New world Festival of the arts

Downtown Manteo's Largest Outdoor Art Show

2022 New World Festival of the Arts 

The 40th New World Festival of the Arts will be held on the Manteo waterfront on Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

Stay tuned for a full list of exhibiting artists.


Established in 1982 by Edward Greene and Claire Grieves, New World Festival of the Arts is the longest-running outdoor art show on the Outer Banks. The event showcases current trends by a diverse group of East Coast artists and acquaints guests with the historic Town of Manteo.


About New World Festival of the Arts

NWFA is an annual juried outdoor festival featuring fine art and fine craft. Hosted by Dare County Arts Council and the Town of Manteo, the Festival provides local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work.


This is a family-oriented outdoor show, which takes place on the Manteo Waterfront during August of each year. New World Festival of the Arts has been a Manteo tradition for decades, providing awareness of current trends in the visual arts while acquainting visitors with the historic Town of Manteo. 

Originally started 1982 by Claire Grieves and Edward Greene, New World Festival of the Arts acquaints visitors and locals alike with the town of Manteo bringing an average of 3,000 attendees to the area each each year. NWFA is now in its 40th year of presenting a show of the region's finest artists in an outdoor, festival atmosphere.

Best In Show- Kevin Chen from Cary, NC (watercolor)

Second Place- Paul Shampine from Newtown, CT (mixed media)

Third Place- Barbara & Rick Umbel from Indian Harbour Beach, FL (jewelry) 

Honorable Mentions- Anna Lee Rea from Manteo, NC (etched glass), Crawford Evans from Kill Devil Hills, NC (woodwork), Lissa Spencer from Kill Devil Hills, NC (resin), and David Hill from Kitty Kawk, NC (acrylic)

2021 NWFA Award Recipients

(L-R) DCAC Interim Executive Director Jessica Sands, NWFA Best In Show Award Recipient Kev

2022 Sponsors

​The festival is sponsored by the Town of Manteo.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.