Event Details for ARTfall 2021:


The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is proud to present the sixth annual ARTfall, a juried exhibition featuring the work of emerging and established artists. ARTfall will be one of the events of American Craft Walk Wilmington, a celebration of art and handmade craft culminating in a downtown walk on September 25th. The exhibition will be open to the public September 24th – 25th and Sept. 27th – Oct. 2nd, 10 am – 6 pm daily with the opening reception and awards presentation Thursday Sept. 23rd 6 – 8 pm.





Exhibition Dates:
Application Deadline September 3, 2021                    
Drop off September 20, 10am – 4pm 

Opening Reception/Awards Presentation September 23, 6 – 8pm                          
Open for Visitors Sept. 24 – October 2 10am – 5pm Closed Sunday
Pick up October 4, 10am – 4pm

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is seeking 2D and 3D artists for the 6th Annual ARTfall Juried Art Show and Sale to be held September 24 – October 2, 2021. ARTfall will be one of the events during American Craft Walk Wilmington, a celebration of visual and performing arts at various locations in downtown Wilmington culminating in the walk on September 25th.The ARTfall Exhibition can be viewed daily 10am – 5pm Mon. – Sat and the public is invited to attend the Artists Award Presentation and Reception Thurs. Sept. 23rd 6 – 8 pm in the lobby museum of the Historic USO Building. The deadline for applications and online registration is September 3, 2021.

Online Application

UNCW professor Donald Furst will judge ARTfall for the first time. Professor Furst received the 1999 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the 1996 UNCW Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award.  On the UNCW faculty since 1985, he has taught printmaking, drawing, and pastel and served as department chair 2002-2009. The artist has shown widely in national and international exhibitions, including the International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland; Norwegian International Print Triennial; Sapporo International Print Biennial in Japan, the Macedonia International Print Triennial, and the British International Miniature Print Exhibition.  Furst exhibited etchings in the invitational 12-artist show “Interiors” at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh in the fall of 2000. Collections include the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri. He will present “Ways,” a new body of work in monotype and pastel in August at the UNCW CAB Gallery.

Only original artwork completed within the last two years will be considered for exhibition. Original artwork is the artist’s sole creation and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any other person’s work or photograph. Preference is given to artists from the Lower Cape Fear region.

Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice with cash prizes totaling $425.00.

Only original artwork completed within the last two years will be considered for exhibition. Original artwork is the artist’s sole creation and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any other person’s work or photograph. Preference is given to artists from the Lower Cape Fear region.

Application Guidelines

  • Exhibits will be September 24 – Oct. 2, 2021. Exhibited artwork is juried and selected digitally by a Review Panel. The Review Panel will consider up to a maximum of 5 different works of art for exhibit. The digital images must be submitted in a JPEG or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi not to exceed 1080 pixels in any one direction. Additional support material including resume, exhibit history, and artist’s website will aid in the selection process. Due to space limitations, we may not be able to hang or exhibit all submitted work, but all work will be juried.
  • Works must be suitable for viewing by the general public of all ages. The participating artist must be the one who conceived of and executed the finished product.
  • By submission of an application, the artist accepts all conditions set forth in this prospectus.
  • Artists who will not be dropping off their work in person are responsible for all costs associated with the shipping to and from the HBHUSO/CAC.
  • Applications must be received by September 3, 2021, with the JPG or TIFF artwork images.

Exhibition Guidelines

  • All two-dimensional works must be framed, or gallery wrapped and wired for hanging. Exposed edges and beck must be clean. The HBHUSO/CAC reserves the right to refuse the installation of items with faulty framing, wiring, or hanging devices. Glass clip frames or saw tooth hangers will not be accepted.
  • The three-dimensional category contains any art which is not typically framed and hung. It is three-dimensional with greater width, length or depth. High relief, pottery, sculpture, kinetic, and 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, found objects or any other material which can be used to create 3-dimensional art.
  • Three-dimensional works must not require special installation or assembly and are limited to available pedestals. Jewelry will not be considered for exhibition.
  • At the time of installation, the artist is responsible for completing a consignment agreement with a member of the HBHUSO/CAC staff and provides a complete inventory of works.
  • The HBHUSO/CAC will collect 20% on all sales during the exhibition. Artists whose works are selected own the pieces until it is sold by the HBHUSO/CAC. All works will be handled with professional care.
  • The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, the City of Wilmington, and Thalian Association Community Theatre limit liability for damage of artwork from handling, viewing and exhibition use during the consignment period. The Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center nor any of its subsidiaries are not responsible for damage or loss that occurs prior to, during or after expiration of the consignment period. Artist shall always maintain appropriate property and loss insurance coverage on any consigned items to protect Artist against damage or loss to such consigned goods.
  • All accepted artists may provide a black folding fabric bin and display up to 10 works. Artwork needs to be marked print or original, unframed, properly backed (foam core or mat board), protected with shrink wrap or crystal bags, and labeled with title, artist name, medium and price. 4 X 6 inventory cards with title, price, artist name, email and phone number are required at delivery.
  • Drop off is Monday, September 20th, 10 am – 4 pm. Flyers/handouts will be available for artists.

For more information or to download complete submission guidelines, application, and exhibition details, please email Samantha Chappell, Community Arts Center Director at Complete details about American Craft Walk Wilmington can be found at