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Artist Opportunities


Scholarship for the Arts

Toe River Arts Scholarship for the Arts is made possible by an endowment fund held by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. These scholarships are awarded to individuals from Yancey or Mitchell County, North Carolina, who are pursuing higher education in arts or arts education. Each scholarship will be paid directly to the degree-based institution of the applicant’s attendance.

Application: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/kFrz0t0f29uUQUxeo6-j_A

DEADLINE: May 7, 2023

2024 Exhibition Proposals

Toe River Arts has two exhibition spaces in Spruce Pine, the Kokol Gallery and, on the second floor, the Owen Gallery. In Burnsville, we have a large gallery space in the newly renovated library building on the square. The Kokol gallery is approx. 1280 sq.ft., the Owen gallery is approx. 900 sq. ft. and the Burnsville Gallery is approx. 1200 sq. ft.  Throughout the year we offer programmed annual exhibitions, and once a year we accept proposals for exhibitions from artists.

Application: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/GpMGe9ftqHB8r-JST5X4Hw

DEADLINE: May 27, 2023

Artist Support Grant

This program, funded by the N.C. Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic and professional development. Learn more about the grant.

The application for 2023 – 2024 Artist Support Grant will be available in July of 2023.

Gift Shop & Retail Jury

Artists living in Mitchell and Yancey counties are encouraged to apply to sell work in our retail spaces. Artists must be Toe River Arts Members at the Basic level. The gift shop review committee is comprised of members of Toe River Arts and professional artists familiar with different artistic media. The review committee changes every year. Artists not accepted may reapply the following year.

Jurying for the gift shop will reopen in January 2024.

Resources for Artists Affected by COVID-19

Additional Resources