Call to Artists & Application

2020 Art Application
Art Show will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2020
Details to follow

2019 Art Application

Deadline to enter: April 5, 2019 with work to be submitted on Saturday, May 4th
Artwork will be delivered on Saturday, May 4th, the day prior to the event. Registration must be made by April 5th.

Preservation of Wilson is calling all artists to be part of the 12th Annual Preservation of Wilson Garden Party & Art Show to be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 beginning at 4:30 p.m. and located in the Ladwig Gardens of the Barton-Graves House, 800 Nash Street NE.

The house, built in 1923, was gifted to Barton College by the William W. Graves family for use as the presidential residence. The National Register of Historic Places credits the property as a contributing structure in the West Nash Historic District as one of the finest examples of Georgian Revival architecture in North Carolina. The Ladwig Garden spans from the rear of the Carriage House to Vance Street and was made possible by the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Ladwig. A key feature is the Connor Fountain Garden made possible by Linda and Neill Connor.

“We are looking forward to a special collaboration with Beth and Doug Searcy as we plan the annual Preservation of Wilson Garden Party. This spectacular historical venue will be sure to draw a crowd. We are welcoming local and statewide artists again this year, and hope to create a platform that will bring awareness to historic preservation, the power of the arts, and a mindfulness of building the community together” said jointly by Anne Sauerborn Joyner and Betsy Peters Rascoe, Co-Chairs of the event.

The Art Show is open to all artists in North Carolina working in any medium. Artists may submit up to five art pieces that must be completed and submitted to the committee chairs on Saturday May 4th. Work must have never been shown before at a Preservation of Wilson Art Show and must be available for sale. Inspiration for their artwork should come through the artist’s wonderful North Carolina experiences. No commission will be taken by Preservation of Wilson. There will be a $10 submission fee per artist which will include social media marketing prior to the show, facilitation of sales during the show, and set up and break down of the art on the day of the show.

Besides hosting this year’s Preservation of Wilson Garden Party & Art Show, Beth Searcy is President of the Arts Council of Wilson Board of Directors and has served on the Barton College Friends of the Visual Arts Executive Board. She notes, “The Ladwig Garden is an ideal location for this event, and we are honored to host this collaboration of art, education, and culture in such a picturesque setting. Artists connected to Barton College or works featuring campus symbols and icons are particularly encouraged in celebration of this campus venue.”

A strong community partner of the Art Fair is the Arts Council of Wilson and the Wilson Active Artists. Since the Arts Council was first organized back in 1967, it has continued to grow and thrive with their many visual arts programs. “With the Arts Council’s mission to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Wilson County by providing cultural leadership and opportunities in the arts, I can’t think of a better partner. We at Preservation of Wilson, are proud to call Wilson a special place where the arts and preservation intersect,” says Kathy Bethune, Executive Director of Preservation of Wilson.

The Garden Party and Art Show is an appreciation event for the supporters of Preservation of Wilson and we welcome new guests as we celebrate the growth of the preservation spirit. For more information about the Garden Party and how to get purchase a ticket, visit our website at or call 252-234-7694.

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