I think the odds of finding a world renown artist in your home town are not great. But that said you can check the following website and see if there is a local folding club that meets near you where you might find a local mentor: http://origamiusa.org/groups_us
If you are looking for a project i would recommend you you go to your local library, bookstore, or amazon.com and pick up michael lafosse's book advanced origami or origami art. Pick a model that is not too difficult and practice it till you can do it perfectly. You sound like you may be new to this so this may take some time.
Once you have a model you like and you can do it perfectly from memory turn to some of the advanced sections of the book. Make your own perfect piece of paper using one of his recipes from the book. Practice painting or dying your paper to be perfect for the model you choose. Then even try wetfolding your model with the perfect piece of paper, shaped to perfection and it will be completely hand crafted by you from scratch
Once you have picked a model, practiced it, tried making paper, tried hand dying/painting/printing paper send Michael an email, tell him what you are up to, how much work you have put in, send him a picture of you best effort and ask if he has any tips. He is literally one of the best most respected origami artists in the world and is a heck of a nice guy that loves to teach. If you have done everything above and really put in the work i would wager he emails you back with some great tips on your model.