Hen Institute

Launching Summer 2019 Date TBD

Hen Institute is public art project sponsored by the City of Raleigh and the Raleigh Arts Commission as part of SEEK Raleigh. It is composed of a chicken coop with a built in classroom that is inhabited by egg laying chickens. Throughout the six month project, an assortment of creative and educational lectures and workshops will happen on site at the coop. There will be various community meals off-site that are created with the eggs produced by the hens. In addition, Raleigh residents are invited to become Chicken Stewards who will care for the hens and take home the eggs.  

 Hen Institute will pair the idea of food related nourishment to creative and educational nourishment for communities in Raleigh. It will operate under the intersections of a chicken coop, a classroom, and a public art piece.

As part of
SEEK Raleigh

SEEK Raleigh is a temporary public art program that engages artists to use unique, non-traditional interiors, structures, and outdoor spaces for site-specific, performative, and participatory installations and experiences. These temporary, experimental projects are designed to introduce the public to new, diverse, and thought-provoking experiences as well as create opportunities for artists to extend their creative practice. Through these experiences, both the artist and the community will find novel ways to learn and share the stories of our City. This spring, the Raleigh Arts is working with community partners to launch the SEEK Raleigh program at Dorothea Dix Park, one of the City’s most important historical sites, as a broad stage for performance, installation and experimentation while the entire community’s focus is on the site. Future iterations of the program will activate parks and other public places across the City of Raleigh, bringing art to new and unexpected places.



Located at Dorothea Dix Park, at the intersection of Lake Wheeler and Black Dr.

35.769381, -78.650041

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Adam Carlin


Adam Carlin is a social practice artist that lives and works in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently the Director of Greensboro Project Space, a contemporary art center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Program Director for the Community Arts Collaborative where he creates and oversees community engaged projects for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and advances partnerships between the college and the community. He is formerly the Visiting Curator at Bennett College Co-Director of Some Thing Spacious Gallery, and Founder of Art Maker Avenue, center for visual and performing arts in Oakland, CA. He is also co-founder and co-Director of Creek Colleges, an organization that creates schools on the banks of rivers, lakes, and creeks that are going through active restoration. His work often takes the form of institutes as artworks that enact projects which highlight under-recognized histories, idiosyncratic activities, and public dynamics. Participation and collaboration are integral to his practice and he often work site and situation-specifically. He has a BFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts and an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University. He has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, and more. Carlin has most recently done projects at the Queens Museum, ZERO1 Museum, The LAB, PSU Assembly, Somarts, The Window Project at Georgia State University, and The Mondavi Center at UC Davis.

Dane Winker


Dane Winkler is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He grew up on a small farm in upstate New York where he learned about animal husbandry alongside craftsmanship and hard work. He received his BFA from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in 2012 and his MFA at the University of Maryland College Park in 2016.  His work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions including; The Rosalux Gallery in Minnesota, Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City, the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington DC, The Arlington Arts Center in Virginia, and the Delaware Contemporary Art Museum - to name a few.  He has received many grants and awards, notably; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2017/18, an Emergency grant from the Center for Contemporary Art in 2015, and a Forecast Public Arts planning grant in 2013.