The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Issues Call for New ArtPop Program

By Staff


The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is issuing a call for art for its new art in unexpected places project, ArtPop. “Artist + Public Outdoor Project = ArtPop” promotes local artists’ original works through the use of donated outdoor advertising space. Works by five artists who reside in Forsyth, Stokes, Davidson, Surry, Davie, or Yadkin counties will be chosen for the first year of the program.

Billboard companies partner with local arts groups to create the ArtPop Program. The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will partner with ArtPopStreetGallery of Charlotte, the creator of the program, and the Greensboro Division of Fairway Outdoor Advertising to offer this program. Works are chosen through a juried process and then are displayed on available billboard space in Fairway’s six-county service area.

Artists working in all media are encouraged to submit photographs of original works of art for consideration. Artists must be at least 18 years old and are required to submit a photograph and description of the work, an artist statement, and a biography. All submission materials must be digital and submitted to smorris [at] by February 29.

“This non-traditional exhibit is a part of our effort to bring art to unexpected places throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and, in this case, the region,” said Catherine New, Vice President of Development at the Arts Council. “This project gives regional artists an incredible opportunity to share their work with a large and diverse audience, while providing beautiful images of art outside of a traditional gallery or shop.”

The first official ArtPop program launched in Charlotte in 2014 when the works of 20 local artists were displayed on billboard space donated by Adams Outdoor Advertising. To date 40 artists have been featured in Charlotte and ArtPop is now on the streets of five other cities across the country with at least 20 more to come in 2016.

More information and application guidelines can be found HERE.

The robust arts community in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition the city and county continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. The Arts Council raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural and learning opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development.