Artist Opportunities

Competitions, Classes, Workshops and Auditions, and Job Postings

The following artist opportunities are listed as a service to artists in our community. The Arts Council receives these notifications from many sources, and assumes no liability for their content. If your arts organization has information they would like listed on this page please e-mail Mary Kinney, Marketing Director for the Arts Council, at If you would like more information on exhibiting your artwork at the Arts Council, view the Featured Opportunities below and visit our Exhibit Page for upcoming open exhibits.  (To see an archive of monthly Artists Opportunities provided by the NC Arts Council, go to


After School/Summer Camps

General Arts Opportunities

Visual Arts Opportunities

Performing Arts Opportunities

Literary Arts Opportunities

Featured Opportunities

“Self-reflections” Call for Art – The Arts Council

Did you know that there is an art to being you? No one else in the world can do it quite the same. This makes you a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! Share the art of being you by creating your self-portrait for the “Self-reflection” exhibition.  A total of $900 in prizes will be awarded (top winners in each age category).

Deliver your work between Feb. 20 and Feb. 28

Draw Libby 2017 – Cumberland County Library

The library is hosting an art contest to draw Libby, the mascot for Librari-Con. Every year a different local artist has drawn a version of Libby that is used in the marketing for that year’s convention. The artist is given a table at Librari-Con and has exclusive rights to sell merchandise featuring Libby. Entries should be received by March 1, 2017. The winner would then have until June 15th to complete all additional artwork (full color Libby, chibi Libby and a two color Libby that is used for t-shirts).

The 3rd Art and Flowers National Juried Competition – Ellington-White CDC
Ellington-White CDC is currently accepting entries for the 3rd Arts and Flowers National Juried Competition.  Digital entries can be submitted  through CaFe (  Acceptance notification emails will be sent on March 4, 2017.
Awards total $1,750 in cash awards.

Deadline:  March 1, 2017
FAST Transit Center Public Sculpture- City of Fayetteville
The City of Fayetteville has released the RFP for the public art project associated with the cisterns at the new FAST station.  The deadline for submission to the City of Fayetteville is 5 p.m. March 2d.
Any questions must be submitted by Friday, Feb 17.
Winter Studio – Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Winter Studio began January 23.  Classes are available for students ages 3 – 12.  For additional information on Studio classes, Student Matinees, or to discover how your homeschool group can attend daytime classes at CFRT, contract Molly Malone at

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After School/Summer Camps

After School Drama Classes – Gilbert Theater

2017 Spring Classes include:

Broadcast News
The Capitol Encore News Staff with Mr. Kline!
Be part of behind the scenes or in front of the camera on highly popular
The Capitol Encore Academy News program.

Tuesdays 3:15-5:15pm ( 2 hours)
Feb 14 – May 9 (12 sessions!)
Exact Dates: Feb 14, 21, 28 Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 4, 11, 25 May 2, 9


Start the journey of becoming an Actor with Fayetteville’’s very own Gilbert Theater and filmmaker/teacher, Mr. Kline!
Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 pm ( 1 hour)
Feb 15- March 22 (8 Sessions!)
Exact Dates: Feb 15, 22 Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5 


Draw, color and build animation films with filmmaker/teacher, Mr. Kline!
Thursdays 3:15-4:15pm (1 hour)
Feb 16-March 23 (6 sessions!)
Exact dates: Feb 16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
Ages of students: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade only.

To sign up for classes, please contact Brian Adam Kline at

Encore Kids College Programs – Capitol Encore Academy

Encore Kids College is an after school program hosted by The Capitol Encore Academy (TCEA). The mission of Encore Kids College, through a joint collaboration with local artists and organizations, is to provide access to the arts and creative practices for K-12 children in our community.

Registration for the Fall 2017 Encore Kids College (EKC) after school program is now open. This program is offered to all K-12 students in our community. Students do not have to attend TCEA to participate in EKC Programs.

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Summer Music Camp  – Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

An individualized focused day camp, led by professional musicians of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, for rising 8th grade, high school, and college level students who have experience playing one of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, or tuba.

Dates: June 12-16, 2017 | 9am-2pm

Deadline: Thursday, June 1st

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Nature Nuts Camp  – Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Uncover the wonders of the natural world through exploration, games and crafts! During week-long camps, children ages 5-12 can learn about plants, animals and more!

Registration is now open and is due on the Wednesday before the start of each session. Full payment us due at the time of registration.  Camps will be canceled no later than one full week out if a minimum of six children is not met.  Maximum 20 children per camp.  Each camp has at least two dedicated Garden staff.  Membership discount applies at Family Membership level to include children.

