Artist Opportunities

Pitt County Arts Relief Fund

The Arts Relief Fund has been created to support creative individuals and organizations in Pitt County who have been financially impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. Many Pitt County artists and art organizations rely on classes, performances, and exhibitions in order to pay the bills directly aligned with their costs of living and running a business. 100% of the donated funds will go directly to these artists and art organizations.

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Greenville, NC: Artist Incubator Request for Qualifications Application Deadlines and Expectations 

The City of Greenville in North Carolina, East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, Pitt County Arts Council, and A Time for Science are inviting artists to submit a proposal to the 2019-2020 Greenville, NC Arts Incubator program. The focus of this incubator is to offer studio space for working artists and cultivate an environment to learn business skills to eventually start their own arts-based business in the Uptown Greenville District.

For more information and to submit application click here.


Join us for this FREE seminar brought to you by PCC’s Small Business Center and Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge !

Arts and business go hand in hand. Pitt Community College’s Small Business Center is proud to partner with Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge to bring local artists a series of free workshops about business in the world of art.  Seminars will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. at Emerge Gallery & Art Center. Even though workshops are free, pre-registration is encouraged.

The website for registration is www.ncsbc.net.  From here, click on "Contact Your Local SBC" and then choose Pitt County from the map. There will be a listing of all of the SBC classes including the workshops below that will be held at Emerge.   Registration opens 30 days prior to the date of the class.  

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The Schwa Show is a national juried competition recognizing excellence in fine arts and crafts.

This exhibition is open to artists in any media and subject matter.Artists must be age 18 or up. All work must have been completed in the past 3 years and never previously exhibited at Emerge. All pieces must fit through a standard sized door. Work must be available for entire exhibition. Video entries are accepted, but
special equipment must be provided. Work must be “ready to hang” or will not be eligible.

Each artist may submit up to 5 entries. The entry fee is $15 for
three entries and $5 for each additional entry with a limit of five
entries. All work must be labeled with title and artist at time
of delivery, if accepted.

There will be three cash awards:
1st Place - $500
2nd Place - $250
3rd Place - $100

Exhibition Dates: October 2-23, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 5 until 8 p.m.

Application Coming Soon!

Seeking Art Instructors!

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Emerge Gallery & Art Center is currently seeking art instructors to teach Spring Break Art Camp, Summer Camps, Birthday Parties, Group Art Activities, Private Lessons, Adult Weekly Classes, and more! We are seeking instructors to teach painting, film, photography, textiles, metal design, pottery, hand building, printmaking, mixed media, and other mediums. Strong professional and interpersonal skills are required. Must have a strong arts background and education. This is a contract labor position and instructors are hired as opportunities arise. To apply, please e-mail cover letter and resume to paula@emergegallery.com.

Youth arts festival

October 24, 2020: 10am - 4pm
Greenville Town Common, rain or shine!
Free event open to the community to see visual artists demonstrating, try out art activities, see performers, musicians, dancers. 
Also, new this year: Auditions for youth performances and visual arts exhibition.

Seeking Food Vendors, Artist Vendors, and Arts Non-Profit Vendors. Applications coming soon!

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HOliday artist market

The Holiday Artist Market is Emerge Gallery’s annual holiday sale featuring handmade fine arts and crafts. The gallery is set up in a booth style with each booth featuring one artist or business. The sale will kick off with a ticketed preview night on Thursday, December 5th, and the show will remain up through December 21st.

Ticketed Preview Event: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Exhibition Dates: December 4 - 18, 2020
Artwalk Reception: December 4, 2020

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The Tiny Art Show

This exhibition is open to all artists, craftsman, community members, adult or child. Any media and subject matter is eligible. All pieces must not exceed 5”x5”x7” in any direction. Work must be available for the entire exhibit and must be for sale.

Exhibition Dates: February, 7-27, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7, 2020, 5 until 8 p.m.

2021 Application Application Released in November 2020.


The Downeast

The DownEast is a National Juried Sculpture exhibition.

Entries Due (digital submission): Friday, January 18, 2020
Indoor Exhibition Dates: March 6-26, 2020
Outdoor Exhibition Dates: March 2020 - February 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, March, 6 until 8 p.m.

Indoor Exhibition Eligibility

This exhibition is open to all artists ages 18 and up. Any three-dimensional media is eligible. Indoor submissions must fit through a standard sized door. Work must be ready for display. All entries must be submitted digitally.

Outdoor Exhibition Eligibility
This exhibition is open to all artists ages 18 and up. All entries must be submitted digitally. Work should be large scale to fit one of the ten sculpture pads in various locations. Sculpture pads range from 4’x5’ to 10’in diameter. Artists must be available to install and uninstall their own work. They may have some help from the entity where the sculpture is placed. Liability insurance may be asked for in the City of Greenville’s location. All work must remain on exhibit from the end of Feb. 2020 through the end of Feb. 2021. Work must be able to be exhibited outdoors and utilize materials that are exterior grade.

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Download DownEast prospectus here.

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PirateFest sets sail April 17-18, 2020!

PirateFest is a large outdoor cultural celebration offering fun, food, art, and entertainment for everybody with more than 30,000 attendees annually. The Juried Fine Arts Area will showcase beautiful one-of-a-kind art available from more than 40 exhibiting artists including mediums of all types - pottery, jewelry, wood, painting, and more! Bring your doubloons! Purse of $1,000 available in juried fine arts awards.

PirateFest 2021 information coming in October 2021

Applications for food vendors, service vendors, non-profits, and Captain's Market can also be found at www.piratefestnc.com.

Questions about vending? Call 252.551.6947 or email at paula@pittcountyarts.org.