Call for Artists

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts, established in 2000, 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, and is now uninterrupted white space with 28 light fixtures. Viewing the gallery is free to the public Monday through Friday from 10-5pm. 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 theater or concert performances. 

 

The Upper Gallery at BMCA features the work of local, regional and national artists on a regular basis. Our Gallery Adjudication Committee meets regularly to review potential exhibits and plan the gallery schedule.  Because we are committed to a number of group shows annually, the slots for solo exhibitions are limited.

Plein Air Artists
14th Annual
Art in Bloom
June 12 & 13 2020

Our Concept

As you know, “en plein air” is a French expression which means "in the open air.”  Today we think of it as painting landscapes, such as gardens, in the open air, rather than in a studio or from a photograph. Plein air painters are incorporated into our event by painting in the gardens that are part of the Garden Tour during Art in Bloom, one of our largest fundraisers.

The Dates​ 

  • June 7 - Volunteer Party (optional) - Receive your garden assignment and network with other plein air painters.

  • June 12-13, 10am-2pm - Art in Bloom Garden Tours - Ticket holders tour local gardens while plein air artists paint within that time frame.

  • June 17-July 3, 10am-5pm - Plein Air Gallery Exhibit - Pieces painted and submitted will be on display and for sale in BMCA's Upper Gallery. Complimentary admission to the public to view and purchase.

  • July 6, 10am-5pm - Unsold Artwork Pickup (arrangements can be made for later pick-up).
     

Art in Bloom will provide:

  • A covered tent to provide shade, if necessary 

  • Water and bathroom facilities during painting time

  • An opportunity to distribute your business cards and to make contacts with potential buyers and clients on site

  • An opportunity to promote your work through our social media and on our website

  • An Exhibit in the Upper Gallery at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts for two and a half weeks (June 17 – July 3.)

 

Plein Air Painters will:

  • Support your agreed upon Art in Bloom schedule during the Garden Tour hours of 10 AM to 2 PM June 12 and/or 13.

  • Be responsible for your own comforts needed while painting, e.g. food, drink. chair, hat, etc.

  • Deliver your finished work(s) ready for hanging (NO sawtooths or tabs, wire only) to the Center for the Arts between 10 AM & 3 PM on Monday, June 15 & pick up unsold works from 10am to  PM, Mon, July 6 

  • Set the price for sale of each piece of art

  • Return info paper to the Arts Center for labels along with commission decision checked off (Split proceeds with the Center for the Arts and the artist on a fifty/fifty division, or donate the entire proceeds of the sale to the Center for a tax donation as part of Art in Bloom fundraiser)

  • Please note: We have found that a painting which can be identified as depicting your specific, assigned garden, will increase the odds that it will sell and for a higher price.

How to Participate or for Questions

Call the Black Mountain Center for the Arts (828.669.0930) or email Marylee Rorick at programs@blackmountainarts.org for more information.  

Appalachian Impressions
August 7-28 2020

The Upper Gallery at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is currently seeking submissions for a group show entitled: Appalachian Impressions. The show will feature two and three dimensional works reflective of or inspired by the Appalachian Mountains and/or the Appalachian Trail. An adjudication committee will determine which pieces will be selected. The show will run from August 7th - August 28th. 

Submissions should be emailed to:

 

Please include: 

  • Up to 5 digital files of your work (multiple views for sculpture acceptable)

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

  • A resume or bio 

  • An Artist’s Statement  (300 words or less)

Hindsight in
2020
A Retrospective of BMCA Visual Artists
August 7-28 2020

In celebration of our 20th anniversary in 2020 the Upper Gallery at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is currently seeking submissions for a group show that will feature visual art from artists who have had a solo show at the center in the last twenty years. If you know of someone who has shown in the Upper Gallery please make them aware of this opportunity. An adjudication committee will determine which pieces will be selected. The show will run from September 4 - September 25.  If selected, work must be delivered by Monday, August 31 and picked up by Monday, September 28.

Submissions should be emailed to:

 

Please include: 

  • Up to 5 digital files of your work (multiple views for sculpture acceptable)

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

  • A resume or bio 

  • An Artist’s Statement  (300 words or less)

info@blackmountainarts.org

828.669.0930 / / Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

225 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

©2019 by Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

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