Art at the Main Library

Steve Cote Sculpture

Steve Cote SculptureSteve Cote SculptureThis 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 five months creating the nine feet tall and seven feet deep sculpture. Some of the material used in the project is steel that was donated by Gordon’s Steel of Statesville.

Steve Cote SculptureThe 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 first curator of the Arts and Science Museum (now known as Iredell Museums).

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.

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.

She 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.

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

Don Moore PaintingThis original oil painting by Don Moore depicts scenes from Iredell County, including The Fiddlers Convention, Annual Balloon Rally, Lake Norman Recreation, Mitchell Community College, the cloverleaf intersection of Interstate 40 and 77, and the Iredell County Public Library. Don Moore taught first at Coker College in SC and then at Mitchell Community College in NC. He retired in 2004 after 32 years as Program Coordinator. Don Moore's works are on display at the University of Alabama, Delta State University, Coker College, Mitchell Community College and Iredell Museum of Arts & Heritage among others. The painting was donated by the Iredell Friends of the Library.