The Wilmington Art Association is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for area visual artists to gain community recognition through shows and exhibitions. It offers a forum wherein artists, local craftsmen, and people interested in the visual arts can exchange ideas, learn from each other, and contribute to the community. It provides educational programs, demonstrations, and lectures, which will lead to better public understanding and appreciation of visual arts.

Art Opportunties

This fall is full of opportunities for artists to paint, show and sell their work as well as win awards. For a list of area events click here.

Call for Artists - Art in the Arboretum

This three-day event is presented by the Friends of the Arboretum and the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Wilmington Art Association (WAA) on the grounds of the Arboretum. Proceeds raised will help support the projects and upkeep of this wonderful facility. The gardens’ natural fall splendor provides a perfect backdrop for creativity during one of the largest outdoor gatherings of art and music in the area.

October 3rd, 4th & 5th 2014

New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

For Call for Artist statement click here.

For prospectus and entry form click here.

Budding and Blooming Art Show

Wilmington Art Association’s Inaugural “Budding and Blooming Art Show” took place on June 30 at Mayfaire Town Center. The show featured 40 Budding Kids, 20 Blooming Adults and 5 budding and Blooming Musicians. It was a wonderful day full of smiles & fun!

Checkout WAA on Facebook for show images.

SilverArts - NC State Wide Art Competition

The WAA, in partnership with the YMCA and other local organizations, recently sponsored the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts portion of SilverArts.

For complete information and show pictures click here.

WAA 32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The WAA is please to announce the winners for the 32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale.

First Place Fine Art Third Place Fine Art
BF Reed Randy McNamara
“Topsail Waves” “Germination”
Second Place Fine Art People's Choice
Terry Rosenfelder Sandy Lee
“Cubist Encounter” “Distant Storm”

For complete Spring Show information to include list of all award winners, click here.

Spring Show Poster Art Winner announced

Congratulations to Janet Sessoms, the winner for Poster Art Contest for the 32nd Annual Juried Spring Art Show, for her watercolor, For the Love of Spring. This beautiful piece will be used for Show promotions. Prints and cards of the work will also be available at the Show, April 11 – 13, 2014.

WAA Moves to Blog for E-News!

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