Burke Arts Council Mural

Public Feedback Request

Please share your ideas for this mural! 

Project Details

Gabriel Eng-Goetz has been selected by the Burke Arts Council to create a large-scale mural on the northwest side of their new building in downtown Morganton, NC. The complex is a newly renovated space and will serve as a hub for the arts. Gabriel is working with the Burke Arts Council to engage the community in order to create an inclusive, authentic mural for the residents of Burke County. If you are a resident please share your ideas at the bottom of the page!

About the Artist

Gabriel's studio is based in Durham, North Carolina USA. His work explores the cultural history of identity, including his own as a Chinese American born and raised in the South, and our human connection to the natural world. Outside of creating artwork for clients and collectors, Gabriel works with his community to showcase and uplift North Carolina's vibrant and diverse art scene by producing/curating events and working as a youth mentor.   @gabegets  |  gabegets.com

SITE HISTORY - The land was originally inhabited by indigenous people of the Mississippian Culture, dating back to 1000 CE. After European colonization, the area was primarily settled by Scots-Irish and German immigrant farmers in the mid-to-late 18th century. Burke Farm Supply was the first structure built on-site around 1959 by brothers Charles and Robert Arney. The business was an authorized dealer for FCX products and they specialized in seeds, fertilizers, and plants. The Burke Arts Council purchased the building in 2019 and have been renovating it since.

Learn more about the history of Morganton and Burke County.

BURKE ARTS COUNCIL - The mission of the Burke Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life in Burke County through cultural and artistic activities. We seek to coordinate arts activities in the community, serve as an informational and resource center for the arts and to promote local artists and arts organizations.

In North Carolina, arts and culture events generate more than $2.12 Billion annually, supporting 72,000 jobs and producing $202 million in tax revenue. 

Learn more about the Burke Arts Council.


Community research and engagement is essential when creating public art, as it should represent the area and those living in it. This is where YOU come in. We want to be sure that all groups have a voice in what this mural reads and evokes. Please submit your feedback via the form below.


We've received some great feedback from the community already. The most common themes suggested have been HISTORY, DIVERSITY, NATURE, STORYTELLING and MOVING FORWARD. Let us know if any of these resonate with you or if you have new themes to suggest.


Consider how themes and subject matter can be represented visually. Do you prefer bold imagery or something more subtle?  What color palette would you like to see? Are there specific symbols or iconography you'd like to see included. Let us know.

Let your voice be heard!

Please enter your feedback via the form below. All feedback will be considered.

Looking for future art opportunities in NC?

Check out the North Carolina Arts Council's listing of art calls, grants and other arts opportunities.

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