Call for Artists – Art on the Square

The Burke Arts Council is pleased to announce a call for artists for

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
11 am – 5 pm

Join artists from every corner of North Carolina and beyond for ART ON THE SQUARE, an outdoor fine arts show to be held in Morganton.  Artists will present their work on the grassy lawn of the Historic Old Courthouse in the center of Downtown.  Painters, Jewelers, Sculptors, Woodworkers, Potters, and more will be participating in this one day event.
The Jailhouse Gallery will be exhibiting:  “THREE DIFFERENT VIEWS”
The amazing work of Peter Milne, Mark Poteat, and Lance Turner.

Art on the Square is planned and administered by the Burke Arts Council with support from the City of Morganton.  Please contact the
Burke Arts Council for further information:  828-433-7282.

Downtown Morganton is in the foothills of Western North Carolina with easy access from Charlotte, Greensboro or Asheville; located at Exit 105 on Interstate 40. US Highways 18 and 181, as well as US 64 and US 70 also intersect the city.  In a recent issue, Southern Living Magazine called Morganton a small town we love, “this Foothills Blue Ridge Community is quickly gaining a reputation as a vibrant hub for dining and the arts.”  Visit the website

  • Art on the Square will be held on the grounds of the Old Courthouse Square in Downtown Morganton.

  • This is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be given in the event of inclement weather.

  • Electricity is available for an additional cost of $10 per booth.

  • We encourage artists to participate in demonstrations throughout the day but it is not a requirement.

  • Please prepare a canopy in case of rain. WEIGHTS: All tents must be weighted properly. We recommend at least 40 lbs per leg.  Artists without tent weights will not be allowed to use a tent.

  • Exhibitor is responsible for exhibit display, equipment, supplies, tables, chairs, and signage.

  • Each booth area is 10’ X 10’. Placement of the booth will be determined by the Burke Arts Council.  Assignments are final.


  • All work must be original and current.   Artwork is juried by a group of professionals in the arts.  Please submit a short bio/artist statement with your entry.

  • The cost per booth is $45 for arts council members and $55 for non-members payable to the Burke Arts Council.  This fee is due immediately and is non-refundable should the artist cancel.


  • Official hours of the show are 11 am until 5 pm. Set up time begins at 8am.  Exhibitors will receive details prior to the show regarding booth location and/or booth number.  Exhibitors may not breakdown their booth prior to the end of the show.

  • Limited assistance will be available to transport artwork from the parking area.

  • Parking for artists will be in one of the free open lots downtown, easily accessible to and from the Courthouse Square

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  • Insurance:   Insurance should be placed and paid for by the exhibitor.  The City of Morganton, The Burke Arts Council and/or and staff is not responsible for the safe keeping of property while said properties are at the art event.