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Application Process Information
Application Deadline
Friday January 10, 2020
Application Process Overview

  1. Read all the information on the Info for Artists tab and below before applying.

  2. Email your application to  Be sure you include all information asked for in the "How To Apply" section below.  (Digital applications only.)

  3. Mail your $15 Application Fee to: Blowing Rock Historical Society - PO Box 804 - Blowing Rock, NC 28605.  (Alumni artists from this program need not pay this Application Fee.)

  4. Once your application and $15 fee are received, we will include your application in the package we provide our Selection Committee.

  5. The Selection Committee will select the artists that will be invited to participate, and they will prepare a schedule for the season.

  6. If you are a selected artist, you will receive an invitation letter with further details and your scheduled week in Edgewood Cottage.

  7. If you are not selected, you will receive a letter saying so.  Please be aware that no additional information will be provided and the Selection Committee's decisions are final.

By Submitting Your Application, You Agree to the Following Terms:

  1. 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.

  2. You will attend an Artists Orientation that will be scheduled sometime in early May.

  3. You will be required to set up and take down your exhibit.  Set up takes place on Monday mornings before noon, and take down is on Sunday after closing.

  4. You will open and close the cottage daily during the week of your exhibit.  You must be present during operating hours each day during the week of your exhibit. If you cannot be there, it is your responsibility to cover your exhibit, not the Blowing Rock Historical Society's.

  5. You will be informed regarding the history of Edgewood Cottage and the renowned artist, Elliot Daingerfield, and you must be willing to talk briefly to interested visitors about him, his work and Edgewood Cottage. 

  6. While the Blowing Rock Historical Society is not affiliated with the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) next door, we help and support each other often.  BRAHM docents and staff suggest that their visitors also come to Edgewood Cottage to see your work.  In turn, we expect you to know about the current BRAHM exhibits and refer your visitors to the museum next door.

  7. The decisions of the Selection Committee will be final.  The committee is anonymous and is made up of highly qualified artists and art collectors.  No explanations will be given for decisions made by Selection Committee.

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

  9. You agrees to pay the fees described below.

Fees Artists Pay for the Program

The Blowing Rock Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization, and we charge artists certain fees for this program.  We use the money we raise from this event as follows:

  1. First, we cover the cost we incur 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 cause.  For example, proceeds from recent programs have been donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation for 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.  For example, they may be used for improvements to Edgewood Cottage, for improvements to the 1888 Museum, for funding historical research about Blowing Rock, etc.  

Specific Fees:

  • You will pay a $15 application fee at the time you submit your application.  Your check should be made payable to the Blowing Rock Historical Society and mailed to PO Box 804, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.  (This Application Fee is waived for Alumni Artists - those that have participated in prior years.)

  • If selected, you will pay an $85 Participation Fee.  (This Participation Fee is waived for Alumni Artists - those that have participated in prior years.)

  • For all sales made during your show (excluding taxes) you will make a 25% donation to the Blowing Rock Historical Society, paid by check on your last day of the show.

  • For sales or commissions resulting from contacts made during the show and agreed upon within 3 months of the show, you will pay a 25% donation to the Blowing Rock Historical Society once you have received payment for your work.  

How to Apply


Artists applying should e-mail the following information to  


  • Your contact information (name, address, phone #, e-mail address, URL if you have a web site.)

  • Include the following statement: "I agree to the Terms & Fees described on the web site"

  • Answers to the following questions:

    • Which of the listed counties do you reside in at least 3 months a year?  (See “Requirements” above.)

    • For 2-diminsional artists – Do you have enough original art to adequately fill at least ½ the wall space you see in the video on our web site?  (See the "Video of the Gallery Space" on the "Info for Artists" tab.)

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

    • Would you like to show with another artist, and if so, who?  (Be sure that artist also applies and recognize that they will need to meet the requirements and be juried into the show.  We may or may not be able to accommodate your request.)

    • Will you need lodging during the show?  If you live too far to travel daily to the show, the Blowing Rock Historical Society may be able to arrange discount pricing at nearby hotels, inns, etc.

    • If your availability during the months of the event is restricted, please indicate which weeks you will be unavailable.

  • If you are an Alumni Artist, please state so and include the year you first participated in this program.

  • Your artist’s statement.

  • Your current resume.

  • At least four digital (jpeg) images that best represent the artwork you plan to exhibit. Images must not be larger that 400 MB. Materials must be submitted in digital format only.  

  • No submittals by US Mail will be accepted.  Applications must be submitted via email to

After we receive your completed application and(for new artists) your $15.00 Application Fee, your information will be submitted to the Selection Committee.

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