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Wake County, the Raleigh Arts Commission, and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County invite all City and County employees and their immediate family members to enter the 11th annual National Arts Program® competition and exhibition, December 5, 2013, through January 15, 2014. The deadline for employees to register to participate is November 15.

This art exhibit, in collaboration with The National Arts Program® Foundation, Inc., of Malvern, PA, showcases the diverse and artistic talents of municipal employees of Raleigh and Wake County and their families. A jury of recognized artists and arts professionals will judge all works. Cash prizes will be awarded in the exhibition’s five artistic classifications: amateur, intermediate, advanced, youth ages 12-17, and youth under 12 years. There is no fee to enter the program.

In the adult classifications, winners will receive $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. In the youth classifications, $75 will go to first- place, $50 to second-place, and $25 to third-place winners. A Best of Show award of $300 will be presented.

The National Arts Program® was conceived by Leonard E. B. Andrews, art collector, publisher, business executive and journalist, “for the encouragement and development of artistic expression.”

The Raleigh and Wake County employee and family artwork will be displayed in the Avery Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett Street, from December 5, 2013, to January 15, 2014. A reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Block Gallery 1st and 2nd floors on December 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

To register online, please visit:

Artists must bring the physical artwork to the Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St., from 8:30 am-4:00 pm on November 21, 2013. Pick-up will be 9 am-5 pm on January 16, 2014.

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Rules for submitting artwork:

  • Not accepted: copies, kits, paint-by-number pieces, photocopies or photographs of artwork, magazine or book illustrations, and random snapshots.
  • Two-dimensional artwork (painting, poetry, drawings and photographs) must be matted, framed, and/or ready to hang with d-rings or screw eyes installed on either side of the back of the frame, no lower than 2 inches from the top of the piece. Artwork must measure no more than 48” in any direction or weigh more than 50 pounds. Artwork that does not meet size limitations or specifications will be disqualified before judging.
  • All delivery and pickup of work will be the sole responsibility of the artist.

For more information about the National Arts Program® exhibition, contact or