Art in the Heart of Hillsborough Art Fair


It is with great regret that I must inform you that we will have to cancel the art fair this year. Due to the current circumstances with Covid-19 and recommendations from the CDC, we will be unable to host this event as planned. We’ve been working closely with representatives from the Town of Hillsborough, the agency which provides our permit and road closures for the show, and we both feel it is in the best interest of our artists and the public not to move ahead with it at this time. 
While we are all hopeful that this will be past us by the end of April, there are simply too many unknowns to continue planning as usual. I know this likely adds to a number of cancellations that our artists have been facing recently and for that, we apologize. We will be working with our creative community in the coming weeks to help keep them engaged with residents of the Triangle who are greatly in need of levity, creativity, and beauty at this time. We’ve created this initial step as an option for collecting information from interested artists - COMPLETE THE FORM HERE. We hope there is much more to come and look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks. 



The 12th Annual Art in the Heart of Hillsborough Art Fair is set for April 18th, 2020. This event will feature dozens of artist booths, music, food, beverages and more. It takes place on the grounds of the Visitor’s Center at the Historic Alexander Dickson House and along South Cameron St. in Hillsborough, NC (150 East King St, Hboro).

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Information about the 2020 Art in the Heart Art Fair is coming soon!

Check back here for a list of participating artists, food and drink vendors, music, and more.



Featured Artwork Categories:

Ceramics - original (non-jewelry) clay and porcelain work.

Drawing - works created using dry media (chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils) or inks and washes.

Fiber - all fiber work including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, and papermaking.

Glass - original (non-jewelry) work created in glass.

Jewelry - all jewelry, regardless of material - metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic, mixed media, etc.

Metal - non-sculptural, non-jewelry works made from metal.

Mixed-Media - 2D and 3D works that incorporate more than one type of physical material.

Painting - works created in oils, acrylics, and watercolor; signed reproductions are allowed.

Photography - photo prints made from the artist's original image, including Photoshop processing.

Sculpture - three-dimensional original work done in any medium (unless previously specified).

Wood - original works that are hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved.

Digital Art - a range of artistic works that use digital technology as an essential part of the creative and/or presentation process.

Other - all work that does not fit into the above categories.

This year we will not be accepting household items, food, or other crafting supplies. This includes but is not limited to candles, soaps and lotions, homemade food items of all kinds. Questions about the eligibility of any craft items can be directed to


APPLICATION OPENS: October 15, 2019


JURY DATE: January 31, 2020

NOTIFICATION DATE: Expected Feb. 21, 2020

BOOTH FEES DUE: March 6, 2020





Application Fee, Per Artist: $25

Artists may apply in more than one medium, each application must be submitted separately.

The $25 fee is due for each submission.

Booth Fee, Single (10x10"): $85

Booth Fee, Double (10x20"): $170

Application Process

  • Applications will only be considered completed once the application fee has been received.

  • It is very important to include high-quality, well-lit images that allow the jury to properly inspect and view your artwork. 

  • Artists may apply in more than one category, each category must be submitted in a new application.

  • Once accepted, the participant agrees to abide by the rules of the show. In the event of differing interpretations of the rules, final authority rests with the show sponsor, Hillsborough Arts Council. 

  • A jury will convene following the close of the application process to review applications and all artists will be contacted, regardless of status after that point. 

  • Each person in a shared booth must be juried separately and each must pay the application fee.


  • Please note the above categories and exclusions for the 2020 Art in the Heart Fair.

  • Only original works conceived and executed by the artist will be acceptable. Manufactured or wholesale items will not be accepted. 

  • Works in the categories presented for jurying must entail the majority of the work offered for sale. Up to 25% of the work offered for sale may include non-juried items. For example, a metal or woodworker may make small pieces for jewelry. These would not need to be submitted as a separate category.

Before the Fair

  • Color postcards will be available upon request for participating artists to use for their own advertising.

  • Artists are expected to self promote their participation in the fair, in addition to general promotion from HAC. Basic support materials and graphics will be provided to assist you with this.

Fair Day

  • In the event of inclement weather, the show will be held on Sunday, April 19, all other timing details will remain the same. 

  • Participants may erect a canopy no larger than the space size applied for, in the spot designated to them. Artists must provide their own tables, chairs and any necessary shims for leveling. You may NOT use stakes to secure your booth into the lawn of the visitor's center. Some tents may be located on the pavement. You will be alerted to this upon notification of placement. 

  • The jury reserves the right to ask the artist to remove work deemed inappropriate for a family-friendly venue.

  • No power will be provided at the site.

  • Setup starts at 8:00 am and must be completed by 10:00 am. With limited volunteer support, all artists are responsible for their own setup.

  • Artists participating in the event must be present for the entire show. Breakdown prior to 4:00 pm will result in cancellation of an invitation to future shows and must be completed by 5:30 pm. 

  • Participants are individually responsible for payment of applicable sales tax. 

  • Participants who fail to arrive will lose their space without a refund. Spaces are not transferable.   

  • Hillsborough Arts Council does not assume liability for losses or damages suffered by participants, booth, display or merchandise at any time. Participants are responsible for their own liability insurance. 


Accepted artists, please pay your booth fees here or send payment to 

Hillsborough Arts Council at 102 N Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Art in the Heart - Booth Fee


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