Starkville Area Arts Council offers a number of programs and submission opportunities, from the annual Cotton District Arts Festival to period calls for submissions posted throughout the year. All applications are now taken online - no more postage, no more CDs or DVDs, and no more printing and lost materials!

Submission requirements vary for each program. So, be sure to read all instructions (and make sure you are submitting to the right program)!

Join our newsletter list, or check here from time to time, to see what calls may be open.

PLEASE NOTE: Submittable is best viewed on a desktop or through the Submittable App.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: SAAC is an equal opportunity organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, operation of programs, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the public, all members of our staff, volunteers, vendors, and artist communities.

We expect all SAAC & CDAF board members, volunteers, participants, vendors, and grantees to follow the same community-engagement policy.

Open Call for Artists:

Scope:

The Small Town Center, with help from the Starkville Area Arts Council, is developing a Public Art Plan for Starkville. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, this plan will establish a set of goals and objectives for the implementation of engaging and culturally relevant public art across the entire community.  The project will also assist in the creation of 3 public art projects that will kick off the implementation of this Public Art Plan. Artists may choose from one of the following sites for their proposal:

1. McKee Park/Sportsplex campus –

Considerations: These are family-friendly spaces centered around recreation. Consider an art installation that is durable and appropriate for a young audience.

Suggested art installation type: sculpture within McKee Park, mural on Sportsplex, or interactive

405 Lynn Ln, Starkville, MS 39759

2. J.L. King Center campus –

Considerations: The J.L. King Center is an asset to the community but has low visibility from the street. Consider an art installation that increases visibility.

Suggested art installation type: sculpture, signage, or interactive

Westside Park, 700 N Long St, Starkville, MS 39759

3. Walkway to Parking (near Starkville Café on University Drive) –

Considerations: This space links public parking to the main downtown corridor but is currently underutilized. Consider an art installation that makes this space a desirable destination.

Suggested art installation type: lighting, projection, or temporary/rotating

Between 209 and 211 E Main St, Starkville, MS 39759


Timeline:

Our entire project must be completed by the end of 2023. Therefore, we are working on a fast-track schedule. We want to be able to offer you, the artist, enough time to engage with the team, design, fabricate, and install your art.

Budget:

We are able to offer between $3,000-$7,000 to cover labor and materials for one work of art.

Submittal:

Each artist/group of artist(s) shall submit the following:

  • A narrative that includes which site the artist(s) selected, the inspiration behind the piece of art proposed, the budget requested for labor and materials, and the date by which the art can be installed
  • A sketch or rendering showing the proposed art installation on the site

Limit one proposal per submission. Artists may submit as many proposals as they want including multiple proposals for the same location. 

For questions, please contact arts@starkvillearts.org or fep3@msstate.edu

Open call for submissions for Starkville Sightings, our next SAAC group show!  The submission deadline is February 5, 2023. This show will be a HYBRID show: works will be on display in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership lobby as well as online. This is a six-month exhibit that will run from February 21, 2023, to August 7, 2023.

To go along with what the GSDP is all about, the theme of this exhibit is Starkville. What do you think of when you picture our little college town? A classic Starkville building or landmark? A revered local? An annual community gathering? We want to see how you interpret the sights of Starkville through your artwork. The interpretation can be literal or conceptual, but be aware that works not related to the theme will not be accepted.

NOTE: Only submit ONE work per submission. Artists can submit up to 3 works by submitting additional forms. All mediums accepted. Visit the page for our AiPP initiative at https://www.starkvillearts.net/creativeeconomy.html for additional rules and details.

Open call for submissions for our next AiPP Group Show - The 2023 Spring Showcase!  The submission deadline is February 5, 2023. This show will be a HYBRID show: works will be on display in the Starkville Area Arts Council gallery as well as online. The exhibit will run from March 6, 2023, to May 1, 2023.

