Art Walk on Franklin

ARt Walk on Franklin is a cutting-edge augmented reality experience that was created to highlight local art and generate more foot traffic for downtown businesses.

The Project

The project began in the Summer of 2020 in collaboration with the Carolina ARVR student group and the UNC Summer of Code. A selected team of six students spent six rigorous weeks building, testing, debugging, and polishing this web-based virtual reality application which allows passerby to access and interact with a piece of art via a marker logo. Also included in the application was a GEO guidance system that would show the user where to find the next piece of art.

Once the system was in place, Arts Everywhere and the Downtown Partnership put out a call for art from local artists to display in this digital and interactive art gallery on Franklin Street. The committee selected five artists and ten photos. Featured artists include Kevin Duong, Peri Law, Nique Lomax, Jason Lord, and AhDream Smith.

How It Works

The exhibit will be live on Franklin Street from December 12th until January 24th. But how do you see the art?

  1. Find an ARt Walk on Franklin poster (there are posters posted on the windows of 10 businesses. Locations and artist information can be found below.)
  2. Use your phone camera to scan the small QR code on the poster or manually go to in your browser.
  3. Point your phone at the black and white logo marker in the center of the poster to reveal the hidden piece of art.
  4. Touch, swipe, or pinch to rotate, flip, or zoom in on the art on your phone!

Instructions for Art Walk on Franklin

#ARtWalkOnFranklin Giveaway

  1. Take a picture of the business where you found the art and share it on Twitter or Instagram
  2. Use the #ARtWalkOnFranklin hashtag
  3. Tag Arts Everywhere, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the business where you found the art

Posts enter you to win 1 of 10 prize packs worth ~$100 each of gifts/gift cards from local businesses!

The Artists

Kevin Duong

“Photography was an outlet that allowed me to cope with the sadness and loneliness I experienced during the social isolation that was mandated on all of us to keep each other safe. I’m currently working on self-portraits due to the social limitations of the pandemic but also in an act of finding my self-worth: that I am worthy of being in front of the lens and from my creativity and two hands I can create something beautiful and cause an emotional response in people when they look at my art. Being only 20 years old and experimenting with photography for only a year I will continue to tirelessly develop my own style and find my voice to ultimately help others find their own.”

Featured art in Art Walk on Franklin

A black and white photo of a man sitting in a bathtub with his hand in front of his face in focus
Bath Tub by Kevin Duong
A man sitting in front of a window sits with his hands wrapped around his legs and his head folded forward
Table by Kevin Duong
A black and white photo of a body of water reflecting trees
Second Glances by Kevin Duong


Peri Law

Peri Law is a printmaker and mixed media artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. Her art explores the idea of a visual atmosphere as a liminal space. Atmosphere surrounds everything but remains out of reach, and intangible abstraction that remains in a transitional state. Liminality and memory are created through her physical process of layered and repetitive printmaking. The physical labor of creating each work is a meditative practice that grounds the self in the process of production.

She is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a BFA in studio art and art history. Her work has been exhibited throughout North Carolina, including the Levine Museum, McColl Center, Durham Art Guild, and UNC Chapel Hill.

Featured art in Art Walk on Franklin

Black and white print with text If there is a future we want it now
If There Is A Future by Peri Law
3d black and white swirls
Almost Gone : Almost Home by Peri Law


Nique Lomax

“My name is Nique Lomax, and I’m currently working towards a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence at The University of Chapel Hill. I am a self-taught artist that uses programs such as Cinema4D, Adobe Photoshop, and World Machine to create artistic photos. I draw inspiration from several different styles of art but mostly enjoy creating “Sci-Fi” style artwork as I think it allows for a way to have more freedom with being creative. My goal is to continue exploring different art techniques for creating better art on a daily basis and showcase that process.”

Featured art in Art Walk on Franklin

black and white skyscrapers frame a plane in the center square
Overhead by Nique Lomax
White bubbles form two circles with a black hole in the center
Mouth’s Cradle by Nique Lomax
  • “Path of Repentance” at Imbibe
Path of Repentance by Nique Lomax


Jason Lord

Jason Lord has been making art, performing, and teaching the arts to elementary, middle, and high school students in Durham and Orange counties since 1996, moving from music and theater in his early career into arts integration and visual art more recently. Currently, he’s taking a hiatus from teaching to pursue a Studio Art degree at UNC.

Featured art in Art Walk on Franklin

Tapestry hanging from stick organized in square pieces of different shades of blue and white
Downtown’s Dead by Jason Lord

Downtown’s Dead is made of cyanotype prints of street images and papers found on daily walks during the Covid-19 pandemic.  It’s a reflection on legacy and how we pass knowledge, policy, infrastructure, and the natural world on to next generations.


AhDream Smith

AhDream is a multi-disciplinary artist who is always exploring new ways and mediums to express herself. Previously, a New York-based actor, she is currently training to receive her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill’s Professional Actor Training Program and is also a resident actor at Playmakers Repertory Company.

Featured art in Art Walk on Franklin

three frames of a person with their hands reaching out as if in a pose
In Communion by AhDream Smith

“In Communion” is about remembering that we are never alone. We are a physical manifestation of those who have gone before us and those who will come after us. By being in communion and in community, we can overcome any moment in time.

Development Team

Special thanks to the CARVR and UNC Summer of Code team who helped bring this alternate reality experience to life!

  • Husam Shaik (Project Manager)
  • Jiayi Xu (Project Manager)
  • Micah Haycraft (Lead Developer)
  • Brandon Clark (Mentor)
  • Christian Cambizaca (Developer)
  • Caroline Flman (Developer)
  • Tianyi Peng (Developer)
  • Evan Revis (Developer)
  • Lesli Villa-Solorzano (Developer)