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First Friday / Exhibit Openings
02 Nov 2018
VetStories Exhibition

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Artist Opportunities





An exhibit of marshmallow masterpieces coming fall 2017!

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A core part of the Arts Council of Wayne County’s mission is to support and promote artists. We strive to do this through opportunities such as:


The Arts Council welcomes artists to participate in our free, year-round exhibit program. For each exhibit, we advertise in the local newspapers, local TV and radio stations, and in our newsletter, as well as online. Exhibits are a great way to showcase a large body of work or series. 


Are you a musician or singer looking for places to perform?  The ACWC offers a number of opportunities for you to play.                      

Open Mic Nights - 2nd Thursday, each month.  The first Friday of each month, the ACWC hosts First Friday from 5pm to 8pm with live music, art, food, and refreshments.  Throughout the year, there are a number of other opportunities to share your talent.  Contact us for more information about any of these events.   


The Art Market is a retail shop that features the work of over fifty local artists. With its prime downtown location, the Art Market catches the downtown dinner crowd, drawing in a diverse range of visitors. We encourage artists to have their work for sale in the Art Market; it is not only a way for artists to sell their work, but it is a vital part of the Arts Council’s effort to establish a thriving arts district in Downtown Goldsboro.


On the First Friday of every month, the ACWC opens up our doors to the public for them to get acquainted with our galleries, Art Market, studios and local artists. These events are prime opportunities for artists and musicians to connect with other artists and potential supporters, market themselves and sell their artwork/cd's/books commission-free. First Friday is a laid-back social event, with refreshments and music—the perfect environment for mingling. Artists are invited to reserve a table in one of our rooms upstairs—we’ll set up the room with a table, tablecloth, chairs, easels, and even a sign with the artist’s name on it for $20.  Musicians interested in performing at First Friday can contact Karen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Twice per year, the ACWC partners with Goldsboro Parks and Recreation to host Sunday in the Park. This event, which draws in hundreds of people from all over Wayne County, features arts and crafts vendors, a farmer’s market, and live entertainment. Artists and craftspeople can set up a booth to display and sell their work, with a table and chairs and the option of a tent, or can even set up inside the park house at Herman Park.


From papier-mâché to furniture refurbishing, the Arts Council is dedicated to offering a variety of art and music classes for all ages. We’re always looking for new ideas for classes and new instructors. This is another opportunity for artists to be involved in the ACWC programs, share their talents with others, and earn some cash!


Every quarter, the Arts Council hosts a professional development and networking seminar for artists and arts organizations.  Every seminar has a different topic and is accompanied by a free dinner. Topics in the past have included: marketing, brand identity, creating an Etsy shop, blogging and more. In addition to providing valuable professional tips, these seminars are also a great opportunity for artists and arts leaders to connect with each other. For more information on the next seminar, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Every spring, we host the Juried Fine Arts Show, which is open to artists from all around the nation, and provides cash prizes to award winners. This is a wonderful opportunity for an art to showcase his or her work; even the artist’s work is not selected for the show, it hangs in the gallery on a special display for a few weeks to be seen by gallery-goers and potential buyers.

The Arts Council of Wayne County is here for local artists. We want to make sure that we’re doing everything possible to support artists, encourage creativity and nurture talent. If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, would like to participate or have a suggestion about what we could be doing better, please contact the Gallery Director- at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Public Art Projects

 The ACWC is currently working on the following public art projects:                                

  • Union Station Bus Transfer Center
  • Beak Week Festival Feathered Friends Art Project