Professional Development Grant

professional-development-grant-for-artistsBuncombe County has a wealth of short term, non-degree trainings available to upgrade business knowledge and skills for long term business growth. There are many organizations in our community that provide support for small business startup and expansion through classes on business plan development, financial literacy, social media, marketing, and more.

The Asheville Area Arts Council has developed the Professional Development Grant for Artists for Buncombe County residents to attend courses that increase skills and understanding of sound business practices. Applications will be accepted from January 1 until May 15 for courses happening between January 1 to June 1, 2017.

Professional Development Grants for Artists

ASHEVILLE, NC –The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is proud to announce the 2017 Professional Development Grant for Artists. These resources will be granted to individuals to attend professional development courses to aid them in reaching their business goals. This new grant program is offered to Buncombe County artists to attend area organization’s programming that expands their knowledge of sound business practices. Applications will be accepted from January 1 until May 15 for courses happening between January 1 and June 1, 2017. No extensions will be approved for applications submitted after 5pm on May 15 and/or classes ending after June 1.

This grant program will provide access for artists that are committed to learning new business skills, and also inform AAAC and educational providers to help us better serve Buncombe creative sector.


  1. Mountain BizWork: 6 week Foundations Business Planning Class
  2. AB-Tech: continuing education courses
  3. Small Business Center: Advanced Business Skills for Artists
  4. Carolina Small Business Fund: Create Your Best Year Yet and QuickBooks for Small Businesses

This grant is managed by the Asheville Area Arts Council with the support of the City of Asheville. To learn more about the Professional Development Grants for Artists visit If you have any questions, please contact Janelle Wienke, AAAC Grants Manager, by phone at (828) 258-0710 or email at

Randolph Arts Guild 30th Annual Potters Conference

The Randolph Arts Guild is hosting the 30th NC Potters Conference in Asheboro, North Carolina on March 3-5, 2017.
The NC Potters Conference is one of the nation’s premier ceramic conferences. Three accomplished potters, Blair Clemo, David MacDonald and Gerit Grimm, will give demonstrations and lead the dialogue for the weekend. Special presenters also include Stuart Kestenbaum, Sanjit Sethi, Andrea Gill, and Brooks Jensen. An exhibition in The Sara Smith Self Gallery accompanies the conference for both presenters and registered potters attending the conference. Each registered potter attending the conference can bring up to five pieces of their work for sale. With 150 participating registrants from across the nation, it is a collector’s dream.

The Potters Conference Exhibition will be on display at 123 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC from Friday, March 3rd to March 5th. Open sales to the public are on Saturday, March 4th.

Online registration is found on

Local Cloth Summer Fiber Artist Camp Coordinator

Local Cloth is currently seeking a summer arts camp coordinator! Education in fiber arts is an important part of the mission of Local Cloth and to that end we are planning ahead to an exciting summer of art camp weeks with a wide variety of dynamic and interesting classes. We are looking for an energetic, artistic individual with good organizational skills and ideally, some experience in running and/or teaching art classes. The position is a minimum of 5 hours per week, with some weeks predictably more. Summer camp will run for 8 weeks from June 11 thru August 11, 2017 but we are planning NOW and this position is open immediately. We would like to fill it within the next 10 days. Job description includes recruiting teachers, organizing registration, publicity and media. The Local Cloth board and members will offer ample support and the position comes with a paid stipend, tbd.

Interested? Please contact Judi at or Vicki at

Call for Papers: Atlantic World Arts

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference                                                                                     

Sponsored by the Atlantic World Research Network and The National Folk Festival 

7-9 September 2017

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Atlantic Rim has, since the first Columbian contact, been a great cauldron of artistic exchange and creativity: from the poetic “Tenth Muses” of Anne Bradstreet and Sor Juana de la Cruz “sprung up in America,” to the African-American dances of Josephine Baker in Paris; from the Scotch-Irish fiddlers of Appalachia, to the Art Nouveau splendors of Buenos Aires; from the symphonic jazz of Gershwin, to Picasso’s use of African Fang masks; and from hundreds of Shakespeare festivals across the U. S., to film noir, a quintessentially American genre with a French name. Our Atlantic World Arts conference will bring together varied scholars, artists, and performers from across campus and around the U. S. and the Atlantic.

Celebrating UNCG’s newly configured College of Visual and Performing Arts and Greensboro’s third hosting of the National Folk Festival, we will explore how the music, dance, drama, literature, cinema, and visual arts of Europe, Africa, and the Americas have collided, combined, and re-birthed new and hybrid forms—whether through colonial importation and naturalization, indigenous survivals and imitations, Modern primitivist appropriations, or post-colonial irony. Through keynoters representing varied arts from different continents; campus and community performances and exhibits; and expert panels and paper sessions which bring together multiple disciplines addressing common topics—Atlantic World Arts will explore the relations between concepts of place, time, power, identity, and beauty across and around Columbus’s Ocean Sea.

We invite proposals for papers and full panels in a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to): art history, broadcast and cinema, dance, fiction and poetry, music history and theory, musicology, photography, religion and homiletics, rhetoric, and theater history. Interdisciplinary panel proposals and papers with an interdisciplinary focus or potential are particularly welcome.

Proposals must be submitted via e-mail attachment. For 15-20-minute papers, send a 250-word titled abstract; for a complete 3-4-person panel, send an overall title and individual 250-word titled abstracts for each paper.  Please indicate AWA 2017 in your subject line and include a 1-page CV giving an e-mail and a regular mail address at which you can be reached; and indicate any expected audio-visual needs (including special software needs).

