Arrowmont Calls for Submissions for Juried Exhibit

The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ Sandra J. Blain Galleries invites artists to submit works for consideration for the national juried exhibition, “Nature and Neon.” Submissions will be accepted via SlideRoom from July 1, 2017, through October 4th, 2017.

Exhibition Description:

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is geographically located where the natural and the constructed worlds converge, and is also an environment that fosters artistic creation and education. Inspired by these unique intersections, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is looking for artists’ responses to the theme of this year’s national juried exhibition: Nature and Neon.

Landscape has been a prominent and historical subject matter explored by artists as they consider their relationship to the outdoors. Conversely, some contemporary artists seek to incorporate the kitsch, pop, and glamour of visual overload into their work. Juxtapositions between the natural and the artificial can be found everywhere and in almost every aspect of our lives. Submitted works for Nature and Neon, could be about the commodification of nature, constructed natural environments, or an interpretation of the countryside that takes fantastical or surreal form. Arrowmont invites work of any artistic media including traditional fine art and craft, cross-disciplinary work, and exploratory art forms. Works could be inspired by the traditional pastoral or could be interpretations of pop art and urban motifs. This exhibition asks the artist to consider what is natural, what is unnatural, and how the intersection of both attempts to capture its own disparate beauty.


All emerging and professional artists 18 and over may apply. All media will be considered including book arts, ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, wood, mixed media, video, and installation submissions will be accepted. If a piece contains a video component, the artist must indicate whether or not they can provide any of the necessary technological equipment for installation – not a requirement. All work must have been completed within the last two years. Current Arrowmont staff and residents may apply for the exhibition, but are ineligible to receive awards.


All entries must be submitted via SlideRoom ( by October 4th, 2017. The entry fee is $30 for 3 works. Image files must be in jpg. format. Stills can be submitted for video, or installations, with room for descriptions of the work. Within descriptions, links can be given to view a video online.

Visit Arrowmont’s website for more details.


Western North Carolina Photo Contest

From scenic vistas to intriguing people to mountain sports, wildlife, and more, submit your best shots of Western North Carolina for the chance to win cash prizes and have your photos published in WNC magazine! Sponsored by Asheville Regional Airport, the Images of WNC Photo Contest is open to professional and amateur photographers. One winner will be selected in each category and online voting will determine a Readers’ Choice winner. Finalists and the winners’ images will appear in the January/February 2018 issue of WNC magazine. The deadline to enter is September 30, 2017. Winners will be notified in December. For more details visit:

Cash Prizes Awarded
Professional Category: $400
Amateur Category: $300
Readers’ Choice: $100

Toe River Arts Council Juried Show 2017

The Toe River Arts Council in Mitchell and Yancey Counties in WNC is hosting the Third Annual Toe River Arts Juried Show. Deadline is August 2, 2107. Exhibition will run from Oct 7-Nov 4 at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery and is open to artists 18+ in all mediums in GA,VA, TN, SC, and NC. This year’s juror is Randy Sanders, director o fthe Reece Museum on the campus of ETSU, in Johnson City. Prizestotal $2,000. For more information, please call 828.682.7215 or email, or go to http://o  to download the application.

A Stroke of Patriotism Issues Call to NC Artists

A Stroke of Patriotism is issuing a Call to Artists in North Carolina to participate in our 2017 art contest, Patriotic Expressions.   The winning painting will be featured on the organization’s 2018 poster and will also be used in other promotional materials throughout the year.  Participating artists will be assisting veterans and their families while also having the chance to win significant cash prizes totaling $4000.

A Stroke of Patriotism is a non-profit organization that was created two years ago and since then has helped over 30 North Carolina veterans and their families in many different ways.  This includes assistance with rent, utilities, vehicle repairs and payments, roofing, plumbing, home repairs, mortgage assistance and school supplies.  Our mission is to give our military veterans and their families a hand up in times of need.

To read more about A Stroke of Patriotism and review the contest details, please visit from July 1 – September 24.

NC Glass Center hiring Part Time Gallery Associate

Located in the heart of the River Arts District of Asheville, the North Carolina Glass Center opened doors in June 2016 and is currently expanding into an 11,500 square foot studio in the North River Arts District RAMP building.  NCGC is dedicated to education, exploration & collaboration in all forms of glass.  We offer daily instruction, demonstrations and a fine glass gallery.

NC Glass Center is hiring a part time Gallery Sales Associate & NCGC Spokesperson for 8-30 hours/week to start.
Daily responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Welcome all customers
  • Educate the public on our mission, the works on display, and the artists represented
  • Assist customers with purchases, providing customer services such as gift wrapping & shipping
  • Promote, schedule and book instructional courses
  • Meet or exceed monthly goals for gallery & instructional sales
  • Work one on one with customers placing special orders for custom work
  • Serve as the face & voice for the organization: answering the phone and handling inquiries
  • Prepare deposits and daily sales reports
  • Assist with merchandising & gallery maintenance
  • Work with the gallery manager to complete monthly inventory
  • Participate in training sessions & monthly all studio meetings
  • Assist with special events
  • Maintain records of student attendance & all rentals in according to NCGC procedure.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times in a supportive and respectful environment.
  • Support and encourage students to learn and explore their ideas & customers to find the piece right for their needs.
  • Responsible for informing department director of any and all issues relating to the public, customers, students, facilities and any other issues that may arise
  • Ideal candidate would be able to assist with clerical, administrative, and social media tasks

Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum qualifications

Gallery associates should be supportive of the NC Glass Center mission.  This position is based in a busy public environment, applicants should be able to switch tasks often according to demands and be enthusiastic to interact with individuals of all race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, as well as physical and mental abilities. Demonstrable skills in the following areas required:

  • Must have availability to work days, weekends & holidays
  • Sales experience, self-motivation and a great passion for sharing knowledge
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Well developed multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to handle cash and credit card revenue as well as basic computer skills
  • Must be able to lift and carry supplies and other items (including Glass) weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be comfortable using a ladder and hand tool skills (drills, painting equipment).
  • Position requires standing, walking, sitting, squatting, stretching and bending throughout the workday; standing for the entire shift should be expected.
  • Must be able to work in the heat or cold throughout the entire workday.
  • Preferred previous gallery sales experience & knowledge of contemporary glass

Current resume or CV to:

Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 is open for entries. Now in its 11th year, the Prize presents an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their engagement in the art world.

To date, the Aesthetica Art Prize has supported a wealth of artists who have progressed their careers since their exposure through the Award, including gaining exhibitions in the UK and internationally.

You can view/download press images of work by this year’s finalists HERE.

Prizes include £5,000 for the Main Prize winner, a group exhibition for shortlisted artists and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (311,000 readership), and publication in the Art Prize Annual, Future Now for 100 shortlisted and longlisted artists.

  • £5,000 Main Prize Winner
  • £1,000 Emerging Art Prize Winner
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology for 100 artists
  • £250 art supplies vouchers, courtesy of Winsor & Newton
  • A selection of art publications from Prestel Books

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance.

Submissions close 31 August 2017. To enter, visit

7th Annual Tony Snow Juried Exhibition

The Yadkin Arts Council, located in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center at 226 East Main Street in Yadkinville, NC is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Tony Snow Juried Art Exhibition. This exhibition is a celebration of some of the finest creativity in North Carolina.
Artist may submit a maximum of three original works of art. Submitted art must not have been shown previously at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.    Categories excluded from entry are photography, commercial prints, and giclee. Entries must be for sale. Work may not exceed 40” in either direction,including frame and must be properly wired for hanging. No saw tooth hangers will be accepted. Any accepted piece that is received and does not follow these specifications will be declined with no exceptions. Lastly, all work must remain hanging until end of show. No early withdrawals.

Entry is open to Fine Art artists in both 2D and 3D categories that are a minimum of 18 years of age and reside in North Carolina.

First Place 2D: $1000
First Place 3D: $1000
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $250
People’s Choice: $150

See website for more details!



Artspace, Raleigh Seeking work for the Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition

Artspace, Raleigh
Seeking work for the Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition. Entry fee and cash awards.

Artspace invites artists working in a variety of craft media to enter the Fine Contemporary Craft Exhibition, a biennial national juried exhibition. Work will be juried by Roger Manley, Director of the Gregg Museum of Art + Design. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper and wood. Entries will also be juried for cash prizes. A brochure will be produced for the exhibition.

While Artspace’s gallery space is fully accessible, we strive to make the submission process accessible for artists as well. We encourage anyone to submit for our open calls-for-art . If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter a call-for-art please contact Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee at 919.821.2787 or

Application Deadline: 
September 22, 2017, See website for more details!

Studio Available at The Refinery Creator Space

92 sq ft studio available at The Refinery Creator Space at 207 Coxe Ave. Located near the front entrance of the building, this studio features a large north-facing window that provides soft light. Tenants at The Refinery Creator Space enjoy 24/7 access to their spaces, as well as First Friday receptions in the AAAC run galleries, various AAAC programming, and a creative community in Asheville’s South Slope.


92 sq ft

$200/month + utilities

Please contact or with questions.

Last four images courtesy of Curren Podlesny

LEAF Downtown AVLVendor Application Deadline is coming up JUNE 15th

LEAF Downtown AVL is August 4-5!! That’s a Friday & Saturday this year.
Vendor Application Deadline is coming up JUNE 15th

LEAF Downtown AVL August 4-5th!
The focus of LEAF Downtown is to highlight our vast array of talent and artists in the local independent business community; however, all are welcome. We are specifically seeking local talent and entrepreneurs who meet & strive to exceed the following specifications:
•Artists | Crafters | Healing Artists | Culinary Art Trucks who source their goods locally will be given priority.
•In addition to quality local work, we look for outstanding and creative AVL style booth presence and kind happy artists.
For more information on the areas available to APPLY please CLICK HERE!

LEAF Downtown AVL’s mission is to connect cultures, create community, celebrate diversity and champion creativity in the heart of Asheville, NC.
LEAF Love to all who have participated in the past & have already applied!  We appreciate our local artist & hope you will join us!

If you have NOT already done so please follow the link below to purchase your application to participate in this year’s LEAF Downtown AVL Event!!
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS:  June 15th, notification is June 20th, payment is by June 30th
When accepted you will be sent an acceptance email with a link to make your payment ON LINE!
Hope to see you in August!!

LEAF Love,
Erin & Kyley: