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Wake County Visiting Artist 2019

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United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County is seeking a Visiting Artist in the area of Documentary Photography. This artist residency will run from August 1, 2019-May 30, 2020 and be based in the artistically rich community of Raleigh, North Carolina. The application opens March 1, 2019 and is due April 21, 2019.


Program Mission and Overview

The Visiting Artist will make a significant contribution to the artistic landscape through capturing and representing the vibrant arts community in Wake County through photography. The artist will interact with the community through photographing events and places in relation to multiple art forms: including but not limited to performances, exhibitions and festivals. The Visiting Artist will also conduct workshops, classes, and presentations and exhibitions in the greater community. United Arts will facilitate a collaborative relationship between the Visiting Artist and the local arts community to complete program activities (below).


During the residency in Raleigh, the Visiting Artist will have the opportunity to:

• Create hi-res digital photographs of a minimum of 80 events/performances/festivals in the 10 month period;

• Show photographs of Wake County in an exhibition or series of exhibitions;

• Encourage knowledge of photography skills for all age groups by offering at least four (4) workshops in educational settings like middle or high schools, etc;

• Create and lead at least four classes/workshops in the area of specialty, open to the public;

• Make public presentations where appropriate;

• Suggest future projects to inspire public engagement and support of photography; and

• Provide other instructional opportunities when available.

Selection Process

The Visiting Artist will be selected by a panel appointed by United Arts Council.  Upon review of all applications, finalist(s) will contacted for an interview. Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2019. Announcement of the candidate selected will be made in May 2019, and the residency will run from August 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020.

Visiting Artist Profile

The Visiting Artist must be 18 years of age or older and currently live outside Wake County, NC. A degree of  BFA  or MFA in his/her discipline is preferred, but candidates without a degree who have comparable professional experience will be considered. Candidates should plan to reside in Wake County for the duration of the appointment as Visiting Artist.  The successful candidate will demonstrate:

• Exemplary skills in documentary photography;

• Solid body of work;

• Comfort working with a range of professional/community/academic arts companies and groups with different spaces and needs;

• Some experience with teaching and public presentation; and

• A reliable vehicle and willingness to travel to municipalities within Wake County (NC) for scheduled meetings, rehearsals, workshops, teaching engagements and other public events.

• Commitment to photograph events as detailed in a schedule provided by United Arts and discussed with the Visiting Artist.


The Visiting Artist will receive an annual stipend of $42,000, with a $5,000 stipend toward housing costs. In addition, recognition at various area events will be given as well as a possibility of media coverage related to the Visiting Artist program.


The following must be electronically submitted by April 21, 2019:

  • Completed application form
  • Letter of interest (1-2 pages) detailing how you would contribute as the Visiting Artist, based on the position description and activities of the program
  • Samples of photo work (10-20) completed in recent years
  • Resume/CV not to exceed 3 pages, with an emphasis on areas of photography
  • Contact information for two (2) references
  • Two (2) critical reviews of work (optional). 
  • United Arts Council reserves the right to ask for additional information as needed.

For more information, contact Brandi Neuwirth at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498, ext. 205.

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The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, based in Raleigh, NC, was incorporated in 1990, with a mission to build better communities through the support and advocacy of the arts. For the 2018/19 school year, United Arts will help place teaching artists in 150 schools in Wake County through its Artists in Schools program. The United Arts Council also offers grants to organizations, communities and individual artists and provides services to the community such as advocacy, resource development, professional/leadership development and special projects. The grants, programs and services of United Arts reach over 1.2 million people annually in Wake County.

Wake County is home to more than 1 million citizens and includes Raleigh, the "Smithsonian of the South”. Led by a class of creative artists and innovators, the city is bursting with an endless supply of live performing arts and visual arts galleries. The destination is home to a collection of museums including the North Carolina Museum of Art and CAM Raleigh, plus nationally acclaimed presenting organizations such as Carolina Ballet and North Carolina Theatre. A boom town by most any definition, Raleigh gains population daily. A few recent accolades include being named "America's Best City" by Businessweek.com, "Most Educated City in America" by Men's Health and "Healthiest City for Women" by Women's Health... not to mention that GQ named us one of "America's Coolest Towns" and Southern Living named us one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." As home to 11 traditional universities and colleges, the Raleigh area is also unusually rich in educational opportunities.



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