Art in the Heart of Hillsborough Art Show

Saturday, April 27, 2019

(rain date, Sunday April 28, 2019)

The 11th Annual Art in the Heart of Hillsborough Craft Show is coming in the spring of 2019! We are excited to announce the call for artists is officially open for our juried art show offering original artwork and quality handcrafted items. 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.


We invite artists in all mediums to apply for a booth and an opportunity to join us as a part of the show.

We welcome vendors selling jewelry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, and much more.


  1. Read the following information regarding jurying, fees, and other infromation. 

  2. Complete and submit the online application by clicking here: 



  3. Submit 3 clear, high-resolution images of recent work to be juried. Images must be:

    • Saved with this file naming convention:

      LastnameFirstnameCategory1 (ex. DoeJohnGlass1, DoeJohnGlass2, DoeJohnGlass3)

    • Upload images via Dropbox here:


  4. Pay $25 nonrefundable application fee:

    • By check: Make checkpayable to the Hillsborough Arts Council. Mailed to Hillsborough Arts Council, Attn: Arts and Crafts Show, 102 North Churton Street, Hillsborough NC 27278

    • By Paypal:


The deadline for applying is January 31, 2019.



Work will be judged on both originality and craftsmanship. Pieces must be the work of the presenting artist. Quotas exist for each category in order to present an interesting and balanced show.


Juried 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 - 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.


Each applicant may only submit 3 images (3 different pieces of recent work) to be juried. Images must be clear, in focus, hi-res/digital without filters. Slides, PowerPoint or personal websites will not be accepted. 


If you wish to apply in more than one category, please fill out a separate application for each category for which you would like to be considered. Each category will be juried separately and application must be completed following all guidelines for each.


If sharing a booth, each artist must apply separately and be juried.



Application fee:

$25 per artist (regardless of booth size or if sharing a booth)

Applications will be considered only once that application fee has been received.  

Booth(s) fee:

Single 10 x 10 booth - Single Artist: $85

Single 10 x 10 booth - Two Artists: $85

Double booth - Single Artist: $170

Double booth - Two Artists: $170

Booth fee payment information will be available following jurying.

Booth fees will be due within 30 days of notification of acceptance. 


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

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

  • Only original works conceived and executed by the artist/crafter 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 wood worker may make small pieces for jewelry. These would not need to be submitted as a separate category.

  • Participants may erect a canopy no larger than the space size applied for. Artists must provide their own tables, chairs and any necessary shims for leveling. 

  • 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.

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

  • 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. 

  • In the event of inclement weather, the show will be held on Sunday, April 28. 

  • No refunds will be made after March 15, 2019. If any cancellations occur, applicants on the waiting list will be notified in order of the ranking given by the jury.

  • 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. 

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

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


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