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

Local Authors’ Showcase – Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center

Writers from the Sandhills region are invited to participate in the Local Authors’ Showcase on Sunday, July 23. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Pate Room of Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane.

Interested local authors must submit an application to participate. Space is limited, and authors will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for a table at the event, published authors should download an application form from the library’s website:

Date:  Sunday, July 23

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Fuel for the Fire – The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County is seeking original artwork from contemporary artists working with some of art’s most organic materials to create works of art that transcend their elements and captivate the viewer. In this juried show, artists explore and manipulate the materiality of wood and paper in two dimensional and sculptural forms, illustrating evolving techniques and aesthetics by highlighting the expressive capacity and growing sophistication of the materials.

Deadline:  August 7

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Arts and Craft Vendors – The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Sell your arts/crafts of any kind to a huge weekend crowd!  Applications are now  being accepted for arts and craft vendors for the 39th International Folk Festival.  With 100,000+ anticipated attendance  for less than $100, share you craft at one of Fayetteville’s most popular events!

Deadline:  August 28

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After School/Spring Break/Summer Camps



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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Art & Science Summer Camps  – Fascinate-U

Summers are always more fun when kids sign up for our Art & Science Camps!

You can choose whether you would like your child to attend morning, afternoon, or all day camp. Children who attend all day camp will have an hour lunch break to eat their bag lunch in our party room and free play at the museum’s exhibits.  If your child attends the full day of camp, they will enjoy both Science and Art classes.

Dates: June 26-30 | July 17-21 | July 24-28| August 7-11|

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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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Summer Theatre Camp – Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Registration for Summer Theatre Camps are open!  CFRT offers five one to two week camps that let students explore the word of acting. This year ages 6-9 can join them for Aristocats, kids; ages 9-14 will perform Madagascar, jr; and teens will be guided by guest director, Sarah Hankins, Shakespeare’s 12th Night.

Summer Arts Classes – Sandhills Community College

The Arts Council of Moore County has partnered with Sandhills Community College to offer summer youth visual arts and theatre classes.  There are spots still open for classes. Creative Drama, Musical Theatre, and Drama Enrichment classes are open to all kids ages 10-14 years old.  The Unsinkable Creative Society is open to all girls ages 12-17 years old.  The Creative Adventurers’  Club is open to all kids ages 10-14 years old.

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 General Arts Opportunities

2017 Made in NC Awards – Our State

The Made in NC Awards is for all you North Carolina makers, bakers, crafters, and creators. Maybe you run a small microbrewery, or sell handmade soaps at your local farmer’s market. Perhaps you are a skilled woodworker, or create incredible custom clothing. Whatever is it that you make, you are proud to produce it right here in North Carolina — and we want to help you show it off to the entire state.

The grand prize winner will receive $500. Each category winner (including grand prize winner) will receive ad space in an upcoming magazine gift guide, exposure at the Made in NC Awards Celebration Event on October 7, and a spotlight on

Deadline: July 19, 2017

 Public Art Opportunity – Utah Public Art Program

Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Life Sciences Building on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah. The Life Sciences Building will be a stunning addition to the beautiful USU campus. The selection committee seeks to incorporate an artist’s voice into this important project. The facility, and the art integral to it, will allow students to discover, experience, and share world-changing ideas.

Budget: $313,000

Applications are accepted via CaFE or digital copy (information / instructions available here)

Please refer any questions or comments to Mackenzie Morton at 245-7270 or Jim Glenn at 245-7271

Deadline: July 21, 2017

Call for Artists – 4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division

4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) want to commission four Associate Artists to create intrigue and stimulate curiosity, raise awareness, and foster an emotional connection to the largely invisible Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system and make its importance resonate at a city-wide scale. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Selected Associate Artists will have the chance to create meaningful artwork that engages issues of social, economic, and environmental relevance. They will build relationships with a cohort of other committed Associate Artists responding to related themes and working in a diversity of disciplines to produce a variety of outcomes. Throughout the project, Associate Artists will enjoy support from and close dialogue with both WTD staff and lead planning artist team Sans façon.

Budgets: $190,000, $100,000, $80,000, and $40,000

Deadline: July 27, 2017, 4 p.m., PDT

Riverwalk I-24 Underpass – Public Art Chattanooga

Public Art Chattanooga (PAC) and the Chattanooga Department of Transportation (CDOT) seek artists’ qualifications for the commission, design and installation of an artwork that transforms and enlivens the I-24 Underpass which spans across a section of the recently opened Tennessee Riverpark Extension in Chattanooga, TN.  This opportunity is open to artists and/or artist led teams in the U.S.  Artist led teams including architects, landscape architects, engineers, lighting and sound designers are encouraged to apply.

Budget: $220,000

Date: August 17, 4 p.m. EST

Fellowship Program – Radcliffe Institute

Individuals working in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics are invited to apply for the Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Stipends of up to $77,500 will be awarded for individuals to pursue projects in their fields.

Date: September 14

SPARKcon – Visual Artists Exchange

SPARKcon sets itself apart from other festivals because its content is planned through an open source process. Anyone with creative ideas can have a voice at SPARKcon, resulting in a growing collaborative community with bigger ideas every year. We want you to be part of that community! This inclusivity means there is no template when it comes to SPARKcon. No business-as-usual. It’s weird, ambitious, and authentically yours.

