Artist Opportunities

Opportunities in the visual, literary and performing arts, open to artists in Southern Wake County and the surrounding regions. Entries are listed in descending order by deadline, with ongoing or revolving entries listed last.

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Featured FVAC Artist Opportunities

Gallery Around Town Artists
Applications being taken now!
Displaying: Mid-January through end of March, 2018
Deadline for this quarter: January 19th, 2018 (next submission window will end April 20th, 2018)

Gallery Around Town is a program that exhibits the work of local visual artists in the business of the Fuquay-Varina vicinity. This program provides an opportunity for artists of all levels to show their work publicly, and for businesses to be enriched with a continual display of local talent and creativity. We are now accepting applications for our 1st quarter gallery showings.

For more info, please see our "Gallery Around Town" tab:

If interested in participating, as either an artist or a business, please email:
Lyndsey Lile at

Other Local & Regional Opportunities

Spotlight Theatre, Auditions for Production of The Jungle BookHolly Springs
Auditions: January 16th, 2018

Snakes slithering around the stage, bears beat boxing, and lions lingering...what more could you ask for? This non-musical production of The Jungle Book will explore physicality and will turn our world into a Jungle! 

Register NOW online or in person at any Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Facility. Call the Cultural Center at 919-567-4000 with any questions.

Application for Fellowship Opportunity with ILI
Deadline: January 17th, 2018

ILI is a year-long intercultural leadership program for artists, culture bearers & other arts professionals.

They are accepting applications for the second cohort of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and PA’I Foundation.

For more info:

The Justice Theater Project, Youth Auditions for Oliver!, Raleigh
June 2018 Production
Auditions: January 20th, 2018, 1pm - 5pm

Holding auditions for youth singers and actors for the majority of the lead and ensemble roles for the June production of Oliver!. NOTE: Auditions for for new auditioners. If you have already auditioned but have not heard any further information, you are STILL in consideration for the show, but are do not have to attend this additional audition.

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Fuquay-Varina Community Chorus
First meeting & rehearsal: January 22nd, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Fuquay-Varina Community Center

Ready to sing? Under the direction of Choral Director Maggie Cook, FV Arts Center is forming The Fuquay-Varina Community Chorus. This group will perform at town functions and at the FV Arts Center, but we want to begin practicing now for the anticipated opening of the Arts Center later this spring.

The program is open to vocalists of all experience levels (from shower singers to formally trained singers), ages 16 years and older. The group will practice at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center on Monday evenings, from 7:00 - 8:30pm. Join us for our first meeting on Jan. 22nd for the first meeting, and help bring the sound of music to Fuquay-Varina!

For more info, contact:

10th Annual Art in the Heart of Hillsborough Arts Show
April 21st, 2018, 9am - 4pm, Alexander Dickson House, aka Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough
Deadline: January 30th, 2018

This juried show offers original artwork and quality handcrafted items for sale. Event is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy over 40 art vendors, music, food, and drink. 

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The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Deadline: January 30th, 2018 (postmarked)

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. 

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Downtown Rocky Mount Mural Project Submissions
Deadline: January 31st, 2018

The Imperial Centre and Downtown Rocky Mount are seeking artist proposals for a three-part downtown Rocky Mount Mural. The mural will be on the exterior wall(s) of Towel Town (248 SW Main St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804). We are seeking a family friendly mural that is bright and expresses the vibrancy and diversity of our community.

For more info, visit:

The Town of Cary Announces Solo and Group Art Exhibition Opportunities
Deadlines: February 1st and August 1st, 2018

Artists working in any medium are invited to submit an application for exhibition at Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary Arts Center and other facilities around town. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be held for the next review. The Arts Exhibition Review Committee meets twice a year to review applications.

For more info, visit:

4th Annual Longleaf Film Festival
Hosted by NC Museum of History

Deadlines: February 1st and March 1st, 2018

Rolling submission dates have begun for films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection, through the people involved in making them or through their subject. Prizes for award-winning film. Longleaf is a free-to-attend festival that highlights the best of historic and contemporary stories through narrative and documentary features and shorts. Longleaf Film Festival has 8 categories for entry. To be eligible for selection and awards for Longleaf 2018, filmmakers and/or films must have a North Carolina connection and/or be a former Official Selection filmmaker.

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3rd Annual Project DANCE '18, Holly Springs Community Arts Festival
Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center
Performance: February 9th, 2018, 7pm
Deadline to register: Contact HS Cultural Center

This is an Open Call for dance solos, small groups, teams, schools, universities, and companies to perform in a unified environment on the beautiful Holly Springs Cultural Center Stage! We want to celebrate the wide variety of dance styles, choreographers, and dance companies in our community. Anyone is eligible to participate. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Pro! All styles of dance! Ballet, Cheer, Hip Hop, African, Modern, Clogging, and anything else!

Limited space so get your application in ASAP!

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The NC Writer’s Network, 2018 Doris Betts Fiction Prize
Deadline: February 15th, 2018 (postmarked)

The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.

The winner receives $250 and publication in North Carolina Literary Review.

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NCSSM Fine Arts Series - Spring Exhibition
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, 1219 Broad St., Durham
Deadline: February 18th, 2018

As part of an ongoing commitment to represent visual arts, The NC School of Science and Math (NCSSM) invites artists to submit entries to our first Juried International Exhibition of contemporary art. NCSSM seeks to examine two-dimensional art as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists. We hope to demonstrate the continued significance of art practices through a multitude of conventional and innovative methods. Accepted work will be exhibited in our ETC gallery which is located in the lobby area of our auditorium. The ETC is open to the public during orchestra and theater performances as well as during visiting lectures, NCSSM festivals, and other events throughout the year. 

