Fine Arts Festival

The Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC) created the Fine Arts Festival (FAF) in 1980 to provide incentive for local artists to improve their technique and a place to showcase and sell their artwork. Since then, the festival has grown into a major art exhibit featuring artwork by artists from all over the country. The artwork is also judged in seven categories and over $2,800 in cash prizes and ribbons are awarded. The guidelines for the 2024 Fine Arts Festival will be finalized in April, but will be similar to the guidelines below.

(Guidelines are subject to change)

Click Here to download the Fine Arts Festival Brochure

EXHIBITION DATES: July 24-August 28, 2024

LOCATION: Arts Council Galleries at Campbell House, 482 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines, North Carolina.

DELIVERY DATES: Due to storage limits, art can only be accepted July 9-13 (10a-4p).

ENTRY FEES (non-refundable):
Arts Council Members = $20 per entry
Non-members = $30 per entry

ELIGIBILITY & CATEGORIES: Any artist (16+ years old) may enter in the following categories:
Oil; Acrylic; Watercolor; 3-Dimensional; Drawing; Photography; Mixed Media (includes fiber art, printmaking, alcohol ink)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Artists may submit up to two (2) entries that are completely original by the artist; created after January 1, 2023; & not previously entered in ACMC’s Fine Arts Festival or exhibited at Campbell House. Art may not exceed 60” (including frame) in any dimension or weigh more than 75 lbs. 2-D art must be completely dry, prepared to hang by one nail with wire (saw tooth hangers or clip frames not accepted). 3-D art may be entered with stand, if needed. Art requiring special installation will not be accepted. Art must be stable enough to be handled. Artificial Intelligence (AI) art is not allowed. ACMC has final ruling on what is considered suitable for public display & on art installation & location.

JUDGE: Katie Ziglar, Director of Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AWARDS (awarded at judge’s discretion):
$500 – Sara Wilson Hodgkins Best in Show
$125 – 1st Place in each category
$100 – 2nd Place in each category
$ 75 – 3rd Place in each category
Ribbons for all Honorable Mention

Given in memory of Cecelie “Lee” Barrett’s 21 years of service to ACMC and the Fine Arts Festival, this award is voted on by all exhibit attendees. The winner receives $200 & ribbon, which will be announced on August 20.

PURCHASE AWARDS: Businesses & individuals can support the festival artists by committing to purchase art at a special preview on July 23. In addition to selling their art, the artists receive a ribbon. Please contact us if you would like to provide a Purchase Award.

AWARDS CEREMONY: Winners will be notified by July 22 via phone or email. Winners will not be made public until the awards ceremony on Fri., August 2. Hosted by ACMC’s Board, artists & guests are invited to an Opening Reception on August 2 (6-8p) at Arts Council Galleries.

ART SALES & PRICING: ACMC asks all entries to be for sale. A $15 fee will be charged per entry not for sale. To help with pricing, art under $700 has a better chance of selling. Prices may not change after the festival begins. ACMC’s commission is 35% on all sales.

ART REMOVAL: The last day of the exhibit is Wed., August 28. Removal dates are Thu. & Fri., August 29 & 30. The Arts Council will be closed Aug. 31-Sep. 2 for Labor Day weekend.

LIABILITY: All reasonable care will be given in the handling & display of the art. All art exhibited is insured from time of delivery until 5pm on August 30, 2024. ACMC staff, sponsors, & volunteers assume no responsibility for loss of or damage to art.

OTHER CONDITIONS: The artist grants ACMC permission to photograph & reproduce any art for publicity & educational purposes. ACMC reserves the right to refuse, remove, or reject any art. Guidelines are subject to change at any time. Entry of art constitutes agreement with conditions described herein.

Please thank our Fine Arts Festival sponsors:

Artists League of the Sandhills
Cele Bryant
Charles Schwab
Debra Rhodes Fine Art Services
Eye Candy Art Gallery & Framing
Fore Properties
Gulley’s Garden Center/Doris & Pete Gulley
Michael Lamb Interiors
Jeanne Paine
Robbins May & Rich LLP
Rollin & Frank Shaw
Sandy Tremblay & Paul Hammock

Past Fine Arts Festival winners:
2023 | 2022
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