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.

This year’s festival is generously sponsored by:
Artists League of the Sandhills | Brownback & Thomasson, CPAs, PLLC
Charles Schwab | Eye Candy Gallery | Doris & Pete Gulley/Gulley’s Garden Center
Michael Lamb Interiors & Antiques | Parsec Financial Wealth Management
Pinky Doyle of Re/Max of the Pines | Robbins, May & Rich, LLP



These guidelines and entry form can be downloaded by clicking here

Exhibit Dates: August 6 to 27, 2021

Exhibit Location: Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC

Eligibility & Categories: Any artist (16+ years old) is invited to enter art in the following seven categories: Oil; Acrylic; Watercolor; Drawing/Pastel; Photography; Mixed Media/Printmaking; 3-D.

Entry Requirements: Artists may submit up to two (2) entries that are completely original by the submitting artist, created after Jan. 1, 2020, remain on display through Aug. 26, 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, framed (if needed), 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, unless ACMC exercises its right to withdraw any art that is considered unsuitable for public display. ACMC has final decision on installation.

Delivery Dates: Due to storage limits, ACMC can only accept art, application & entry fee at Campbell House on these dates: Mon.-Fri., July 19-23 (9a-3p) and Sat., July 24, 2021 (2-4p)

Entry Fees: ACMC Members = $20 per entry / Nonmembers = $30 per entry
(Entry fees are non-refundable)

Judge: MOLLY BOARATI, Assistant Curator at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art; Master’s degree from Boston University with a focus on Italian Renaissance art.

Awards: The following prizes are awarded at the judge’s discretion:
$500 – Sara Wilson Hodgkins Best in Show
$125 – 1st Place (each category)
$100 – 2nd Place (each category)
$75 – 3rd Place (each category)
Ribbon – 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. The award is voted on by all who attend the exhibit. Deadline to vote is Aug. 21. The winner is awarded $200 and a ribbon which will be announced on Aug. 23.

Purchase Awards: Businesses and individuals are offered the opportunity to support the festival artists by purchasing artwork at a special preview on Aug. 5. In addition to selling their art, the artists receive a ribbon. Please contact us if you would like to provide a Purchase Award.

Award Notification: Winners will be notified by July 30 via phone and/or email. Winners will not be made public until the awards ceremony on Aug. 6.

Gallery Opening & Awards Ceremony: Fri., August 6, 202 (6-8p). [If a community-wide event is not possible, we will offer this event virtually.]

Art Sales & Pricing: ACMC prefers art be for sale. A $15 fee will be charged for any entry that is not for sale. To help in pricing, art priced under $700 has a better chance of selling. Prices may not change once the exhibit opens. ACMC retains a 35% commission on all sales.

Art Removal: Art must remain on exhibit through Aug. 26. The dates for art removal are: Fri., Aug. 27 & Mon., Aug. 30, 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 Aug. 30, 2021. ACMC staff, sponsors, and/or volunteers assume no responsibility for loss of or damage to art.

Rights & Conditions: The artist grants permission to ACMC 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 the 2021 Fine Arts Festival sponsors:

Artists League of the Sandhills
Brownback & Thomasson, CPAs, PLLC
Charles Schwab
Eye Candy Gallery & Framing
Doris & Pete Gulley / Gulley’s Garden Center
Michael Lamb Interiors & Antiques
Parsec Financial Wealth Management
Pinky Doyle of Re/Max of the Pines
Robbins, May & Rich, LLP

Past Fine Arts Festival winners:
2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013 | 20122011 | 2010