In addition to providing a variety of exhibition opportunities for local artists, the Guild also manages three core arts programs:


The Artist in Residence Program provides free professional studio space at Golden Belt in Durham lasting 6 months for one or more local artists each year. Resident Artists also receive a $1,000 stipend, regular support from and access to DAG’s professional resources and networks, and an exhibition in the DAG Gallery at Golden Belt at the end of the residency.

Recent Artist in Residence Recipients
2021 DAG Mini Artist Residency: Antonio Alanís
2020 DAG Artist in Residence:
Claire Alexandre
2020-2021 DAG/Black on Black Project Artist in Residence: Shay Hendricks

Past Artist in Residence Recipients
2019 DAG Artist in Residence:
Jade Wilson
2019-2020 DAG/Black on Black Project Artist in Residence:
Anthony Patterson
2018: Gemynii
2017: Stephen Hayes
2016: William Paul Thomas
2015: Maready Evergreen
2014: Brianna Gribben and Lile Stephens

If you have additional questions about the Artist in Residence Program, please contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator at

The call for artists for the 2021 Artist in Residence Program will go live in late April 2021.

Download the program brochure!


The Creative Mentorship Program empowers high school students to discover and develop their creative voices and artistic skills through 20 weeks of dedicated work with a professional artist at Golden Belt, involvement with the local arts community through monthly group field trips and workshops, and a month-long exhibition in the DAG Gallery at Golden Belt.

Through this innovative arts education program, students and mentors work collaboratively to enhance their artistic strengths, express themselves creatively, and expand their creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
This program is an annual collaboration between Student U and DAG that began in 2013. Student U is a community organization that uses the power of education, advocacy, and leadership to build a just and equitable Durham. We empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city.

If you have additional questions about the Creative Mentorship Program, please contact our Education and Outreach Coordinator at

We are currently fundraising in the fall of 2020 to make the 2021 Creative Mentorship Program possible. Any amount helps to empower young creative voices. LINK HERE

Download the program brochure!


The Art@Work Program connects local artists to local businesses for mutually beneficial opportunities. The primary goal of the program is to sell (or lease) local art to local businesses to be displayed in their offices and private or public buildings.  In addition to supporting local artists and the arts community, Art@Work clients have the opportunity to visually reflect the aesthetic, brand and values of their business by selecting art from a wide variety of artists, styles and mediums. DAG can provide an array of consulting and professional services to meet different needs and different budgets.

If you have additional questions about the Art@Work Program, please contact our Executive Director, Katie Seiz, at

Download the program brochure for clients/businesses!
Download the program brochure for artists!

Are you an artist interested in participating? We are building a database of local art and participating artists as a tool for DAG in promoting and marketing this program and the artists/artwork to Art@Work clients as new projects are being cultivated. Download the Art@Work Program Artist Database call for art for more information on the overarching vision of this ongoing program.