Call For Artists at Green Hill Center for NC Art

 In order to expand the range of opportunities we offer artists, we are organizing a series of artist presentations around different media entitled the NC Art Outreach Project. The first call-for-artists is extended to artists producing abstract works in two and three dimensions. It will take place this winter and spring during Independents, a five person exhibition, featuring paintings by Brett Baker, Mark Brown, Ashlynn Browning, Philip Lopez, and Bonnie Melton. A group of 60 artists will be invited to present in pecha kucha* format in February. Participants will receive input from arts professionals from NC and NYC in an informal, collegial setting. (Registration, image lists, and morning or afternoon preference for the NC outreach session should be submitted online: Click here. Please register online as soon as you’d like; we will need to receive your online image list and mailed submission of a PowerPoint file with twenty works by January 1, 2013. Directions are online.)
The NC outreach session will take place on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The artist presentations will take place in the gallery and be viewed by Green Hill Center’s Director of Curatorial & Artistic Programs, artist members of Green Hill Center, NC based art writers and curators as well as an interested public.
Twenty artists will be invited to present again during the NYC outreach session in the spring. Twenty artists will be asked to return to present during the NYC outreach session which will take place April 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Their slide shows will be viewed by Peter Plagens, artist and longtime art critic for Newsweek, Miles Manning, Director of the Elizabeth Harris Gallery, and Lilly Wei, critic and independent curator. All participants will be invited to view the April presentations and attend a luncheon following. The NYC panel will also hold a public round-table discussion on Monday, April 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
We hope this project is of interest to you! We also ask that you please share this call with others. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. The minimum age limit for artists is 18.
Edie Carpenter
Director of Curatorial & Artistic Programs
Green Hill Center for NC Art
*Pecha kucha allows for 20 seconds of dialogue per slide; 20 slides will be presented in six minutes. Notecards are welcome; rehearsing is also recommended. Artists will be seated during presentations.

Gary Carden, 2012 Recipient of the NC Award for Literature

The Prince of Rhodes Cove

Gary Neil Carden, legendary raconteur of Jackson County, is finally getting what he deserves. On October 30th Carden will receive the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest honor in letters. Carden is being recognized for his many dramatic and narrative works which have captured the authentic voice and character of Southern Appalachia.

Carden may be recognized by TV viewers for his insightful contributions to the NC Language and Life Project documentaries MOUNTAIN TALK and VOICES of NORTH CAROLINA, and the Sucker Punch Pictures documentariesTHE OUTLAW LEWIS REDMOND and THE LAST ONE. A film adaptation of his play THE PRINCE of DARK CORNERS was produced by Sucker Punch Pictures in 2007 (and inspired the Redmond documentary), and several other films have been made about Carden or his work.  For all things Carden, go to








Jackson County Arts Council News

The Jackson County Arts Council has begun the second year in their new location at the Jackson County Library Complex.  They are pleased to announce their new three-part yearly program series.   On Saturday, September 15th, they sponsored the Gary Carden one-woman play, Mother Jones.  This play featured the talented Ms. Lara Chew as Mother Jones.  It was the first of a three part series of programming that the arts council will sponsor each year.  The next program will be a winter concert featuring a string quartet, followed by a visual art program in the spring.

The arts council would also like to announce their new board members for the 2012-13 year:  Sylvia Smythe, President; Claire Collins, Vice President; Liz Mainwaring, Secretary; Henry Mainwaring, Treasurer; Terri Armfield, Amy Cherry, Denise Drury, Bill Graham, Norma Hendrix, Susan Lanier, Joe Meigs, Erin Tapley and Yona Wade.

The arts council is dedicated to Arts Education in Jackson County Public Schools by providing support to art programs.  Contributions to the Jackson County Arts Council to help provide this support are always appreciated.

Community organizations were invited to apply for the Grassroots Grant.   The first deadline was on September 20, 2012 and the next deadline will be January 20, 2013.  Applications are available online at or call the arts council office at 507-9820 for more information.  Grants that were submitted by the September deadline will be announced by the first of November.

The Jackson County Arts Council receives their funds from state, county, membership and donations.  The public is invited to join the arts council online or may come by their office, which is located in the Jackson County Library Complex on the second floor next to the community room.   Office hours are Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Appointments can be made by calling the office at 507-9820.

