Art at the Main Library

Steve Cote Sculpture
This sculpture is located in the main lobby. It is the work of Pittsboro, North Carolina artist Steve Cote. Cote visited the library while it was under construction to get a sense of the design of the new building. He spent about 5 months creating the 9 feet tall and 7 feet deep sculpture. Some of the material used in the project is steel that was donated by Gordon’s Steel of Statesville.

Donated Sculpture
The sculpture is presented by Martha Drum Hazelton and the Iredell Friends of the Library. Ms. Hazelton generously donated the sculpture to honor her parents J.D. and Marion Drum. Hazelton notes that this is a "once in a lifetime opportunity to make this kind of lasting donation to my community."
Van Bergen Mural
Van Bergen Mural
This mural is located on the main level near the circulation desk. It was painted in 1962 by internationally acclaimed artist Frans Van Bergen. Van Bergen, a native of Maastricht, Holland, came to Statesville in 1958 where he served as the 1st curator of the Arts and Science Museum (now known as Iredell Museums).
Origins & Locations
It originally hung in the bar of the Statesville City Club in the Historic Vance Hotel. The painting was commissioned on behalf of the City Club by Chalmers Eugene "Gene" Troutman, Jr., who provided the artist with a scene from an illustrated edition of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for inspiration. When the City Club relocated to the Ramada Inn and later the Stimpson-Wagner Building, the mural was carefully moved each time by Troutman, who believed in the revitalization of Statesville's downtown and helped sow the early seeds of its rebirth. This artwork has now come back home to downtown.

Dedication
The mural is lovingly dedicated in Gene's memory by the James A. Jennings family.
Selma Burke Bas-Relief
Selma Burke Bas-Relief
This bas-relief of Mary Charlton Holliday was created by Dr. Selma H. Burke. Dr. Burke was an internationally known artist, educator, and humanitarian. She was born in Mooresville, Iredell County, N.C. on the last day of 1900.

About the Artist
Dr. Selma Burke became a renowned Harlem Renaissance artist who created the bronze plaque bas-relief of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that now hangs in the Recorder of Deeds building in Washington, D.C. The image she created of President Roosevelt was later used to commemorate the President on the dime.

About the Subject
The work was created by Mrs. Burke in 1945 in honor of Mary Chariton Holiday the supervisor of the African-American schools of Iredell County for over forty-one years. The work is located in the Local History Room on the Upper Level.

Don Moore Painting
This original oil painting by Don Moore depicts scenes from Iredell County, including the:
  • Annual Balloon Rally
  • Cloverleaf intersection of Interstate 40 and 77
  • Fiddlers Convention
  • Iredell County Public Library
  • Lake Norman Recreation
  • Mitchell Community College
About the Artist
Don Moore taught first at Coker College in South Carolina and then at Mitchell Community College in North Carolina. He retired in 2004 after 32 years as Program Coordinator. Don Moore's works are on display in several places, including:
  • Coker College
  • Delta State University
  • Iredell Museum of Arts and Heritage
  • Mitchell Community College
  • University of Alabama
Donation
The painting was donated by the Iredell Friends of the Library.
Don Moore painting of scenes from Iredell County