‘Illuminate Art Walk’ Takes Over Downtown Raleigh

Several artists were commissioned for the project
Artist Glas (2)
Installation by Glas. Photos by Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance and VAE commissioned more than a dozen local artists to transform storefronts in Downtown Raleigh. The light-based installations, known collectively as the “Illuminate Art Walk,” are on display nightly through Jan. 8. The tour is self-guided and entirely walkable. The map of these stops can be found here.

Five of the 19 installations are permanent, too, and themes include hope, love, life after COVID-19, and movement, among others. For three nights this month, the facade of One Exchange Plaza will be an enormous canvas for an eight-story installation by artist Robin Vuchnich. “The Space Between Us Is Not Empty” blends light, color, typography, and imagery to take an artistic look at connectedness. That special projection runs 6 p.m.-9 p.m. between Dec. 17-19.

Artist Lincoln Hancock (5)

Installation by Lincoln Hancock.

The complete list of artists: Robin Vuchnich, Glas, Derrick Beasley, Brandon Cordrey, Anthony Nelson Jr. and Johnny Lee Chapman III, Lincoln Hancock, Andrew Preiss, Artsplosure, Matt McConnell, Katie Stewart, Brian Brush, Danielle James, Nate Scheaffer, Hank Willis Thomas, and Napolean Wright II. You can see previews of all of the art here.

Bill King, CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, offered this on the display in a statement: “Illuminate lights up our downtown and supports local artists, while providing a fun and safe way to experience downtown. While downtown for Illuminate, support local and pick up dinner to go or grab a hot chocolate or sweet treat to enjoy on your art walk.”

See more previews of the tour below.

Artist Lincoln Hancock (6)

Installation by Lincoln Hancock.

Artist Katie Stewart (3)

Installation by Katie Stewart.

Artist Danielle James (3)

Installation by Danielle James.

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