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Painter, Muralist

Dare Coulter is an award-winning artist, muralist, and sculptor. Her mission for her artwork is primarily to create positive imagery of black people and families. Her most recent notable work includes a 200ft mural (with Kotis Street Art) in Greensboro honoring oft-unmentioned black cowboys and a commission of a painting of Nina Simone from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that was used to raise funds to restore Nina Simone’s childhood home. She has illustrated three children’s books, including You Are My Sunshine and My N.C. From A to Z, written by Michelle Lanier and commissioned by the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission. Her primary focus is monumental sculpture—fundraising for her first sculpture was just announced!

She was born in Augusta, GA, and raised in Lorton, VA. For the second half of her life, she has lived in and around Raleigh, NC where the bulk of her public artwork has been created. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s in Art + Design but considers herself a graduate of Meredith College’s art program, as well.

My day-to-day inspiration is full of artists from all over the world, but is especially blocked in by black diaspora artists painting beautiful depictions of our people. It is my honor to be a representative of our joy, and I’m looking forward to the years of creating pieces that reflect our joy back to us.

Dare Coulter, Artist