Artist Opportunities

Greenville, NC: Artist in Residence Request for Proposals

The City of Greenville, 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 2018-2019 Greenville, NC Artist in Residence program. The focus of this residency is to activate public spaces in the Uptown Greenville District through creative placemaking projects. The location of the Artist in Residence is in the garage of A Time for Science (a local science center) located at 729 Dickinson Avenue in Greenville, North Carolina. Greenville, NC is the home of East Carolina University. The selected artist will teach a course in Creative Placemaking/Public Art in the ECU School of Art and Design.

RFP Deadline Date: July 25, 2018 to Pitt County Arts Council, 404 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27858 

Click here to download the Request for Proposals and for more information.



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

Entries Due: September 8th, 2018  

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.
Entries must be submitted online by Sep. 8, 2018. You can submit your registration and pay online at www.pittcountyarts under Artists>Artist Opportunities>Schwa Show. Accepted work must be delivered by Sat., Sep. 29 between 10am-12 noon.

Accepted work must be picked up by Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 between
10am-1pm, or must have a prepaid mailing label for return shipping.
Work left after pick-up date will become property of Emerge Gallery,
unless other arrangements are made.

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

Exhibition Dates: October 5 - 26, 2018

Click Here to Submit your Entries!

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

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@pittcountyarts.org.


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.  

February 21, 2018 - Grant Writing

This course is the introduction grant writing in which the students will learn about the parts of the grant proposal and how to structure a grant proposal. The students will begin to set up their grant proposal in this class..  Cost: FREE Presenter: Christina Parker

Personal laptops are encouraged, but not required. Limited computers will be available.

March 21, 2018 - The Name of the Game: Recruit and Retain

In order to recruit and retain people there are four main areas for discussion: Reducing Turnover and Keeping the Best Employees, Sourcing Potential Candidates, Interview Processes, and Qualities to Look for in Potential Candidates Cost: FREE Presenter: Justin Davis

Personal laptops are encouraged, but not required. Limited computers will be available.

April 18, 2018- Writing a Marketing Plan - CANCELLED 

So you have an idea for a product or service that's bound to capture the hearts and minds (and wallets) of consumers everywhere! Wait a minute! Have you really determined whether there really is a market for your product or service? This course will give you the means to determine your market and your competition, saving you from a death sentence for your product of service. Cost: FREE Presenter: Jim Ensor

Personal laptops are encouraged, but not required. Limited computers will be available.


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 boothstyle with each booth featuring one artist or business.  The sale will kick off with a ticketed preview night on November , and the show will remain up through December.

Application Deadline: September 2018
Ticketed Preview Event: December, 5 until 8 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: December  2018
Artwalk Reception: December, 2018 until 8 p.m.


HOliday Mug sale

Sell your mugs at Emerge during the month of December!  Handmade mugs are a favorite and popular gift every year.  We have great holiday events bringing in foot traffic with tons of people to shop and buy.  Sales will be sold on a normal commission basis of 60/40 (60% going to the artist and 40% being retained by Emerge.)

Application Deadline: October 2018
Mug Sale Dates: November - December 2018

Chili Bowl Sale

HOliday bowl sale

Sell your bowls at Emerge during the month of December!  Handmade bowls are a favorite and popular gift every year.  We have great holiday events bringing in foot traffic with tons of people to shop and buy.  Sales will be sold on a normal commission basis of 60/40 (60% going to the artist and 40% being retained by Emerge.) We will be having a Chili Bowl Sale on December 13th from 11am - 2pm.

Application Deadline: October 2018
Bowls Sale Dates: December 2018


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.

Drop Off Dates & Times: January 23 -27, 2018
Exhibition Dates: February 2-24, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 5 until 8 p.m.


The Downeast

The Downeast is a National Juried Sculpture exhibition.

Entries Due (digital submission): Friday, January 26, 2018
Indoor Exhibition Dates: March 2-30, 2018
Outdoor Exhibition Dates: March 2018 - February 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 5 until 8 p.m.

Youth arts festival


 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.