Opportunities for Artists
Current Newsletter:Arts Orange County, Winter/Spring, 2003
Artist’s Hanging Scheduled at University Mall
The historic marker on South Churton Street in downtown Hillsborough says: "Regulators Hanged: After the Regulators were defeated at Alamance May 16, 1771, six of their number were hanged 1/4 mile east June 19, 1771."
Commemorating the Hanging of the Regulators, the Orange County Arts Commission and the Orange County 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee announce an Artist’s Hanging, set for March 21-30, 2003 at University Mall in Chapel Hill. This much-anticipated unjuried exhibition is open to all visual artists - from the obscure beginner to the recognized artist. Modeled after an event previously sponsored by the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, this democratic art show gives artists of all ages and levels of experience an opportunity to exhibit their work alongside their peers.
Visual artists are invited to bring one piece of two-dimensional artwork (per artist) to the central area inside University Mall on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, between 9:00 am-6:00 pm. All artwork will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to hang at least 250 pieces, space permitting. Parents and children are encouraged to hang up their works of art together.
Because of space limitations, no three-dimensional artwork will be accepted. All artwork must be appropriate for viewing by the general public. Artwork will be hung by the artists themselves (with some assistance by volunteers as needed) and must be ready for hanging (using wire). Artists will be also given the option to sell their artwork.
An opening reception for all artists, their families and friends will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 22nd in the central area inside University Mall.
The Artist’s Hanging will be on display at University Mall until Sunday, March 30, when artists are asked to pick up their work. For more information on the Artist’s Hanging, please contact the Orange County Arts Commission.
As a prelude to the Artist’s Hanging, a Symposium on the Regulators will be held on February 22, 2003 from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough ($5 admission). Marjolene Kars and Simon and Sara Spalding will lead this symposium on the greatest revolt in the colonies before the American Revolution, entitled "A Test of Wills: The Regulator Uprising in Orange County". This Orange County 250th event is co-sponsored by the Hillsborough Historical Society (919/732-7741), and the Orange County Historical Museum (919/732-2201). Also on February 22, 2003 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm., the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough (919/732-7741) will sponsor Cornwallis' Occupation of Hillsborough: A Living History Program of the Revolutionary War, an encampment re-enactment of General Cornwallis’ occupation of Hillsborough in 1781. Set in downtown Hillsborough, the lives of typical British soldiers and loyalist North Carolina volunteers will be demonstrated during this free living-history interpretation by The King’s Own Patriots and the 33rd Regiment of Foot. Headquarters will be located at the Alexander Dickson House (Orange County Visitor Center, 150 E. King Street). The Hanging of the Regulators is described in a new book, Breaking Loose Together: The Regulator Rebellion in Pre-Revolutionary North Carolina, by Marjoleine Kars (University of North Carolina Press; Chapel Hill, NC; 2002). More than 2000 Piedmont farmers rose up in protest of corrupt government and were defeated by Governor William Tryon's colonial militia after a two-hour battle. One Regulator was hanged on the spot without a trial. A month later, another six were hanged at a wooded spot east of Cameron Street, then outside the town limits. Today, a bronze marker inside a wrought-iron fence between the Hughes Academy and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church commemorates the spot. For information on additional Orange County 250th Anniversary activities, please visit the official web site at www.orangecounty250.org.
2002 Fall Grant Awards Announced
The following organizations and individuals were awarded Orange County Arts Grants to support art programming during the Fall, 2002 grant cycle:
2003 Spring Grants Deadline Announced
The Orange County Arts Commission announces a May 27, 2003 deadline for receipt of grant application for the spring cycle. Grants are available to both nonprofit organizations and individuals. Fall grants categories are as follows:
Spring Grants Project Period: The spring cycle of grants will fund arts activities taking place from July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004. A fall cycle will also be available for all categories except the General Arts Support and the Arts in Education Coalition grants, which will be available annually.
Supportable Projects: Applicants may request funds to support a variety of arts programs in the visual, performing, literary arts.
Deadline: Spring applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at the Orange County Arts Commission office (this is not a “postmarked by” deadline).
Applications: Applications will be available for downloading online (PDF format); hard-copies will be available at the Arts Commission office and at all Orange County Public Libraries.
Information Session: The Arts Commission will hold a free grant-writing workshop for potential OCAC grant applicants from 7-8:30 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at the Arts Commission office in Hillsborough. To registrar or for more information about OCAC grants, contact the Orange County Arts Commission.
