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Help Beautify Downtown Morehead City with Original Art! 

Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes, enhances and preserves the downtown community by fostering economic growth. One of the projects the Design Committee of the organization is pursuing is wrapping four Department of Transportation signal boxes downtown with original artwork. They are looking for artists willing to donate their talent and time to create digital artwork which can be transferred to an adhesive wrap.

The boxes are all located on the South Side of Arendell Street at the west side of the intersections with 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th streets. The boxes are all 76” tall and 32” wide on two sides and 24” wide on two sides. There is a vent and a keyhole which will need to be cut in the wrap at installation. Each box has a unique identification number which will need to be placed in the artwork (but not large and only on the door side). The photo is sample idea from Seattle Downtown Street Decorations.

The organization will pay the cost of permitting and having the wraps made and installed on the boxes. The estimate on the life cycle of the wrap is around five years. They are open to artwork suggestions which will need to be approved by both the Design Committee and DOT. If you are interested in showcasing your artwork on one of these boxes, please let them know.

For more information or to indicate your interest, contact Amy Suggs, Assistant Director, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. at or call (252)808-0440 by MARCH 5, 2018.


Airlie Gardens Gnome Invasion 2018

For the sixth year in a row Airlie Gardens, in Wilmington, N.C., is excited to host their summer art exhibit, July-October 2018! Airlie Gardens invites artists or teams of artists to decorate, paint, and otherwise adorn one of the 15 oversized 5-foot-tall fiberglass Garden Gnome models. These Garden Gnomes will be placed throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy as part of their garden experience. The hope for this outdoor exhibit is it will be a collection that appeals to all. An artist’s design will be selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, use of materials, the ability to appeal to all age groups, outdoor sustainability and durability.

Applications must be received by February 28th 2018CLICK HERE for more information.

2018 Juried Art Show - Call for Entries - Maria V. Howard Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC

We are now accepting submissions to the 2018 Juried Art Show! This year's juror is Annah Lee of ArtSpace. Submissions are due by March 21, 2018. Please view this year's prospectus, which includes important deadlines and instructions on how to submit. The fee is only $25 to submit up to 4 works for consideration.

This show is open to all US artists who are 18 years or older. So, please share this information with friends, family, colleagues, students, and other outlets! We look forward to receiving your submissions! For a full list of annual juried art shows facilitated and hosted by the Maria V. Howard Arts Center, click here.


May 30 – July 24, 2018 • Womble Carlyle Gallery inside the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Dimensions is a national juried art exhibition, established by AAWS in 1964 to showcase outstanding visual art in two and three-dimensional fine art media. This year’s exhibition will be held at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Downtown Winston-Salem, NC, the City of Arts and Innovation. This year’s exhibition will be juried by Jerald L. Melberg,

Click here for complete prospectus and entry details

Click here to enter DIMENSIONS 2018


Entry Deadline…………………………………Monday, April 30
Artists Notified of Juror’s Selections……………Week of May 7th
Shipped Work due by……………………………Monday, May 21
Day 1: Hand-Delivery of Accepted Work……….Monday, May 21 from 10 am – 6 pm
Day 2: Hand-Delivery of Accepted Work………Tuesday, May 22 from 10 am – 6 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony………………Friday, June 1st from 5 – 7 pm
Day 1: Pick-up Hand Delivered Art……………Tuesday, July 24 from 12 – 6 pm


1st Place – $1000, 2nd Place – $500, 3rd Place – $250, Honorable Mentions – $50


Our 2018 Art Contest, "My America," includes 2D art (any media), photography and fiber art. "My America" is an opportunity for you to create your best expression of our great country. Total prize money is $4,750 with an overall first prize of $2,500 and three category prizes of $750 each.

We would love for you to enter and once again show how the North Carolina artist community proudly supports our veterans and their families in times of need. To date, you have provided assistance to over 40 veterans and their families! Click here for more information.

Entry Dates: 01/12/2018 12:01 AM to 06/15/2018 11:59 PM

Adele Buytenhuys, Director
A Stroke of Patriotism