Hatteras resident Daniel Pullen named DCAC's 2018 People’s Choice artist

Daniel Pullen, a photographer who lives on Hatteras Island, teaches photography workshops at his studio in Buxton. 

Contributed by Daniel Pullen

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

Pullen is an award-winning, internationally published documentary photographer whose work has appeared in Coast and in Outer Banks Magazine. His life and work centers around pursuing the art of the photograph. The Hatteras Island native began pursing 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,” Pullen says. 

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

An opening reception is at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, where the community will be able to meet Pullen and view his work, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and live music.

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

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

Aug. 3-31: Jennifer Rose Hyde Textiles

Sept. 7-30: Group Pottery Exhibit

Oct. 5-31: Glass Art Exhibit

Nov. 2-30: Daniel Pullen Photography

Dec. 7-31: Holiday Small Works Show

The full exhibition schedule can be found at DareArts DOT org/exhibitionschedule.

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,” says 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.

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