2018/19 Calls for Art

June 2018 Sunflower Art Exhibit (Submissions June 6 - 9)

The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) in partnership with Raised in a Barn Farm Sunflower Festival will host an exhibit of sunflower art.

EXHIBIT DATE: The exhibit will be on display from June 13 – July 1, 2018.

SUBMISSIONS: Submissions accepted between June 6 – 9 during operating hours.

PRIZES: Gift prizes will be awarded by Raised in a Barn Farm

FEES: Fees are $20 for up to 2 works.

COMMISSION: Commission on sales is set at 30% per sale should artists choose to sell their work. AOP reserves the right to refuse any work it considers inappropriate for the exhibition.

PICK UP DATE: Artist pick up of works July 5 – 10, 2018 during operating hours.


August 2018: Annual Photography Competition (Submissions July 18-22 )

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION SPECIFICATIONS – Work that has not previously shown in Arts of the Pamlico juried show is eligible. Work should be original, executed within the last two years. Work accepted for the exhibit must be properly framed and wired for hanging (no saw tooth or single hole punch hangers).

CATEGORIES • Digital • Documentary/people • Landscapes/places • Nature/wildlife • Mixed media/alternative process • Youth division (under age 18)

JURY PROCESS – Images will be juried in the Gallery.  Juror, Craig Ramsey has spent the last 30 years involved in professional and creative photography. He earned his BFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 1985, operated his own commercial photography business in Charlotte, NC for nearly 20 years, and then moved to Washington, NC in 2009. He has a keen eye for composition, technique, and most importantly, overall impact of the photographic image.

FEES – Fees are $20 for up to two entries for members, $25 for up to two entries for non-members. Two entries maximum per artist.

SUBMISSIONS July 18 – 22, 2018 during operating hours. Submissions, ready to hang, will be accepted from at the Turnage Theatre at 150 West Main Street Washington NC during operating hours. All forms of photography accepted from artists residing in Beaufort and Washington Counties and across North Carolina.

SALES – All works must be offered for sale. Commission is set at 30% per sale.

RECEPTION & AWARD PRESENTATION – Opening reception and awards August 1, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM for participating and member artists, AOP members and invited guests.

AWARDS: Cash and gift prizes to be announced. Awards announced to winners by email by July 25 and to the public on July 31 during the reception.

All submissions will be displayed in the Turnage Gallery from August 2 – September 2, 2017.




Nov 2 and 3 Marquee on Main Film NC Festival (Submissions via Film Freeway by July 31)

November 2 & 3, 2018
Historic Turnage Theatre, Washington North Carolina

Featuring Amateur, Professional and Student films from or about North Carolina. Eligible students must be attending a NC high school, college or university. Amateurs are non-student, non-professional full-time film makers. Ealry submission April 1, 2018. Final deadline July 31, 2018.

The festival will be held at the Arts of the Pamlico’s Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, North Carolina. Entries will undergo a tiered judgement system.

Awards & Prizes

Acknowledgement for the Best of Category and cash prizes across submissions for Best Overall ($500), Best Short ($250) & Best Full Length ($250) accompanied by an Arts of the Pamlico’s unique Turnage Theatre Marquee award.

Rules & Terms

Rules & Fees: Applicants may enter as many entries in a single category as they like and may enter the same entry in multiple categories.

Best of each film category shown on Saturday, November 3rd.

Tickets on sale Augustl 1st, 2018.

2018 Submission Categories:

– Feature Length 31 minutes or longer (Max 90 minutes)

– Short (30 minutes or less)

– Animated

– Nature

– Historic

– Horror

– Documentary

Submissions by FilmFreeway only. If chosen as a finalist a hard copy (DVD) must be provided to the festival, or film risks elimination.

Winners will be notified by August 1st, 2018 by email.

Questions? Email Crystal at c.holmanaop@gmail.com, call 252-946-2504 or visit AOP online at www.artsofthepamlico.org.

Regional Artist Grant (Sept 7, 2018 Deadline)

Deadline date for the Regional Artist Project Grants is September 7, 2018

Ncarts1The Regional Artist Project Grants are awarded to individual artists throughout eastern NorthCarolina in 29 counties, and is a grants program partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council. This grant is not applicable to organizations.

Eligible artists include North Carolina residents who have resided in eastern North Carolina for at least 2 years in the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Artists can include musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, literary artists, as well as visual artists. The average grant award is between $500 and $1,000.