Congressional High School Arts Competition Deadline Announced
Each spring, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, committed to the importance of our cultural heritage, join together to recognize the creative spirit of American high school students in a nationwide art competition. The Congressional High School Arts Competition is implemented by the Members in the Congressional Districts and features paintings, drawings, and prints. Each Member brings a winning entry back to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capital. Launched in 1982, this nationwide event has produced thousands of local competitions, yielding more than 500,000 high school winners.
This competition is coordinated locally through Fourth District U.S. Representative David Price’s office. High school visual arts students in the counties of Orange, Durham, Chatham and Wake are eligible to apply.
If you are interested in participating in the 2003 Congressional High School Arts Competition and you live in Orange County, contact your high school art teacher or the Orange County Arts Commission for an application form and guidelines. You may also print the application form and guidelines directly from the US government web site at www.house.gov/hooley/artshow.html.
The deadline to apply is 5 pm on Wednesday, April 30, 2003. All entries must be delivered by that time to the Orange County Arts Commission’s office at 110 E. King Street in Hillsborough, NC.
Next Artists' Salon at ArtsCenter
The next Artists' Salon, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, will be held on Friday, April 11, 2003.
April's topic will be a continuation of the “Artist’s Studio Space Needs” discussion began at the January 17th Artists’ Salon. Guest speaker(s) will be announced. Visit the Arts Commission’s web site (www.artsorange.org) for updated information.
If you are an artist interested in studio space in Orange County, please come to this meeting! Artists' Salons are held from 6-9 pm at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Salons are free, for artists of all kinds - performing, visual, literary, whatever! Come to meet, network, and build a better arts environment for all Orange County Artists.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/245-2335 or email us at email@example.com.
Kaia Parker Fund for Young Dancers Announces Spring Deadline
In an effort to come to terms with the tragedy of Kaia Parker’s death in August of 2000, her family and teachers have joined with the Triangle Community Foundation to offer the Kaia Parker Fund for Young Dancers again this year. This fund was created to honor the memory of a beautiful and talented young woman from our community by opening the way ahead for others who, as she did, love dance and aspire to make it their lifework.
Monies donated to the fund are allocated to deserving dance artists for summer study and special choreography or performance projects. Dancers between the ages of 12 and 21 who reside in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange or Wake counties are eligible to apply and current plans call for the awards to be granted in the spring of 2003. The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 15, 2003. For application materials or more information, please contact the fund’s website at www.kaiaparker.org. Application forms and guidelines are also available at the Orange County Arts Commission’s office at 110 E. King Street in Hillsborough, NC.
Arts Incubation Program Seeks New Participant
Three years ago the Orange County Arts Commission embarked on an innovative program supporting the arts and culture of Orange County. The Arts Incubation Program strives to create successful and self-sustaining local arts organizations by offering up to three years of concentrated skills and technical development and aid.
The first participant in the Arts Incubation Program was the Orange County Artists Guild, a group of professional "artists aiding artists." Currently working towards establishing themselves as a non-profit organization, the Artists Guild's main activity is to coordinate the annual Orange County Open Studio Tour. For more information on the Orange County Artists Guild, visit their web site at www.orangecountyartistsguild.com.
The Orange County Arts Commission is now looking for a new Orange County arts organization to incubate beginning July 1, 2003. If your organization is interested in participating in our Arts Incubation Program, contact the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/245-2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wanted: Artist's Studio Space in Orange County
If you have interior space to rent/lease/sell that could be used as artist’s studio space, contact the Orange County Arts Commission at 919/245-2335 or email@example.com.
An artist’s studio space bank will be created for online referrals.
The Arts Mean Business in North Carolina
A strong economy depends on the spirit of its people. Citizens in every county demonstrate the power of the Arts every time they put a hand to clay or a voice to song. Because of the support of the General Assembly, the Arts remain a vital and indispensable part of life in North Carolina.
North Carolina Arts Council:
North Carolina Museum of Art:
North Carolina Symphony:
Acknowledging the current economic challenges, the Arts stand ready to serve as part of the solution. The budgetary shortfall cannot be addressed through further reductions in arts funding, and the effects of such decisions can be catastrophic. The Arts have traditionally served the state with “less” while producing the highest standard of experience. Further reductions will result in the loss of valued programs and unemployed artists and professionals.
