Art for the Masses now accepting applications for fall show

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Image courtesy Art for the Masses.
Image courtesy Art for the Masses.

Calling all craftsmen–Art for the Masses is now accepting applications for its upcoming show.

The brainchild of local photographer Matt Dols, Art for the Masses got its start in 2002 in the former Roudabush building in downtown Wilmington. From the onset, the goal has been to showcase the talents of emerging artists at a price mainstream art aficionados can afford.

The popular annual event was put on hold for a couple of years after its sponsor, the nonprofit organization Creative Wilmington, disbanded in 2010.

But UNCW offered Art for the Masses a permanent home in 2012, effectively continuing the tradition of making art accessible to all. The program is coordinated through Campus Life Arts and Programs and the Department of Art and Art History.

This year’s event–set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the university’s Burney and Warwick centers–features more than 150 artists selling pieces for $250 or less. Participating artists retain 100 percent of proceeds from their sales.

The application process is open through Sept. 30. Interested artists must submit an online application, along with five photos of the types of works they intend to sell.