2017 Call for Art Opportunities

Fine Arts Show

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.

Guaranteed Sales date has changed from October 26 to October 12 from 4 – 6 PM.

Download Prospectus here and submission registration form here.

Fees are $20 for up to two entries for members, $25 for non-members. Commission on sales is set at 30% per sale. AOP reserves the right to refuse any work it considers inappropriate for the exhibition.

Two entries maximum per artist. Cash, check or credit cards accepted. Submissions accepted Sunday, October 8 during operating hours (11 AM – 4 PM).

Opening reception October 26 from 7 – 8:30 PM.

Hands On Arts Festival

AOP will hold its 2nd annual Hands-On Arts Festival at Festival Park on the Washington NC waterfront on September 30 fro 11 – 3 PM. 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 30, 2017
  • Time: 11 AM – 3 PM
  • Festival Location: downtown Washington NC waterfront
  • Vendor Application: Hands on Art Festival 2017 Vendor App
  • Vendor questions?  Please contact Virginia Finnerty at v.finnertyaop@gmail.com.

Be sure to stop by Eagles Wings Pantry booth and learn about how the pantry and the Arts of the Pamlico are partnering with our community to use our creativity to address hunger and food insecurity.

AOP's Marquee on Main Film Festival - September 15 - 17, 2017

This three-day festival will be held at the Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, North Carolina. Opening September 15th at 7 PM with the winning  Best Overall film shown preceded by a meet & greet with some of the judges, film makers & cast.

Featuring professional films by independent producers from across the country and internationally and North Carolina student films. Eligible students must be attending a NC high school, college or university.

Best of each film category shown on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  Acknowledgement for the Best of Category and cash prizes across submissions for Best Overall ($500), Best Short ($350) & Best Full Length ($350) accompanied by an Arts of the Pamlico’s unique Turnage Theatre Marquee award. Special presentation by East Carolina Univeristy’s Film Department showcasing faculty and student films on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are $10 for the weekend.

Submission now closed.

Questions? Email Crystal at crystal.holman@artsofthepamlico.org with Marque on Main in the subject line or call 252-946-2504.

Regional Artist Grant - Due Sept 8



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.  Application available here.

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 by October 31, 2018.

While no specific limits have been established, awards may range from $500 – $1,000. Applicants may receive full or partial funding. Due date September 8, 2017.


River Art Exhibit

River Art Exhibit Competition Opens Aug 23!

Call for Art – Open to artists who live or work or have visited Eastern NC to showcase art created from or illustrate river trash, river clean up or a solution to preventing trash in the Pamlico River. Submissions accepted from August 23 – 29, 2017.

FORMS: Prospectus Submission Registration Form




  • 3D/free standing – $100 First Prize
  • Mixed media/wall – $75 First Prize
  • Photography – $75 First Prize
  • Group Project – $75 First Prize
  • Youth division (under age 18) – $25 First Prize
  • Youth division (under age 12) – $25 First Prize


Photography Exhibit

Opening reception and awards on Thursday August 3, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM for artists,

AOP members and invited guests. Awards announced Friday, July 28, 2017 to the winners and to the public on August 3 during the reception.

All submissions will be displayed in the Turnage Gallery from August 4- September 2, 2017.


$250          BEST IN SHOW  Sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

$250value BEST IN SHOW – Gift from Stewart’s Jewelry Store

$100         WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS AWARD For work best depicting photo journalism  Sponsored by the Washington Daily News

$100         SPRINGSHIRE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY AWARD. Photo that best depicts community. Sponsored by SpringShire Retirement Community,Greenville, NC

$50            ERNEST E. AND ETHEL HARDING CUTLER MEMORIAL AWARD For an outstanding work in the Youth Category Sponsored by Kevin Scott Cutler

$50            JESSE LEE AND CORINNE MAYO SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD For an outstanding work in the Youth Category Sponsored by Kevin Scott Cutler

$50           SECOND PLACE (each category) Sponsored by Arts of the Pamlico

$50          BEST COLOR (DIGITALLY ENHANCED) GIFT CARD    Sponsored by ASAP Photo & Camera, Inc.

$50           BEST COLOR (NON-ENHANCED) GIFT CARD     Sponsored by ASAP Photo & Camera, Inc.