Send submissions for AWA 2017 to:
Due date for submissions: March 24, 2017

Seeking Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is currently accepting applications for its Artist-in-Residence program.
The Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence program offers professional artists focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of this astounding landscape. It also allows artists the opportunity to share their work with an international audience through educational programs and exhibits.

Each session of the Artist-in-Residence program offers the artist four weeks of uninterrupted time to pursue their artistic discipline. It also provides the artist with a furnished house located in the park.

The artist is required to present several public programs during their residency. The programs must be related to their experience as the artist-in-residence and can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. Digital images of selected work produced as a part of the residency may be used in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach.

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Applications are available online at  The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017.  For more information contact the Artist-in-Residence Coordinator, Jessica Kusky, at

Anam Cara Theatre Company seeks Play Proposals


2017-2018 SEASON

DUE December 30, 2016

Anam Cara Theatre Company is currently accepting play proposals for our 2017-2018 Season.  Proposals will be accepted from directors interested in directing a specific play, directors open to directing any play, and playwrights interested in having Anam Cara Theatre Company produce a play they have written. Performances will occur between October 2017 and September 2018; most performances will take place at Toy Boat Community Art Space (101 Fairview Road in Asheville). Shows with casts of 10 or fewer are encouraged. Directors and playwrights are encouraged to visit for detailed submission guidelines. All proposals should be submitted to Erinn Hartley at by December 30, 2016.

Anam Cara Theatre Company produces experimental theatre that empowers artists, promotes equality, challenges thinking and transforms community. We provide a safe space for artists and audiences to take risks, grow, and collaborate.  For more information, contact, visit or call us at (828) 633-1773.

Blue Ridge Arts Center 2017 Juried Exhibition

BRAC is pleased to announce their 2017 Juried Exhibition will be on display January 20 through March 1, 2017. Drop off for jurying is January 5-7, so finish up those final details on your entries! All show details are available on their website:

JUROR: Karen Derksen is the director of Winthrop University Galleries (WUG) and an instructor in the Department of Design at Winthrop. She holds an M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.A. in Art History (Curatorial Studies).  Visit our website to learn more about our juror.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to any artist age 18 and up. Artists may submit 1-2 original works created in the 2 last years, which have not been previously exhibited in the Blue Ridge Arts Center gallery. The entry fee for BRAC Members is $30 for up to 2 works and $35 for non-member. Student’s fee is $20 for up to 2 works.


  • Best in Show: $1000, plus a solo show in BRAC’s Foyer Gallery during the 2017 Members’ Show
  • 2nd Place: $500
  • 3rd Place: $250
  • Merit Awards: TBD by Juror


Delivery of Artwork for Jurying:

  • Thursday, January 5: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Friday, January 6: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 7: 10:00 – 2:00 pm


Calling all Artists!


Letter of Intent is due on December 21, 2016

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center announces an opportunity for artists to participate in the 2017 {Re}HAPPENING on Saturday March 25 between 3pm-10pm at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. We invite artists to propose projects that reflect the innovative spirit of Black Mountain College. Artists are encouraged to take risks and demonstrate elements of process, spontaneity, experimentation, collaboration, and audience participation. Each selected artist project will receive a $250 honorarium. ARTISTS OF ALL GENRES AND DISCIPLINES are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI should be a brief one-page outline that describes the project, includes participating artists and how the project connects to the Black Mountain College legacy. The LOI deadline is December 21, 2016 – please email LOIs to

About {Re}HAPPENING Since 2010, BMCM+AC has hosted the {Re}HAPPENING inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted performance considered by many to be the first Happening in North America. The {Re}HAPPENING is a day long event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College, known as Lake Eden – 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event, part fundraiser and part community instigator serving as platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day. General admission brings in hundreds of visitors annually. In addition to providing a forum for regional artists and an accessible, immersive, educational experience for attendees, every year the event is a community collaboration between local businesses and arts organizations.

The Embroiderers’ Guild of America Call for Entries


The Embroiderers’ Guild of America acknowledges the value of the needlework in art and history. The national exhibit is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works.

Two categories of embroidery will be accepted for the national exhibit:

Original: An original work is one, which from the beginning, is solely the creative product of the stitcher.

Adaptation: An adaptation is needlework inspired  by or based upon a source other than needlework and modified through significant design changes. Source(s) are to be documented.

Any Materials and any techniques will be juried as long as a portion of the work is done with a needle with an eye either by hand or by machine. Entires must not have been accepted for a previous EGA national exhibit. Each entrant may submit up to three entries. Pieces must have been completed from 2014 to present.

Original needlework by EGA members will be eligible to receive the Diana Grossman Memorial Award. All needlework will be eligible for the Virginia Miller Contemporary Needlework Award and the Judge’s Choice Awards. Monetary awards may be given by individual regions of EGA.

A maximum of three pieces may be submitted for consideration. The CD or flash drive must be permanently labeled with the stitcher’s name, and the title(s) of the entries. Emailed entries will not be accepted. Include on the CD or flash drive an artist’s statement, and a brief statement about each piece (50 words or less in MS Word format). If you work is adaptation, in your statement, please describe you source and the significant design changes you made to modify it. Include the appropriate fees.

Entries should be sent to: Peggy O’Connor, 21st Nat’l Exhibit Registrar. P.O. Box 1208, Etowah, NC 28729-1208

For questions, send SASE to above address or email

The Embroiderers’ Guild of America 21 National Exhibit is open for applications now until February 21, 2017. 

For more information of the National Exhibit, visit