There will be three regional workshops in eastern North Carolina. Below are the workshop locations and dates:

Craven County Arts Council at the Bank of the Arts
317 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7:00pm

Dare County Arts Council
300 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo, NC 27954
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 6:00pm

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge Gallery
404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 5:30pm


Kelly Adams, Pitt County, Visual Art
Matt Amante,  Pitt County, Visual Art
Jason Coale  Pitt County, Theatre
Karen Lee Crenshaw,  Onslow County, Visual Art
Mica Joy Eanes, Duplin County, Visual Art
Jill Eberle, Craven County, Visual Art
Marnette Graff,  Hyde County, Literature
Tyler Griffin, Jones County, Music
Lesette Kornegay, Lenoir County, Music
Timothy Lazure, Pitt County, Visual Art
Marty Silverthorne, Pitt County, Literature
Donna Slade, Pamlico County, Visual Art
Suzanne “Spaine” Stephens, Pitt County
Michael Tahaney, Beaufort County, Music


Raymond Alvarado, Onslow County, Printmaking
Scott Eagle, Pitt County, Painting
Michael Hill, Pitt County, Sculpture
Heather Muise, Pitt County, Printmaking
Donna Lee Nyzio, Carteret County, Painting
Kathryn Osgood, Dare County, Metal Design
Lisa Beth Robinson, Pitt County, Glass
Taylor Cefalo, Carteret County, Music
Joanna Reed, Bertie County, Literature
Barbara St. Amand, Dare County, Literature
Teal Darkenwald, Pitt County, Dance
Ken Wyatt, Nash County, Film


Gabrielle Freeman,  Pitt County, Literary
Megan Oteri,  Wilson County, Literary
Matt Amante,  Pitt County, Visual Art
Andy Denton,  Pitt County, Visual Art
Erika Eagle, Pitt County, Visual Art
Mi-Sook Hur, Pitt County, Visual Art
Daniel Kariko,  Pitt County, Visual Art
Charles Mumford, Greene County, Visual Art
Wyatt Speight Rhue, Onslow County, Visual Art
Joshua Allen, Pitt County, Music
Martha Brown, Pitt County, Film


Deadline date for the Regional Artist Project Grants is September 8, 2017.


DUE DATE: SEPT. 8, 2017 to the
Emerge Gallery & Art Center
404 S. Evans St.
Greenville, NC  27858

or you can drop it off to your local Arts Council. Please check with them as to the closing time on September 8th.


Regional Artist Project grants are awarded to artists in all disciplines on a regional basis through a competitive application and review process. The grant awards are funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and by a regional consortium of local arts councils. Regional Artist Project grants support professional artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic development. Grant awards to artists generally range from $500 to $1,000. Types of fundable projects include:

  • Creation of a new work
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Professional development workshops
  • Travel support for expenses associated with participating in a professional exhibition or conference
  • Development or updating promotional materials – websites, brochures, DVDs, and CDs

Regional consortia match a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council at least dollar for dollar to create the pool of grant funds. The North Carolina Arts Council grants funds to the regional consortia by weighing the history and breadth of artist demand in the region, and the amount of the proposed artist match, among other factors. The average grant to artists is between $500 – $1000.

The Eastern North Carolina regional consortia consists of arts councils from Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.  Each arts council may contribute a portion of its Grassroots funds to support the Regional Artist project program.*  Matching funds may also come from other public and private sources, including foundations and trusts, preferably from within the region.

Participating consortia promote the grant opportunity to the artists in their region, set specific regional guidelines in accordance with Arts Council guidelines, appoint a selection committee made up of arts professionals with expertise in disciplines under review, and facilitate the selection and award process. North Carolina Arts Council staff advises each regional consortium and attends selection panel meetings.

Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as lead for the Eastern North Carolina Regional Consortium, and receives the Regional Artist Project grant applications, schedules regional training sessions for artists, and manages the grant selection process.  For more information, contact Holly Garriott, executive director, Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, holly@pittcountyarts.org, (252) 551-6947 or Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director for Artists & Organizations, North Carolina Arts Council, jeff.pettus@ncdcr.gov, (919) 807-6513.

*Subject to overall dollar limits for the region.


Regional Artist Project Grant funds are intended to provide financial support to a broad range of exceptionally talented visual, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary artists by funding a project that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their professional artistic career.

