Museum of Albemarle, Elizabeth City Foundation sponsoring student art competition

Museum of Albemarle, Elizabeth City Foundation sponsoring student art competition

November 21st, 2022

The Museum of the Albemarle and the Elizabeth City Foundation are sponsoring an art competition, Crossroads:  Country Stores in the Albemarle Region, for students in grades 4th – 12th grades and college/university may participate.

The competition is open to participants who are attending public, private, parochial, home schools, community colleges, and universities in the thirteen counties the Museum of the Albemarle represents (Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington).

We invite you to submit your original artwork depicting rural stores or an abandoned country store that are/were vital to the cultural and economic aspects of your community.

The artwork is required to be done as a photograph, painting, or drawing on 11-inch by 14-inch format either on paper, canvas, or photo paper.  No 3-dimensional artwork will be accepted.

Winners will receive a cash award and ribbon for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Artistic criteria are based on technique, originality, and theme.

One entry per student and must include a brief written statement about the store’s role/history in your community along with your name, teacher’s name, grade, and school.  This will be attached to the entries. Please provide an email address and phone number for notification.

Deadline to submit entries will be 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023.  No late entries will be accepted.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 4 p.m.  Entries will be on display through March 8, during our display of the Crossroads: Change in Rural America, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit.

This exhibit was made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and The Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle.

For more information, please contact Lori Meads, Education Chief, Museum of the Albemarle at (252)-331-4054 or email:

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