Scholarships for Artists and Art Educators Due May 10, 2017

Jackson County Arts Council is a proud sponsor of these scholarships for Artist and Art Educators…The deadline for the applications is May 10, 2017 – Don’t miss out!!

Cullowhee Mountain Arts is happy to announce 8 Scholarship Opportunities to be awarded to Artists and Art Educators living in the counties of Western North Carolina. The scholarships will be a matching fund of half-tuition towards an artist workshop, held during the 6th annual Cullowhee Mountain Arts Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University. Three weeks of workshops will run during the month of June beginning June 11th. Application deadline is May 10, 2017 and notification to the winners will be made on May 25, 2017.

These scholarships have been made possible by the NC Arts Council and awarded through the Jackson County Arts Council Grassroots Grant (JCAC) to CMA who is matching the funds to provide 8, ½ tuition scholarships open to all regional artists living in Western North Carolina.

The Cullowhee Mountain Arts Summer Arts Workshop Series will be held at Western Carolina University from Mid-June to the end of June. This annual event is comprised of three weeks of 5 workshops per week in the following disciplines: Book Arts, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking and Photography.

CMA and its Board of Directors believe the arts energize every facet of our community life; and CMA is committed to the idea that arts invigorate communities. These scholarships will make it possible for members of the WNC community to enjoy learning from Artist-Instructors of national and international reputations.

Please follow the link below for more information and for the application.

Chris Aluka Exhibition

An exhibition by Atlanta-based photographer, Chris Aluka Berry (with commentary by Marie T. Cochran) will be displayed in the Rotunda Gallery of the Jackson County library February through March.

Marie T. Cochran, is a former WCU faculty member and founder of the Affrilachian Artist Project.

Cochran and Berry are collaborators on a regional documentary initiative on African Americans in the Appalachian region and recipients of a grant from the “We Shall Overcome Fund” under the auspices of the Highlander Center for Research and Education.

A related community event takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 2 – 4pm at the Jackson County Public Library Community Room.

“Will the Circle Be Unbroken” celebrates Black History Month in Jackson County (NC) and serves as a tribute to the life and legacy of Victoria Casey McDonald.

The event will include musical guests, a Story Circle of shared memories featured friends, family and former students, moderated by Marie T. Cochran.

For additional information, please contact Victoria’s daughter, Faustine McDonald Wilson, owner of Survival Pride clothing at or Marie T. Cochran at

Share Your Artwork with Visitors to North Carolina

Share your artwork work with visitors to North Carolina


The western North Carolina “Artists Count” project will be hosting a series of exhibitions to highlight the rich visual contributions made by area artists. Craftsmen, artists, galleries, and studios are encouraged to submit their work.


The first of these exhibits will be on display during winter and spring 2017 at the Interstate 26 Welcome Center north of Asheville. More than a quarter million visitors come through this facility each year.  This first exhibition will highlight the work of artists in Jackson and Swain Counties.


Each artist, craftsmen, studio, or gallery may exhibit one work that will be displayed along with information and photographs about you or your site. All work will be displayed in locked cases.  Artists and venues are encouraged to submit brochures and business cards that Welcome Center staff will distribute to interested visitors. There is NO fee to participate.


The inaugural exhibit will open in January 2017 and remain on view until July. This first “Artists Count” exhibition is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council through the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.  For an application, contact:


Deadline for submitting materials is December 1st. Participation is limited to professional visual artists over 18 years old. Students are not eligible. All artists in Jackson and Swain counties are welcome to apply.