Date: September 14 – 17, 2017

 Displaced Artists Fund Residency Program – Vermont Studio Center

Thanks to generous support from the McComb Foundation, from 2017-2019, VSC will provide up to 20 displaced visual artists and writers with fully subsidized 4- to 6-week studio residencies.

Artists and writers from the U.S. and anywhere in the world who have been directly affected by a natural disaster may apply directly to VSC for a residency.

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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.

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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




2017 Fine Arts Festival  – Arts Council of Moore County

The Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC) created the Fine Arts Festival in 1980 to provide incentive for local artists to improve their technique and a place to showcase and sell their artwork. The festival has since grown into a major exhibit featuring artwork by artists from all over the country. The event also includes an art competition where the entries are judged and cash prizes and ribbons are awarded.

Artwork Dropoff: July 17-21 (10 am-4 pm) & Sat, July 22 (12 pm – 4 pm)

Call for Artists – Theatre Art Galleries

Theatre Art Galleries of High Point, NC is pleased to host a Juried Invitational Art Exhibit titled “THE BICYCLE: Art Meets Form” opening August 29th and on view until September 22nd. This is the third year for the exhibit and it will be held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic benefiting the Bobby Labonte Foundation in downtown High Point.

The exhibition will feature original works of art by artists from across the U.S. and all of the art must relate in some way to bicycles or cycling.

Prizes will be awarded during the Opening Reception on September 7th for First Place: $1000, Second Place: $500, and Third Place: $250.

Deadline: July 31

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize – Aesthetica Magazine

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

Deadline: August 31

32nd Annual Sculpture Celebration  – Caldwell Arts Council

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, potential sales and commissions. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir North Carolina. Early registration discounts are available.

Early registration begins July 1.  On-site registration is Sept. 8-9.

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Third Annual Toe River Arts Juried Show  – Toe River Arts Council

The Toe River Arts Council in Mitchell and Yancy Counties in WNC is hosting the Third Annual Toe River Arts Juried Show.  The exhibition will run from Oct 7-Nov 4 at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery and is open to artist s18+ in all mediums in GA, VA, TN, SC and NC.  This year’s juror is Randy Sanders, director of the Reece Museum on the campus of ETSU, in Johnson City.  Prizes total $2,000.

Deadline: August 2

Fine Contemporary Craft – Artspace

Artspace is now accepting entries for the biennial exhibition, Fine Contemporary Craft, December 1, 2017 – January 13, 2018. Juried by Roger Manley, Director of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design.  First place cash award of $1000.

Applications accepted through CaFE only at $25 application fee.

Deadline: September 22

Call for Artists – The Big Picture 

The big picture is a collective art project where people in our local area and around the world are collaborating to create a big mosaic picture from thousands of drawings.
This project outlines the connections be

tween individuals from all around the world and can be seen as a giant conversation taking place between all the participants and us through a dynamic and monumental art work.
We are interested in learning more about you: where you are coming from and where you are living now.

Deadline: The project will stop once the picture has been filled with drawings, that should take at least one year. (Date posted: May 22, 2017)

Exhibition Space – Fayetteville VA Health Care Center

The Fayetteville VA Health Care Center is providing the opportunity for local artists to display their works while serving our employees and Veterans through visual arts in our new gallery space.  For more information, please contact Carrie Callahan at .

Residency Fellowships – Vermont Studio Center

Every VSC residency includes a private room, private studio space, and all meals.

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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

“Wait Until Dark” Auditions – Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Auditions for the upcoming show “Wait Until Dark” will be held on July 22.

To Request and appointment, please email:, with your headshot, resume and role you would like to be seen for. Please additionally attach digital copies of your headshot (.jpeg or .pdf) and resume if you have them.
What to prepare: Please prepare the side provided at
*A perusal script is available in the CFRT Business Office, 1209 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC (Highland Ave entrance) Monday-Friday; 9:30am-4:30pm

Event Date: July 22, 2017, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Convention/Competition – The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention

The Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is devoted to the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage and resources of the Happy Valley/Yadkin Valley through an annual music festival that highlights traditional old-time and bluegrass music and rural traditions. It’s a fun, family-friendly event and features musicians from all over the United States.

Event Date: September 1-3, 2017

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

Fan Fiction Contest – Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter their fan fiction in Cumberland County Public Library’s Fan Fiction Contest by August 15. Fan fiction is fiction about characters or settings from an original work of fiction, created by fans of that work rather than by its creator.
Limit entries to 5,000 words or less and bring to any library location’s Information Services desk or Youth Services desk. You may also email your entry to Include your name, a way to contact you and the fandom with which your entry is associated. Please make sure the content of your entry is rated PG-13 or less. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at Librari-Con, September 2, 2017.
Residency Fellowships – Vermont Studio Center

Every VSC residency includes a private room, private studio space, and all meals.

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Write On, Right Now – Cumberland County Library

Welcome, all writers! We’ll meet at six for chatting and networking and begin our work at 6:30 for critique and discussion of our literary projects. Sharing is encouraged, but not required, in a helpful and supportive environment. The group meets monthly at Panera Bread at 1933 Skibo Rd., Fayetteville.

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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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