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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Regional Artist Competition Youth – Deadline Feb. 23rd, Adult- Deadline March 23rd.


Youth Divisions

Elementary K-2 (all media) Elementary 3-5 (all media) Middle School 6-8 (all media) High School 9-12 (all media)

Adult Divisions Adult Painting (oil and acrylic) Adult Watercolor Adult Drawing (pencil, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, ink) Adult Other (prints, photography, collage, mixed-media) Adult 3-Dimensional (pottery, wood carving, sculpture) Adult Quilting (quilts, garments, wall hangings

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The Youth Division of the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition will be featured in the Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery during the month of March 2021.

The Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition Youth Division is open to all students in grades K-12.  The deadline for entry in the Youth Division is February 23, 2021 by 4:00pm. Work submitted after the designated date and time will not be accepted for the competition. All work should be submitted to the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

Interested artists are encouraged to contact the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center at (828) 632-6966 to receive entry forms for participation.  Entry forms are also available at and at the Center’s Lucas Mansion upon request.

Artists are asked to submit a maximum of 2 pieces per student of current works completed in March 2020 – February 2021 and are encouraged to designate a priority for presentation of each piece should exhibit space become limited. All media is accepted for the youth divisions which are K-grade 2/Elementary  grades 3-5/Middle School grades 6-8/High School grades 9-12.   Last year’s first place winners in the Youth Division are encouraged to exhibit but will not be eligible to win again in the same category. 

All entries must have a Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center entry form attached to the back of each work, and each piece must be equipped with a sturdy device suitable for hanging. All works on paper, etc. must be matted or mounted for exhibit. Any framed work must be wired for hanging. Display pedestals for three-dimensional works will be provided   Any special arrangements regarding display should be discussed with gallery curator prior to entry. If a work falls due to poor hanging device, the work will not be re-hung and will not be eligible for judging.

All competition entries will be viewed by a qualified judge who will select one first place winner in each category; additional awards may be given at the judge’s discretion.  An award will be given to each first place winner.  Ribbons will be awarded to first place and honorable mention entries.

The exhibit will be free and open to the public through the month of March during regular business hours Monday through Friday 10:00 – 4:30, and Saturdays 10:00 – 3:00.   Visitors are asked to call to schedule your gallery tour.  The exhibit will also be available for virtual viewing on our website Due to Covid19 restrictions, the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will not be possible.  First place and honorable mentions awards will be announced.   First Place Cash Awards are made possible by the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center and the Friends membership support. To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call (828) 632-6966, email or visit  .  The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible. 

Regional Adult Artists are encouraged to plan to participate in the Hiddenite Center’s Annual Regional Adult Artist Exhibit and Competition that will be featured in the Lucas Mansion Gallery in April 2021.  The deadline for entry in the Adult Division is March 23, 2021 by 4:00pm.   Call 828-632-6966 or see our website, for the adult exhibit information. 

This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.  Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts, Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, the Unifour Foundation, and the Friends of the Center membership program.   

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