Cool Spring Downtown District in Fayetteville is looking for artists

Cool Spring Downtown District is accepting applications from local artists to have their art temporarily displayed in Art Alley in downtown Fayetteville.

Art Alley was added downtown in 2020. It features 70-by-70-inch picture frames suspended from the ceiling in which to display artwork.

Applications are open statewide, but the nonprofit wants to focus primarily on artists from the Cumberland County area.

The group isn’t looking for a specific art style to submit, it just needs to be original, according to Bianca Shoneman, president and CEO of Cool Spring Downtown District.

“I don’t want to put any parameters there that would prohibit submission because we’re looking for a wide range of original artwork,” Shoneman said.

She said they were looking for painters, illustrators and graphic designers.

Art Alley is located at 222 Hay St., next to the Cool Spring Downtown District office.

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Currently, a North Carolina-based painter, Richard Wilson, has artwork on display in Art Alley.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected] by April 15 at 5 p.m. All works must be photographed or sent as high resolution images in PDF format. For more information, visit the Cool Spring Downtown District website at

The chosen artist will receive a stipend of $ 500 and their art will be presented for at least six months.

Submitted works will be reviewed by a committee in May.

Editor-in-chief Akira Kyles can be reached at [email protected]

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