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Art In The Arboretum (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

Art In The Arboretum (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Friends of the Arboretum announce a call for artists for the 28th annual Art in the Arboretum. The art festival will feature 75 artists booths in the beautiful gardens, education center, and greenhouse of the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington, North Carolina, on October 13th, 14th, and 15th.

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Register by: 21 August 2023

Art in the Arboretum will have several opportunities for artists to display their work this year which include traditional style 10′ x10′ tent spaces in the gardens, 5′ x 10′ under-awning spaces outside, and 6′ x 9′ interior booth spaces in the Education Center and Greenhouse. The festival is open to seasoned show veterans to first-timers inside.

Friends of the Arboretum can’t wait to share all the exciting changes that they have made to the 28th annual Art in the Arboretum Festival including new prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artwork; the new limited edition VIP ticket program for collectors; and advertising partners/sponsors.

There are over 1,800 Friends of the Arboretum members who have free admission to the event and another 2,000+ paying attendees each year.

About Friends of the Arboretum

The Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum (i.e. The Friends) was created as a non-profit, 501 c (3) fund raising organization in 1986. Since then, it has provided financial support to the New Hanover County Arboretum for the maintenance of its gardens and their improvement. Over the years, it has supported special projects like the creation of the Contemplation Garden, improvements to the Children’s Garden (which will be completed this year), and the educational programs of Extension.

The Friends’ major fundraiser each year is the Art in the Arboretum Show and Sale which helps assure the Arboretum’s continuing development and preservation.

For more information, contact bcarter.arboretum@gmail.com.

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Raleigh Arts Festival (North Carolina) – Call For Artists

Raleigh Arts Festival (North Carolina) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Artsplosure announces a call for artists for the Raleigh Arts Festival, one of the most original and longest running arts festivals in North Carolina. Held annually on the third weekend of May in beautiful downtown Raleigh, the festival is a 2-day event and features an art market comprised of approximately 175 juried visual artists from across the United States showcasing works in ceramics, glass, fiber art, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, and wood.

The festival presents national and regional entertainment on two stages, provides arts-based activities for children, and presents large-scale temporary art installations each year.

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Enter by: 7 Feb 2022

A three judge panel will award six cash prizes, totaling $3,500! All artists exhibit their work alongside each other throughout Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Booth sitters, free parking, and artist hospitality is provided. The art market artists receive recognition on the festival website and social media accounts. There are over 20,000 followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The Raleigh Arts Festival attracts over 75,000 attendees from across the region.

About Artsplosure

Artsplosure, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has presented scores of outdoor programs and large-scale festivals featuring thousands of established and emerging visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists in numerous traditional and non-traditional indoor venues and outdoor settings for over forty years. They strive to produce quality events that make the creativity of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public. All in an effort to enrich the community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

For more information, contact hannah@artsplosure.org.

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Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition (Boone, NC) – Call For Artists

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition (Boone, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts announces a call for artists for the 36th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. This nationally recognized juried competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for Appalachian State University and its annual summer arts celebration, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus.

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Enter by: 25 Feb 2022

The Rosen Award winners are announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk in July, a highlight of the summer festival season. This year’s competition juror is Elizabeth Brim. Brim is a blacksmith and teacher, living in western North Carolina. She’s best known for feminine imagery in her ironwork. A native of Columbus, Georgia, she graduated with an MFA in printmaking before studying and working with a variety of materials at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition Prizes

Cash prizes are awarded for first ($3,500), second ($2,500), and third place ($1,500). All artists whose works are installed will receive a $1500 honorarium to offset round trip transportation, lodging, and incidental expenses. The finalist sculptures remain on campus for a year and are accessible to faculty, students, and staff as well as the general community. Sales are encouraged as the program has a history of sales to private and corporate collections. All sales are subject to 40% commission.

