Rock School Art Galleries

The Rock School Arts Foundation mission is to offer new and enriching exhibitions, programs, and art education for adults and children; serve as a cultural destination for tourists and visitors; and act as a resource for our local art communities.

Contact Information
Galleries I & II, Studio 101 - 400 Main Street West
Monday through Friday 9-5pm Weekends by Appointment 

Contact the Rock School Arts Foundation Executive Director, Sharon Bowman
Phone: 828-838-9806 | Email: | Mailing: PO Box 837 Valdese NC 28690

See the 2019 Exhibition Guide Here

Regional Artist Project Grant - Guidelines & Application

Good Day Rock School Arts Foundation Supporters,

It is time again for the Regional Artist Project Grants. If you or someone you know are interested in furthering your or their career in the arts but lack the funding, the Regional Artist Project may be able to help. This annual grant, for up to $1,500.00 provides financial support to professional artists at any stage in their careers.

The Regional Artist Project Grants Program focuses on career development of both the individual and artistic groups.  Recipients of the grant may use the funding for specific career advancement including, but not limited to, career promotion, travel expenses, supplies & equipment, training, and competition/completion of new work.  Grants can be awarded in all arts disciplines.

Applications for 2019 – 20 Regional Artist Projects Grants (RAP-G) for artists residing in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba or McDowell Counties are now being accepted.  (A Spanish language version of the application and guidelines is also available.) The deadline for applications is Friday, October 4, 2019, at 5:00 pm.  Late applications cannot be accepted.  Awards will be announced by early November. 

To be eligible for consideration, all application proposals should be written with a specific project in mind.  A one-on-one meeting with a sponsoring organization executive director is encouraged.  Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and should possess a strong record of artistic accomplishment appropriate to the stage of his/her career. Candidates cannot be full-time college students. 

The Regional Artist Project Grants Program is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and sponsored locally with matching monies from the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Caldwell Arts Council, the Hiddenite Center, McDowell Arts Council Association, Burke Arts Council and the Rock School Arts Foundation.

To receive guidelines or an application or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a sponsoring organization, please call one of the following:

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