This show has the theme of Spring: new life, new beginnings, reinvigoration, a shedding of the old, and a representation of starting over. The interpretation can be literal or conceptual, but be aware that works not related to the theme will not be accepted. 

NOTE: Only submit ONE work per submission. Artists can submit up to 3 works by submitting additional forms. All mediums accepted. Visit the page for our AiPP initiative at https://www.starkvillearts.net/creativeeconomy.html for additional rules and details.

Starkville Area Arts Council is looking for Interns for our revamped Internship Program. We are now offering our regular Communications Internship, as well as an Artist Internship and Office and Gallery Assistant Internship. 

These roles may be adjusted as needed, and each internship will have the opportunity to write one or more blog articles on arts-related topics. Preference is given to current MSU undergraduates. This position is currently unpaid, but may be eligible for academic credit. Responsibilities and duties are listed below under each internship type. 

General Requirements -

  • Excellent verbal/writing skills.
  • Efficient problem-solving skills.
  • Enthusiasm for the role as well as the mission of SAAC.
  • 10 hours/week for an academic term, but flexible with student’s schedule.

For 2022-2023, there are 1-3 positions available.

SAAC Internship Job Descriptions for 2022-2023

Communications Internship

Communications interns will be responsible for helping draft, schedule, and manage social media and email communications on Network for Good as well as assist with basic office duties.

  1. Responsibilities:
    1. Communications Duties
      1. Draft social media posts for the Starkville Area Arts Council and Cotton District Arts Festival (as needed)
        1. Note: All posts must be approved before scheduling
      2. Draft Newsletter and other emailed communications for events and activities as needed in Network for Good
      3. Assist with Annual Report
    2. SAAC Office Duties
      1. Be able to be present during SAAC hours ( M-F, 9-5) to greet visitors and customers and answer questions about SAAC and our programming.
      2. Answer phone
      3. Take payments for SAAC Artist Store, AiPP purchases, Donations (NFG)

Artist Internship

Artist Interns will be responsible for some basic office and retail duties as needed with the incentive of having a space to produce their art during SAAC hours.

  1. Responsibilities
    1. Assist with strategizing workshops and programming for The Workshop
    2. Help recruit additional artists
    3. SAAC Office Duties
      1. Be able to be present during SAAC hours ( M-F, 9-5) to greet visitors and customers and answer questions about SAAC and our programming when SAAC staff/other interns are not present.
      2. Answer phone when SAAC staff/other interns are not present
      3. Take payments for SAAC Artist Store, AiPP purchases, Donations (NFG) when SAAC staff/other interns are not present.
  2. Artist Perks:
    1. Space in the Workshop area to set up a small artist space to work on projects during SAAC hours.

Office and Gallery Assistant Intern

The Office and Gallery Assistant will be responsible for basic office duties as well as assisting SAAC arrange exhibits, pop-up shops/exhibits and helping curate, arrange, hang shows and other works.

  1. SAAC Office Duties
    1. Be able to be present during SAAC hours ( M-F, 9-5) to greet visitors and customers and answer questions about SAAC and our programming.
    2. Answer phone
    3. Take payments for SAAC Artist Store, AiPP purchases, Donations (NFG)
  2. Gallery Duties
    1. Assist SAAC Staff and AiPP Volunteers with curating and arranging AiPP, Artist Store, and other Gallery works at SAAC office (and Partnership Lobby?)
    2. Assist with strategizing pop-up exhibits and other gallery programming for the Gallery space

This application is for consideration for SAAC's new SAAC Artist Store. 


About the SAAC Artist Store: 

SAAC has moved to a new space on Main Street in Downtown Starkville! With a greater Main Street presence, we'd like to share this opportunity with artists in town who would like to sell their unique artwork in our space.  Our space is limited to 6 artisans at a time, so reserve your spot today! 

The SAAC Artist Store will be open during SAAC business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, excluding Holidays). SAAC handles all sales, taxes, and payments to artists. Specific rules and information can be found below.

