Retail Gallery

2023 Haywood Handmade Retail Artists:

The call for work for 2023 – 2024 Retail Artists is closed. The next call for work will occur in September 2023 for the 2024 - 2025 year.

Retail Gallery Artwork Protocols

The goal of the Haywood County Arts Council Haywood Handmade Gallery is to promote HCAC artist members’ handmade work. Please review carefully!


  • Only artist members may participate in exhibits. This requirement is exempt for specially curated exhibits only. To learn more about Artist Memberships click here.
  • All artists must live in the Western North Carolina Mountain Region, which includes the following North Carolina counties highlighted on the map at the bottom of this page


1. Demonstrates creativity, originality, and excellence in design
2. Work is saleable
3. Each piece is individually made by the artist
4. Each piece is capable of maintaining its structural integrity over time

Installation Ready:

HCAC reserves the right to refuse any work they deem unacceptable.

Please ensure all work is appropriate for all ages.

2-D, Wall Hanging Pieces:
1. Frames, mats, acrylic, backing and writing must be high quality, clean, neat, and secure.
2. Ability to hang piece such as wire, clasp or for quilts, a bar or rod of some kind that can adhered to the wall is provided.
3. Sides of unframed canvas’ must be finished.

3-D, Jewelry, Sculptures and Pottery:
1. All work must have a stable, neat, and secure way to stand on its own accord.
2. Fragile work and jewelry must come with appropriate packaging materials.

Medium / Product Specific:


  1. Cards may be prints of any kind as long as they are made from an original artwork. 
  2. Cards must be presented in a plastic sleeve.


Embellished Found Objects: 

  1. Found objects, such as items premade out of fiber, ceramics, glass or metal are allowed as long as the embellishment is hand applied. 



  1. Hand, Digital, and Embellished prints are allowed. 
  2. Giclee prints are allowed in the retail gallery only.  
  3. Inkjet, and Edition prints are not allowed in retail or exhibits. 
  4. Print must have a back board and plastic sleeve.

Helpful Links & How-To's

Step-by-Step Process Guide:

  • New Stock Step-by-step: HERE is a step-by-step guide of the entire process which includes: creating your inventory list, labeling your inventory, and dropping off your inventory off at HCAC.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Inventory Entry:

The retail artist enters the information into a form for exhibits and a spreadsheet for retail inventory. HCAC generates a Google Sheet (spreadsheet) for each artist via email. 

Contact: Any questions regarding the gallery should be directed to