The North Carolina Arts Council is pleased to share this list of opportunities for artists. This is a free listing service where the entries are compiled via submissions from the field and updated weekly. If you have questions about a specific opportunity, please reach out to the organization listed directly.

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  • South Arts
    South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture. 
  • NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
    The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources awards grants to individuals and organizations to foster historical, cultural, recreational, and environmental pursuits.
  • Local Arts Councils
    Check with your local arts council for regional artist opportunities and grants. 

  • ARTS North Carolina
    Publicizes job and internship opportunities through its membership listserv. Arts North Carolina will not post job listings that do not provide a salary range or that request candidates provide a salary history. Members may submit unlimited listings at no charge. Non-members pay $100 per listing.
  • Jobs in North Carolina Government
    Jobs openings are listed for all agencies within the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, including the N.C. Arts Council.

  • Americans for the Arts
    A service for both job seekers and arts employers. Job seekers can post their resumes and use the searchable database of nonprofit and for-profit arts management positions at organizations across the United States. For a moderate fee, employers can post a job opening and use the searchable database of online resumes to find qualified professional candidates.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
    Job seekers can access listings for free and arts organizations are charged a moderate fee to post a job opening or artist opportunity.

The following is a listing of North Carolina colleges, universities, and schools with programs and courses in the arts.

College or university City
Appalachian State University Boone
Barton College Wilson
Brevard College Brevard
Chowan College Murfreesboro
Davidson College Davidson
Duke University Durham
East Carolina University Greenville
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City
Elon University Elon
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville
Guilford College Greensboro
Greensboro College Greensboro
Meredith College Raleigh
North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro
North Carolina Central University Durham
North Carolina Community College System Statewide
North Carolina State University Raleigh
North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount
St. Augustine’s College Raleigh
University of Mount Olive Mount Olive
UNC Asheville Asheville
UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill
UNC Charlotte Charlotte
UNC Greensboro Greensboro
UNC Pembroke Pembroke
UNC Wilmington Wilmington
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem
Warren Wilson College Swannanoa
Western Carolina University Cullowhee
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem

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Public Art Windsor Chavis Nocho Community Complex Public Art

This is an opportunity for an artist or artist-led team to create an artwork on the interior program wall at the North Plaza of the Windsor Chavis Nocho Community Complex located at 1601 East Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro, NC. This work will be a mosaic or relief sculptural wall approximately 12’ high by 24’ wide. The area is in the lobby entrance and program well and will be visible from the outside as well as the inside spaces.

Fees or awards




Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Public Art, Visual Art InLight: Grounds for Clearing - Call for Proposals

Proposals are open for 1708 Gallery’s InLight: Grounds for Clearing. InLight is an annual nighttime outdoor exhibition of contemporary art. Artists are invited to propose projects that consider the site’s topography, history, wildlife, climate patterns, and current uses; as well as ideas around rest and healing, isolation and exile, preservation and reclamation, and fresh air and nature as forms of respite and remedy; and engage archival photographs, site maps and other materials.

Fees or awards
Free to apply. $1,000 honorarium.



Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Public Art, Visual Art Wake County Government

Call to Artist / Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Public Art for Wake County Parks. Wake County seeks to commission multiple professional artists to create site-specific exterior artwork to be placed at 7 Wake County Parks being renovated through Wake County’s Capital Improvement Plan as well as for future public art opportunities in County parks beyond these initial 7 projects.



Friday, May 24, 2024
Residencies Arquetopia Foundation

For a limited time, Arquetopia is offering artist residency scholarships for visual artists, designers and writers in three of our four residency sites through this special subsidized program. Aimed to support diverse art practices, the Art*Aid Scholarship offers opportunities to learn and expand your artistic practice. Scholarship residencies are available in Puebla, Oaxaca or Cusco, up to 30%* for specific instructional programs and self-directed residencies.

Friday, May 31, 2024
Literary Arts Kakalak 2024 Anthology of Poets & Artists

Kakalak 2024’s poetry and art contests are now open for submissions. Cash prizes and publication offered. Fee is $10 to submit up to 3 poems or 3 art pieces. The Kakalak 2024 Anthology will accept entries in poetry and art for the 2024 annual contest through May 31. Judges: Julie Ann Cook, Angelo Geter, David E. Poston. No set theme. Anyone is eligible. 

Fees or awards
Various prizes/$10 per 3 pieces

Friday, May 31, 2024
Visual Art Solo Exhibition-Artist Choice

The Blue Koi Gallery is now accepting submissions for Solo Exhibitions! This is a fantastic opportunity for artists worldwide to share their talent. We welcome submissions from both 2D and 3D artists. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Fees or awards

Friday, May 31, 2024
Visual Art The Koi Artist Award

The KAA is Open theme (Artist’s Choice).
Winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
Solo Exhibition, and a dedicated artist profile.

Fees or awards
Cash /prizes totaling $500 for winners. Entry fee is $35 for up to 8 images. (non-refundable)

Friday, May 31, 2024
Visual Art Vibrant Colors Art Competition

The "Vibrant Colors" theme invites participants to unleash their creativity and be bold. Experiment with intense colors and present a visually stunning piece of work. The Vibrant Colors theme embraces those bright and bold hues. Whether you're into painting, drawing, digital art, photography, or mixed media, this theme welcomes every form of artistic expression. Winner will receive a $100 cash prize.

Fees or awards
Entry fee is $20, awards offered




Friday, May 31, 2024
Visual Art Black and White Art Competition

Blue Koi Gallery announces its open call for the Black and White theme Art Competition. This competition challenges artists to explore the timeless elegance of monochrome. We invite 2D and 3D artists from all around the world to submit their work for a $100 cash prize, promotions, and a group exhibition. Join us in celebrating the power and beauty of black and white artistry. All visual media accepted: Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Digital, and Sculpture.

Fees or awards
Entry fee is $25




Friday, May 31, 2024
Residencies McColl Center

McColl Center's Artist-in-Residence Program fosters artistic growth for emerging and mid-career artists. Now open for Winter/Spring 2025 applications. Residents enjoy private housing, studio space, guidance, marketing support, and a stipend. Access to shared labs: 3D, ceramics, metal, media, and woodshop. It's a chance to think big, take creative risks, and explore ideas. 

Fees or awards
$6,000 Stipend




Saturday, June 01, 2024