ x 45.5″ banners for public insight and enjoyment.

On February 24, Sherry Nelson, chair of the Public Art Commission, and Mayor Rusty Knox spoke at the official launch of the banner project. The day prior, members of the Davidson Public Works team, placed the 26 winning banners along Griffith Street and Main Street. Those banners add to the already amazing public art in Davidson – get out and see these banners.

The following is an alphabetical list of the winning artists. A series of images follow, and the numbers on those images correspond to numbers on this list.

          Artist                             Banner Location                                                        

  1. Nico Amortegui             Main Street (near JJ Wade and Mandolino’s)
  2. Makayla Binter              Roosevelt Wilson Park
  3. Vivian Burdette             Main Street (near Wells Fargo)
  4. Owens Daniels             Roosevelt Wilson Park
  5. Miguel Donado             Griffith (near CSD)
  6. Lilly Feigherty               Griffith Street (near CSD)
  7. Luis Franco                  Griffith Street (near Main Street)
  8. Patrick Harris                Main Street (Main Street Books)
  9. Marquia Humphries      Main Street in front of Visual Arts Center (near Griffith St.)
  10. Franklin Kernes            Main Street (near Concord Road)
  11. Katie Kieley                   Main Street (Near Depot)
  12. Cindy McPhail               Griffith Street (near CSD/Harris Teeter)
  13. Nathan Nunn                 Griffith Street (across from Davidson Day)
  14. Pidge Osborne              South Main Street (across from Carrburritos)
  15. Adelle Patten                 Main Street (between Depot and P.O.)
  16. Brenda Pokorny            South Main Street – near Whit’s
  17. Sarah Schoen               Griffith Street (west side of Gateway intersection)
  18. Pat Shaw                      Griffith Street (next to Roosevelt Wilson)
  19. Quinn Sommer             Griffith Street (west side of Lakeside intersection
  20. Allison Szostek             Griffith Street at the end of the pedestrian bridge near Lakeside
  21. Mary Tew                      Griffith Street (East side of Gateway Dr.)
  22. Jimi Thompson             Main Street (near Ben & Jerry’s)
  23. Nate Watson                 Griffith Street (Roosevelt Wilson Park)
  24. Russ White                   Main Street (near Griffith St. intersection)
  25. Tyler Yvette Wilson       Griffith Street (near Jackson Street)
  26. Joyce Wynes                South Main Street (near Davidson Ice House)


Your News of Davidson team attempted to use Google maps and PowerPoint to create a visual presentation of where you can find these banners. [Disclaimer – locations might not be perfect, but we will keep updating the maps to ensure accuracy.]

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