The Arts are indispensable to our state’s health. The Arts are stakeholders of our economy, our children’s education, our quality of life. The Arts mean business in North Carolina.
Orange County 250Celebrating 250 Years of Diversity, Freedom, Preservation and Education
On September 9, 1752 a new county was born in the North Carolina back country -- a county that spanned the area from present-day Greensboro to present-day Durham, from the Virginia line to the Uwharrie mountains. On that day, Orange County became a reality as its first colonial court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions was held at Grayfields along the Eno River.
Originally inhabited by the Occaneechi/Saponi nation and other native American tribes, the new county encompassed a land area of 3,500 square miles (versus 400 today) including all of present day Alamance, Caswell, Person, Durham and Chatham counties as well as parts of Wake, Lee, Randolph, Guildford and Rockingham counties.
Mindful of our proud heritage, the mission of the ORANGE COUNTY 250 celebration is to bring together citizens to celebrate and educate ourselves about the people past and present who have called Orange County home.
As citizens in one of the oldest Piedmont counties, Orange County’s 120,000 residents -- up from 4,000 when the county was formed -- have a lot to celebrate:
The anniversary of the county's founding provides an opportunity and need to celebrate its 250 rich years. Social and political issues may sometimes divide us, yet there is much that argues for recognizing our common ground. Knowing that a diversity of interests, cultures and ideas have been a mainstay of the past 250 years makes it easier for us to welcome the diversity that the future will surely bring.
The ORANGE COUNTY 250 committee seeks your help in celebrating our common heritage. Currently there are plans to:
Please help us set the stage for a year of unity and celebration by volunteering to work with ORANGE COUNTY 250, by making a contribution, by identifying existing events that might share the anniversary theme, or by participating in related events throughout the year. For more information on how you can help, please call 245-2325 or send e-mail to edcmail.co.orange.nc.us. Please provide event information by July 31, 2002.
We'd like to thank Central Carolina Bank & Trust Company for helping to sponsor the Orange County 250th Anniversary Celebration.
This yearlong 250th anniversary celebration, ending on September 9, 2003, will include these events:
For a more complete listing, visit the official web site at: www.orangecounty250.org.
Key Events in Orange County History:
1701 – English explorer John Lawson arrived in the area and recorded his meeting with the Occaneechi
1752 – Orange County formed, largely from Granville County, partly from Bladen and Johnston; western boundary indefinite until Rowan County was formed about a year later
1754 – County seat (permanently named Hillsborough in 1766) established on 400 acres where the Indian Trading Path crossed the Eno River
1771 – Government troops defeated Regulator army at Battle of Alamance; six regulators hung in Hillsborough
1795 – University of North Carolina becomes the first state-supported university to open its doors
1865 – Last headquarters of the Confederacy established at Alexander Dickson homestead in Hillsborough
For a more complete listing, visit the official web site at: www.orangecounty250.org
CHHS Student Wins Honorable Mention in Congressional Arts CompetitionSarah Owen, a Junior at Chapel Hill High School, received an Honorable Mention at the District level for her collage entitled “The Journey” in the Congressional High School Arts Competition, sponsored annually by the U.S. House of Representatives, and implemented locally through Fourth District U.S. Representative David Price’s office. She was presented with this award at a district-wide reception held on Wednesday, May 29th in Pittsboro. Sarah’s artwork will hang in Congressman Price’s Chapel Hill office for a period of one year.
Sarah is the daughter of Patricia Owen of Carrboro. Her art teacher at Chapel Hill High School is Pamela Pate.
Four finalists were chosen from Orange County to participate at the district level. The other three finalists from Orange County were Kasey Christian and Matt Mezynski from Chapel Hill High School and Carynne McIver from Orange High School in Hillsborough. We want to thank all students who entered this competition. The Orange County Arts Commission, the Chatham County Arts Council, the Durham Arts Council and United Arts of Raleigh and Wake County worked together to make this competition a success.
Each year, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, committed to the greatness of our cultural heritage, join together to recognize the creative spirit of American high school students in a nationwide competition. This contest is implemented by the Members in the Congressional Districts and features paintings, drawings, and prints. Each Member brings a winning entry back to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capital. Launched in 1982, this nationwide event has produced thousands of local competitions, yielding more than 500,000 high school winners.
