Arts Council of Carteret County | Art From The Heart

The 30th Annual Art From The Heart Opens with Largest Exhibit to Date

On Friday, February 14, 2020, the Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) held an Artist's Reception and Awards Event. Judge Charity Valentine made the award decisions earlier in the week from the 478 pieces of original artwork submitted by 184 artists to the show. This is the largest AFTH exhibit that the Arts Council has hosted to date.

Below is the list of Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mentions presented. The show will be open for approximately three weeks and close March 5, 2020, at 5:00 pm. The gallery will be open daily: Mon-Wed: 10 am – 6:00 pm; Thu-Sat: 10 am – 5:00 pm; and Sun noon – 5:00 pm.

Additionally, the Carteret County Student Art Show is being held in conjunction with Art From The Heart. Hundreds of student artwork pieces are on display.

Download the AFTH Show Program.

Download the 2020 Winners List.


The location for Art From The Heart 2020 is on the western end of Morehead Plaza in Morehead City, between Bridges and Arendell Street (2900 block), between Tractor Supply Co. and Big Lots.

Click below to download more information: 
AFTH Calendar
AFTH 11 x 17 Poster


About Art From The Heart  

Art From The Heart (AFTH) is an annual show and sale of original, two- and three-dimensional artwork, including photography, that typically draws over 2,000 gallery visitors during the event, making it one of the largest regional shows in eastern NC. 

AFTH is open to artists 18 years of age or older at all levels of expertise. Artists are NOT required to be a member of the Arts Council of Carteret County to enter only if they live in Craven, Carteret, Onslow or Pamlico counties. Any non-member artist from outside these counties will need to join ACCC in order to participate in AFTH and may join at registration time. Current members of the ACCC may enter regardless of their county or state of residence. Memberships begin at $25/year.


2019 Art From The Heart

On Friday, February 22, 2019, the Arts Council of Carteret County (ACCC) presented Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mentions in both photography and non-photography art at the Artist's Reception and Awards Event. Judge Eric McRay had made his decisions earlier in the week from 424 pieces of original artwork submitted by 177 artists to the show.

This year ACCC awarded $7,700 to artists recognized for excellence by Art From The Heart judge, professional artist, art educator and studio owner Eric McRay from Raleigh, NC. Judge McRay filmed a blog entry and posted online. Click here to view the video or visit his Facebook link.

The 2019 winners are:

People's Choice:

Congratulations to Vicky White, owner of Hair Biz salon, won the People’s Choice Award! Vicky's paper mache piece, titled "Rising Tides & Faring Storms" had the most votes by gallery visitors, so she received a $200 award at the close of the show.