Meet the Artists, Cows and Sponsors


CowParade has become the world’s most successful public art exhibit because, unlike galleries and museum, it is literally open for all to see! It is also a boon the artist community, exposing millions to the artists’ works and providing honorariums for participation. None of this would be possible, though, without the support of sponsors. Check out the corporations, organizations and people that, through their sponsorships, made CowParade North Carolina 2012 a reality.


Diversity in art is ensured by the approach that CowParade takes in soliciting artists and reviewing designs. CowParades around the world feature artists ranging from acclaimed to amateur, young to old, and CowParade North Carolina is no exception. More than 70 artists, some working individually and others in teams, came together to create the CowParade NC herd. Meet them all…


CowParade North Carolina 2012 featured 80 cows, each whimsically transformed by some of the regions best artists and grazing at locales throughout greater Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and beyond from late August to mid-December 2012.

Although you can no longer experience most of these “moo-sterpieces” up close and personal by visiting them on location, this handy information packet includes the original location maps and much more. (Or you can simply download the herd maps alone.)

During the event, visitors could find cows on the “moo-ve” by downloading the CowParade NC mobile app for their Apple and Android devices, keeping track of those they met along the way. The app is no long useful for that purpose, but it’s a fun way to relive the magic of CowParade NC on your mobile device. Think of it as a free digital souvenir!

Sad you missed all the fun? Or perhaps you’d like to relive it? You’re in luck! Several CowParade North Carolina cows have found forever homes or long-term pastures around the Triangle. Find their grazing grounds by visiting our Cows in Public page.

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