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Artist Opportunities

Artists, below you will find call-for-artists for upcoming shows, special events, and more. This page is updated as often as necessary to make sure you have access to current opportunities.

Please be sure to check back frequently to stay up-to-date!

Mascot Design Mock-Up Submission


We are excited to work with area artists to bring this public art initiative to life for our area!

Area artists are invited to submit their mascot design mock-up(s) online for our Adopt a Bulldog mascot.

Designs, if chosen, may be on one of three sizes, Small, Medium, or Large. 

The artists’ payment for each of those sizes is:

  • Sm: $300
  • Med: $800
  • Large: $900

First, please download the submission guidelines and blank submission PDF. Once your design is complete, scan the pages into a single PDF or .doc file then upload it through the submission button below.

Please do not bring a hard copy submission to the Council for the Arts.

If you have any questions, please email them to jaxarts@jaxarts.com.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your mascot mock-up!

Area artists are invited to participate in our Fourth Fridays at the Council!


*Bring a piece of visual art to share with others in our community by sharing the story of why you created it or chat about your process. We have tabletop easels and a table for your creations.

*Network with other artists and creatives in our area. Be sure to bring those business cards if you have them!

*Step up to the open mic and share your spoken word piece or musical talents.

Artists and Volunteers who are interested in working with the Creative Forces Open Studio:

This is required training for area artists and volunteers who are interested in working with our Creative Forces Open Studio program.

In this session we will share:

* What we do in our Open Studio
* Required training process
* Workshop proposal and approval process
* Guidance in working with our unique population
* And more!

Upcoming Dates:

  • June 13, 10 am – 12 pm
  • September, 12, 10 am – 12 pm
  • December 12th, 10 am – 12 pm

This is free to attend, though donations are always most appreciated.

Find out more about our program at jaxarts.com/creative-forces.

Introducing the 2020 CFTA Art Show Schedule!

Below you’ll find the 2020 CFTA Art Show Schedule. For a printable PDF version, please click or tap the button below!

*Dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

May 1st – 31st

Textile, Fiber Art & Clay
(Open to all area artists)
Reception: Friday, May 1st, 6-8 p.m.
Take-In Dates: April 21 – 29
Pick-Up Dates: June 2nd – 5th

This show will highlight local artists’ creations like quilts, pottery, fiber works, and fashion illustrations.


June 5th – 30th
Annual Competitive Show
(Open to all area artists)
Reception: Friday, June 5th, 6-8 p.m.
Take-In Dates: May 26th-June 3rd
Pick-Up Dates: July 1st-8th


Area artists are invited to submit up to three of their best original works for our Annual Competitive Show. The entry fee is $40.


  • 1st Place: $400
  • 2nd Place: $300
  • 3rd Place: $200


July 10th – 31st
Your Onslow County
(Open to all area artists)
Reception: Friday, July 10th, 6-8 p.m.
Take-In Dates: June 30th – July 7th
Pick-Up Dates: August 4th-7th

Artist will submit works relating to scenes around Onslow County.


August 7th – 30th
(Open to all area artists)
Reception: Friday, August 7th, 6-8 p.m.
Take-In Dates: July 28th – August 5th
Pick-Up Dates: Sept 1st – 4th

Area artists are invited to create book cover art inspired by their favorite book, to re-cover it, if you will. They can also create works inspired by a favorite poem, song lyric, or quote.


September 4th – 30th
Creative Forces Open Studio Exhibition
Reception: Saturday, September 26th, 6-9 p.m.

This event highlights the Creative Forces Open Studio program through liver performances, exhibiting artwork created by open studio members, and opportunities for the community to be involved.


October 2nd – 31st
(Open to all area artists)
Reception: Friday, October 2nd, 6-8 p.m.
Take-In Dates: September 22nd – 30th
Pick-Up Dates: November 3rd – 6th

Area artists are invited to submit works created with ink to include, but not limited to, tattoo designs.


November 6th – 30th
Stop Motion Mini-Film Fest and Digital Art
(Open to all area artists)
Reception: Friday, November 6th, 6-8 p.m.
Take-In Dates: October 27th – November 4th
Pick-Up Dates: December 1st – 4th

Children and adults are invited to enter submissions into our Stop Motion Mini-Film Fest which will be held the night of the show reception! Area artists are also invited to submit their digital art to display in our gallery.


December 4th
Special Event: Holiday Market
December 4th
Time: To Be Determined

Please click the button below to contact us or call (910) 455-9840, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


826 New Bridge St. Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-9840

Open Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Weekends & Holidays: Closed