Artists' Salon SeriesMark your calendars now for the next Artists’ Salon, to take place at the ArtsCenter in Chapel Hill from 6-9 pm on:
Sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, these Artists’ Salons are free, and for artists of all kinds – performing, visual, literary, whatever! Light hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6-9 pm. Discussion will begin at 7:00 pm.
April's topic will be "Artist's Studio Space Needs - Part 2". Input from the audience on this topic will be solicited. Guest speaker(s) TBA. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
The purpose of the salon is to bring together artists of all disciplines in a casual setting to share ideas, concerns and information. It is the hope of the Orange County Arts Commission to not only bring the artistic community together but to facilitate closer ties between artists and the general community of Orange County. Better serving the needs of artists is one of the goals of the Orange County Arts Commission. Artists often work in isolation and the salon can serve as a place to get feedback from peers as well as to share all of the problem and pleasures of being an artist with kindred spirits.
The OCAC thanks the ArtsCenter for allowing us to use their space for this salon series. Please RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission (919/245-2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know if you are planning to attend.
Fall Grants Announced by Arts CommissionThe Orange County Arts Commission is planning for a fall, 2002 cycle of arts grant applications. As in the past, arts project grants are available to non-profit organizations and schools, as well as to individual artists. The fall grant categories are as follows:
The fall cycle of grants funds arts activities taking place from January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2003. A spring cycle will also be available for all categories including the General Arts Support and the Arts in Education Coalition grants, which are available annually.
Applicants may request funds to support a variety of arts programs in the visual, performing, literary arts.
The fall application deadline is Monday, November 25, 2002 by 5 pm at the Orange County Arts Commission. (This is a "receipt" deadline, not a "postmarked by" deadline.)
Applications are available online for downloading as PDF files (see "Grants" section of this web site). Hard copies are available at all Orange County Public Libraries and at the Arts Commission office.
The Arts Commission will hold a free grant-writing workshop on Thursay, October 10, 2002 from 7-8 pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library. To register or for more information about grants or the Arts Commission, call 919/245-2335.
Arts Organization Spotlight – Green Tara GalleryAs well as an outstanding collection, Green Tara Gallery offers on-site consultation and both private and corporate installation. Their corporate clients have included Nortel, UNC Hospitals, Cisco, and Duke Medical Center, among others. Adding to their wide variety of stunning art works, Green Tara currently has an exhibit of works by Latin artists Francicso Gonzales and Raul Villarreal, through June 30, 2001. Visit Green Tara Gallery in Chapel Hill, at 241 South Elliott Road at the Village Plaza. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm or by appointment. For more information, call 919/932-6400 or see www.greentaragallery.com.
Arts Organization Spotlight – Orange County Public Library
When most people think of a trip to the neighborhood library, they might be expecting a connection only with literature, non-fiction, or poetry. The Orange County Public Library provides a wide variety of literary arts, but in two unusual programs, departs from the standard library experience to include a lively combination of high-quality arts to community members and library patrons. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the library’s gallery, which displays a wide range of two- and three- dimensional works by local artists. These free, public exhibits often kick-off with an artist reception that has open invitation to community members. Recent shows have included the works of local and nationally recognized artists Artie Dixon and Guy Wilkens, Jr.. The gallery shows generally rotate on a monthly basis and also annually highlight the works of local arts students. The gallery space will be renovated this summer with a new hanging system to allow greater ease of display and higher quality exhibits, funded through an Orange Arts Grant from the Orange County Arts Commission. Marion Jackson, Gallery Coordinator, recommends upcoming shows:
Lysistrata tells the story of women from opposing states who unite to end a war by refusing to sleep with their husbands until the men agree to lay down their swords. Powerless in their society and distraught over too many of their children being slaughtered in battle, the women take the only tactic available to them: they withhold sex. Fast-forward 2,400 years: swords are now weapons of mass destruction. Faced with the prospect of massive loss of human life -- both Iraqi and American -- Lysistrata Project participants worldwide take a new tactic and add their voices to the mounting clamor of global anti-war protests.
The area offering of THE LYSISTRATA PROJECT is a co-production between area theater companies Dog & Pony Show and Shakespeare & Originals. The two companies will absorb all costs associated with the event, giving all proceeds to the hunger relief association Food Not Bombs, dividing them equally between the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill chapters of this worthy organization. (For more information on Food Not Bombs, please visit www.foodnotbombs.net). There is no charge for admission, but the suggested donation amount is however much each attendee spent, or will spend, on goods consumed that day, be they groceries, fast food, restaurant meals, soft drinks, or even beer or cigarettes.
