OPEN HOUSE - APRIL 22nd [6:00 pm - 9:00 pm]

On April 22, 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm we invite you to come out and see our new digs and how we have settled in. We will have demos going throughout the evening showing the various mediums our artists work and teach classes in; including welding, plasma cutting, glassblowing, letterpress, and more.

This will be a fun event for everyone with live entertainment, local food, and drinks.

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Leland Webb donates art to the Triangle Heart Ball

Liberty Arts Artist, Leland Webb, recently participated in the 2017 Triangle Heart Ball by donating a hand turned black walnut rolled rim platter, titled "Stormy Sky." The Triangle Heart Ball celebrates all those sponsors, donors, and volunteers who bring the mission of the American Heart Association to life in the Triangle.  And most importantly, they celebrate the lives that are improved or saved because of our community’s incredible generosity. The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together to celebrate their collective impact.

Last year, the Heart Ball campaign’s across the country raised just over $71 million allowing them to fund life-saving research, prevention programs, and advocacy efforts that in turn keeps families together. Check out more about them at Heart Ball.

Ivana Beck recipient of International Sculpture Center (ISC) "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award"

Liberty Arts Artists, Ivana Beck, has received the ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award" program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field. It was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools. The award program's growing publicity resulted in an exceptional number of participating institutions; including 148 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from eight countries for a nominated total of 376 students.

A distinguished panel made up of Monika Burczyk, Acting Director/President of the Board at Post Contemporary, Troy, NY; Paul Hubbard, Professor of MFA studio art and fine arts at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA; and Emily Nelms Perez, Sculptor, Princeton, NJ; selected 16 recipients, and 23 honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted. The selection of the recipients from a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment and testament to the artistic promise of the students' work.

The 16 award recipients will participate in the Grounds For Sculpture's Fall/Winter Exhibition, which will be on view from October 23, 2016-April 2, 2017 in Hamilton, New Jersey, adjacent to the ISC headquarters. The artists' work will be featured in the October 2016 issue of the International Sculpture Center's award winning publication, Sculpture magazine as well as on the ISC's award-winning website at The exhibition will also travel to a prestigious art institution (date and location TBD).

Glass Studio Opens

On February 9, 2017, Liberty Arts announced the opening of its 1,000 square foot furnace-based glass blowing studio and coldworking shop. In keeping with the mission of Liberty Arts, it operates as a non-profit studio with public access.

The Liberty Arts Glass Studio will offer introductory to advanced classes, along with public demonstrations and events. Private instruction is available at all levels. Beginners will learn glassblowing by creating objects such as cups, tumblers and paperweights. More advanced students will create functional, ornamental pieces of glass art.

Advanced students and experienced glass artists will be able to rent the studio and equipment by the hour. Multi-media collaboration with Liberty Arts metal, wood, ceramic, and metal casting will also be available.

See our write up in the Herald Sun.

Liberty Arts Moves Again

Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio and Foundry is expanding its services and moving to a larger facility that it hopes will become its permanent home.

By mid-September Liberty Arts’ sculpture studio will be located at 918 Pearl Street in the Cleveland-Holloway neighborhood of East Durham, in the space previously occupied by Triangle Brewing Company near SEEDS and Counter Culture Coffee.  Our foundry will remain at its current Durham Central Park location on Foster Street.

Following the collapse of the Liberty Warehouse roof in 2011, Liberty Artists have been working out of the Cordoba Center behind Golden Belt.

“We are thrilled to be moving to a much larger space at Pearl Street," said Diane Amato, co-president of the Liberty Arts Board.  "This will allow us to increase the number of artists, showcase their art, and at the same time enable us to expand our sculpture arts education programs which will now include glassblowing”.  

“The addition of glassblowing enhances our ‘Fire Arts’ brand”, says Leigh Hayes, co-president of the Board and a glass artist himself. “We believe the making of fine, hand-blown art glass deserves to be a more prominent part of the local art scene, and our new studio will attract world class glass artists to Durham while offering students and glass artists a state-of- the-art experience”.

Along with glassblowing, Liberty Arts will be adding more and diversified classes, as well as private instruction in welding, metal fabrication and casting, and wood turning.

Early next year, Liberty Arts also plans to offer hourly studio and equipment rentals to students and the public.  “Our students will now be able to practice what they’ve learned with expert craftspeople just steps away” points out Executive Director Nicholas Verna, “and knowledgeable home enthusiasts will have a resource for projects awaiting completion”. 

2016 Summer Intern, Mia Kaplan, "Sol" Opening Reception

"Spiraling Out"

"Spiraling Out"





On Friday, August 12, Liberty Arts' 2016 summer sculpture intern, Mia Kaplan, had her opening reception for her show, "Sol." Mia joined Liberty Arts through this select internship and worked throughout the summer with our community of artists to produce unique work, culminating in this show. Her show included many pieces made over the summer including: A large floor piece "Spiraling Out" made of welded steel; Multiple items of jewelry including rings, necklaces, and pins, including "Identity" made of copper and enamel; A wall piece "Layers" made of copper, patina, and steel; Cast statuettes made of bronze and patina; A wooden jeweler's bench; Ceramic glazed mugs; and An artisan pipe.

Quote from the artist: "I am titling this show 'Sol' in honor of all the work I did in the heat of the summer."

Executive Director attends Duke Nonprofit Management Program

At the end of June, our executive director, Nick Verna, completed the Duke Intensive Track Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. The program, one of the oldest in the country, has courses in board governance and development, planning and evaluation, grant writing and compliance, social enterprise, sustainable strategic planning, financial management, employment law, and human resource development. The program was held with 34 participants from different nonprofits all across the country with different backgrounds and experiences. Find more information about the program at: Duke

David S. Huber attends the 2016 Chicago Pipe Show

David S. Huber attended the 2016 Chicago Pipe Show for his fourth year exhibiting there, selling out for the second year in a row! He had the honor of meeting Lars Ivarsson and Nanna Ivarsson, the son and granddaughter of Sixten Ivarsson, the person who revolutionized pipe carving and whose work is the basis for every pipe maker working today. They were very impressed with his work and offered to help whenever they can. 

One special pipe was purchased by a famous pipe collector whose collection consists of a great many Ivarsson pipes as well as a few other iconic pipe makers. This individual is considered a 'litmus test' for high grade pipe carvers. David is thrilled to have one of his pieces in such a collection.