“We normally walk through the world filtering out so much information and in so doing we trade wonder for efficiency. When a piece of art is put in your way and you stop to notice it, notice the things that move you, the choices the artist made, the parts of nature or industry that are evoked, then you start noticing more in general. Noticing begets noticing, begets wonder and awe, because those things are always out there in the world, but sometimes we need something to call to us and to pull us out of the everyday fog. All the artists on the art walk succeed in doing this in different ways.” – Ian Henderson, past juror

About Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The Turchin Center engages visitors from the university, community, nation, and beyond in unique and meaningful experiences with the visual arts. They offer a wide array of dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach, and collection programs. These programs support the university’s teaching mission, inspire lifelong engagement with the visual arts, and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them. The center is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of arts supporters, while presenting exhibition and education programming that fosters dialog about important issues facing today’s world, including social, racial, and economic justice.

For more information, contact reesjonesld@appstate.edu.

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Spring Art Show (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

Spring Art Show (Wilmington, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Wilmington Art Association (WAA) announces a call for artists for their 40th annual juried Spring Art Show and Sale featuring new works from Wilmington and surrounding area artists.  The works selected for the show will include oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, photography, and a section of 3-D art.

During the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the 2022 Art Show and Sale will be held April 2nd through April 10th at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center (CAC), 120 S Second Street, from 10am-5pm, with extended hours of 5-7pm Friday, April 8th.

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Enter by: 12 Feb 2022

Open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Artists may submit original two-dimensional (2-D) work and three-dimensional (3-D) work. The show is limited to works created from 2020 to the present.

$35 for WAA members current as of registration date. $45 for non-members.

Last year, the Spring Show was the only live event at the Azalea Festival because of Covid. WAA had a successful event and posted record sales for this show.

Spring Art Show Awards

  • First Place: $1000
  • Second Place: $750
  • Third Place: $500
  • Honorable Mentions
  • Memorial Awards
  • Donor Awards
  • People’s Choice Award

This will be my fourth year participating in this show. I have sold several paintings and met new collectors as I worked the floor for the organization. Also the opportunity to sell bin work has made the show even more attractive to potential buys. – David Meffert, Plein Air Painter

About Wilmington Art Association

The Wilmington Art Association is an all-volunteer organization founded 51 years ago. It is dedicated to supporting arts and artists in the area through outreach efforts and scholarships. The Wilmington Art Association is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation as defined in the IRS Code. The WAA educates members and the public in visual arts, provides community support through school arts funding and scholarship assistance to deserving college students, and facilitates exposure for emerging and professional artists.

For more information, contact bradleycarterwaa@gmail.com.

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Courthouse Expansion (Concord, NC) – Call For Artists

Courthouse Expansion (Concord, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Cabarrus County, North Carolina is seeking artists or artist collaborations to create innovative, original, and site-specific artwork for the Cabarrus County Courthouse Expansion that is currently under construction in downtown Concord, NC.

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Enter by: 20 Dec 2021

The Art Selection Committee for this project is seeking an artist or artist team who can understand and express, in a suspended, permanently-installed, large-scale piece, the Courthouse’s role in providing sound and fair justice. The location of the art will be in the main public lobby, where high windows afford views of the artwork from outside the building on three sides, as well as inside.

The total public art budget for the Courthouse Expansion project, including all aspects of design, fabrication, transport, and installation, is $350,000. One (1) to three (3) finalists will each receive a $2,500 stipend to cover design costs for their proposal and travel/ presentation.

About the Cabarrus County Courthouse

When completed, the new Cabarrus County Courthouse will be a 313,000 SF court facility that includes a new 240,000 SF addition to the existing 1975 courthouse. Together with the new construction, the existing 73,000 SF facility will undergo complete interior renovation and repurposing to fulfill long-term, multi-generational space requirements.

As noted in the Designers’ Narrative for the project, “While the existing courthouse fronting Union Street will be completely renovated, a new addition and public entry (off Means Ave Pedestrian Plaza) will reshape the identity of the courthouse campus. The intentional siting of this new primary entry is the defining element of the concept.”

