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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If you are looking for arts-related job openings in North Carolina, the following are some resources you may find helpful.

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  • 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 college and university programs with majors and/or minors in visual art.

Appalachian State University
(828) 262-2220
BFAs in graphic design and studio; BS degrees in art education and arts management; BAs with concentrations in art history or studio.

Barton College
(252) 399-6477
Art & Design
Art Education
BA in studio art; BFA in studio art; BS in art education.

Brevard College
(828) 883-8292
BA in art; minor in art history.

Chowan College
(252) 398-6305
BS in graphic design; BA and BS in studio art; minors in both.

Davidson College
(704) 892-2344
AB in art, with emphasis in studio or art history.

Duke University
(919) 684-2224
BAs in art history, visual arts, or combination; minors and concentrations offered; MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts; Ph.D program in art history.

East Carolina University
(252) 328-6390
BFAs in studio and art education; BAs in art and art history; MFA, with concentrations in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting and drawing, sculpture, textile design, and wood design; MA Ed.

Elizabeth City State University
(252) 335-3345
BA in art with concentrations in K-12 education, museum studies, art therapy, and graphic design.

Elon University
(336) 278-5600
BA in art with concentrations in ceramics, digital art, painting, and photography; minors in art and art history.

Fayetteville State University
(910) 672-1057
BA in visual arts, with concentrations in art history, ceramics, graphics, painting, and sculpture; minors offered.

Guilford College
(336) 316-2337
BA and BFA in studio art, with concentrations in ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography.

Greensboro College
BA or BS in art and a BA in Art Education

Meredith College
(919) 760-8332
BAs in studio art, graphic design, art education, and pre-art therapy; minors in studio art and art history.

North Carolina A&T State University
(336) 334-7956
BA in visual arts.

North Carolina Central University
(919) 560-6391
BA in art with concentrations in visual communications, studio (painting/drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics), and art education.

North Carolina Community College System
(919) 733-7051
There are fifty-eight community colleges around the state. Some have specialized programs in visual arts. For a complete list, visit the college map on the web site.

North Carolina State University
(919) 515-8300
Bachelor of art & design with concentrations in media arts, textile design, and traditional art & design; Master of art & design with concentrations in fibers and surface design, and animation and digital imagery; Bachelor of environmental design in architecture; Bachelor of Architecture; Master of Architecture; Bachelor of graphic design; Master of graphic design; Bachelor of industrial design; Master of industrial design; Bachelor of landscape architecture; Master of landscape architecture.

North Carolina Wesleyan College
(252) 985-5100
Minor in visual art.

St. Augustine’s College
(919) 516-4730
BA in visual art with concentrations in studio art and graphic arts.

University of Mount Olive

UNC Asheville
(828) 251-6559
BA in art with concentration in art history; BA in studio art; BFA with concentration in painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, and intermedia; BA and BFA with K-12 licensure.

UNC-Chapel Hill
(919) 962-2015
BAs in art history and studio art; BFA in studio art; BFA with art history emphasis; MFA; MA in art history; Ph.D. in art history.

UNC Charlotte
(704) 547-2473 (art)
(704) 547-2358 (architecture) (art) (architecture)
BA in art with studio focus (concentrations in ceramics, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, printmaking and drawing, sculpture, time-based arts/digital/video); BA in art with art history focus; BFA; BA and BFA with K-12 licensure; MA in arts administration; BA in architecture; Bachelor of architecture; Master of architecture.

UNC Greensboro
(336) 334-5248
BA in studio; BA in art history and museum studies; BFA with concentrations in painting, sculpture, design, and art education; MFA.

UNC Pembroke
(910) 521-6216
BAs in art and art education; MA in art education; MA in teaching with art specialization.

UNC Wilmington
(910) 962-3440
BAs in art history and studio art; minors offered in both.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
(336) 770-3220
High school diploma with concentration in visual arts.

Wake Forest University
(336) 758-5310
BA in studio art with concentrations in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and photography/digital imagery; BA in art history; minors in studio art and art history; joint art/computer science program.

Warren Wilson College
(828) 771-3038
BA in art with concentrations in sculpture/ceramics, painting/drawing, and multiples/book arts.

Western Carolina University
(828) 227-7210
BA in studio art; BA in art history; BFA with concentrations in ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking and book arts, and sculpture; programs in graphic design and art education; MFA; MA Ed.; MAT with concentration in art.

