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All artists and patrons of the arts, check out these Artist Opportunities at the Arts Center. Also included on this page are links to other artistic opportunities..
 Community Council for the Arts

Developing the Arts: Artist Opportunities

Please see the following CALL TO ARTISTS opportunities sponsored by other local, state and national arts partners. If you have any questions, please call the Arts Center, 252-527-2517.

CCA National Competitive Exhibition


The Community Council for the Arts (CCA) in Kinston sponsors an annual competition and exhibition open to all U.S. artists, 18 years and older. This event is usually scheduled in February of each year. Awards include: Best in Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and five (5) additional non-cash merit awards. Juried entries will be displayed in the Hampton Gallery. All other entries will be displayed in the Minges, Rayner and Children’s Galleries.
                              For detailed information:
                              To remit your entry fee: 
For more information on Regional Arts Grants and Grassroots Subgrants, follow the link to the Grants page provided:
Link to Grants Page
Link to Exhibition Information
Link to Remit
Entry Fee

'Que the Arts:

Plein Air Paint Out

TBA, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. --
This event is once again the offical opening of the BBQ Festival on the Neuse. This cocktail party features
live entertainment and an art sale -- an excellent opportunity for artists to display and sell their work. 'Que the Arts will be held TBA, at location TBA.

Follow the page link for more information about
'Que the Arts .

May 1-4, 2019 
An official event of the BBQ
Festival on
the Neuse. This event is an opportunity for Plein Air Paint Out artists to participate in a juried exhibition and show.

Follow the page link for more information about

Updated Links

Arts Market


May 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Indoors
May 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Outdoors
May 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Both
This official BBQ Festival on the Neuse
event offers a diverse array of art  for
sale including pottery, sculptures,  paintings, textiles, decorative items and  accessories, jewelry, etc. We are looking forward to seeing our wonderful art and craft vendors.

Arts and Craft Vendors are positioned inside at the Arts Center, at 400 N. Queen Street; or outside on Blount Street between N. Queen Street and Herritage Street, and Herritage Street between Blount Street and North Street.

Follow the page link for more information about Arts Market .

May 4, 2018 -- An official event of the BBQ Festival on
the Neuse, ArtsFest is a child- and family-friendly festival of art, games, and music. Entertainment will be located on a stage located in Pearson Park or TBA.

Follow the page link for more information about ArtsFest and learn how you may be a part of this event.

Updated Links

Satellite Galleries
for Artists

Art Reception:
First Friday

If you have interest in
participating in our
Satellite Gallery shows
in locales around Kinston,
please call the Arts Council at 252-527-2517 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Rotation of the artwork occurs every month and the featured artist is randomly drawn from the pool of interested artists.  Currently, this is restricted to 2-D visual art, which needs to be suitable for display with approximately a 10-piece body of work.  There are weight restrictions in place as displays are on tracks.

View Satellite Galleries page for a current list of venues.
Downtown Kinston's First Friday event
will be TBA, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All other Arts Council galleries will be open TBA, until 8:00 p.m.

Request for Proposals (RFP):
Two Murals for Grainger Stadium

Development of Two Murals
Historic Grainger Stadium
400 Grainger Ave., Kinston, North Carolina
Deadline for Submission: April 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Applications and all materials must be received by the above date and time in order to be considered.  Responses to this artist call will be accepted electronically, by mailed (postmark must be no later than April 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.) or physical copies hand-delivered.  Applications will not be accepted after this date/ time.

Eligibility: Open to any artist over the age of 18 authorized to work in the United States.

Project Title:  Historic Grainger Stadium Murals

Project:  The City of Kinston is seeking an artist to design and paint two murals on the south and adjoining east wall of a building within the Historic Grainger Stadium Complex.  The south wall is predominantly cinderblock and will require repair while the east wall (the smaller of the two) is brick (reference the photographs accompanying this RFP -- images included below).

 The building is part of the Historic Grainger Stadium Complex.  The project is done in partnership with the Public Art Committee of the Community Council for the Arts.  The building will be bordered by some off-street parking and is located immediately adjacent to the Stadium complex.  The total linear feet for both murals are approximately 100’ facing Vernon Aveue and 65’ facing MLK Boulevard with a wall of at least 20’ in height; total surface of approximately 3,300 square feet.

Project Budget: The project is considered turn-key to include any preparation to the walls as needed for satisfactory completion of the project.  The project may be accomplished in two phases.  The budget, to be proposed by the artist, includes artist fee and all supplies required for the project’s completion.  In addition, artists are required to self-insure.  A payment schedule will be developed with the commissioned artist at the time of contract signing.
Background: Kinston is a community of 21,677, 1½ hours east of Raleigh.  It is the county seat of Lenoir County and is located in the crook of a narrow part in the Neuse River.  It is known for its civil war history, arts and sports.  Its economic base has historically been agriculture and textile manufacturing; however, today’s economy has diversified manufacturing with changes in crops from the prominent tobacco production of the past and a trend to arts driven projects.

The Community Council for the Arts is a 50+ year old arts nonprofit organization that has, among other projects, assembled a large collection of Public Art, organizing murals, bench, and small and large sculptures into a one-of-a-kind public art trail of which these murals would be included.  There exists a printed full-color brochure of the existing trail.  These murals would be included in future printings. (Follow the link button below for more information about the Community Council for the Arts Public Art Projects, including a link to the Public Art Trail Brochure.)


Kinston has been the home of baseball for many years.  After several years without a home professional baseball franchise since the Kinston Indians left in 2011, the Down East Wood Ducks - a pro franchise of the Texas Rangers, is now calling Kinston their new home and their home playing field, the 68-year-old Historic Grainger Stadium.  Carolina League baseball is definitely back in Kinston.

Renovations of the 4,200 seat grandstand occurred in 2002, with other improvements to the complex.  Recently, there have been several renovations to the current downtown stadium complex in preparation for the Downeast Woodducks to play ball.  Some of that renovation has been the acquisition with some destruction of unoccupied buildings adjacent to the ballpark, leaving open space for further development of the site between the existing buildings and the bordering streets.  The walls of the building to bear the mural project are cinderblock and/or brick.  The property is owned and operated by the City of Kinston.  The creation of a two- (2) part mural project on two (2) existing contiguous walls will enhance the property and provide an appealing wayfinding and entranceway into the City and the Stadium complex while identifying the property.  The murals will be visible from MLK Boulevard (Hwy 11) and Vernon Avenue.
Public Art Projects
For additional lists of current Call to Artists opportunities, view the following links: