3D Wooden Figure

Open Call

for Visual Artists

The Upper Gallery at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts accepts submissions for solo and group shows from regional artists at any time.  Currently, we have our shows selected for 2022 and 2023.  If you are interested in being considered for 2024 you may submit your proposal, but please note that our Selection Committee will not be making decisions about the 2024 lineup until the spring of 2023. 


Established in 2000, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is a non-profit community arts center devoted to nurturing all art forms. Located in the old City Hall building, BMCA now supports a community theatre, concerts, storytelling, dance, a free-standing clay studio, and 10 gallery shows a year. Just 20 minutes east of Asheville, Black Mountain is a thriving small town with dozens of restaurants, breweries, music venues, and shopping, all in proximity to retirement and vacation communities, two colleges, several retreat centers, and summer camps. 


The Upper Gallery at BMCA is 15’ x 23’. Some pieces may also be displayed in the front lobby and/or the landing at the gallery entrance. The space was formerly our town library, but is now uninterrupted white space with 28 light fixtures. Viewing the gallery is free to the public Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm. Visitors may view the gallery while any number of other activities are taking place, from dance classes, to harp lessons, and before or during intermission of our theatre and concert performances. 


The Upper Gallery at BMCA features the work of local and regional artists on a regular basis. Our Gallery Selection Committee meets quarterly to review potential exhibits and plan the gallery schedule.  


Submissions should be emailed to:

  • submissions@blackmountainarts.org

  • Include “gallery submission” in the subject line

  • Please send one email with all the requested documentation.  Please do not send multiple emails. 


Submissions must include: 

  • Up to 10 digital files of your work (multiple views for sculpture acceptable)

  • A list of titles, medium and size of each piece, and price of each piece

  • A resume or bio 

  • An Artist’s Statement  

  • Dates of availability for the next 2 years