Winston-Salem State University
(336) 750-2535
BA in art education; BA in art with concentration in studio art and computer graphics and animation; minors in both.

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Grants & Fellowships, Multidisciplinary USArtists International

USArtists International is a grant program run by Mid Atlantic Arts that supports in-person performances by US artists from across the United States at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. Designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community, the program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines. 

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail.

Friday, September 29, 2023
Film switch art project / switch 2023 - open call for submissions

Inviting artists working with film / moving image / lens based Media, to consider an application for switch 2023 responding to the theme of Play.

The annual switch event will take place this year from 29th October-5th of November, in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, Ireland. 

Friday, September 29, 2023
Multidisciplinary North Carolina Veteran Art Show

Together The Joel Fund, Heart2Hand Veteran Artist Bernardine Donato, and Tobacco Wood Brewing Co. seek to showcase original artwork by North Carolina Veteran Artists this coming Veterans Day Weekend 11/9 – 11/12 for the second North Carolina Veteran Art Show. This opportunity is open to all veterans of the United States Armed Forces living in North Carolina. All artwork must be original. All mediums are welcome. 

Saturday, September 30, 2023
Performing Arts IBMA Bluegrass Live! Street Stage Application

IBMA World of Bluegrass® culminates with a free two-day festival, featuring performances by 100+ bands on several high-profile street stages. In addition, the StreetFest includes an arts market, an exhibit hall, masters workshops, youth performances, food and beverage vendors, and more. The festival attracts more than 100,000 enthusiastic music fans each day.

IBMA Bluegrass Live! will take place September 28 – 30, 2023, and all bluegrass bands are encouraged to apply.

Saturday, September 30, 2023
Public Art Public Art at John P "Top" Greene Cultural Center & the South Park Heritage Walk
  • Create Public Artwork at John P. “Top” Greene park and the South Park Heritage Walk as part of the 2022 Parks Bond project. 
  • Artwork can be integrated and/or stand-alone 
  • $86,000 budget to design and fabricate. Additional funds are held for engagement.
  • Up to three semi-finalists will be selected to interview (virtual) and paid a $100 honorarium.
  • Please read the complete artist call document (PDF) before applying
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Public Art Public Art at John Chavis Memorial Park Aquatics Facility and Heritage Plaza
  • Create Public Artwork at John Chavis Memorial Park Phase III. This project is part of the John Chavis Park Improvements in the 2022 Parks Bond. 
  • Artwork can be integrated into the planned Aquatics Center and/or upgraded Heritage Plaza, or artwork can be stand-alone in the park. 
  • $86,000 budget to design and fabricate. Additional funds are held for engagement and accessibility.
  • Up to three semi-finalists will be selected to interview and paid a $100 honorarium.
  • Please read the complete artist call document (PDF) before applying
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Public Art Public Art at Lake Lynn
  • Create Public Artwork at Lake Lynn as part of the Trail Loop Improvements project. This is a 2022 City of Raleigh Parks Bond Project. 
  • This stand-alone artwork will enhance the greenway trail and/or boardwalk.
  • $73,000 budget to design and fabricate. Additional funds are held for engagement.
  • Up to three semi-finalists will be selected to a virtual interview and paid a $100 honorarium.
  • Please read the complete artist call document (PDF) before applying
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Visual Art Blue Koi Gallery

Wild and Tamed Animals Art Competition, a celebration of creatures in their untamed and domesticated forms. Open to all artists, regardless of location, and participants must be 18 years or older. Submissions in various mediums and skill levels are encouraged to apply until the deadline of September 30, 2023.

Entry fee is $25, awards offered.

Saturday, September 30, 2023
Multidisciplinary North Carolina Veteran Art Show

The Joel Fund and Heart2Hand Veteran artist Lt. Colonel (retired), Bernardine Donato, are excited to host the second annual four-day art exhibit at the Tobacco Wood Brewing Company Durham location, Nov 9th-12th. This art show will contain original pieces created by North Carolina Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This family-friendly event will showcase art from North Carolina veterans of all backgrounds, art levels, and branches of service. 

Saturday, September 30, 2023
Multidisciplinary, Public Art Seeking Artists for Walmart Community Mural Program

This opportunity is with NOW Art directly to be included in our pre-qualified directory of artists for mural commissions. Compensation for the mural will be up to $800 - $1,000 per project. Artists must be able to create a render within a week. Artists of all ages, levels of experience, and talent are welcome. Inclusion in the directory does not guarantee a mural commission.

Friday, October 06, 2023