Artist Opportunities

Opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary 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

Student En Plein Air Artists
Registration starting soon!
May 5th, 2018, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

The Fuquay-Varina Arts Council is sponsoring the participation of students between the ages of 10-18 in the Student En Plein Air Paint-Off in Downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, May 5th, in conjunction with the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association.

Planning is underway for this event. Please check back here, and on our webpage, for announcements regarding registration and other details coming soon!

Participants will set up and paint a scene of their choice at the historic Museum Park in Downtown Fuquay. The Arts Council will provide the canvas, and the students will bring all other supplies.

For more info, please see our "Event" tab:
Student En Plein Air Paint-Off
Or, please email:

Gallery Around Town Artists
Applications being taken now!
Displaying: April through June, 2018
Deadline for this quarter: March 20th, 2018

Gallery Around Town is a program that exhibits the work of local visual artists in businesses in and around Fuquay-Varina. 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:
Gallery Around Town

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

Other Local & Regional Opportunities

Fuquay-Varina Community Chorus
Rehearsals: Mondays, 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, and help bring the sound of music to Fuquay-Varina!

For more info, contact:

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:

Live & Local Hillsbourgh Street Festival
April 14th, 2018
Deadline: March 30th, 2018

Artsplosure is looking for craftspeople who live in or near the Triangle area interested in exhibiting and selling their crafts at the Live & Local Hillsbourgh Street Festival. All work displayed or offered for sale must be of your own artistic creation.

We welcome all artistic creations, but strongly encourage crafts for this festival, such as pottery, postcards, small prints, jewelry, bags, handmade soaps, screenprints, keychains, or candles. This one-day festival is produced by Artsplosure Inc. and will take place on and around Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, NC. It will feature live music, art, a Kids Zone area, food trucks, beer vendors and activities that attracts a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.

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:

Piano Concert & Art Gala
Grace Presbyterian Church, 119 E Vance St, Fuquay-Varina
April 28th, 2018. Art Show & Reception: 6:30 - 8:30pm; Concert: 7 – 8pm
Deadline: April 2nd, 2018

Solo piano concert, with art show and reception. The concert will include a wide variety of music. Local artists are encouraged to display and sell paintings, and will have the opportunity to stand with their artwork during the reception both before and after the performance.

Artists interested in displaying their work in conjunction with this concert should email:
Dave Rosser: 
and provide a call back
telephone number.

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.

For more info, visit:

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.

For more info, visit:

The Town of Cary Announces Solo and Group Art Exhibition Opportunities
Deadlines: 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:

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 WakeMed 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, Greensboro
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:

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