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.

Head shot of Carl Powell

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.”

Following the Public Art Endowment’s first permanent commissioned work, Janet Echelman’s Where We Met, the opportunity to enhance the façade of the Cultural Arts Center presented itself as a priority. A call to artists was issued for site-specific glass work and 58 artists from across the country responded. Cheryl Stewart, the Endowment’s Public Art Consultant with the help of the Art Selection Panel, introduced three significant and diverse artists for trustees’ consideration during an event held on November 1st. Three artists – Amy Cheng, Charlotte Paul, Carl Powell – presented their proposals for the project. In addition to the pieces under consideration, trustees were shown multiple examples of each artist’s work to provide better context to the decision-making process.

Dabney Sanders, female, sitting beside train tracks

Public Art Endowment Steering Committee Chair, Dabney Sanders, remarked that “it was exciting for us to see three incredibly capable artists present very different proposals for this project. It gave the trustees a chance to consider carefully which artist would create a work that would fulfill the goals outlined for the project. We can’t wait to see Carl’s vision and proposal realized.”

Trustees discussed the presentations and voted for their preferred proposal. Although the final decision rested with the Public Art Endowment Trustees, the larger community participated in the voting process as well through the Community Foundation’s website.

Carl Powell commissioned piece is scheduled to be completed by Summer 2017.


About Carl Powell
Carl Powell is a National Endowment for the Arts recipient whose works have been displayed in the Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review, and the Americans in Glass national exhibition. Visit

About The Public Art Endowment
The mission of The Public Art Endowment is to help preserve and expand Greensboro’s sense of community by making possible the long-term and permanent placements of significant public artworks throughout the city. The endowment is a permanent fund supported solely by private support and is the only fund of its kind in the area. Stewardship for The Public Art Endowment is provided by Trustees who are passionate enthusiasts for the arts and for Greensboro. For more information, please visit The Public Art Endowment section of our website.

About the City of Greensboro and the Greensboro Cultural Center
The Greensboro Cultural Center, located at 200 N. Davie St., is a Greensboro Parks and Recreation facility. The facility provides four levels of galleries, studios, classrooms, rehearsal spaces and the Jan Van Dyke Performance Space. The Cultural Center is in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Greensboro. Visit for more information about the City of Greensboro.