Rules and Important Notes: PLEASE READ THOSE BEFORE APPLYING. 

  • All forms of work are eligible for acceptance, including but not  limited to: Ceramics, Graphics, Jewelry, Literary Materials, Painting, Sculpture, and Traditional Crafts (including but not =limited to woodworking, candle-making, fiber arts, etc.)
  • 1 shelf per artisan. Space is Limited to 6 artisans total. Shelf dimensions are H 21.5 in x W 57 in x D 26 in. Larger works may be accepted (Please notify SAAC). All works must be for sale. All works must be original by the artist contracted with SAAC.
  • Artists will receive 60% commission of sales for works sold on their shelf. A 40% sales commission will be assessed against the retail price provided by the ARTIST. The ARTIST will be paid the gross, less commission and sales tax, on or about the 10th of the month following the month of sale. 
  • SAAC only provides space to the ARTIST. The ARTIST will need to supply any and all decorations, business cards, signage, etc. for their booth. 
  • Artists may change inventory at any time (by appointment with SAAC) to reflect new work, holidays, seasons, etc. Artist must provide SAAC with an updated Inventory Sheet upon any changes made to inventory.
  • Space occupancy is first come first serve. Terms may be for 6 or 12 months, which may be reassessed at the end of the term. 
  • All accepted artists must follow our Community Engagment Policy (available on our website). 
  • A blank Letter of Agreement and Terms and Conditions can be found on our website (www.starkvillearts.net). 


If you still have questions after reading the instructions, please send an email to Juliette at arts@starkvillearts.org. If you have technical issues with the application form itself, contact Submittable by clicking the "?" in the upper right or lower left of the form.

Acceptance Notes
All applications will be reviewed for acceptance by SAAC Staff and our current Board President.  IF ADMITTED,  you will receive a Letter of Agreement and Terms and Conditions. No admitted vendor will be allowed to set up until the Letter of Agreement is signed by the participating Artist and returned to SAAC. 

The first round of applications will be reviewed and accepted before September 3, 2022. 

SAAC will be hosting a Valentine's Day Pop-Up Art Market at 122 E Main St. in Downtown Starkville on Friday, Feb. 10 from 2-6 pm.  Works sold do not have to be Valentine's themed. 8+ spots are available.

Application Deadline is Feb 2 at midnight. All applications must be made online. Applications will be reviewed by SAAC Staff and volunteers, and accepted vendors will be notified via email on Feb. 3. More information will be sent to accepted vendors at this time as well.

This Art Market will have a $10 Booth fee for accepted vendors.  Booth Payments can be made by cash, card, or check. This will go towards costs of planning the event, refreshments, etc. You must supply all your own tables/decor. Limit one table per vendor. All final sales goes to the vendor. All artists must handle their own sales taxes. 

All sales from the SAAC Artist Store or other SAAC merchandise will be handled by SAAC Staff or Volunteers. 

Are you a potter, painter, photographer... or any other artist? Interested in a reading or a one-person show or submitting a mural?

SHARE YOUR WORK WITH SAAC!

Send us your best work (images you provide must represent the work you wish to submit). We'll take a look at what you've got and follow up with you if we see potential fit with one of our programs!

Each year, Starkville Area Arts Council has a small pool of discretionary funds that are awarded to support art projects or art organizations in Oktibbeha County, MS. Awards may be used for anything that aligns with one of our two program areas (Art Education & Outreach or Creative Economy) and that fits our mission to build a strong, creative, connected community through art.

Funds must be used within SAAC's current fiscal year. The Board has the ultimate discretion to deviate from its own guidelines in order to satisfy its mission or comply with legal requirements. Please answer questions as fully as possible. We welcome questions in advance of completing the application form.

Applications will be accepted until all funds have been allocated OR until the application deadline posted on the website, whichever comes first. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Decisions will be made quarterly, so please plan your needs accordingly. 

Starkville Area Arts Council