Application Process Information
The 2022 Call For Artists Will Begin
Later in October 2021
If you are a qualified artist, please return to this page
for application instructions for the 2022 season 

How to Apply (Digital Applications Only) this is the old application process.


Please email the following information to  (MS Word attachment preferred, .jpeg photos required.)


  • Contact Information - Name, address, cell and home phone numbers, email address.

  • Your website and / or social media sites such as facebook or instagram.

  • Include the following statement: "I agree to the Terms & Fees described on the website."

  • Provide your artist statement and current resume.

  • Please answer the following questions:

    • In which applicable county do you reside? (See "Terms" below)

    • If you are a 2D artist, will you provide enough original art to fill half the wall space of Edgewood Cottage?  Click here for "Video  of the Gallery Space" to see size.  

    • What is the typical price range for your original art?  (For example: Under $100, $200 - $500, $1500 - $3000, etc.)

    • Would you like to show with another qualified artist and if so, who?  All requests will be considered but may not be able to be accommodated.  Please note, all artists must apply and qualify individually.   

    • Will you require lodging during the show?  Blowing Rock Historical Society may be able to arrange discount pricing at a nearby hotel or inn.

    • Are you available to participate during any week (Monday – Sunday) we assign to you between Memorial Day and Labor Day?  If not, list any weeks  you are unavailable.

    • Are you a returning (alumni) artist?  If so, in what year did you first participate?

  • Attach five digital images representing work you will show in our program (.jpeg format under 400MB). 

  • Mail the $15 Application Fee to: Blowing Rock Historical Society - PO Box 804 - Blowing Rock, NC 28605.  (No Application fee for alumni artists.)



The following terms must be agreed to by all participating artists.


  • You live at least three months of the year in one of the following counties: Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wilkes, Caldwell, Burke, Catawba, Alleghany, Mitchell, Yancy, McDowell, Madison, or Buncombe.

  • You will attend an Artists Orientation in early May.

  • You will set up your exhibit on Monday before noon and take down your exhibit Sunday after closing.

  • You will be present during daily operating hours during the week of your exhibit. If at any time you cannot be there it is your responsibility to provide coverage for your exhibit. 

  • You will share the (provided) history of Edgewood Cottage and the renowned artist, Elliot Daingerfield with interested visitors.

  • You will encourage visitors to also view current exhibits at the neighboring Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM).

  • You will accept final decisions of the Selection Committee. The anonymous committee is comprised of highly qualified artists and art collectors. No explanations will be given for decisions made by the Selection Committee, and their decisions are final.

  • You agree that the Blowing Rock Historical Society and their volunteers have no liability during your exhibit or your time at Edgewood Cottage. 

  • You agree to pay the fees described below.




The Blowing Rock Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization, and we collect fees from artists.  We use the money we raise from this event in three ways:

  1. First, we cover the cost incurred for conducting this program.  The bulk of our cost is marketing and promotion of the event.

  2. Half of any net proceeds (money raised minus our expenses for the program) is donated to a worthy high country cause such as improvement projects at Moses H. Cone park.  

  3. The remainder of any net proceeds are used by the Blowing Rock Historical Society for our own projects like improvements to Edgewood Cottage or funding historical research about Blowing Rock.  


Fees you agree to pay…


  • $15 Application fee for all first time (non-alumni) artists.

  • $85 Participation fee for all selected first time (non-alumni) artists.

  • 25% donation to the Blowing Rock Historical Society for your total sales (excluding taxes) made during your show. 

  • 25% donation to the Blowing Rock Historical Society for any sales or commissions made within 1 month of your participation that happen as a result of your show. 



If you are a selected artist, you will receive an invitation letter with further details and your scheduled week in Edgewood Cottage.  If you are not selected, you will receive a letter saying so. Notifications are likely to begin late February.