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Fine Contemporary Craft


This Call is Currently Closed

Artspace invites artists working in a variety of craft media to enter Fine Contemporary Craft, a biennial national juried exhibition. Work will be juried by Mia Hall, Executive Director of Penland School of Craft. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper and wood. Entries will also be juried for cash prizes. A brochure will be produced for the exhibition.

While Artspace’s gallery space is fully accessible, we strive to make the submission process accessible for artists as well. We encourage anyone to submit for our open calls-for-art . If you need any additional information or accommodations in order to enter a call for art, please contact Director of Artistic Programs, Annah Lee at 919.821.2787 or alee@artspacenc.org


All work must be original. Eligible media include functional or sculptural works in the following: basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture (any media), glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, handmade paper, and wood. Fine art media such as painting, photography, and lithography are NOT ELIGIBLE unless incorporated into an otherwise eligible media. Decorated furniture, candles, pressed flowers, handmade reproductions, and objects made from commercial kits or commercially available plans are also NOT ELIGIBLE.


Each entrant must submit images of up to two original works that they wish to show.  You may submit a maximum of 3 details total. The work submitted must be available for exhibition if selected.

Shipping & Transportation

Entries must be hand-delivered or shipped to Artspace between 11am-5pm (no Sunday deliveries; ring bell on Mondays). All shipping and transportation costs are the responsibility of the artist. Shipped entries must be sent in a reusable container. Artists must prepay for return shipping. If accepted, you must submit a prepaid return shipping label.


Work submitted must be available for exhibition. Artists must send the actual work selected by the juror.

Artspace assumes the responsibility of insuring and caring for works of art selected for exhibition while at Artspace according to a contractual agreement with each artist.


Artspace will retain a commission of 40% of the retail price of each work sold from the exhibit. Work in the exhibit does not have to be for sale.


July 14, 2019: Call for Entries opens

September 23, 2019: Deadline for receipt of completed entries.

October 25, 2019: Applicants will be informed of status.

November 29, 2019: Accepted work to be received at Artspace.

December 6 2019-February 1, 2020: Exhibition. Awards announced Friday December 6, 7pm


Mia Hall, Executive Director of Penland School of Craft


All accepted entries will be listed in an exhibition brochure.

Best of Show – $1,000

Second Place, Award of Distinction – $500

Third Place, Award of Merit – $250

Honorable Mentions (2) – $50 each

To Apply

Artist must submit the information below at artspacenc.submittable.com.

*Submissions will NOT be accepted in any other format.* 

1. Applicants may apply with images of up to 2 original works and 3 details per artwork (up to 8 images).
2. Please include detailed information with each image including title, medium, dimensions/time, date completed, etc.
3. Artist’s Statement
4. Resume
5. Application Fee: $25 members / $35 non-members


Annah Lee, Director of Programs & Exhibitions, alee@artspacenc.org