Once the show is hung, NCSSM students, faculty, and staff will be invited to review all accepted work. The NCSSM community will select one artist to receive a 2018-2019 NCSSM Fine Arts Series solo exhibition. The selected artist will also receive a $500 honorarium. The winner will be announced during the Artist Reception on April 28, 2018 (4pm-6pm).

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Jan/Feb 2018, Short Story Award for New Writers Contest
Deadline: February 28th, 2018

Emerging writers are welcome in ALL categories, but this category is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. (Entries must not have appeared in any print publication.) Most entries run from 1000 - 4000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome.


  • 1st place wins $2500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.
  • 2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
  • 3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies.

READING FEE: $18 per story.

This contest is held in January/February, May/June, and September/October, with these deadlines:
February 28 | June 30 | October 31

For more info, visit:

Cary Gallery of Artists, 10th Annual Small Treasures Juried Exhibit
March 30th - April 21st, 2018
Deadline: March 9th, 2018, 11:59pm

North Carolina artists may submit 2D or 3D submissions of your best small works. Juror will be well-renowned and respected artist, Bob Rankin. $700 in prizes to be awardedd. All juried pieces accepted will also be for sale during the exhibit.

For more info:

Sertoma Arts Center Gallery Program
January - December 2019 Season
Deadline: March 31st, 2018

Designed to serve as one of the City of Raleigh’s community exhibition spaces, Sertoma Arts Center’s Gallery Program has introduced hundreds of artists to area residents and visitors.

Visual artists in all mediums
Solo and group shows are welcome to apply

Submissions are being taken for the January-December 2019 season. Five exhibitions will be scheduled for January - December 2019. Duration of each exhibition is typically two months, Works may or may not be for sale.

For more info, visit:

Fest In The West, Village of Arts & Crafts
May 5th, 2018, 11am - 5pm, USA Baseball, Cary, NC
Deadline: Contact organizer

West Cary’s Own Festival, Saturday, May 5, 2018, at USA Baseball in Cary. Handmade jewelry, stained glass, wall hangings, photography, pottery, soap, candles, garden ornaments and more. Up to 40 local artisans in the Village of Arts & Crafts at Fest in the West.

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Chapel Hill’s 46th Annual Festifall Arts Festival 2018
October 7th, Noon - 6pm, West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Deadline: May 31st, 2018

Chapel Hill’s Festifall Arts Festival is a vibrant market of handmade artworks along with live performances. Over 100 artists representing the finest in painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media will be on site.

Festifall is dedicated to presenting unique items that are never manufactured or mass produced. Additionally, top artists will be selected through jury to receive $1100 in prizes and community recognition.

For more info, visit:

Request for Artist Qualifications: Public Art Opportunities, Pittsboro, NC
Deadline: TBD. Contact organizer.
Design Development & Approvals, Summer 2018.
Installation, Fall 2018.

Eco Group, LLC invites professional artists to submit their credentials for consideration to the first stage of competition for several upcoming integrated public art opportunities within Mosaic, a 45 acre proposed mixed use site within Chatham Park with a total integrated art budget that is still under development which will include design and construction. Additional art opportunities include Works buildings, gas torches, children’s interactive play areas, water features, and a band shell. This list is not all inclusive but an overview. This request for artist qualifications is the first of a two-stage competitive process to identify artists to be considered for upcoming projects.

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United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County Exhibition Opportunities
Deadline: December 20th, 2018

The United Arts Council curates and sponsors art exhibits at the Wake County Justice Center in downtown Raleigh and MakeMed Raleigh on New Bern Avenue.

To learn more about opportunities to exhibit your work in these venues, visit:

FV Arts Center Program & Class Offerings
Deadline: Ongoing

Construction on the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center is on schedule with the outside theater walls nearing completion and the roof being installed by year end, 2017. During the winter months, workers will move inside to begin interior work on the Arts Center which will include a 300+ seat theater, a dance studio, art gallery and specialized classrooms to accommodate a variety of visual and performing arts. Construction began in late March and is expected to be complete in spring 2018.

The Arts Center is currently evaluating potential class offerings. If you are interested in teaching at the new Arts Center, please contact:

Maureen Daly
Arts Center Director

Please include the proposed course you would like to teach and the target audience for the class.

From the November 2017 "Focus on Fuquay-Varina" Newsletter:

Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greenville
Deadline: Ongoing

GreenHill's mission is to exhibit the work of NC artists living and working in the state. Curator, Edie Carpenter develops exhibitions two to three years in advance. Artists selections are made to fit the scope of the exhibition plans. Large group and small group shows alternate with solo exhibitions. Attention is also given to representing a variety of artistic mediums.  

We accept submissions from artists to exhibit on an ongoing basis and scout for artists to feature in our exhibitions continuously. Generally, GreenhHill is looking for adept technical ability, accomplishment, innovation, visual appeal, and thoughtful content. The artists featured at GreenHill tend to be - but not always are - professional artists. We often place new artists in our annual Winter Show group exhibition or in The Shop that features more reasonably priced items and artworks.

For more info, visit:

Bull City Press, Durham
Deadline: Ongoing

The literary journal Inch is looking for flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

For more info, visit:

A Special Thanks to our Sponsor

                 Fuquay-Varina Arts Council | P.O. Box 533 | Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

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