Call for Artists – Arts Fest 2017

Arts Fest 2017 will be
Thursday April 6 – Saturday April 8

What is Arts Fest?

Arts Fest is an annual festival celebrating the arts with FREE events
across the UNC Asheville campus.
Attendees to this three day event will experience:
  • Music, dance, theater, digital media, literature, and visual arts
  • Exhibits and presentations by students, faculty, and staff
  • Local artists and alumni sharing their artistic talents and expertise
  • Special performances and presentations by acclaimed artists
If you are an artist or craftsperson in Western North Carolina and are interested in selling your work at Arts Fest, please visit  for information on how to apply
Featured Artists
This year Arts Fest is themed “Arts for Social Change.” We are excited to host several artists whose work focuses on important social themes.
For more information about these artists or other Arts Fest events, visit our
Arts Fest website, and stay tuned for further newsletter updates.

Call for Artists – 14th Annual Montford Arts and Music Festival

14th Annual Montford Arts and Music Festival

Come, experience and enjoy Asheville’s largest, longest running, single day neighborhood street festival. See for yourself why so many visitors return each year to hear the music, dine on local cuisine, and shop from some of the finest artisans in the area.

Located on the main street of the Historic Montford neighborhood, the festival has a new look with entertainment stages, artist and vendor booths, and central food court all now on one street, Montford Avenue. While visiting the neighborhood, you will walk the tree lined street, where trolley’s used to travel, marvel at unique architecture, from turn of the century “Victorian” to Arts and Craft designs and observe the diversity mix of its proud neighbors, who yearly volunteer to be your hosts for the festival.

This same neighborhood boosts a connection to many great entertainers in the area which is where we draw the flavor of the festival. You will discover an extraordinary mix of music for all tastes, both young and old that begins at 10:00 AM and continues till 7:00 PM on both stages.

The Montford Music and Arts Festival is known for its many quality craft persons and artists who return every year to offer their wares. Our special Juried Artists section exemplifies the degree of excellence you will find at the festival as those artists vie for ranking.

The festival also offers a chance to shop from local specialty vendors offering everything from neighborhood Chiropractic to Real Estate services and our special landscaping area features locally grown plants and shrubs.

Last but definitely not least is a taste of Asheville. Food trucks have become the rage as moving restaurants and we bring you an entire area devoted to them and every taste pallet. In addition, we have specialty foods perfect for snacking while enjoying the music or visiting the booths.

Put the 2017 Montford Music and Arts Festival on your list of To Do events and join us on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM on the main street of Montford Avenue just down from the Asheville Visitor’s Center in Historic Montford Neighborhood.

Art & Crafts

We are always looking for quality crafts and juried art. For more information, please see the Artist Booth Application (Juried and Non-Jurlied).


2017 Dogwood Regional Exhibition


The Dogwood Arts Regional Fine Art Exhibition was developed to showcase and award the finest artists of our region. Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will be selected by a talented juror with vast experience in the arts and a passion for our region’s creative culture.

The exhibit will be on display from June 2-30, 2017 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Dogwood Arts only accepts works completed in the last two years by artists 18 and older. The 2017 exhibition will be located at a pop-up gallery in the Knoxville Convention Center.


March 3, 2017: Application Deadline ($35 Fee)
March 31, 2017: Notification of Acceptance via email
May 23-24, 2017: Artwork must be delivered or mailed to Dogwood Arts Office (Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902)
June 2-30, 2017: Exhibition Dates
June 2, 2017: Opening & Award Ceremony (5:30-9pm at The Knoxville Convention Center)
July 1-2, 2017: Local Pick Up & Regional Mailing Dates. (Artwork must be picked up at the Knoxville Convention Center from 9-11am or 3-5pm)


  1.  Dogwood Arts will accepts applications from all artists 18 years and older residing within a 500 mile radius of the Dogwood Arts office.
  2.  2-D Painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, and photography; 3-D sculpture of all media, and site-specific installations are eligible submissions. 2-D work may not exceed 6’ in either length or height. 3-D submissions over 100 lbs. must be installed by the artist and should not exceed a 6’ x 6’ footprint.
  3. The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented, or any work appearing not to correspond to the entry image.
  4. 4-D Art, including video, performance and other time-based pieces are not eligible.
  5. Artists may enter up to three completed works (three views of each work for a total of nine images). All works entered must have been created in the last two years and may not have been previously exhibited by Dogwood Arts.
  6. The exhibition will open to the public beginning Friday, June 2, 2017 (5-9pm). Artists are responsible for timely local drop off & pick up or regional mailing of the artwork within scheduled dates.
  7. Dogwood Arts reserves the right to photograph and video any submitted work for documentary, educational and publicity purposes.
  8. Receipt of the completed application form constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in the prospectus.
  9. Artists may not substitute, alter, or change sales price after it has been accepted. Dogwood Arts will insure artworks for the artist’s commission value (60%) upon receipt of the work, and through the duration of the exhibit.


