Immediate Opening! Music Director – Western Piedmont Youth Symphony

Music Director/Conductor – Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, Hickory, NC
Our current WPYS Music Director/Conductor is retiring from that position and we are seeking a person with the passion and expertise to lead our youth symphony orchestra program.
Music Director and Conductor Job Description
The Western Piedmont Youth Symphony (WPYS) Music Director and Conductor is a part-time position that provides artistic and administrative leadership by developing and carrying out a program of work under the supervision of the Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS) Artistic Director/Conductor and Executive Director.
  1. Schedule, program, and prepare weekly rehearsals for a minimum of two concerts (fall and spring) each year.
  2. Develop a budget in cooperation with the WPS Executive Director to support the programs of the Youth Symphony including library acquisitions and rental, sectional coaches, and auxiliary players when needed.
  3. Develop and maintain a relationship with local school music and private music teachers to cultivate membership and to keep them informed of WPYS activities.
  4. Recruit and audition Youth Symphony members primarily, but not exclusively, from local schools in the region.
  5. Establish audition and rehearsal schedules and coordinate all calendar dates and venues with the WPS Executive Director.
  6. Serve as Librarian (or recruit volunteers) to work in conjunction with the WPS Librarian. Organize and inventory the library as well as distribute and annotate (including bowings) of all music.
  7. Assure accurate attendance records for rehearsals, and coordinate collection of WPYS dues with WPS Office Staff.
  8. Provide appropriate information for public relations and concert programs to the Marketing Director in a timely manner.
  9. Work with the WPS Education Committee to enhance alumni and parental support and involvement with the activities of the Youth Symphony.
  10. Coordinate set-up and tear-down of orchestra chairs, stands, and equipment with WPS Properties Manager.
  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in Music or Music Education preferred
  • Experience leading middle school to college age students
  • Can collaborate successfully with others
  • Conducting experience in orchestral or multi-instrumental settings
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Passion and ability to grow the program
Salary is based on qualifications and experience.
Please send a cover letter and resume by Friday, May 27, 2016, to:
Youth Symphony Music Director Search
Western Piedmont Symphony
243 Third Avenue NE; Suite 1N
Hickory, NC 28601

Call for Entries: Arts in the Airport Exhibition

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the next Arts in the Airport, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts are joining with Arts in the Airport to showcase an art exhibition that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. One of 409 units of the park service, the Smokies not only have extraordinary scenic beauty but are also home to more than 18,000 species of life and 100 historic log buildings.
Artists are encouraged to submit work inspired by or in celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Submitted work may reflect the beauty of the landscape, wildlife and fauna or reference the rich creative and cultural heritage of the area. Contemporary fine craft which reflects an appreciation of craft tradition will be considered. More information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be found at
Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from September 29, 2016 – April 19, 2017.
The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, July 24, 2016.
View the information online at
The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee and 24 counties of Western North Carolina.
Each artist may submit up to five entries which must be original works. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance. Apply online or send an SASE to Suzanne Cada, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901. Prizes include $1,000 in cash awards.
From Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Kelly Hider, Gallery Coordinator and Bill May, Executive Director will jury the exhibition.
About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Information: Suzanne Cada, 865-523-7543,

Seeking Marketing/ Communications Director

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area now seeks a multi-talented Marketing/ Communications Director to help take its work to the next level and to lead the organization’s efforts to expand its reach to new audiences, partners and supporters. Please share this link with anyone you feel would be qualified and interested in the marketing and communications position for the BRNHA.

Call for Sculpture Artists for September Sculpture Celebration

Caldwell Arts Council 31st Annual Sculpture Celebration

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Lenoir, N.C. – Caldwell Arts Council (a Caldwell County, NC non-profit) announces the 31st annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC on Saturday September 10, 2016.


Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards and potential sales. No commission in event of sales. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir North Carolina for this event. Early registration discounts are available.

Caldwell Arts Council, Tri-State Sculptors Association, Mountain Sculptors, the City of Lenoir, and the Lenoir Tourism Development Association. This year’s Chairperson is Samantha Hatchett.