The Arts of the Pamlico contributes $400 to this regional fund to support this project and encourages Beaufort and Washington County artist to apply.  Applications will be released upon notification from the NC Arts Council of funding.

The applicant may be an emerging or established artist and as a general rule should have completed some basic education in his/her art form. A deserving applicant will have a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of his/her career. Regional Artist Project Grants are intended to fund a particular project that will conclude typically in the late fall.

Awards typically range from $500 – $1,000. Applicants may receive full or partial funding. Due date to be announced.


September 2018 3rd Annual Outdoor Hands On Arts Festival (Vendor Apps Due Aug 1)

AOP will hold its 3rd annual Hands-On Arts Festival on September 29, 2018 at Festival Park on the Washington NC waterfront. Back up bad weather location is the Historic Turnage Theatre.

This free festival is open to the public and offers opportunities to try and buy local art.

Artist and non-profit organization booths welcome.

  • Date:September 29, 2017
  • Time: 11 AM – 3 PM
  • Festival Location: downtown Washington NC waterfront
  • Vendor please contact Debra Torrence at d.torrenceaop@gmail.com. Applications due by August, 1, 2018.
October 20, 2018 Blues and Jazz Festival (Music submissions closed)

AOP will hold its Blues & Jazzc Festival on October 20, 2018  on the Washington NC waterfront as part of the Noon Rotary Smoke on the Water event. Back up bad weather location is the Historic Turnage Theatre. This free festival is open to the public. More details soon!

October - November 2018 54th Fine Arts Show (Submissions Sun, Oct 28 Only)

The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) Fine Arts Show is open to all artists 18 years or older. All work must be original (no copies or classwork) executed within the past two years, for sale and not previously showing in an AOP Fine Arts Show. Many cash and gift prizes!

AOP welcomes back for a second year, Juror Luana Luconi Winner.

Fees are $20 for up to two entries for members, $25 for non-members. Prospectus available by March 2018.

Two entries maximum per artist. Cash, check or credit cards accepted. Submissions accepted Sunday, October 28, 2018 during operating hours (11 AM – 4 PM).

Opening reception November 1 from 7 – 8:30 PM.

Commission on sales is set at 30% per sale. AOP reserves the right to refuse any work it considers inappropriate for the exhibition.

Artist optional pick up of works not sold December 4 – 7, 2018. Artist may choose to leave paintings at the Arts of the Pamlico for sale during the holiday season and pick up works in the new year.

December 2018 Children's Holiday Shop (Dec 1 event, Vendor Applications Due Oct 1)

The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) presents the 3rd Annual Children’s Holiday Shop on December 1, 2018!

3rd Annual Children’s Holiday Shop at the Turnage Theatre begins at 11 AM. Free for kids to shop local arts and make hands on crafts following the downtown Washington Christmas Parade. Contact Thad Aley about holiday shop details at t.aleyaop@gmail.com.

Vendor booths $20, limited spaces. Deadline is October 1, 2018. Contact Heather at hthienpont@hotmail.com with questions about vendor booths. No live animals or plants allowed to be offered for sale.

February 7-9, 2019 23rd Annual Wildlife Arts Festival (Carver apps open, Vendor apps by Oct 1)
23rd Annual East Carolina Wildlife Festival
Duck Carvers, Duck Callers, Fishing & Wildlife Guides, Wildlife Vendors,
Wildlife Artists and Craft Makers

February 7 – 9, 2019
Downtown Washington
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for outdoor, wildlife & art enthusiasts
Indoor & outdoor exhibits and vendors, music, art, kids crafts and more!
Vendors contact ecwaf2019@gmail.com or call Virginia at 305-905-3055 for applications due by October 1,2018.
Sponsors may contact Debra Torrence at d.torrenceaop@gmail.com or call 252-946-2504.

Duck Carvers applications are due by September 1. Carvers may contact East Carolina Wildfowl Guild’s Jay Sullivan at james.moye.sullivan@gmail.com


The festival is coordinated by the Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) which is housed in its Historic Turnage Theatre. The Turnage Theatre is a contributing historic structure in the Historic District of Washington, North Carolina. AOP is one of the longest operating arts council in North Carolina, for over 45 plus years. It is the state-designated arts councils for Beaufort & Washington Counties. You can learn more about the Arts of the Pamlico by visiting www.artsofthepamlico.org.