CALLING ALL VISUAL ARTISTS!
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.
~ 2023 FINE ARTS FESTIVAL GUIDELINES ~
These guidelines & entry form will be available for downloaded
by April 3, 2023 & are subject to change.
EXHIBITION DATES: July 21-August 30, 2023
LOCATION: Arts Council Galleries at Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave. Southern Pines, NC
DELIVERY DATES: Due to storage limits, art can only be accepted July 5–8 (10a-4p).
ENTRY FEES (non-refundable): Arts Council Members = $20 per entry | Non-members = $30 per entry
ELIGIBILITY & CATEGORIES: Any artist (16+ years old) is invited to enter art in the following categories: Oil; Acrylic; 3-D; Watercolor; Photography; Drawing/Pastel; Mixed Media/Printmaking
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Artists may submit up to two entries that are completely original by the artist; created after Jan. 1, 2022; and 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. All 2-D art must be completely dry, prepared to hang by one nail with wire & eye hooks (saw tooth hangers or clip frames not accepted). 3-D art may be entered with stand, if needed. Art requiring special installation not accepted. Art must be stable enough to be handled. All art is exhibited. ACMC has final ruling on what is considered suitable for public display and on artwork installation and location.
JUDGE: Ophelia Station is an abstract painter & public-school educator from Creedmoor, NC. Her paintings are in private & public collections across the U.S. & on display at the NC Museum of Art’s gift shop.
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
LEE BARRETT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: 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 and a ribbon, which will be announced on Aug. 24.
PURCHASE AWARDS: Businesses & individuals can support the festival artists by purchasing artwork at a special preview on July 20. 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 24 via phone and/or email. Winners will not be made public until the awards ceremony on Fri., Aug. 4. Hosted by ACMC Board, artists & guests are invited to an Opening Reception on Aug. 4 (6-8p) at the Arts Council galleries.
ART SALES & PRICING: ACMC asks all art be for sale. A $15 fee will be charged per entry not for sale. To help in pricing, art priced under $700 has a better chance of selling. Prices may not change after festival opens. ACMC’s commission is 35% on all sales.
ART REMOVAL: Art must remain on exhibit through Aug. 30. Dates for art removal are Aug. 31 & Sep. 1, or by special arrangement.
LIABILITY: All reasonable care will be given in the handling and display of the art. All art exhibited is insured from time of delivery until 5pm on Sep. 1, 2023. ACMC staff, sponsors, and/or volunteers assume no responsibility for loss of or damage to art.
OTHER CONDITIONS: The artist grants ACMC permission to photograph and reproduce any art for publicity and 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
Eye Candy Gallery
Doris & Pete Gulley / Gulley’s Garden Center
Michael Lamb Interiors & Antiques
Pinky Doyle / Re/Max of the Pines
Robbins, May & Rich, LLP
Philip Bailey / Charles Schwab
Past Fine Arts Festival winners:
2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009