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.

Meet & Greet/Committee Fair! - Thursday, Sept. 14 6:00pm - 8:30pm

New Hanover Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

PAINT BOATS WITH ME! with Suzanne Morris

Working in an alla prima method, well known artist Suzanne Morris looks beyond the literal interpretation of a scene to capture the spirit of her subjects. Suzanne will present a three day workshop, September 27 - 29, designed to help artists create stronger marine themed paintings.

For complete details and registration

Art in the Arboretum – October 6-8, 2017

Greetings to our wonderful artists!!

Art in the Arboretum 2017 Artist Registration is now open!!

The prospectus below is full of lots of information for this year’s show and sale. Please read carefully as a few changes have been made and some great new things are happening! Register online at the link below or you are welcome to register manually at the Arboretum office. Please feel free to call with any questions!

2017 Art in the Arboretum Prospectus

2017 Art in the Arboretum Flowchart

Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

The 3rd Annual Artfall Juried Show & Sale - Sept. 21 - 24, 2017

Call for Artists

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is seeking 2D artists for the 3rd Annual ARTfall Juried Art Show and Sale to be held September 21 – 24, 2017. ARTfall will be one of the events during American Craft Walk Wilmington (formerly the Art Walk) a celebration of visual and performing arts at various locations in downtown Wilmington culminating in the walk on September 23rd.The ARTfall Exhibition will be open to the public 10am - 5pm daily with an artists’ reception Saturday September 23rd, 2:00 – 4:00 pm featuring the award presentation at 3:00 pm. The deadline for applications and online registration is September 1, 2017.

For complete details

Art in the Arboretum registration

Previous 2017 Events

Silver Arts


Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts

The Exhibition and Sale for Visual & Heritage Arts for artists 50 years or older was held Friday, May 26 - Sunday, May 27, 2017 at the ArtWorks 200 Willard St., Wilmington, NC. Winners qualify for the State Finals held in Raleigh this fall. There were four categories in SilverArts: Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, Literary Arts and Performing Arts. The Wilmington Art Association is sponsoring the Visual Arts and the Heritage Arts categories.

For complete show information - Silver Arts

For list of awards - 2017 Awards

2017 Paintout Wilmington

The Arts Council of Wilmington held their annual plein air Paint Out Wilmington in downtown Wilmington, NC, May 1-6, 2017. Picturesque backdrops abound in North Carolina’s “favorite” city, including the USS North Carolina, a 230+ block National Register Historic District, and a host of unique and contemporary scenes. Sponsored by the Arts Council in association with the Wilmington Art Association, Paint Out Wilmington 2017 featured adult and youth divisions.

The 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show & Sales

Wilmington Art Association (WAA) held the 35th Annual Juried Spring Show and Sale April 7-9, 2017 in Wilmington, NC during the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. The top award winners are listed below.

2017 Awards

First Place
Drew Hoover “Five O’Clock Dock”

Second Place
Janet B Sessoms “Marsh Haven II”

Third Place
Brenda Behr “Beach Boys”

For complete list of awards - 2017 Awards

For complete show information - Spring Show

Jay DeChesere's "Art on the Cape Fear" wins Poster Art Contest

The Wilmington Art Association and 35th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale Committee are delighted to announce that Jay DeChesere's "Art on the Cape Fear" has won the Poster Art Contest. This beautiful artwork will be used for Show publicity and printed materials, and will be for sale at the Show in April.

2017 Spring Show Sponsors and Donors

WAA Calendar of Events

Art Opportunities

Member Shows/Awards


General Meetings Dates

BOD Meeting Dates


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