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May 2017 Exhibits

  • May Show: A Ruby Anniversary—40 Years of Passion for the ArtsThe Haywood County Arts Council celebrates its 40th (ruby) anniversary in 2017, and we want to celebrate with an exhibit!  We ask that interested artists select one piece to submit for this show – we are seeking variety and wide participation. Ruby/red colored work or work themed around passion and the arts are encouraged. All mediums are welcome for this juried exhibit.

    Please submit a complete application, as well as an image of the work you plan to submit OR a digital sample of your work and a one-paragraph explanation of the work you plan to submit. Work should be 24×24 or smaller.

    Timeline: Applications are due March 15 and may be downloaded here: Word or PDF. Artists will learn of acceptance by April 1, and an inventory list will be due April 14.  All artwork will be dropped off at the Arts Council office May 2.

  • Postcard Fundraiser
    To help celebrate Haywood County Arts Council’s 40th Anniversary, we are planning a new and exciting exhibition as part of our A Ruby Anniversary show in May: an HCAC benefit sale of original, postcard-sized works by established and emerging artists in our region.

    Any artist can contribute to this sale. The postcard portion of this show is a fundraiser, and any postcard submitted to the event will be considered a donation to the Ruby Celebration of HCAC’s 40th year!  There will be no commissions paid to artists for these gifts.  However, you will have a great artistic impact and help support the arts in Haywood County in an original way! To enter, simply bring your postcard (at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long, no larger than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long) to the Haywood County Arts Council between March 1 – April 10. Please note that though the art must be postcard-sized, it does not have to be made of paper: clay, wood, metal, and other 3-D artists are welcome to participate.

    About this new idea, Executive Director Lindsey Solomon explains, “One of our Board Members – Suzanne Gernandt participated in a show like this several years ago in New York, and I’ve read about similar ideas like the 6×6 fundraising exhibit at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. We thought it would be a really cool way for local artists to make a donation to the future of the arts in Haywood County in a fresh way. I plan to submit one myself!”

    This offers a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork for ONLY $40 EACH (less than a round of cocktails – give or take a martini). Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and silently auctioned throughout the month, each piece is exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a well-known artist, or one who’s just making their debut in the art world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a piece of art they love!

It’s a Small, Small Work  

The Haywood County Arts Council is seeking artists for its ninth annual small work show, “It’s a Small, Small Work” to be held Nov. 4 – Dec. 24, 2016, in HCAC Gallery & Gifts, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville, NC 28786.

The show provides a unique opportunity for budding artists to exhibit their work, as well as the opportunity for more seasoned artists to test their boundaries. The non-juried show is open to all artists with a permanent address in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, which includes the Qualla Boundary or any of the following counties:  Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.

All pieces submitted must be exactly 12” or smaller in every dimension, including base, matting, and frame. Each artist is required to submit original work (photographers submit prints) to include a minimum of three pieces and a maximum of five pieces. Each artist entering the show will pay a flat fee of $20.00 for handling and publicity. All work must be for sale, priced at $300 or less, and must have been created in the last two years. All mediums are welcome. Artwork can be mailed to PO Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786 October 10-15, 2016 or hand delivered to the Arts Council October 17-22 2016.

For a Small Works Show application and information on how to submit your artwork, download an application below or visit the Haywood County Arts Council at 86 N. Main Street, Waynesville.

Small Work Guidelines/Contract – PDF

Logo Transparent Background (2)Haywood County Arts Council Gallery & Gifts – Artist Applications

  • The application process for 2017 is now open. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2016. 

Artists may submit applications to be a part of a monthly gallery exhibit and/or our retail gift space. You may download these documents below or pick up copies in the Haywood County Arts Council Gallery & Gifts. All artists currently exhibiting in our retail space should submit a new application for the jury to review. This jury committee will be comprised of professional artists, art enthusiasts, and other community professionals. Please turn in your applications by Oct. 15 for the jury for review. Email all applications to

An information session was held on 8/28. Please email with any questions.

HCAC Guidelines for Acceptance of Artist Applicants

HCAC Application Information (Please read before applying.)

  • Individual Artist Application (Retail or Monthly Gallery Exhibit:
    Word or PDF
  • Monthly Exhibit Application (Group or Organization): Word or PDF
  • Jury Application Checklist: Word or PDF

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Member Artists: Haywood Heritage

We would like to extend an invitation to our member artists to participate in the upcoming September through December 2016 Haywood County Public Library visual arts celebratory exhibit entitled, “Haywood Heritage – Honoring the Past, Heralding the Future.”
This exhibit will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Haywood County public library system, and will host celebratory exhibits in the Waynesville, Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek, and Cruso branches of the public library system.
We are asking for one 2-D art piece from each of our member artists to be displayed in this exhibit. The piece can be purely literary, purely fine visual art, or an inclusion of both, with the subject matter reflecting on something to do with this wonderful Appalachian area of Haywood County.
If interested, please contact Betina Morgan at

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Note: The ArtShare call for work is now closed.

ArtShare was born out of a desire to get the community involved and allow collectors to be able to pass on art for someone else to enjoy. The Haywood County Arts Council will accept donations or consigned items in the gallery beginning July 11, though inventory sheets may be turned in prior. Inventory sheets are due no later than July 21.

If collectors have participated in the past, we encourage them to bring new work that has not yet been shown in the gallery. Artists may participate by bringing their own work, but only if donating. If you have questions, please email Tom Irwin at or call the Haywood County Arts Council at 828-452-0593. ArtShare runs from August 5 – 27.

ArtShare Consignment Agreement

ArtShare Art Work Information (one needed per item donated)

ArtShare Procedures

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HCAC Artist Member Show

Note: The HCAC Artist Member Show call for artists is now closed.

This July, the Haywood County Arts Council invites its artist members to participate in its annual Artist Member Show. We want to celebrate our community of artists and share their great work at the height of the summer season. It will be a show filled with variety, including local painters, potters, jewelers, and much more. The show will run from July 1 – 30, 2016.

If you’re a member artist, please pick out 2-3 pieces of your work that you’d like to show. Then, fill out a show contract/inventory sheet (Word or PDF). Email completed forms to or mail to P.O. Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786. The actual number of pieces shown per artist may vary, depending on space and number of participants.

Are you not a current member but still want to participate? You can join now! For a $40 annual fee, you’ll get all the benefits of membership: participation in the member show, an artist page on our website, first calls to artists, and more. Artist membership information can be found here:

Please submit all information for the show by June 15, 2016.

flower photoHaywood County Master Gardener Exhibit

Note: The Master Gardener Exhibit call for artists is now closed.

June 2016, the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) will welcome back the Haywood County Master Gardener Exhibit, a show that marries fine gardens with fine art. The 2016 theme will be: Pollinate, Propagate, Cultivate. The HCAC invites interested artists to submit an application to participate by February 1, 2016.

The Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers make up a program housed under the Haywood County Extension Service. They seek to educate and inspire other gardeners, and they hope this show will help that goal. Artists are asked to produce work inspired by local gardens and the pollinators (bees, butterflies, birds, bats, etc.) that help them thrive. Applications do not have to include finished work, but they should show work examples and ideas for show submissions. Download application: PDF or Word