$3,000 Best in Show
$2,000 First Place Award
$1,500 Second Place Award
$1,000 Third Place Award
up to five $500 Judge’s Merit Awards
$500 Stevens Family People’s Choice Award


Separate Youth People’s Choice Award


Sculptors Welcome Dinner Friday evening ($20/each for additional guests in advance, $25 onsite)
List of Participating Sculptors
Manpower assistance with unloading/loading sculptures
Crane assistance with unloading/loading sculptures (must be pre-registered for this)
Outdoor camping with showers & full bathroom facilities at Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center
Limited private home housing may be available.
Continental breakfast for sculptors at the park on Saturday morning


REGISTRATION FEES (Register early for best savings-Registration by cc/debit/Paypal below)):
Youth/School Registration through September 10 is $35
University Sculpture Student Registration through September 10 is $35
Early Registration through July 1, $50
Early Registration July 2-31, $60
Early Registration August 1-September 8, $70
On-site Registration September 9-10 is $80


For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486,, or


Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

Arts Writers Grant Program

Application opens: April 20, 2016

Application deadline: May 18, 2016


The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, issued directly to twenty individual authors a year. The program was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.


Writers who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the following categories:

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Books
  • New and Alternative Media
  • Short-Form Writing

Through all its grants, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to honor and encourage writing about art:

  • that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent, and precise;
  • in which a keen engagement with the present is infused with an appreciation of the historical;
  • that is neither afraid to take a stand nor content to deliver authoritative pronouncements, but serves rather to pose questions and generate new possibilities for thinking about, seeing, and making art;
  • that is sensitive to both the importance and difficulty of situating aesthetic objects within their broader social and political contexts;
  • that does not dilute or sidestep complex ideas but renders accessible their meaning and value;
  • that creatively challenges the limits of existing conventions, without valorizing novelty as an end in itself.

Due to legal constraints the Arts Writers Grant Program can only fund U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the United States, and holders of O-1 visas. For guidelines and additional eligibility requirements, please visit


Art Writing Workshop

In partnership with the International Association of Art Critics/USA Section, the Arts Writers Grant Program offers applicants consultations with leading art critics. For more information, please


To receive updates on the Arts Writers Grant Program, follow @artswriters on Twitter.

Artspace Call for Artists

FRESH is an exhibition of new works by North Carolina artists. But with a creative twist! All submitted artwork will be on display and available for sale during the FRESH Preview May 19-30. The final juried exhibition opens June 3 and runs through June 24


Two events held before the jurying process allow visitors to view all the artwork entered into the exhibition before the jurying takes place. All entered artwork will be available for sale during these events even if it is not selected for the final exhibition.


Exhibition proceeds support the Artspace Inspiration Fund, nurturing the next generation of visual artists. 

Open to NC artists, 18+. All media. Must be new work, less than 2 years old, limited in size to a max of 36″ wide and 48″ high and available for purchase. Artists may submit one piece. Artists will receive 50% commission of sales. Artists may choose to designate all or a portion of art sales to Artspace for a tax-deductible donation.


Applications and work due May 9. Submission fees: $15 for members, $25 for non-members.

The exhibition and awards will be juried by Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University. Cash awards for Best in Show($1000), 2nd place ($500), 3rd place ($250), and People’s Choice ($100). 

FRESH Look: Pre-jury Viewing Party on Thursday May 19, 6-8pm

FRESH Fun: Family Day Event on Saturday May 21, 10am-1pm

FRESH Opening: First Friday June 3, 6-10pm

FRESH Gameshow: Thursday June 16, 6-8pm

2nd Annual Creative Age Invitational Senior Art Exhibit

Celebrating Ageless Creativity in Western North Carolina

Sponsored by Good Moods at Grace Ridge and benefiting the Burke Arts Council

Grace Ridge Retirement Community is hosting an invitational art exhibit featuring senior artists throughout Western North Carolina. The objective of Creative Age is to celebrate the talent of both professional and non-professional artists age 60 or older. This invitational exhibit will be open to the public June 9-17, 2016.

