Dare Arts Council People’s Choice artist of 2018: Daniel Pullen

By on February 13, 2018

Daniel Pullen

After tallying over 200 nominations, the Dare County Arts Council announces that Daniel Pullen has been selected as the 2018 People’s Choice artist.

Pullen is an award-winning, internationally published documentary photographer. His life and work centers around pursuing the art of the photograph.

The Hatteras Island native began pursuing photography in his teens and gained notoriety for his unique style: a marriage of art, surf, and documentary photography by his early 20s.

Today, Pullen teaches photography workshops at his studio in Buxton and photographs surfing, wildlife, weddings, portraits and everything in between. He is set to publish his first book, “The Independent Waterman” later this year.

“I feel really honored to receive this award, especially since I’m in the company of so many great artists in Dare County,” said Pullen. “Thank you to everyone who voted!”

Dare County Arts Council’s People’s Choice exhibit featuring Daniel’s photography will be on display in DCAC’s Gallery in downtown Manteo November 2-30.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m., where the community will be able to meet Daniel and view his work while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and live music.

The idea for the People’s Choice exhibit came about as a way to engage the Outer Banks community’s enthusiasm for the arts, and to build awareness of both established and emerging artists in Dare County.

“We were hoping that our community would respond to our call for input, but I had no idea we’d get the kind of response that we did,” said Dare County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Sawin. “Our thanks go out everyone who voiced their opinion; the feedback was tremendous.”

Dare County Arts Council plans to use the list of People’s Choice nominations to help in the selection for their 2018 Emerging Artist Series, which is a program DCAC created with TowneBank in 2017.

The solo exhibition of Daniel’s photography in November is the anchor of DCAC’s 2018 exhibition schedule. Additional exhibits include:

February 2-27, College of the Albemarle Jewelry Program
March 2-30, Randy Hodges Metalworks
April 6-30, KDH Cooperative Group Exhibit
May 4-30, Cornelio Campos Paintings
June 1-30, Dare County Schools’ Honors Art Students
July 6-31, Dawn Gray Moraga Paintings
August 3-31, Jennifer Rose Hyde Textiles
September 7-30, Group Pottery Exhibit
October 5-31, Glass Art Exhibit
November 2-30, Daniel Pullen Photography
December 7-31, Holiday Small Works Show

More information about each exhibit can be found at DareArts.org/exhibitionschedule.

For more information about the People’s Choice exhibit, visit DareArts.org/peopleschoice or call 252-473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment, and opportunity.

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Congratulations Daniel! You deserve it