Each year ArtPop Street Gallery hosts an open call for artists from the 13-county Charlotte North and South Carolina region to submit their work.
For 2022 we received 181 submissions for our 20 Cities Programs spots. We jury in the art of 19 adults and 1 high school senior student artist.
Our panel of 7 judges (six of which change every year) select the 20 artists.
These artists are featured on over $6mm in billboard advertising space including highways, interstate, airport, newsstands, etc.
Each artist receives a $500 honorarium, our High School Senior a modest scholarship to help offset costs of art college after high school graduation.
We provide a business of art class to each of our juried in artists known as Artists U. We connect artists to paid projects as well as pop up gallery exhibits and more.
Golden Sunset (2022-01-01) by Cynthia AllisonArtPop Street Gallery
"To me this piece signifies a person being their authentic self, displaying both strength and vulnerability. I envision that when this happens, their soul illuminates from the inside out, expressing a golden glow." Cynthia Allison
Stand Tall (2022-01-01) by Cynthia AllisonArtPop Street Gallery
"This image shows a black man standing tall and proud. The use of bright colors is intentional and is meant to encourage and uplift" -Cynthia Allison
Wonderful Woman (2022-01-01) by Cynthia AllisonArtPop Street Gallery
"This image shows a black woman dressed as a "superhero" in a vivid color palette, symbolizing both joy and boldness. I wish to evoke a sense of power, pride, and fierceness with this piece." Cynthia Allison
Eastside Pride (2022-01-01) by Cynthia AllisonArtPop Street Gallery
"This image shows a woman donning a t-shirt with an iconic sun image known to most Charlotteans as the "Eastland Mall" logo. I am a native to Charlotte, NC and spent most of my formative years in East Charlotte; this is an homage to this part of the city" -Cynthia Allison
Color Block (2022-01-01) by Cary CaldwellArtPop Street Gallery
"I love the intensity of color in glass. The more color the better. Seeing how color works in glass is the reason I started working in glass." Cary Caldwell
Black and White color block (2022-01-01) by Cary CaldwellArtPop Street Gallery
Black and White block
"Where I love color and the Intensity of color in glass black and white is really my favorite to work in. Most all my drawing and sketches are in black and white I figured I would try in glass too." -Cary Caldwell
Skyline Dish (2022-01-01) by Cary CaldwellArtPop Street Gallery
"Tiny strips of glass lined up fused together to give the impression of a skyline." -Cary Caldwell
Life's Journey (2022-01-01) by Jodi McNeelyArtPop Street Gallery
"This 18” diameter ceramic tile captures the magic of story-telling and the human connection of friendship, family and community that develop as we journey through this thing called life." -Jodi McNeely
Jostling Journey (2022-01-01) by Jodi McNeelyArtPop Street Gallery
"While living near the Juarez/El Paso border and traveling to mainland China, the revelation of storytelling through folk art using vivid colors and simple figures became very important." -Jodi McNeely
Scent of Life (2022-01-01) by Jodi McNeelyArtPop Street Gallery
Scent of Life
"This 18” tall, bulbous vessel implies the capturing of life’s scent. Humans connected to each other by touch or the reality of a similar journey is everlasting and provides comfort, perhaps something worth saving" -Jodi McNeely
Pleasing Chaos (2022-01-01) by Jodi McNeelyArtPop Street Gallery
"This 14” tall vessel depicts the fullness of human connection, family and friendship using heavy carving and bright vivid colors. Impacted by travels to Mexico and Mainland China, Jodi Lynn is journaling using folk art influences."
El Yunque (2022-01-01) by Maria CampagnaArtPop Street Gallery
"I remember thinking that my Abuelita, my grandmother had to be a witch. She spoke a magical language that I had not heard anyone else speak in my life. As I was creating this piece I imagined a magical place thick with plants, animals and mythical creatures just out of view."
May twentytwentyone (2022-01-01) by Maria CampagnaArtPop Street Gallery
This is America (2022-01-01) by Celia KulpArtPop Street Gallery
This is America
"Organized" chaos is one way to describe life in 2021. This piece attempts to capture the challenges of understanding good and bad, power and weakness in today's world." - Celia Kulp
Daydreams in Sleepy Gardens (2022-01-01) by Celia KulpArtPop Street Gallery
Daydreams in Sleepy Gardens
"Something about daydreams daydreams are euphoric. You are awake but not fully in reality, this art captures that moment between dream and reality" - Celia Kulp
Couple's Melody (2022-01-01) by Celia KulpArtPop Street Gallery
"This image purposely doesn't have facial emotions because the body language, the color and the cello tell the greater story" -Celia Kulp
The Faces of Ancient Cultures (2022-01-01) by Celia KulpArtPop Street Gallery
The faces of ancient cultures
"These sculptures combine the beauty of old art to new art. Time keeps moving but art is timeless" -Celia Kulp
Coneflower (2022-01-01) by Travis JohnsonArtPop Street Gallery
"The image of the coneflower, an important plant to pollinators, captures the beauty and vibrant energy of nature. However, the overall image is broken apart to comment on the fragile state many habitats are experiencing" -Travis Johnson
Daffodils (2022-01-01) by Travis JohnsonArtPop Street Gallery
"Daffodils was created in response to worries about climate change and specifically references the destructive wildfires in Australia and the western United States. Collage elements in the piece include discarded automobile parts alluding to the role of fossil fuels"
Flowers in the Clouds (2022-01-01) by Travis JohnsonArtPop Street Gallery
Flowers in the Clouds
"An exploration of humanity's understanding of nature. The flowing overlapping organic forms of the petals are pulled apart and arranged into gridded geometric patterns. This restructuring and organizing represents our inability to grasp the complex relationships of the whole flower."
TwentyTwenty (2022-01-01) by Travis JohnsonArtPop Street Gallery
"2020 explores the chaos and repercussions of life in the pandemic. The fading figures represent the loss of personal connection brought on by social distancing, and the red poppies symbolize lives lost during this lonely time. These symbols of sadness are contrasted and enveloped with a flurry of blue forget-me-nots bringing a hopeful unity to the piece." -Travis Johnson
Stand Tall (2022-01-01) by Veda SaravananArtPop Street Gallery
"The shadows from buildings always create their own form of art. I wanted to focus on that and show the depth of the negative space" -Veda Saravanan
The Queens Crown (2022-01-01) by Veda SaravananArtPop Street Gallery
The Queen's Crown
"A downtown of any city is a human marvel. We see colors, lines, and curves. The gold lines represent royalty of Queen Charlotte." -Veda Saravanan
Concrete Legos (2022-01-01) by Veda SaravananArtPop Street Gallery
"This painting is similar to how a child may view a downtown scene. The lines represent building blocks, and the colors show the different colors of Lego pieces. As a child, I viewed tall buildings as stacked up Legos" -Veda Saravanan
Expressions (2022-01-01) by Veda SaravananArtPop Street Gallery
"With this set of masks, I am portraying a group of singers who unknowingly show different expressions which vary due to their high and low pitches. Sometimes you don’t realize that music is more than just sound. It is filled with emotion, energy, and even calmness." -Veda S.