Carolina’s Got Art! — a juried art exhibition and sale sponsored by Belk — is encouraging North and South Carolina artists to enter its third annual competition.

CGA is open to professional and amateur artists and accepts all media, including paintings, photography, sculptures, woven pieces and ceramics.

The competition offers local artists an opportunity to gain exposure among potential buyers, receive recognition in the art community and compete for $15,000 in cash and prizes.

Participating artists will have their work reviewed by this year’s juror, Lance Esplund, art critic for Bloomberg News and former chief art critic at the New York Sun and Wall Street Journal. Esplund will select pieces to hang in Elder Gallery in the South End neighborhood of Charlotte during a monthlong show in May, giving artists an opportunity to sell their work.

For artists not selected, there will be a second show jurored by Larry Elder, owner of Elder Gallery, where 40-50 pieces will be chosen to hang in the gallery during June. All artists will be featured in “Through the Juror’s Eyes” a virtual show to display and sell all submitted work during both months.

CGA has partnered with, an online gallery for artists in Charleston. The gallery’s brick-and-mortar location at 193 King St. will serve as the pickup and drop-off point for selected local artists.

The entry fee is $35, and all entries must be completed by March 15. To register, artists can visit

Artists may enter up to three pieces, and all work must be original, for sale and created within the past two years.