Contributions are still being accepted for the Ray Menze Memorial Fund.  Mr. Menze was a valued board member of the Jackson County Arts Council and a great supporter of arts in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Arts Council encourages the community to come downtown for Sylva Art Strolls on the second Friday of each month, starting at 5 p.m.  Sylva Art Strolls are presented by Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JVCAA) and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce ( ) in historic downtown.  Merchants will stay open later to welcome visitors, shoppers, and diners.  Many of the downtown restaurants and shops will feature art work displays by local artists.


Regional Artist Project Grant of WNC is now available

The Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina(RAP go WNC) is available for the 2012-2013 year. RAP go WNC is a partnership between the Arts Councils of Cherokee, Haywood, and Jackson counties, the Stecoah Valley Arts Center, and the North Carolina Arts Council. RAP go WNC provides financial support to developing arts professionals. Applications and appropriate documentation material must be mailed to RAP go WNC, PO Box 2212, Cullowhee NC 28723 by November 1, 2012. For application and guidelines visit

WHO:  Arts Councils of Cherokee, Haywood, and Jackson counties,StecoahValleyArtsCenter

WHAT:  Regional Artist Project grant ofWestern North Carolina, information at

WHEN:  Application Deadline, November 1, 2012

WHERE:  Mail application and documentation to: RAP go WNC,PO Box 2212,CullowheeNC28723


Regional Artist Project Grants Available


The Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina(RAP go WNC) is available for the 2012-2013 year. RAP go WNC is a partnership between the Arts Councils of Cherokee, Haywood, andJackson counties, theStecoahValleyArtsCenter, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

RAP go WNC provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project that is pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Regional artist applicants are talented individuals pursuing careers in the arts who have completed the basic education in their respective art forms. RAP go WNC is intended to fund a particular project that will conclude by June 15, 2013.

Eligible artists must be at least 18 years of age, cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program, must be a current resident of one of the participating counties, and must have maintained residency there for one year immediately preceding the application. Previous award winners are ineligible to apply in consecutive years.

Grant awards generally range from $250-$500 and may be used by artists for a variety of purposes including: cost of presenting work for exhibits and/or auditions; training costs or tuition; travel, promotional materials, work facilities and equipment; and, the production of new work. Applications are reviewed by judges and a selection review panel from all four counties.

Grants are partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council in partnership with the local agencies. Information and applications are available from the participating organizations as follows: Cherokee, 828-361-9584,; Graham, 828-479-3364,, Haywood, 828-452-0593,; and Jackson, 828-507-9820, Applications are available online at

Applications and appropriate documentation material must be mailed to RAP go WNC, PO Box 2212, Cullowhee NC 28723 by November 1, 2012.  For an application or for more information call your county’s arts organization.







—  The Jackson County Arts Council has moved to the second floor of the new Courthouse Library Complex.  Coinciding with the physical move, the JCAC is also changing its virtual address.  The new web address is, and is still in development.  Grant forms and instructions for application are available at the website as well as membership information.  Residents of Jackson County and friends of the JCAC are invited to visit both sites.

“We are very excited about the new office of the Arts Council,” said Board President Victoria Casey-McDonald, “the new office is very accessible and is located on the second floor, just outside the Community Room.  We hope that people will stop in and say hello whenever they are attending an event in the complex.”  Casey-McDonald added that the Arts Council is actively seeking volunteers to help staff the office and represent the arts council whenever the Community Room is in use.  Anyone interested in assisting in this capacity can call the office at (828) 587- ARTS (2787) and their call will be returned by a board member with additional information.

The Jackson County Arts Council is actively seeking new member support to replace diminishing funds from traditional government agencies.  “We need members of the community who believe in the value of the arts to join us,” said Vice-President Sylvia Smythe.  “We will be calling on our friends to help us grow our membership base so that we can continue to support traditional venues for the arts as well as introduce new ones.”

The Jackson County Arts Council was founded in 1976 by Dr. Perry Kelly, former art professor and head of the Art Department at Western Carolina University.  The JCAC believes that exposure to the arts, and participation in the arts, are uniquely important to every community and should be encouraged and supported.  The Jackson County Arts Council is located in the Jackson County Courthouse Library complex and online at