Artist Opportunities


Wilson Arts call for Holiday Invitational Artists

Wilson Arts invites you to apply to sell your works at our biggest visual arts event of the year! Artists are welcome to submit for consideration their handmade works, which, if accepted, will be sold at this year’s Holiday Invitational, which runs from November 16 through December 23.

Deadline to submit your work for consideration is Saturday, September 16, 2023

Artists will be notified by email of accepted works: September 23

Completed inventory documentation must be emailed to by October 20

Artwork delivery: November 6 between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Show timeline: November 16 - December 23, 2023

Inventory pickup: Wednesday, December 27

If you have further questions, please reach out to Visual Arts Coordinator Dee Dee Oliver at

Artist Support Grants are now open for application!

The Artist Support Grant was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will fund professional artists to enhance their skills and abilities to create work, or to improve their business operations, and capacity to bring their work to new audiences.

Eligible artists include North Carolina residents who have resided in eastern North Carolina for at least one year in the following counties: Edgecombe, Greene, Nash, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson. Artists can include musicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, literary artists, as well as visual artists. The average grant award is between $500 and $1,000.

This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Due Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023 by 11:59pm


Build Your Own Whirligig Contest in text with a bird whirligig and a light background showing recyclable materials

The Build Your Own Whirligig Competition is back for the 2023 Whirligig Festival! We are calling for whirligigs made with found materials! Search your back yard and garage for unused treasures. Then bring together your friends, family, neighbors or co-workers and "Give it a Whirl" in a creative way. There will be three categories: professionals/artists, amateur & kids.

Whirligig Festival Chalk Art Contest title with a chalk dinosaur and a chalk cartoon kid in a purple and blue dino suit

Our 5th annual Sidewalk Chalk Art competition is back again this year! This fan favorite continues to grow each year both in numbers & creativity as artists try to outdo their works from the previous year. This year we are excited to add 3D design  category! The competition will take place inside the Whirligig Park while festival goers watch their creations come to life. There will be prizes in the categories, Kids, Adults, and Professional Artist & 3D. Entry is free & preregistration is required. All materials are provided. Please use the button below to access the registration form.


Wilson Arts Exhibition, Gallery Shop, and Instructor Proposals

We often have requests from those interested in teaching a class, having work in the Gallery Gift Shop, or exhibiting work in the Truist Event Gallery. If that's you, please utilize these forms.  If you have additional questions, please reach out to Visual Arts Coordinator Dee Dee Oliver at