Similarly, the artwork commissioned for this project will reshape and help define the perceptions of those entering or passing the Courthouse and frame a new experience of a ‘house of justice.’
The artwork will not only complement the architecture of the building, and provide an attraction – and distraction – for those entering; but also it shall help shift mindsets.

For more information, contact kdbilafer@cabarruscounty.us.

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Sculpture Celebration (Lenoir, NC) – Call For Artists

Sculpture Celebration (Lenoir, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Caldwell Arts Council announces a call for artists for the 35th Annual Sculpture Celebration. Sculptors – bring 3 pieces to enter this annual competition for $11,000 in cash awards, judged this year by Elizabeth Brim. Additional opportunity for participants to have works considered for a one-year installation in the Western NC Sculpture Center and Park sales gallery. Early registration discounts available.

This one-day event runs 9am-4pm with all awards announced at 3:30pm. Live music will fill the lovely lakeside Broyhill Walking Park for the day, with free shuttles to area parking for visitors who come from as far as Florida and New York.

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Deadline: 10 Sept 2021

This event provides opportunities for both sales and commissions in addition to the competition awards. Best of Show award is $3,000, First Place is $2,000, Second Place is $1,500, and Third Place is $1,000. There are five $500 Judge’s Merit awards, five $100 Honorable Mention awards, and the People’s Choice award of $500. Typically between 2,000-4,000 attendees come, and Caldwell Arts Council actively seeks sculpture art buyers to attend.

Sculptors from the eastern United States, from as far away as Vermont and Florida, Indiana, and Texas have participated in the past. As this has been a long-running event, it is a good opportunity for new and upcoming sculptors.

About Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council has promoted and presented high quality arts in Caldwell County North Carolina since 1976. It is their mission to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in their community by encouraging participation in arts events. They offer various educational opportunities and administrative services that support artists, arts agencies, and audiences.

Caldwell Arts Council owns a permanent sculpture collection of over 80 pieces. One of the largest collections for a town of its size in the United States. These indoor and outdoor artworks are displayed all over Caldwell County and are periodically moved to new locations. In addition, the Arts Council exhibits sculptures along the streets of downtown Lenoir in Tucker’s Gallery, which is a partnership with the City of Lenoir. These pieces are on loan from artists for up to one year. Most are available for sale.

The annual Sculpture Celebration offers the public a unique opportunity to view hundreds of sculptures created by artisans from across the United States. This event occurs on the Saturday after Labor Day in the beautiful Broyhill Walking Park.

For more information, contact office@caldwellarts.com.

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Cowee Valley Pottery Festival (Franklin, NC) – Call For Artists

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival (Franklin, NC) – Call For Artists

The Cowee Pottery School announces a call for artists for the Cowee Valley Pottery Festival. The festival will be held on May 23, 2020 in Franklin, NC, at the historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center. The event will include a juried pottery show and pottery sale on the green from 10 am-4 pm on Saturday.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

Each artist will receive a 10×20 booth space, which provides ample storage behind tent space. In the event of rain, the sale will move indoors. Artists will need to provide their own tent and fixtures. There will be onsite security after show hours. Submit a photo example of your booth setup when submitting your application & photos of your work.

Once the jury process is complete, all artists will be notified of standing by January 15. Payment of booth fee ($125) will be due no later than February 15. Cancel with refund no later than March 15, 2020.

Arrangements will be made, to the best of their ability, to provide artists with housing during the festival. This will include private homes, camping, and hotel discounts.

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival Artist Benefits

Artists are encouraged to attend an invitation-only VIP private exhibit and sale on Friday evening, May 22. This event will include artist meet and greets and a silent auction with canapes and beverages, providing an opportunity to show and sell exceptional work.

All potters will be eligible for Customer’s Choice cash awards, including Best Booth/Display, Most Informative Potter, and Most Beautiful Work.

Commissions to the promotors of 20% on Friday night reception sales only. All other sales are commission free.

About Cowee Pottery School

Cowee Pottery School is a non-profit organization located in the historic Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center. The Cowee School is a local hub for artists and craftspeople who are working to preserve heritage arts and crafts. The pottery school offers classes and community outreach to local schools and organizations.