Dates: June 26-30 | July 10-14 | July 24-28| August 7-10|

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Junior Master Gardener  – Cape Fear Botanical Garden
The Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Office & The Cape Fear Botanical Garden proudly announce our second annual Junior Master Gardener Summer Camp!
Who: Ages 6-8 and 9-13
When: EVERY Friday 9am-1pm June 16-July 14 2017
Where: Cape Fear Botanical Garden
The cost for the 5 week class is $50.00.  All snacks and curriculum materials will be provided.  Students are responsible for providing their own bagged lunch, closed toe shoes, hat and towel.

Space is limited to 40 students.

Deadline: June 2, 2017

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2017 Summer Acting Camp  – Gilbert Theater

The Gilbert Theater 2017 Summer Acting Camp will take place July 31st – August 12th.  Campers can do one or both weeks. Monday – Friday 9:00 am-3:30 pm Saturday performance at the theatre at 7pm.

Students will enjoy a whirlwind week of Improvisation, Comedy, Acting and Movement Classes! The camp week will culminate in a showcase for friends and family! Ages 6-17

Summer Camp Cost: $125.00 Early Bird Rate *After April 3 $150.00 PER WEEK. If your camper chooses to stay in camp for the two full weeks, the cost is: $250.00.  Total fee is due at the time of registration.

Deadline: July 28

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 General Arts Opportunities

 Public Art – The Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County

Lambert Architecture + Interiors, with assistance from The Arts Council, is seeking qualifications from regional artists for the commission of two pieces of public art for the development of the Journal Building in downtown Winston-Salem. The committee will consider professional artists living in North Carolina and surrounding states with preference for artists living in Winston-Salem.

Click here for more information 

Interface Collaborators Wanted  – Visual Art Exchange

For LAB artist Ely Urbanski, all clothes have one thing in common—they are stories of relationships. This month, as part of her exhibition interface, Ely will be collecting clothes and recording interviews of people interested in being part of her project. (click here to learn more) To participate, simply come by VAE on the following dates:

  • 2/22 (Wed) 11-2pm
  • 2/23 (Thu) 3-6 pm


Artist & Merchant Village – WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina

Join us Memorial Day Weekend 2017 for an Artist & Merchant Village that will take place as part of the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina!  Over 80,000 visitors during three days to see and BUY your work!

Only 100 booth spaces will be available, and applications are already being accepted for those spaces.

The Merchant Village will have a NEW LOCATION this year at the festival.   We will have signage, extended merchant hours (same as the festival hours), opportunities to add electricity, on-site lockable storage, closer vendor parking, and many more improvements.

Date: May 26-29, 2017

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Songwriters Needed  – Sweet Tea Shakespeare
Contact if you would like to contribute a guitar or piano driven song to our summer production of Cymbeline.
Artist Link Project  – Arts Access 
Artists, musicians, at all levels and abilities welcome! Arts Access strives to encourage and promote the work of artists with disabilities throughout North Carolina. As a part of this goal we wanted to start a registry which will allow us to connect you with resources and help promote your work.  We will not share your information to others (who might want to hire you or display your work)  unless you give permission but we will add you to our emails to make sure you get resource info.
Talent Wanted – Gallery 116th

Writers, models and photographers wanted.  Talent please email your resume, portfolio or CV to 

Interns Wanted – Gallery 116th

Gallery 116th is seeking interns.  Interns must be in the Fayetteville, NC area, be a creative indivitual and be a team player.  Please email your resume, portfolio or CV to 

Artists’ Charitable Fund
The Artists’ Charitable Fund –  which is a non profit based in Colorado, that provides financial assistance to professional visual artists who are facing medical/dental or other crisis, such as fire or flood.
In the twenty years the Fund has been operating, it has paid out half a million dollars to assist artists all across the USA.
It does not pay the artist directly – but pays the doctor, dentist or as in the case of floods or fire, has purchased art supplies to help artists get back to work.

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Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to artists working in craft disciplines including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF+ develops, promotes, and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery that benefit all artists. CERF+ also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports artists’ careers.

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Art Instructor – Wine and Design

Wine and Design is currently looking for some great art instructors!  We require that you have an artistic background as you will be in charge of teaching 2 hours of “paint parties” to customers with no painting experience at all. Please have sample work/portfolio to provide.

Great personality, patient with large groups, feels confident enough to speak and teach in front of large crowds, strong work ethic, creative, and ENERGETIC!

Must be able to work most Saturday nights — typical hours are 5:30-9:30 pm.

Please email 3 pieces of sample work from your portfolio and a short summary of why you think you would be a great asset to Wine & Design. We will be in contact with you once we have received your information.

LOCATION: Downtown Fayetteville
COMPENSATION: $10.00-$15.00 per hour based on experience

For more information or to apply, email

Professional Development Seminars – The Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance offers professional development seminars throughout the year for artists and creatives.

 Click here for more information

Artist Opportunities – Visual Art Exchange

VAE is looking for visual artists, circus performers, musicians, fashion designers, comedians, geeks and more!

