Greensboro Cultural Center Windows at the Van Dyke Performance Space

The Public Art Endowment, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, announces that Carl Powell has been commissioned to provide a public art experience on the exterior walls of the Greensboro Cultural Center. These walls are part of the addition of the new Van Dyke Performance Space that faces LeBauer Park. This project is a partnership between The Public Art Endowment and the City of Greensboro.

Stained Glass Window Pane

Detail of Cosmos

The Project: Seven (7) false window frames with interior LED lighting will be installed by the City of Greensboro on the outside of the new Van Dyke Performing Art Space at the Greensboro Cultural Center.  The selected artist for the Public Art Endowment will provide the glass or other material and be responsible for installation into existing frames.  Each window frame has four (4) 33” x 33” panes of glass set in standard mullions for a total of 28 panes of glass.  The artwork will be adjacent to the newly completed LeBauer Park


vandyke exterior

The Goal: To create an interesting and lively façade for what would have been a blank brick wall. The new performance space was made possible by a $1 million gift from the late renowned choreographer and Dance Project artistic director Jan Van Dyke. The new performance space includes movable seating for 200 to 400 patrons and an adaptable stage to accommodate dance, music, theater and other events. An existing rehearsal room at the cultural center room was expanded to create a 7,500-square-foot space. The Van Dyke Performance Space provides a venue to present dance and other performances to smaller audiences. To see the actual call to the artists, please visit our news section of the website.

The Finalists: In November 2016, Public Art Endowment trustees held the fall meeting. The three artists – Amy Cheng, Charlotte Paul, Carl Powell – presented their proposals for the Van Dyke windows during this event. To see their presentations and website information click on the links below.


The Artist: When notified that he was selected, Carl said, “I’m very excited to be able to have seven of my large scale stained glass works placed in such a wonderful setting in my home state of North Carolina. After learning what the Van Dyke Performance Space will be used for, I approached the design as if it were a choreographed work, to be seen by the public visiting the wonderful park which faces it. The bold shapes of color and movement will hopefully complement the lifelong creative endeavors of Jan Van Dyke. The citizens of Greensboro should be especially proud that their city and donors want to expose them to such a wide variety of the arts through this program."

Carl Powell Headshot

Carl Powell’s commissioned piece is scheduled to be completed by Summer 2017. Featured in a news article by the News & Record, he installed the first three window panes April 10, 2017.

Please visit the news portion of our website to view the Van Dyke call to artists and the media release announcing the selection of Carl Powell as the artist.