Cash awards totaling $3,500 will be presented at the exhibit’s Opening Reception on April 3rd at the Emporium from5-9 pm. Best in Show ($1500), Second Place ($750), Third Place ($500), three Merit awards ($250/each) and an award from Fast Frame.  All awards are designated by the esteemed juror and are final. All artists accepted into the show are encouraged to attend the Awards Reception on April 1, 2016.


Submit your application and pay the submission fee using the entry form below. The non-refundable entry fee is $35 per application (you may submit up to three works per application). Two images may be submitted for each 3-D piece submitted on the application. All work must be in jpg form. The file name should be as follows: Entry form number: (1,2, or 3) _title of work. Example: 1_BigPainting.jpg. The file size should be 300 dpi, and as close to 2 MB or less. The widest side should not exceed 1,500 pixels.


Work must be delivered to Dogwood Arts at 123 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902, and picked up from the Knoxville Convention Center at 701 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Clinch Street Entrance). Shipping details will be provided with adjudication results. Always pre-calculate shipping costs of submitted work. Work unclaimed within 30 days becomes property of Dogwood Arts.


Leslie Noell is an artist, designer, and educator who currently works at Penland School of Crafts as director of programs. She earned a degree in graphic design from NC State University College of Design and an MFA in artisanry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Leslie studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and spent two years as a core fellowship student at Penland School of Crafts. She has been a resident artist at Caversham Press (Kwazulu Natal, South Africa), Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY), and the Winter Print Residency at Penland. Her work has been shown throughout the country in a number of exhibitions including the Hickory Museum of Art, Holter Museum of Art, Asheville Art Museum, and Mobile Museum of Art.

Leslie’s studio work has explored a range of media and process from drawings and prints to installations and objects. Themes trace the fine line between permanence and impermanence, clarity and opacity, real and imagined space. Her work is minimalist in feel and direct in means. She strives for a balance of refinement and touch. Though days in the studio are rare, creative concerns are a constant.


Artists may sell their work during the exhibition period. Every effort is made to promote sales.* Dogwood retains a 40% commission on all sales. Please price your work accordingly. * Work is NOT required to be for sale. 


Receipt of the completed application form constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in the prospectus. Dogwood Arts will provide insurance for all work while they are on site at the exhibit venue for the extent of the exhibit. Unclaimed work is not insured after the posted pick-up date. Artists are responsible for insuring work while in transit. Dogwood Arts will insure artworks for the artist’s commission value (60%) upon receipt of the work, and through the duration of the exhibit.


Contact Kate Creason (865-637-4561), or email

Online Application Available!


Juror: Peter Colon, DC Moore Gallery
June 22 – July 15
Open to U.S. resident artists at least 18 yrs. old. Exception: Artists currently represented by FIRST STREET GALLERY. Eligible works include oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, drawings, prints, mixed media, photography, and sculpture in any medium.  No video, film, installation, or mechanically reproduced artwork (computer, giclees, etc.).
Entry fee is $35 for 1 – 3 works. $5 for each additional work up to 6 works total.  Entry fees are non-refundable. Online entries only.

 Gallery Hours: 11 am – 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

526 West 26th Street, Suite 209, New York, New York 10001

646-336-8053 · 646-336-8054 (fax)

Call for Artists – 3rd Annual Creative Age Invitational Senior Art Exhibit

3rd Annual Creative Age Invitational Senior Art Exhibit at Grace Ridge Retirement Community

WHAT: Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton, NC, is hosting the 3rd Annual Creative Age Invitational Senior Art Exhibit, celebrating ageless creativity in Western North Carolina.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, May 5, 2017. Art exhibit will be open to the public June 8-21, 2017, at Grace Ridge.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to professional and non-professional artists age 60 and over in North Carolina.

ENTRY INFORMATION: All major media types welcome. Artists can submit up to two (2) works of art. Selected artwork must be “show-ready” upon receipt.  A $5 display fee per submission is required with all proceeds benefiting the Burke Arts Council.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Additional information can be found at Artwork can be submitted at

EVENT RECAP VIDEO: Watch our brief video from last year’s event to see how we celebrated ageless creativity in NC:


Call for Entries: Knoxville Photo 2017 Exhibition

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fifth annual Knoxville Photo 2017. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 7-28, 2017. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 23, 2017. 

Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.
Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application.
The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works taken within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Still Life, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).
About the juror: Baldwin Lee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied with Minor White and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art where he studied with Walker Evans. Lee’s work in photography has been shown widely including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been recognized by the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lee teaches photography classes of all levels, spanning traditional silver-based image making through photography made by digital means. His efforts in the classroom have been honored with the University’s two highest teaching distinctions: the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
For more information about Baldwin Lee, please visit the site
More information about the program, as well as images from previous exhibitions, can be found at Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance. Knoxville Photo 2016 featured the work of 33 artists as selected by juror Susan Stanton.
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, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation. For more information: Suzanne Cada, 865-523-7543,

Wilmington: Then and Now – Call for Artists

The Bellamy Mansion invites all North Carolina artists 18 years of age and older to submit original 2D or 3D artwork to showcase Wilmington’s past and present in the Bellamy Mansion Spring 2017 Art Show and Sale.


The non-refundable entry fee is $20 for non-students and $10 for part-time or full-time students of an accredited school. Deadline for completed works is Friday, March 31, 2017. Accepted work must be hand-delivered to the museum on Thursday, March, 30, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM or Friday, March 31, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM at: 503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Rules for Exhibit and Sale

• Artwork should reflect Wilmington, past or present, and use one of the following as inspiration: history, people, architecture, parks, flora and fauna, cemeteries, riverfront, bridges, beaches, etc.

• Materials: all mediums, 2D and 3D.

• All artwork must be ORIGINAL.

• Artist must be 18 years of age or older.

• All work must have been completed within the past two years.

• An application form must be completed and each artists must register by March, 15, 2017. 

• Artists may submit up to 2 pieces of art in any category.

• All work must be for sale with a 30% commission tot he Bellamy Mansion retained on all sales.


1st Place – $200

2nd Place – $175

3rd Place – $150

Honorable Mention

People’s Choice

Additional Information

The work will be displayed for 7 weeks in the Mansion. Jurors will judge all entries and award monetary prized and Honorable Mention ribbons. All work must be for sale with 30% commission to the Bellamy Mansion retained on all sales. For an application, or more information, visit or call 910.251.3700.


Folkmoot’s International Festival Day – Call for Vendors

Vendors are needed for 2017 Folkmoot Festival and its Many Cultures Children’s Carnival and International Festival Day

Two crowd-pleasing events, part of the annual Folkmoot Festival, are seeking professional artists, community craftspeople, nonprofit organizations, and food vendors.  Specifically, vendors are sought for the 2017 Many Cultures Children’s Carnival (July 22) and the International Festival Day (July 29).

The 2017 Folkmoot Festival marks the second year for the Many Cultures Children’s Carnival, a kids/family-centered event, which will take place on Saturday, July 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 on the green space adjacent to the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville. The 2016 carnival hosted 3,000 visitors.  International Festival Day, scheduled for July 29, attracts approximately 25,000 – 40,000 attendees and is produced by Folkmoot and the Downtown Waynesville Association.  Entertainment features two stages, cultural performances and community dance lessons taught by twelve international troupes.

Makers and producers of handmade arts, crafts, nonprofit organizations, and food vendors are encouraged to apply for booths.  Many Cultures Carnival will host up to 60 vendors and International Festival Day will include up to 100 arts and craft spaces as well as up to five food booths.

Application packets can be downloaded or entered electronically at Vendors who prefer to receive packets by mail can call the office at 828-452-2997. The deadline for applications and fees is March 14, 2017. Applications will be juried and selected vendors, notified by May 1, 2017.

Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by Haywood Regional Medical Center, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

Folkmoot is a nonprofit organization celebrating its 34th International Folk Festival. Folkmoot Friendship Center is located in the Historic Hazelwood School at 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville. Staff can be reached by phone at (828) 452-2997 or by email at

Public Art Sculpture Request for Proposals

We would like to inform you of a request for proposals for a Public Art Sculpture

on behalf of Deborah Martin Mintz, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.

The City of Fayetteville has released the request for proposals for the public art project to fabricate cladding for two (2) cylindrical rain cisterns and (1) irrigation controller at the new FAST Transit Center.
The deadline for submission to the City of Fayetteville is 5 p.m., Thursday, March 02, 2017.  Any questions must be submitted to the City of Fayetteville by 5 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2017.
More information and the full, request for proposals can be found here.