If you are a creative talent and want a supportive community outlet for your work, check out the Calls for Talent posted on the SPARKcon website.

Artist Opportunities – NC Arts Council

For additional Artist Opportunities, visit the North Carolina Arts Council Page at for recent updates.

North Carolina Arts Council – Ongoing Opportunities

State-wide artist opportunities in all disciplines can be found at the North Carolina Arts Council’s website. Click here to see current opportunities.

Instrument Grants – Fender Music Foundation

The Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs. These items are lightly used, blemished, or otherwise imperfect and have been collected from manufacturers and retailers. The organization is currently awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars, and the equipment necessary to play these instruments.

Who may apply: music instruction programs that are part of nonprofit organizations or public schools in the United States. To qualify as a music instruction program, participants must be learning how to make music. Participants can be of any age. Music appreciation or entertainment programs do not qualify and the participants cannot be professional or career musicians.

There is no application deadline.  Applications are approved on a rolling basis that fluctuates depending on the amount of inventory in stock.  Applications can also be placed on hold if the requested instruments are expected to be received within that calendar year.

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A3 Foundation – A3 Fellows Program

The A3 Foundation, which was established by three early employees of Facebook, has two programs in its ongoing efforts to foster and support emerging Asian-American artists in the media.

The A3/Sundance Fellowship allows recipients to participate for the year in the highly coveted Sundance Directors Lab and Screenwriters Lab programs in order to develop hands-on skills and experience in their field.

The A3 Fellows Program is the inaugural program for the foundation placing emerging artists with more established artists to learn and grow. The fellowship consists of $10,000-$20,000 in funding, as well as mentorship from more established artists, and the opportunity to build your skillset and network. Through the funding and support from the A3 Foundation, we give artists their first break as well as help established artists reach the next level of success in the media space.

Want to apply to these programs? Click here to visit their website for additional information.

Professional Development Workshops – Creative Capital

Creative Capital has awarded $29 million to 530 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel and career development services. Our Professional Development workshops have empowered an additional 6,500 creative minds to strengthen their careers and enrich their communities.

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Creative Aging Roster – Lifetime Arts

 Lifetime Arts is currently recruiting artists for their Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Roster. With the support of the US Institute for Museum and Library Services, Creative Aging in America’s Libraries will establish a Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network for Libraries over the next few years. Beginning in the fall of this year, myriad employment opportunities for teaching artists will appear in libraries who will look to Lifetime Arts’ Roster for qualified creative aging teaching artists.

Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging Roster is a free online directory of professional teaching artists – peer vetted and qualified to design and deliver instructional arts programs for older adults. Searchable by arts discipline, geographic location and languages spoken, the Roster is available to anyone interested in engaging teaching artists for creative aging programs.

Interested in becoming apart of the roster?  Click here




Spring Art Show – Associated Artists of Southport, NC

Associated Artists of Southport, NC is accepting  artists for their Spring Art Show to take place February 27 – March 18.  Any artist 18 years or older may enter two 2-D works and/or two 3- works of pottery or sculpture.

Submission Period Opens | November 1, 2016
Fees: $35 for Members | $40 for Non Members

Deadline: February 13
Southern Prize and State Fellowships  – South Arts
South Arts is launching the Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists within our region cash awards up to $30,000.

This new program supports and celebrates the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. Nine South Arts State Fellowships, one in each South Arts state and each with a $5,000 cash prize, will be awarded. The nine State Fellowship recipients will then be in competition for the Southern Prize with an additional $25,000 award. One finalist will also receive a $10,000 award.

Visual artists working in a variety of media – crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media – are eligible. The State Fellowship will be awarded in early April, and the Southern Prize will be awarded at an event in late April.

Deadline: March 1, 2017
Float – Visual Art Exchange

There is a childish freedom of sitting in 4 inches of water. Kiddie pools have a nostalgia of aloof parents and excited friends eager to sit in rusty hose water. The imprint of those memories have toys and objects, designed to (or not designed to) float in luke-warm water waiting to be rescued. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create artwork that stay afloat in either water or air. VAE is challenging artists to think off the wall, and in the pool. Create work that rests in fluid transitions. Work that requires the viewers’ transitions. Work that floats on the surface, between substances, and in space.

Deadline: March 9
Call for Entries for 6x6x2017 – Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Help us once again to build an incredible exhibition of thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. Each artwork must be 6×6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6×6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted; exhibited in the gallery & online, and offered for sale to the public for $20 each (in the gallery and online for global purchasing) to benefit RoCo. Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase.

Artists may enter up to 4 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter. Limit 4 Artworks per elementary, middle, or highschool.

