Be Creative

The City of Bessemer City embraces the arts as it is a vital component to improving quality of life for citizens, businesses, and visitors.  Public art in Bessemer City includes a combination of local artists and commissioned works.  It is the City’s goal to continue developing public art projects that embrace our rich culture and emphasize the community’s bright future.

Public Art in Centennial Park

Centennial Park includes community art work ranging from local professionals to aspiring artists from Bessemer City High School.  The gallery below includes a few examples of works that have been displayed in the park since its renovation in 2016.  This public art wall is a rotating canvas of local works.

Interested in submitting your work?  Complete the form at the bottom of this page!

Centennial Park includes community art work ranging from local professionals to aspiring artists from Bessemer City High School.  The gallery below are a few examples of artwork that has been displayed in the park since its renovation in 2016.  This public art wall is a rotating canvas of local works.

Bessemer Bees

Photo by Diane Jenkins

Commissioned in 2020 by local artist, Allan Potter (Instagram: @ThePaintedWalrus), the Bessemer Bees mural introduces pedestrians and motorist as they make their way into downtown Bessemer City along Virginia Avenue.  The mural is located beside of the City Hall Annex (125 E. Virginia Avenue).

The mural portrays a gathering of honeybee’s working to collect pollen from sunflowers at the base of Crowders Mountain.  The mural depicts a honeybee’s work ethic, dedication, and resiliency.  Honeybees work together for the betterment of the colony; the same is true for past, current, and future citizens that call Bessemer City home. 

Bessemer City, as described on our Then and Now page, was established because of textiles and mining.  Both trades require teamwork and dedication.  The same is true for honeybees, working together to make things better.

To explore more about the importance of honeybees, visit www.ncagr.gov.

Submit Your Work

Bessemer City is always open to receiving your artwork for public display consideration.  As funds allow, the City will continue to invest in public art.  

Currently, we are accepting local artist’s works for Centennial Park.  Complete the form below to submit your piece(s) for consideration.

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