The Arts Council of Moore County (ACMC) created the Fine Arts Festival in 1980 to provide incentive for local artists to improve their technique and a place to showcase and sell their artwork. The festival has since grown into a major exhibit featuring artwork by artists from all over the country. The event also includes an art competition where the entries are judged in nine categories and $2,500 in cash prizes and ribbons are awarded.
EXHIBITION DATES: August 5 to 26, 2011
EXHIBITION LOCATION: Campbell House Galleries, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC.
ELIGIBILITY: Any artist (16+ years old) is invited to enter art in the following categories: Acrylic, Digital Art, Drawing/Pastel, Mixed Media, Oil, Photography, Print/Printmaking, 3-D, and Watercolor.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY: Participants may submit a maximum of two (2) entries, which must be completely original by the artist, created after January 1, 2009, remain on display for the duration of the exhibit, and not previously entered in ACMC’s Fine Arts Festival or exhibited at Campbell House. Due to limited space, art must not exceed 60” (including frame) in any dimension or weigh more than 75 lbs. All 2-D art must be complete, dry, framed (if needed), prepared to hang by one nail with wire and eye hooks—saw tooth hangers and clip frames will not be accepted. 3-D art may be submitted with stand, if needed. Art requiring special installation cannot be accepted. Art must be made of material stable enough to withstand handling. ACMC has the right of final decision on installation. All art is exhibited, unless ACMC exercises its right to withdraw any art that it considers unsuitable for public display.
DELIVERY DATES: Due to lack of storage, ACMC can only accept art (with application & entry fee) at Campbell House on these dates: Sat., July 16 (2 to 4 pm) and Mon.-Fri., July 18-22 (10 am to 4 pm).
ENTRY FEES: $15 per entry for ACMC members; $25 per entry for nonmembers. NFS (not for sale) fee = $15 for each NFS entry. Make checks payable to ACMC/FAF. Entry fees are non-refundable.
JUDGE: Craig Malmrose, Professor, School of Art and Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
AWARDS: The following awards and ribbons are presented at the discretion of the judge:
$250 – Sara Wilson Hodgkins “Best in Show” Award
$100 – 1st Place in each category
$75 – 2nd Place in each category
$50 – 3rd Place in each category
Honorable Mention entries receive a ribbon
Awards in the Acrylic category are given in memory of Elizabeth Morrison Barron. Awards in the Photography are category given in memory of Edward L. Green.
LEE BARRETT “PEOPLE’S CHOICE” AWARD: This award is named in honor of Cecelie “Lee” Barrett and her 21 years of dedicated service to ACMC and the Fine Arts Festival. Ballots will be collected throughout the month and the winner will be awarded $225 and a ribbon by August 22.
For complete details visit (http://www.mooreart.org/programs/visual/fine-arts-festival/).