Entries Deadline:  April 16 or postmarked by April 15 2017

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Juried Open Call  – Lubeznik Center for the Arts


Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) in Michigan City, IN has issued an open cal for Home, a national juried exhibition.  Submissions to Home are open to all artists whose work investigates the concept in a variety of ways.  Possibilities include artwork about shelter, family, immigration, homelessness, nostalgia, architecture, domesticity and the planet we all share, Earth!

Deadline: April 17, 2017

Scope ’17  – Visual Art Exchange 

SCOPE is a survey of the southern landscape. While being bold, beautiful, provocative, and enticing, the landscape is also set in histories, cultures, and people. These histories, cultures, and people affect and are affected by the political and societal landscapes, that make the South as we see it and talk about it today. This annual juried exhibition asks artists to create and showcase discussions on the South’s natural, political, and social landscapes.

Juror: Joe Bigley, Assistant Professor of Art at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

Deadline: 11:59pm on May 8, 2017

Restaurant Photography Wanted – Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau keeps a comprehensive database of images and shots from tourism partners throughout the county and we need more shots from Cumberland County NC restaurants. What are we looking for? Folks reading menus and eating, internal and external shots of the restaurants, wait staff at work and pictures of the food. The more pictures we collect, the better we can promote the community and its food offerings.


Can you help? We’ll provide a photo credit for any images you provide. Please submit pictures to


Call for Sculpture artists – Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery located on pedestals throughout downtown Lenoir NC.   Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council.

Interested sculptors will find the application form and more details at This call for sculpture artists is ongoing; sculptures are placed in the gallery for one year.

Deadline: ongoing

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Visual Art Exchange – Call for Art

Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh is currently scheduling Community Exchange Exhibitions. VAE members can apply for solo exhibitions at Cameron Village Library, Duke Raleigh Hospital and the MJH Gallery at the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. These well-attended exhibitions are seen by over 200,000 people each year.

Deadline: Ongoing
For more information:



Performing Arts

Language and Rhetoic Workshop – Sweet Tea shakespeare

 Learn how to analyze and use rhetoric in a Shakespearean text with the use of ROADS. This workshop will focus on Romeo & Juliet.

Date: February 25, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Location: Capitol Encore Academy (126 Hay St.)

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Auditions – Sweet Tea shakespeare

Auditions will be held for Othello and Cymbeline on Monday, March 9 at the Capitol Encore Academy.  Auditions are by appointment only.

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Gilbert Theater – Audition Schedule

Gilbert Theater holds auditions throughout the year.  To find out about current and upcoming auditions, visit their website by clicking here.

If you cannot make auditions for a particular production, please feel free to contact the Theater or send a resume and headshot to or via mail to P.O. Box 53704, Fayetteville, NC 28305.

Classes on Improvisational Comedy

Offered as part of the Gilbert Conservatory, the classes take place at different times throughout the year. The classes are for all experience levels, fun and friendly and will help you learn how to improvise. The Gilbert Theater is located at 116 Green Street, Fayetteville, NC.

Furthermore, if you’re interested in performing improv comedy, the classes are a great way to try and become a member of the Horrible Folks comedy troupe, which produces the Horrible Folks Comedy Show at the Cameo Theatre in downtown Fayetteville. The show features improv games, as well as video sketch comedy, standup comedians, and more.

For more information, email or call 910-489-8044.


Oldies, Rock & Blues Music

Hope Mills Recreation Center hosts open mic oldies, rock and blues music every first and third Friday of the month.  Enjoy live Rock, Country and Blues music from local artists.  Registration to perform is the day of the event.  Sign-up is open to everyone on a first come first to perform basis.


ConsiderIt is an altruistic organization and online arts journal that presents original writing, visual media and music in order to raise funds for artists and select grassroots organizations. Every three months ConsiderIt hosts a contest for all writers, artists and musicians over 18 years of age. Finalists will be published on the Web site for three months and one winner will receive a cash award. Entry fee applies.

Deadline: Ongoing
For more information: Visit or email



Literary Arts


Writing Can Help

Writing Can Help is a new group led by a 30-year veteran for those who have experienced trauma. Its purpose is to encourage release, hope, help and healing through writing. Open to military men and women, retirees, veterans, government civilians, battlefield contractors, first responders and their family members who have experienced or who are experiencing events resulting in mental (such as PTSD and TBI) or physical trauma and disabilities, Writing Can Help aims to be an environment in which members feel comfortable and free to express themselves while developing and learning the benefits associated with writing in a positive and productive manner.   Meetings on the first Saturday of each month will be critiques of work while meetings on the third Saturday will be workshops.

When: First and Third Saturday of Each Month                    Time: 10:30 am                     Location: Rm 202 of the General Classroom building (All American Veteran Center/Book Store Bldg.) on the Fayetteville Technical Community College

RSVP by contacting the facilitator, Jerry Bradley at (910) 574-5019 or

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