Cowee Pottery School is a volunteer-driven organization. All classes are taught by volunteers, some of whom are certified Master Potters. All proceeds from this event will benefit the school, allowing the school to continue to operate and provide these services to local community and host the Cowee Valley Pottery Festival.

For more information, contact contact@coweepotteryschool.org.

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The Bicycle 2019: Art Meets Form (High Point, NC) – Call For Artists

The Bicycle 2019: Art Meets Form (High Point, NC) – Call For Artists

Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) is pleased to announce a call for artists for the juried art exhibit, The Bicycle 2019: Art Meets Form (8/27/19 – 10/4/19). This is the fourth year for the exhibit. It is held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic. The opening reception is Thursday, September 5th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at TAG. It will feature original works of art that relates in some way to bicycles or cycling.

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Deadline: 26 Jul 2019

The Bicycle 2019 prizes awarded during the opening reception are First Place: $500, Second Place: $250, and Third Place: $100. All of the art will be available for sale and open to the public for the duration of the exhibit. The artists will receive 60% of the retail value of sales. Over 1200 patrons will be invited to the opening reception and thousands more will be notified of the event through press releases, newspapers, websites, and social media. Advertising for the event will be published across North and South Carolina. The galleries will be open during the High Point Cycling Classic with hundreds of cycling enthusiasts touring the galleries throughout the day.

Social Equity

TAG participates in many outreach opportunities by working with children, special needs children, senior citizens, refugees, and many of the public schools in our county. It has brought art appreciation to areas of need all over the county. TAG has provided a creative outlet to many who otherwise would not have experienced these opportunities.

About Theatre Art Galleries

Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) is now in its 22nd year of independent operation. It is High Point’s primary provider of visual arts. Its mission is to provide excellent visual art exhibits and educational art experiences for the enrichment of the entire community. Housed inside of the High Point Theatre (in downtown High Point, NC) are two floors of spacious galleries where TAG programs approximately 16 exhibitions yearly. TAG hosts exhibitions of visual art from artists and students from local schools. Exhibitions and opening receptions are free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, contact info@tagart.org.

Previous call for artists from Theatre Art Galleries

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Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project – Call For Artists

Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project – Call For Artists

The Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) and the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), in partnership with the Town of Hillsborough, are seeking an artist to design, fabricate, and install an exterior, permanent piece of public art for the gateway entrance to River Park in Downtown Hillsborough, NC – the Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project. This prominent sculptural element will incorporate and celebrate wood salvaged from the historic Calvin Street Tree that fell during Hurricane Florence.

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Deadline: 15 Mar 2019

Wood has been milled to be used for an artist-created Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project in River Park in Downtown Hillsborough, NC. This prominent sculptural element will be located close to Churton Street, the main artery through Downtown Hillsborough. The goal of the work is to serve as highly visible welcome for visitors to town, symbolizing the importance of art, history, and the natural environment for the Hillsborough community. The art installation coincides with a major improvement plan for River Park.

Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project Artist Benefits

The artist’s contract for artwork will be $20,000. The contract is inclusive of all artist fees, and associated expenses for design, structural engineering, fabrication, insurance, transportation, and consultation during installation. The salvaged wood from the tree will be provided to the selected artist. It is not part of the $20,000 budget. An additional $2,000 is available for installation costs that may be required beyond the scope of the artist.

About the Orange County Arts Commission

The Orange County Arts Commission, located in Hillsborough, is an agency of Orange County government. They work to develop the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough. Their mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.

Created on February 4, 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission is the non-partisan countywide arts agency that provides funding and support for a broad range of high quality arts programs. Nominated by the BOCC as the Local Distributing Agent (now called Designated County Partner) and approved by the NC Arts Council in 1985, the Arts Commission awards state Grassroots Arts Program funds in Orange County, adhering to state program guidelines. The Arts Commission awards county-funded arts grants, sponsors programs, and serves as an arts information clearinghouse.

For more information, contact kmurray@orangecountync.gov.

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