Friday, April 23, 2021

Applications open for the Ooh La La Curiosity Market in downtown Asheville

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 season of the Ooh La La Curiosity Market, held May through October on select Saturdays in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville.

Email for information about becoming a vendor in this year's markets.

Details in the flyer above and at

Thursday, April 22, 2021

UNC Asheville Student Ceramics and Art Sale this Saturday

UNC Asheville Student Ceramics and Art Sale
Saturday, April 24th
10am - 4pm

UPDATE: Due to the rainy forecast, the UNC Asheville Student Ceramics and Art Sale will be held in the lower level of the Sherrill Center Parking Deck on Saturday, April 24. The gate will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

To protect the students and fellow attendees, please follow Covid-19 protocols: wear masks and social distance.

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery and other artwork crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Department of Art and Art History.

The sale is open to the public. Cash or checks only.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Call for artwork for "Celebrating the Flora of the Smoky Mountains" at the Haywood County Arts Council

Celebrating the Flora of the Smoky Mountains at the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) in Waynesville, NC. The exhibit will run from May 7 - 31. Contract is due April 9th. Open to HCAC Artist Members and non-members. Here's the email invitation:

In May, the Haywood County Arts Council will be showcasing our beautiful native wildflowers, flowering shrubs, and trees in a member show entitled “Celebrating the Flora of the Smoky Mountains." The contract is due on Friday, April 9.

We are asking HCAC artist members & non-members to highlight one to three flora subjects in their artwork in the medium of their choice. The plant life must be native to the Smoky Mountain region. The expression of the subject can range from precise botanical illustrations to landscapes. Each plant you choose, however, should be recognizable and should be included in the title of your work.

A list of suggestions of plant life has been added, but artists may come up with their own subject matter. Please research your choice to make sure it is native to this area.

Up to three artworks may be entered. One 32” x 40”, two 16” x  20”, or  three 11” x 14” or smaller. Jewelers and potters may provide up to three pieces, but we may not be able to display all pottery at one time. Three-dimensional sculpture may include one floor piece or pedestal piece.

Please join us in welcoming back our native flora this spring in Waynesville, Gateway to the Smoky Mountains National Park, with this special show.

The Gallery Committee
Haywood County Arts Council    

Smoky Mountain Flora
Dwarf Iris
Wild Phlox
Common Violet
Wild Strawberry
Jack-in-the Pulpit
Dutchman’s Pipe
Showy Orchis
Star Grass
Wild Ginger
Lady’s slipper
Bleeding Heart
Mountain Laurel
Goat’s Rue
Blue-eyed Grass
Tulip Tree
Wood Sorrel
Flame Azalea
Butterfly Weed
Indian paintbrush
Trumpet Honeysuckle
Wild Potato Vine
Ox Eye Daisy
Cardinal Flower
Spider Wort
Pink Turtlehead
Black-eyed Susan
Turk’s-cap Lily
Obedient Plant
Red Maple
Fraser Magnolia

Try out our new online contract! Flora of Smoky Mountains ONLINE Contract Link: (scroll down for the Flora of Smoky Mountains contract)

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Midwestern State University (MSU Texas) – Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts – Art Department (Ceramics) Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence: 2021-2022

Midwestern State University (MSU Texas) – Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts

Art Department (Ceramics)

Dates of Residency: August 15, 2021 through August 15, 2022 (one year minimum, with the possibility of one year renewal)

Application Deadline:  Applications received by April 16, 2021, will be given full consideration. The position will be open until filled.

Description: This self-directed, residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with university based studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment, while enhancing the art program at MSU Texas. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an adjunct professor, an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramic studio at MSU Texas, please go to:

MSU Ceramics

Minimum qualifications: An MFA in ceramics (or related discipline) is required. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review, qualifications, and individual artistic and professional merit.

Duties and Expectations for the Resident Artist: This is a part-time position.  Work will include a combination of the below duties and activities up to a limit of 19 hours per week (final combination of duties may vary, and will be determined in consultation with the ceramics professor):

• Assistance with studio management and maintenance, including but not limited to loading and unloading kilns, materials inventory, mixing clay, mixing glaze, firing kilns, equipment repairs and cleaning, etc.

Facilitate the making of bowls for the Wichita Falls Empty Bowls event

• Teach one non-for-credit continuing education course per semester, with the possibility of one additional art foundations or general education (adjunct) class per semester (*)

• Attend opening receptions and special events

• Help set up and work the Mother’s Day Ceramic Sale

• Help fire the wood kiln once per semester

• Give one public lecture on her/his work

• Donate one piece of artwork for MSU’s permanent collection

• Other duties may be assigned by Ceramics professor or Chair of the department

Midwestern provides:

• A utilities paid apartment located on campus with discounted rent is possible (details to be discussed during the interview process)

• Reasonable supply of materials and firing privileges

• A small office with internet access and storage space

• 24-hour/7 days per week access

• Studio space in the common 4000 square foot studio area

• Access to adjunct faculty privileges (library access, wellness center, etc.)

Compensation of $6,000 per year, divided throughout the year and paid on hourly rate basis. This is not a stipend.  The resident is paid by the hours worked, which are approximately 12 hours per week.  A timeclock must be used.

• An exhibition (details to be discussed during the interview process)

* Optional and possible additional compensation of $2,500 for each art foundations or general education course taught as an adjunct professor (combination of all teaching and non-teaching duties to be determined each semester, and will not exceed 19 hours per week or its equivalency for both teaching and non-teaching duties. Up to one adjunct course per semester may be allowed).

The ceramics studio at the Harvey School of Visual Art is equipped with the following (available to the resident artist):

• Three computer controlled electric kilns

• Large Brent slab roller

• Two extruders

• Three pugmills

• Soldner mixer

• Separate well equipped glaze room

• Spray booth

• Separate materials and clay mixing/storage room

• Three 3D ceramic printers

• 18 electric wheels

• One wheelchair accessible wheel

• Ball mill

• 5,000 square foot covered kiln yard with the following:

• Two 40 cubic foot computer-controlled Geil car kilns

• A 30 cubic foot “fast fire” wood kiln

• Two older updraft kilns

• A 30 cubic foot downdraft soda kiln

• A 3 cubic foot updraft test kiln

Artist in residence may have access, by permission, to the following studios:

• Painting

• Sculpture

• Metals

• Printmaking

• 24 station Adobe Suite equipped Mac lab with large format printers 

Application: For consideration, please use a PDF compression software such as SMALLPDF to compress your document, and email it to Steve Hilton at  I will not receive your document if you do not compress it to less than 5MB 

Please put your documentation in A SINGLE PDF, in the following order:

• Letter of interest including a short paragraph on what you would like to accomplish while at MSU

• CV

• Artist's statement

• 20 jpegs of recent work (please note your website URL (web address) if possible) If you list your website address, you do not need to include images in your PDF

• If available, a minimum of 10 jpegs of student work. These can be on your website as well.

• Contact information (email and cell phone) for 3 references . . . Please make one reference a graduate ceramic professor and one an undergraduate ceramic professor.  A reference from a current employer is preferred for your third reference.

Questions may be sent to Steve Hilton at:

Midwestern State University is AN EEO/ADAAA COMPLIANCE EMPLOYER

This position is designated as security sensitive and requires the finalist to complete a criminal background check.