Artist Opportunities/Grants

2021 WAA Spring Show and Sale Call for Artists!

Wilmington Art Association (WAA) invites artists to submit work for its 39th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale. This show will be open April 3 – April 11, 2021 in Wilmington, NC during the Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. The juror/judge for this show will be Benjamin Billingsley.

Submissions may be made from 10 January through 26 February 2021. The show is open to all artists 18 years of age and older and will include original works in painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking, photography, digital imaging, fiber art, mixed media and three-dimensional work. Monetary and merchandise awards will be in excess of $3000. Start your creative engines and get ready to register for the show beginning Monday, January 10th.

Apply for the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s first online Annual Member Show

The deadline to enter the WSNC First Online Annual Member Exhibition has been extended!The deadline to enter the WSNC first Online Annual Member Exhibition and sale has now been extended to Monday, February 15, 2021

One entry from every member will be accepted since submitted artwork will NOT be juried.  However, Donna Jill Witty, TWSA Master, NWS, AWS, WHS will judge a 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place award for each region. The exhibition will run from March 1st to April 15th, 2021. Pay only a small fee of $15 to enter this year!

If you are not yet a member of the WSNC, it’s easy to join! Just follow this link and fill out the form and submit your $35 New Member fee. You can then sign up for the show.

So wet your brushes and submit a piece for this exciting new Exhibition. You will find a link to the Online Member Exhibition Prospectus and Donna Witty’s bio on our website’s Home Page
Donna Jill Witty

Call for Artists

ArtExposure Gallery in Hampstead is always open to granting creative artists a juried interview. This gallery has a generous space which features over 35 regional and local artists, conducts classes and hosts art events.

If you are interested in being considered to show your work, please go to the website and fill out the form to get an appointment to show off your work and see the big, beautiful 5,000 square foot gallery!

Yes! I’m Interested! TAKE ME THERE!

PRESS RELEASE October 12, 2020
The NC CARES for Arts Grant is now open for applications.

The Pender County Arts Council is now accepting applications for North Carolina CARES for Arts grants through November 9, 2020. 

The North Carolina General Assembly designated $9.4 million federal CARES Act funds for arts councils and arts organizations to mitigate business disruptions caused by COVID-19. The North Carolina Arts Council will distribute these funds on a per-capita basis to all North Carolina counties with a population of less than one million people.  In many counties, local arts councils will receive the funds and then sub-grant a portion of the county allotment to eligible recipients.

Arts and cultural organizations, as well as individual artists, are eligible to apply to for a North Carolina CARES for Arts grant to offset business disruption and/or expenses incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020. The following expenses can be considered: paid salaries and benefits (including contractors), on-going operating expenses, costs associated with canceling programs and creating virtual programs, and COVID-related safety and cleaning measures. Applicants must provide documentation as evidence for expenses. Documents such as receipts, bill/invoices, monthly financial statements, and payroll ledgers will be considered. 

Revenue losses are not considered for mitigation in this grant program. North Carolina CARES for Arts funding cannot reimburse expenses already paid for by other federal relief funds such as PPP loans, direct grants from the NEA, and stimulus grants issued by the North Carolina Arts Council. 

Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Pender Count Arts Council website at Applications must be received no later than November 9, 2020. 

For questions or more information, contact Rochelle Whiteside at (910) 617-2368  or email 

Please Click Here for more information on participation
in the NC CARES for Arts Grant

Call To Artists: Art in the Arboretum 2020 Virtual Show

The Wilmington Arboretum is offering their 2020 annual Art in the Arboretum show as an ONLINE Virtual Event this year for 2D and 3D artists.  And there is no fee to register for artists!  Simply register and upload your art to be considered for this year’s show.  Make sure you read the prospectus for details, instructions and links for registration AND watch the “how to” video.  This is the 25th year of Art in the Arboretum. Hope you all can participate!

CLICK HERE for a prospectus with schedule.

CLICK HERE to begin registering for the show and uploading your art!