The reading will be held at C. E. Jordan High School, 6806 Garrett Road in Durham, on Monday, March 3rd, at 8 p.m. All are welcome, and blocks of seating can be reserved for groups by e-mailing email@example.com. It is our hope that this project can use the art of theater as a tool to raise not only funds for the hungry, but also awareness.
Each bench design must have a seating platform that is approximately 18" deep, 60" wide and 18" off the ground. Artists are free to propose armrests, backrests, canopies etc. No size requirement must be met aside from the seating platform. The benches will be installed in a renovated downtown pocket park. provisions for installation must be addressed by the artist. It is preferred that the designs reflect the aesthetics of the park which dates back to 1910.
All proposals are due by March 29, 2003 by 2pm. Each proposal must include a color drawing or 3d model of the design with dimensions indicated. The winning bench designs must be completed and in possession of the arts council by 6/30/03. For additional information contact Tim Knouff at 252/527-2517.
Visual artists are invited to bring one piece of two-dimensional artwork (per artist) to the central area inside University Mall on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, between 9:00 am-6:00 pm. All artwork will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to hang at least 250 pieces, space permitting. Parents and children are encouraged to hang up their works of art together. Because of space limitations, no three-dimensional artwork will be accepted. All artwork must be appropriate for viewing by the general public. Artwork will be hung by the artists themselves (with some assistance by volunteers as needed) and must be ready for hanging (using wire). Artists will be also given the option to sell their artwork.
An opening reception for all artists, their families and friends will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 22nd in the central area inside University Mall. The Artist’s Hanging will be on display at University Mall until Sunday, March 30, when artists are asked to pick up their work. For more information on the Artist’s Hanging, please contact the Orange County Arts Commission.
Local Artists Create with Recycled Materialsby Lynn Bossong, Orange Community Recycling
Five local artists working with recycled materials are now nationally known in the recycling world through the “Art and Recycling: Together They Make the World More Beautiful” exhibit. Funded by a Grassroots Arts Grant from the Orange County Arts Commission, Orange Community Recycling commissioned six works of art from these Orange and Durham county artists. After the work of Jane Filer, Bryant Holsenbeck, Gordon Jameson, Mike Roig, and Callie Warner was exhibited throughout Orange County in 2000, five of the six pieces went on tour in September to the National Recycling Congress held in Charlotte, North Carolina. This event draws over 2,000 recycling agencies from all over the world.
Orange Community Recycling, a division of Orange County Solid Waste Management Department, commissioned six works to be constructed from locally recycled materials. Artwork components included paper (Gordon Jameson), construction waste (Jane Filer), metal (Mike Roig), glass (with metal) (Callie Warner), plastic and rubber (Bryant Holsenbeck). Orange Community Recycling received a Grassroots Arts Grant from the Orange County Arts Commission that provided funds to commission these local artworks.
Following the appearance of the recycled art at the National Recycling Congress, the “Art and Recycling” show continues to tour locally and regionally. The recycled art exhibit was shown in local elementary schools in spring 2000. Orange Community Recycling also hired a magician who entertained students with his bag of tricks on a recycling theme. After school term ended in the spring, the exhibit took up residence at the Chapel Hill Town Hall courtesy of the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. The pieces will be displayed beginning in late January 2001 at the newly expanded Weaver Street Market Café at Carr Mill Mall.
The recycled art exhibit is available to any Orange County or Chapel-Hill/ Carrboro school interested in displaying it, as well as other organizations. This exhibit is a magical and a fun way to draw people into the recycling habit. Organizations with a secure display space such as schools, libraries or other public venues should contact Lynn Bossong, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get on the free exhibition schedule.
We are very grateful to the Orange County Arts Commission for their Grassroots Arts Grant, North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, D.H. Griffin Metals, Paper Stock Dealers Inc., Homebuilders Association of Durham and Orange Counties, Inc., NAPCOR National Association for PET Container Resources, and the artists; Jane Filer, Bryant Holsenbeck, Gordon Jameson, Jeff Menzer, Mike Roig and Callie Warner for the opportunity this exhibit affords our community to look at “trash” in a new way.
The Grassroots Arts Program is funded from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, see their website at www.ncarts.org.
ContributeThe Orange County Arts Commission welcomes article submissions from individuals and organizations. Please contact us at email@example.com or (919) 245.2325 for more information.