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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
National Competitive Exhibition
38th Annual Exhibition & Show -- 2019
Printable Copy of CCA NCE Details
Entry Form (pdf)

Entry Information

Exhibition Dates:
February 21-April 6, 2019
 Thursday, February 21, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rules and Conditions: 
Competition is open to all U.S. artists, 18 years and older.  All work must be original and executed within the past two years. Works previously shown by the Community Council for the Arts (CCA) Competition are NOT eligible. We will not accept video or installation art work. NO REPRODUCTIONS.  NO GICLEES.
Size Limitations: 
No work can exceed nine feet (9’) in any direction or weigh over 250 lbs.  All works must be suitable for display. 2-D works must be hang-ready.  3-D works must be hang- or display ready. Works that do not meet these criteria will not be displayed and the artist will be contacted to retrieve the work.  Work that is deemed unsafe or overly fragile will not be accepted.
Option 1:  Digital Entries
Each artist may submit:
Each artist may submit:
  • Up to 3 entries (2 or 3 images per entry)
  • Digital images must be unaltered and in jpeg format and emailed to [email protected] .
  • Each image must be clearly labeled with artist name, title of work, dimensions and media.  Mark the top front of the image with corresponding entry number.
  • Email your images and entry information to [email protected] and remit your $30 entry fee using the following link:

  • Digital entries must be time-stamped no later than Friday, January 25, 2019. Entries time-stamped after the deadline will not be accepted. 
Receipt of Works: 
Accepted entries must arrive at the CCA by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Submitted, but unaccepted works, are eligible for exhibition and must be received at the CCA by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Please ship or hand-deliver to:  CCA National Competitive Exhibition, 400 N. Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501. Each piece must be labeled with the provided labels, found on the bottom of the next page. Artist must provide return shipping and proper crating materials for return of shipped work.

Option 2:  Hand Delivered Entries
Entries will be accepted on the following dates:
Thursday, February 14, 2019         10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 2019                10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, 2019          10:00 a.m. – NO LATER THAN 1:30 p.m.
Location:  The Arts Center, 400 N. Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501. Works must be delivered during designated hours and dates. 
Entry Fees:  A non-refundable fee of $30 enables the artist to submit up to three (3) entries total. Cash is preferred if hand-delivering entries. Online payments are accepted on our website, or make check/money order payable to:  CCA. Note: if your check is returned, a $25 processing fee will apply.
Exhibition Dates:  All accepted works will be displayed in the First Floor Main Gallery (Hampton Gallery) and all unaccepted works will be displayed in the Second Floor Galleries. 
Pick Up:  Pick up work the week of April 9, 2019. (Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., or Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-NO LATER THAN 1:30 p.m.) ALL work for the show must be picked up NO LATER THAN
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  Note:  Work not picked up within fourteen (14) days of the close of the exhibition will become property of CCA.
$1,000 -- Best in Show/ Purchase Award*
$500 -- First Place
$250 -- Second Place
$100 -- Third Place
Five (5) Non-cash Merit Awards
*To be added to the CCA’s Permanent Collection
Works priced $1,000.01 and higher will not be considered for the Best in Show Award. Awards will be chosen from the physical works. All artworks which receive cash awards are eligible for sale EXCEPT Best in Show Award, which is a purchase award only. Artworks marked “not for sale” are ineligible for Best in Show Award consideration. Awards will be posted on our website, at below link, Friday, February 22, 2019.

Reception will be held Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sales:  The sale of all work is encouraged.  A 35% commission will be imposed on all works sold during the exhibition, with the exception of the Best in Show Award.
Liability:  Works are insured by a blanket policy during the period of the exhibition. CCA is not responsible for work damaged in transit.
Inquiries:  Sandy Landis, Executive Director, phone (252) 527-2517, or email at [email protected]
Deadlines & Dates to Remember:
Digital Entries Time Stamped by:
    Friday, January 25, 2019

Deadline for All Entries Accepted:
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Friday, February 15, 2019
    10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019
    10:00 a.m.–NO LATER THAN 1:30 p.m.

Exhibition of Accepted & Unaccepted Works:
  • February 21-April 6, 2019
Pick up of Works:
  • Between Tuesday, April 9 - Friday, April 12, 2019
    10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    10:00 a.m.–NO LATER THAN 1:30 p.m.
Link to Remit
Entry Fee

Partial support for this exhibit provided by the North Carolina Arts Council