Pleiades_Gallery_logoV2_PMSPleiades  [pleeuh-deez]  n.

  1. Arts: a non-profit community arts organization in Durham, NC.
  2. Astronomy: a cluster of stars in the Taurus (bull) constellation.
  3. Classical Mythology: seven daughters of Atlas pursued by Orion.

Pleiades Arts is a community-focused, artist-driven organization founded as Pleiades Gallery in 2013 and evolved as a non-profit entity in 2017.

Our mission is threefold: Community Engagement and Access to Art, Arts Education and Innovation, and Social Justice Initiatives

We believe original artwork is important in our daily lives: it brings beauty, pause, discussion, satisfaction, contemplation, and pleasure. While the initial purpose of Pleiades Gallery was to provide a space for individual member artists to showcase and sell their artwork, the mission of Pleiades Arts has shifted such that broader community interests are at the heart of our purpose. Pleiades Arts will continue to offer artwork of exhibiting artists and will expand upon our community outreach through:

  • establishing arts education events
  • fostering diversity of artwork that is reflective of the region
  • providing a space for artists from underrepresented communities to exhibit visual and performance art
  • merging innovation with the arts to increase understanding and access to art
  • partnering with other civic organizations
  • hosting community art exhibits and events to address specific cultural and social issues

2017-18 Board of Directors

Renee Leverty, Kim Wheaton, Darius Quarles, Pamela Green, Cornelio Campos, Dorothy Browne, and Libby Bowling.

Why “Pleiades”?

us-nc-duWe picked the name “Pleiades” as a way to represent connections in Durham. The cluster of Pleiades stars is represented on the Durham city flag (because Pleiades is located on the shoulder of Taurus, the bull constellation). So in our gallery we are a cluster of artists within the cultural constellation of Durham, the Bull City!


Pleiades Arts is located in the Five Points area of downtown Durham. We are next to Pizzeria Toro and the Cupcake Bar, and across Five Points Plaza from Dame’s, Beyu Caffe, Toast, Vert and Vogue, Mateo’s, and many other wonderful shops and restaurants.

Driving Directions

From the Durham Freeway (147) take Exit 13 for Chapel Hill Street. Turn left onto Chapel Hill Street (see signs pointing toward downtown). You will go under the train trestle and emerge into the City Center District of Durham. The gallery is on the left just past the intersection of Chapel Hill, Main, and Morris Streets.

Where to Park

Street parking is more plentiful than you might think. Parking garages also are nearby:

  • 1/2 block away at the corner of Morris Street and Main Street (South Bank building parking lot at Five Points) 
  • 1 block away at the corner of Morris Street and West Morgan Street (across from the Carolina Theater)
  • 3 blocks away on Corcoran Street between Main Street and Ramseur Street