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.

The Wilmington Art Association Holiday Dinner and Art Show

The Annual Holiday Dinner and Art Show will be held Thursday, December 8, 2016. For complete information - Holiday Dinner information and reservation

Susan Dade awarded Star-News Commemorative Cup

Susan Dade's artwork, "Southport at Noon," has been awarded the Star-News Commemorative Cup Award. Susan is a long time WAA member from Brunswick County. For more information on her award and dates for the "signing" - Member Art Shows/Awards

The Wilmington Art Association

Members Only - Call for Artists

The 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale - Poster Art Contest

The 2017 Spring Show Committee announces the Poster Art Contest for the 35th Annual Juried Art Show & Sale - October 1, 2016 – November 25, 2016. The winning artwork will be featured on: a framed poster to be auctioned off at the Show; posters distributed around town and available for sale at the Show; smaller posters, cards, and invitations; and other publicity material for the Show. This contest is open WAA members ONLY. For details see prospectus below. Prospectus for 2016 poster contest

The 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sale - Hold dates

The Wilmington Art Association is pleased to announce the 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale on April 7 – 9, 2017. WAA will be accepting both 2-D (fine art and photography) and 3-D artwork. Online entry will begin January 8, 2017. For Show details and to download prospectus, click - Prospectus.

Continue to check the website for Show updates.

Thalian Association Community Theatre

Twice the Holiday Fun for the Whole Family

WILMINGTON, NC – Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) is presenting two special holiday musical productions that families can enjoy together. First up is the youth theatre production and Wilmington premiere of "Elf Jr." on the Second Street Stage at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM. On display in the lobby of the theatre during this time will be paintings of the ‘elves’ painted by 28 Wilmington Art Association (WAA) artists. This marks the third collaboration between TACT and the WAA to support performing and visual arts education for our young people. The paintings will be on sale with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Community Arts Center.

The second feature, "Annie Warbucks," the sequel to the classic family favorite "Annie," will be presented on the Main Stage of Historic Thalian Hall December 8 – 18 at Historic Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington. For complete information - Thalian Holiday

Past Shows

Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale

The Silver Arts Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts was held Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the ArtWorks 200 Willard St., Wilmington, NC. Winners qualified for the State Finals held in Raleigh this fall. The Wilmington Art Association sponsored the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts categories.

List of Heritage award winners

List of Visual award winners

Complete Show information

WAA 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

The Wilmington Art Association held the 34th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale on April 8 – 10, 2016 at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center.

Complete list of award winners

Complete Show information

WAA Moves to EBLAST and Blog for E-News!

Wilmington Art Association is updating its communication methods with a new EBLAST/blog! Please consider joining our weekly posts to receive current information about our organization and upcoming art shows. It's as simple as signing up at

WAA Calendar of Events

Art Opportunities

Member Shows/Awards


General Meetings Dates

BOD Meeting Dates


Follow us on Facebook