Grace Ridge Retirement Community
500 Lenoir Road
Morganton, NC 28655

A $5 display fee per submission is required with all proceeds benefiting the Burke Arts Council.


  • Entry Deadline is Friday, May 13, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. To submit your work, visit our Artist Call for Entries page.
  • Notifications will be the week of May 16, 2016.
  • Cancellations must be by Monday, May 30, 2016.

Receiving Day
Monday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Artwork will be received at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. All artists must complete the two tags included below for each entry; one should be attached to the back of the artwork and one will be submitted to the registration staff.

VIP and Media Reception
Wednesday, June 8, 3-5 p.m.

A VIP reception will be held to introduce the exhibit to the media, community and business leaders, etc. All selected artists are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Exhibit Open to the Public
Thursday, June 9 – Friday, June 17

Public Exhibit Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Removal Days
Saturday, June 18, 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, June 19, 1-4 p.m.
Monday, June 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All accepted work must remain for the duration of the exhibit and must be picked up on the designated removal days. Any artists who permitted work to be sold will be notified prior to removal day if their art was sold. A signature will be required in order to remove artwork.

Artwork will only be accepted based on the following guidelines:


  • The artist must be 60 years of age or over and a resident of North Carolina; work must be original.
  • The artist must declare classification as Professional or Non-Professional.
    o Professional: Person who meets at least two of the following criteria:

    1. sold the type of art entered in the contest/exhibition through commercial channels;
    2. exhibited in a professional gallery;
    3. holds professional membership in a guild or association.
  • Non-Professional: Person who does not meet two of the “Professional” criteria above.


  • Acrylic
  • Craft: Original objects only (NO kits or molds) including fiber arts, basketry, glassworks, ceramic works (bowls, cups, etc.), needlepoint, etc.
  • Digital: Computer imagery generated using a graphics/paint program such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Corel Painter; does NOT include digitally adjusted photographs.
  • Drawing: Pencil, pen, ink, graphite, markers, scratchboards, etc.
  • Mixed Media & Collage: Combines multiple mediums, with no one medium predominating.
  • Oil
  • Pastel: Pastel, chalk, charcoal and oil paste.
  • Photography: Any image made using a film-based or digital camera, scanner, pinhole camera, etc.; including digitally manipulated photos, hand-tinted photos, photograms, etc.
  • Print: Etching, linocut, woodcut, monoprint, silkscreen, lithograph, etc.
  • Sculpture: 3-dimensional decorative works carved or constructed in any medium; painted or unpainted, abstract or figurative.
  • Watercolor: Includes paintings primarily created with watercolor; includes gouache.


Electronic submission of entries is preferred. The entry process can be completed at starting Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The form is also available as a downloadable PDF if you prefer to print. Completed entry forms can be scanned and emailed to

Grace Ridge reserves the right to refuse any work that does not meet the criteria or that contains unsuitable material. For additional information, contact Kristine Goodyear at

BRMAA National Juried Photography Show

  September 3 – October 9, 2016

Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony:
September 3rd
5pm to 7pm

The 2016 BRMAA National Juried Show is open to all photographers, both amateur and professional, and all original photographic media, including film and digital images. Monetary prizes totaling $3,000 will be awarded including $750 for Best of Show. The exhibit will be on display in the Richard Low Evans Gallery in the Art Center from September 3 – October 9, 2016.

You may contact us about the exhibit via email at

2016 SAAG National Juried Show

October 15 – November 12, 2016

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2016

Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony:
October 15th
5pm to 7pm

The 2016 SAAG National Juried Show, now in it’s 9th year, is open to all artists of various 2D and 3D mediums. This juried show offers monetary prizes totaling $5,000, including $1,500 for Best of Show. The artwork selected for this exhibit will be on display in the Richard Low Evans Gallery in the Art Center from October 15- November 12, 2016.  The SAAG National Juried Show attracts several artists from over 25 different states and draws an audience interest from not only a regional level, but from across the country.
The 2016 National Juried Show judge is Dawn Whitelaw.

Click here for a printable version of our
2016 SAAG National Juried Show prospectus.

You may contact us about the exhibit or prospectus information via email at
or call (706) 632-2144.